I planned to stay with some friends in Bratislava, but that fell though. I had to pick a hotel on really short notice, and the SOREA was the only affordable option. So I booked a room for 5 nights, although I wasn't sure that I could stay that long in a hotel which some reviews called "dark" and "dingy" and even "dirty." When I arrived at Sorea I was pleasantly surprised. It was spacious although old-fashioned. There was a good, although not gourmet, spread for breakfast with lots of choices, and the halls especially were nice and airy with large windows which looked over green trees which reminded me a lot of the Oakland Hills. I also realized, though only on my last evening, that to the side of the hotel there are large grounds with gardens, which would have been nice for walking around.
I don't mean to make the hotel sound better than it is, because having low expectations was part of what made it so great a surprise. Sorea is certainly no rival to the Hotel Kempinski, which is being built right down the block (although my friend was convinced that we were in a "bad" neighborhood). However, for anyone who is used to paying comparable prices for hotels in Europe, I think they will be pleasantly surprised.
Another note: I heard before I booked my stay that the rooms don't get cleaned and was really put off. When our room wasn't cleaned for the first two days, I was disappointed. But we realized later that rooms aren't cleaned if you lock your door (they have normal keys, not key-cards, and apparently the maids don't have copies). Anyway, I met the cleaning lady coming down the hall on the third day, and she seemed very pleased to clean my room for me when I asked.
Sorea has many of the same amenities as classier hotels (phone and TV in our room, computer for guests, bar) but they are admittedly not as high of a quality as you might get at other places. However, the staff was nice enough, and we were also allowed to store our luggage there on the last day while we walked around.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is located in the capital of the Slovak Republic, Bratislava. It is situated in the picturesque area of Bratislava Castle hill near the riverbank of the Danube. The historic centre can be reached about 15 min. walking or 2 stops of the public transport. The air-conditioned hotel offers accommodation in rooms and apartments of STANDARD and BUSINESS types. Each room has its´ own bathroom, balcony, satellite TV, telephone and minibar. The hotel has 3 barrier-free rooms. Free WiFi access in the public areas and Internet connection in the rooms available. There is a parking place for 50cars in front of the hotel - guarded with a camera system. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sorea Hotel Bratislava