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Hotel Anja
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Reviewed 18 November 2012

We booked into Hotel Anja back in July - no problem as no money would be taken until we checked out. The rooms were delightful -spotlessly clean with all the usual amenities, not all the en-suites are the same size, but all our group were fully satisfied, some had stayed there before and recommended it to us. The food was good and very reasonable. The staff were polite and very helpful -delighted to practice their english and recommend sights to see. The location is in a prime position opposite the new impressive state buildings on the other side of the river, Museum of Archaeology, ANother Museaum and the Macedonia Office of the Foreign Minister. Just the other side of the Stone bridge (2 minutes) was the National History Museum and the Holocaust Museum and a little further the old bazaar. Everything walkable. Statues abound, anew one to Alexander the Great, King Phillip the second his father and many more. Two more new bridges going up across from the hotel to the Museum, adorned with many statues of national figures. Justinain and St Clement by the Stone Bridge. If you go there visit the Caravanserrais, one a resuarant and one a historic centre as well the Turkish baths. There is also the Museum of historic Macedonian Cultural history. Word of warning - night club nearby so can be a little noisy until midnight Tuesday - Saturday.

Room Tip: There is no swimming pool and no fitness centre. This is a no frills excellent value budget hotel.
  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Nicholas F
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Reviewed 4 October 2012

The hotel is located in the city center, 15 minute walk to the bus station, 50 feet from the famous bridge and statute of Alexander, 5 mins walk to the old town bazaar, and on the river banks across from the new government building. Great price for the room.

Room #1 was directly above the Anja restaurant which meant you would hear the music till the restaurant closed at 1am. Furthermore, there was some sort of generator in the restaurant that hummed very loud and made it virtually impossible to sleep until it was shut off at 1am each night when restaurant closed (930pm on Sunday). The room was a little dirty, and very cold and the bathroom was tiny. The hotel runs sort of like a hostel, so keep this in mind when you arrive and check in at the restaurant or if you have any concerns during your stay as staff are difficult to locate. Yes, checkout is annoying also because you have to walk around the restaurant trying to find someone involved in hotel. A real annoyance if you checkout at 5 am when restaurant is closed and there is nothing but the security guard in restaurant. The rooms are all on the 2nd floor and the main entrance to these rooms did not appear very secure, the door handle itself appeared to have been recently pried and had not yet been repaired. This entrance is also connected to the shopping mall, so not secure and accessible to anyone. I was forced to leave a day early because i needed to get sleep.
I would not recommend this hotel unless you are on a strict budget, but even in that case i would say don't risk staying at the Anja.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled solo
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3  Thank Leslie B
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Reviewed 27 September 2012

The loud music and partying in the street at night made it impossible to sleep, so I wont come back. Apart from that it was very central and decent if you don't expect more than a clean bed and shower, wifi worked well.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled on business
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Thank HMJB
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Reviewed 11 September 2012

My room at Guesthouse Anja was very special. It wasn’t situated in the hotel complex, but at the gable of the building at the first floor with a door straight out to a pedestrian street. The room was only finished for 2 months ago, so it was very fresh and well equipped and the internet worked very well. They had no reception, so the check in was at their bar downstairs and the room bill was paid to a man in the bar with the office in his pocket. The staff was very friendly. For the breakfast at the restaurant you could choose from a menu with several fixed alternatives, maybe a little poor, but OK. Guesthouse Anja is situated in the Centre of the town, near to the Stone Bridge with the Old Bazaar at the other side. The Macedonia Square with the giant Alexander the Great statue was only a minute away. If you want they can pick you up from the airport and take you back after your stay for 15 Euro per journey.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled solo
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3  Thank leffex
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Reviewed 7 August 2012

We have made a reservation for Anja, 3 weeks in advance based on the very good comments on Tripadvisor. And the hotel confirmed the rooms. We were travelling 4 adults with 2 kids at an age of 8, a clean and comfortable hotel in a walking distance to square, old bazaar etc. was the main criteria.
After spending 5 days in Ohrid, in the last 2 nights of our trip we were going to stay in Anja. When we arrived there at around 6:00 pm, after a whole day drive on the mountain road, Igor welcomed us and said, “ sorry you don’t have a room, it has been sold” . He said it is mistake made by his collegue and added all the nonsense and conflicting stories around. In any case we haven’t been informed until we get there, no mail or no call. Speaking in perfect turkish, he suggested to take us to one other hotel they own, Bianca, which is very close and they have rooms available. We have accepted to see it. He took us far far away from the square, where the houses and apartments started. And the place was very similar to those highway pensions, with a very small room with no window at all, terribly damp and moldy that you cannot even breathe in…
We said we cannot stay there, this is no where near what we have booked for and looking for… Then, the tone of the conversation changed. He was in “take it or leave it mood”. .. we have asked whether he can help us finding a more suitable place,a hotel or a friend he could call etc…He told us long stories around why this is a very good place to stay in ( a very rich area of the city, when we turn on the ac no mold at all, there is a shortcut that we could walk to city center etc.) without even listening to our concerns etc., but at the end , no help at all.. In the mean time becasue we have lost a lot of time, we were about to miss the time to deliver back the rental cars. We were squeezed !!!
While trying to sort out issues one by one, we have asked Igor, whether we can make up our mind in an hour. Because it was becoming late, and in case we cannot find a place to sleep in, as a last resort we could spend the night in here. As expected, there was a queu(!!!) for the rooms, and he was doing a favor in price bla bla, but he unwillingly gave us some time.. He left us in there, in the garden of the hotel.. In the middle of nowhere for us..… 2 kids, lots of luggages, and 2 cars to be delivered … if we were at the city center we could have looked for places by walk… but we are stucked…our only choice was mobile phones and internet..
The receptionist in the place where we are left, was very rude at the same time.. while we are trying to find an alternative place to sleep in, by calling numbers from internet from our mobile phones, the receptionist was implying that we cannot use wifi because we havent decided to stay there yet…she was really annoying… the pressure was great from all ends, cause in the mean time kids became so hungry, and more terribly they needed a pee… and guess what, no one helped … and thanks to guys from the car rental office, they have gave us two hotel names.. even called the hotels for us …we finally found rooms, 30% more expensive of what we have booked for previously… a place in the same shopping mall with Anja.. Hotel City Central International.. The hotel and the staff saved our day… although there are some issues, I will comment on, on their page separately…
All the nice things that has been said about the Hotel Anja and the staff, Igor and Elizabeta, has to be thought twice …when things are going well it is always easy to be helpfull.. But our experience was a terrible one.. I can tolerate the mistakes people make… but when people are in trouble becasue of those mistakes, I would then expect to see real help and support and friendlines..and help is not trying to convince me to stay in a terrible place, far far away from my needs, becasue I have no choice..!!!!
Anyway, be careful… make sure you have a valid reservation…. And call and check before you arrive.. although this does not guarantee your stay..!!

Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
5  Thank KubraBO
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