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“Good location but poor quality.”
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Hotel Astra Garni
Ranked #36 of 68 Hotels in Sarajevo
Scotland
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174 reviews
67 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Good location but poor quality.”
Reviewed 17 May 2010

I stayed here for one night on a tour. My room was on the ground floor, it had a gloomy seating area and tiny bathroom with a wet floor. The only window was up near the ceiling and to close it my husband had to stand on a table. The twin beds were on a mezzanine floor, clean and spacious but there were no curtains on the window to keep out the street light, only a floor-to-ceiling drab net curtain which made the room look cheerless.
There was no bar. Dinner was a set meal ( they may not do dinners normally) and there was much adverse comment. For dessert we were each handed a banana, unripe and not even on a plate.
Luckily we all had a sense of humour. The buffet- style breakfast was fine.
This hotel would be OK for students on a budget.

  • Stayed May 2010
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 9 March 2010

I recently stayed (twice) at the Astra Garni Hotel.This was my first trip to BA and did not know what to expect. Well, I have to say that I was very pleasantly surprised. The hotel is located right in the middle of the old town, next to shops, cafés, restaurants, bakeries etc..There is excellent free WiFi access. The rooms are very comfortable, and all have a minibar and TV (though I did not watch it so I cannot say if its any good). The staff is friendly and helpful. On the more negative side, in BA there is no smoke ban in public places and there are many smokers. As a consequence everything smells bad especially the carpeting and curtains. That is the case in the Hotel Astra Garni (but it is everywhere the same, including restaurants, offices etc..). Also I thought the rooms were slightly overheated and the hotel does not offer room service nor restaurant. It only serves breakfast (quite a good selection of food in fact) but in the hotel basement which is not so pleasant. The walls are a little thin too. But I must say that I enjoyed my stay and will be happy to stay there again next time I travel to Sarajevo.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled on business
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 August 2009

Be careful - there are 2 Hotel Astras in Sarajevo, very close to one another. This one is the Astra Garni, 3* and well worth it. Superb location in the heart of the Ottoman centre of Sarajevo. The hotel is modern, the rooms are well appointed, clean and simply furnished, the staff helpful and English speaking. Breakfast is continental, plentiful, fresh and lots of coffee or tea are provided too. Nothing was too much trouble for the friendly staff. I stayed with 15 others on a trip to Sarajevo and we all really enjoyed the hotel and the city, even trying to stay a few days longer it was so special. As the hotel is right in the centre parking is a nightmare, so leave the hire car in the car park nearby if you have one.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled on business
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Bellevue, Washington
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Reviewed 23 April 2009

I can't compare the Astra Garni to any other hotel in Sarajevo as I stayed at the Astra Garni during my one visit. It is a very basic hotel, no frills or luxuries, but then again you don't go to Sarajevo for luxury. The room was rather small and the linens were kind of scruffy. The bathroom was rather large and basic. The best part of the hotel was its central location.

  • Stayed October 2006, travelled on business
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Charleston, South Carolina
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Reviewed 14 October 2008

The rooms are very small and cramped. I was unable to open the closet door because the bed was in the way. I was barely able to walk around the bed. The bathroom was also very small. Bed was uncomfortable. The room had a window which opened towards the outside at the top. You had to stand on a chair to open the window and push it out. The location is fantastic, which is all this hotel has going for it. You step outside and you are in the old town next to shopping and restaurants. Breakfast was included and was descent.

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  • Stayed October 2008, travelled on business
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Reviewed 31 August 2008

Nice central location. Top floor bedroom was slightly small (with huge bathroom). Breakfast let down (basement is never a nice place to start your day).

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  • Stayed August 2008, travelled on business
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Randers, Denmark
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60 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 1 March 2007

Its central - VERY central. Although you get almost no street noise, which makes a restful stay.
My room 311 on the top floor was very small and had a very small window. Could just about get round the double bed, but the cat couldn't swing and there was no view to speak of as the window is about 8 feet up the wall.

I also had problems logging onto the internet from my room, and reception weren't overly bothered about helping me. But theres an internet cafe only 10 metres away.

Overall its a nice enough place. Nice breakfast spread - and even a small weights room for those inclined. Its mostly benches and disc weights, but theres a bike and a cross trainer in there. Its a basement area, so only basic, but useful.

Restaurants and bars a plenty within a 5 minute walk. Parking is VERY limited... so ask when you book.

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  • Stayed March 2007, travelled on business
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Property: Hotel Astra Garni
Address: Kundurdziluk 2, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Region: Bosnia and Herzegovina > Sarajevo Canton > Sarajevo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #36 of 68 Hotels in Sarajevo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Astra Garni 3*
Number of rooms: 49
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