Most people don’t have Bratislava on their itinerary when touring through Europe. Yet, there are some luxury hotels in the city that are worth a visit. One of these is the Arcadia Hotel Bratislava, which got five stars and is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. What may you expect as a guest? A very special experience!
Last Christmas, my family and me went to Budapest to celebrate the holiday together. As we took a car from my former hometown, the way was a bit long. Due to this, we decided to make a stop in a city on the road. In the end we went for Bratislava, a little city close to Vienna.
The capital of Slovakia has one very good hotel: The Arcadia Bratislava, which has something like an international reputation and is a very interesting place to review.
When we wanted to arrive at the Arcadia Hotel Bratislava, we did not find the hotel at first. It is located in a very small street close to the city center. After we got there, we parked the car outside and went into the hotel. There was only a single guy at the reception who called for another person to take our baggage out of the car.
Everything went smooth, yet we were a little disappointed that the employees didn’t smile once and did not show any sympathy for the guests. The hotel does rarely look like a normal hotel lobby and more like an atrium. The ceiling was made of painted glass, which makes the lobby really special.
The rooms at the hotel in Bratislava are nothing special in my opinion, but do offer everything you need. As we stayed there before, we left for Budapest and after we came back, we had different types of rooms (a suite and a deluxe room).
Both had a unique style and offered a decent size. There were all amenities you may expect in a five star hotel: A flat screen television, big and comfortable beds and a desk.
Moreover, all rooms do have a marble bathroom and high-quality SPA products. If you are coming to the Arcadia Bratislava, you should not really expect normal rooms as the hotel is in an old building. That means that all rooms are a little different and have curved ceilings as well as odd walls. In my opinion, that does make the rooms pretty cozy.
The term “interesting” does fit for the Spa at the Arcadia Bratislava as well. It is located in the basement and does not offer any natural light. Anyway, it is pretty cozy because it is so small. The hotel does not offer a pool but a sauna, a steam bath and a huge whirlpool. Moreover, there are loungers that are very comfortable.
Sadly, there is a noise that makes it a little unpleasant to lounge there. All in all, the Spa is nothing special but I really liked it due to the fact that the hotel is that small (I did not meet a single person down there) and I’m hardly used to Spas in little boutique hotels.
When it comes to food, the Arcadia Bratislava keeps its charm. As the hotel is that small, there is only one little restaurant that may serve you breakfast, lunch and dinner. The breakfast was very small (hot dishes may be ordered for an additional cost), but the offered food as well as the sparkling wine were pretty good.
The service was okay but nothing special. The only hot dish I had (an omelet) was well cooked and nicely decorated. Same goes for a lunch dish (salad) and some sweet dishes (pancakes) we enjoyed in the lobby. The seating once again was pretty interesting, as the restaurant is located under an extremely curved ceiling which gives it a nice flair.
After we had left the hotel, we discussed our experiences and were not really sure what to say. We had some bad experiences as well: Our room was worse than the category booked and it took some time to be corrected, the staff was not really friendly in my opinion and the doorman was really weird as he taught a lesson to me and my brother about respect for the family. Strange behavior for an employee of a luxury hotel. In my opinion, you’ll either love the Arcadia Bratislava for its unique charm and the nice facilities or hate it because of the small rooms (at least the lower categories) and the missing sympathy shown by the employees. I, personally, will return sometime, just because the experience was so special.