Where to stay in Bratislava, Slovakia – a full guide to the best location, places and area to stay in Bratislava (including recommended hotels and apartments).
Bratislava is a charming small city in Central Europe, that is full of history. It’s also a city of contrasts – a Soviet architecture mixed with Baroque churches, medieval buildings and hipster coffee shops.
Located in the western part of Slovakia, the city borders with Austria and Hungary. Actually, it’s the only capital that borders with two sovereign states. Thus, its location is great to explore three countries from one and the same base.
In addition, Bratislava occupies both banks of Danube River, which makes it a great starting point for cruises. You can easily reach the city on a boat cruise from Vienna.
Moreover, Bratislava is a very cheap destination so even the luxury hotels are inexpensive and affordable.
Where to stay in Bratislava, Slovakia – the best area
The best location to stay in Bratislava is the Old Town (Staré Mesto). This is the Historic centre of the city.
The Old Town borders with Danube river to the north. In fact, most places of interest are located within the Old Town. Generally, this is the best area to stay for a quick visit or to be close to everything. Also, the location is great for nightlife due to the numerous bars, restaurants and coffee shops.
The Old Town is quite charming and it’s full of cobbled alleys, Baroque churches and shops. Pretty and compact, it’s the perfect place to stay in Bratislava. You can easily get around on foot and you won’t need more than 1 day to tour the popular attractions.
The best places to stay in Bratislava Old Town
Where to stay in Bratislava Old Town? Check out these 6 excellent hotels located right in the Old Town.
Hotels in Bratislava Old Town (Best for families)
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Danubia Gate Hotel is a small, friendly hotel with perfect service. The location is great – close to everything, yet in a quiet area. The hotel is within a short walk from the Historic Centre, close to the Blue Church. Moreover, tram 1 that stops nearby, takes you right to the Central train station. The hotel is also a great base for shopping – the modern entertainment centre Eurovea is very close.
The complimentary breakfast starts early at 07:00 AM and continues till 11:00 AM (during the weekends). The hotel also offers a laptop on request and free WiFi.
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Roset Hotel is a boutique hotel, housed in a historic building. It’s a high standard accommodation with homely touches. The rooms are huge and comfortable with everything you may need. The hotel features a modern spa area and a trendy restaurant.
Hotels in Bratislava Old Town (Best for couples)
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Loft Hotel has a convenient location, right next to Grassalkovich Palace gardens. It’s on a walking distance both from the Historic Centre and the Central train station. The rooms feature a modern design with good size en-suite bathroom and an air conditioning. Free of charge facilities include daily refilled minibar, coffee, tea and WiFi. The hotel has its own brewery, a terrace bar and large parking on site.
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Marrol’s Boutique Hotel is right in the heart of the Historic Centre. It’s a stylish hotel with class and character, yet intimate and personal. The elegant rooms are designed to offer maximum comfort. The Jasmine Spa area equipped with a sauna and a whirlpool jacuzzi ensures a relaxing experience. Coffee and tea making facilities plus daily refilled minibar are free of charge.
Apartments in Bratislava Old Town
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If you search for a central location, you won’t find a better place than VIP Apartments. The apartments are right next to St. Michael’s Gate. It’s the only survived medieval entrance to the Historic Centre. VIP Apartments offer luxurious accommodation at a reasonable price. Each apartment is air-conditioned with a well-fitted kitchen. VIP Apartments are excellently positioned for sightseeing and nightlife.
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The apartments are less than 200m away from St. Michael’s Gate. It’s the ideal choice if you want to be close to the main attractions and in a quiet area. The apartments are perfectly laid out with everything you’d possibly need for a stay. And if you don’t feel like cooking breakfast, visit the creperie next door for some tasty pancakes.
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How to get from Bratislava Airport to the city centre
How far is Bratislava Airport from the city centre? Bratislava Airport – Letisko M. R. Štefánika (BTS) is less than 10km from the city centre. It’s the main International airport of Slovakia. There are several options to get there (besides a taxi).
- Take a direct shuttle transfer directly to your hotel in Bratislava.
- Bus 61 connects the Central train station (Hlavná železničná stanica) with the airport. The train station itself is about a 20min walk from the Historic Centre (or take tram 1).
- There is also a night bus N61 from the Central train station to the airport.
Find self-guided walking tours and historical insights in DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Slovak Republic.
Visitors often combine Bratislava with:
- Vienna – the capital of Austria has so much to offer – several palaces, a stunning cathedral and gorgeous architecture. Due to its proximity to Bratislava, it’s a great destination for a day trip. However, there is plenty to see, so spend at least a few days. Check out the best place to stay in Vienna for tourists.
- Budapest – the city is known as Paris of the East, because of its outstanding architecture. However, it’s a lot cheaper compared to Paris. Check out the best neighbourhood to stay in Budapest.
- Prague – the city looks like it’s taken out of a medieval fairytale, especially in the winter. Check out the best hotels in the Old Town.
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