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“Great Location, Great Room, Great Service”
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Hotel Pelister
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Hotel Pelister
Ranked #13 of 73 Skopje B&B and Inns
Reviewed 6 June 2013

We found the Hotel Pelister rather by accident, after what seemed like a never-ending, hot, humid and dreary walk into Skopje Centre from the Hotel Portal (see separate review for this disaster of a place). Relieved to find the square and the huge statue of Alexander the Great (an excellent landmark), we were actually looking for a restaurant for lunch and I thought I recognized the Pelister Restaurant, which is on one corner of the square right behind Alexander, from TripAdvisor. The restaurant is, in fact Number 1 for Skopje restaurants on TripAdvisor and, in our opinion, deservedly so: interesting, very extensive menu, excellent food and drinks, cheap prices and fabulous service. We had Meatballs and Shopska Salad and drinks for under AUD$15 total….all good…and while dining, we realized that the Pelister also had accommodation in the building so, out of curiosity (and because we were really unhappy with the Hotel Portal), we went upstairs and inquired if they had something available for our remaining two nights in Skopje. Our luck was in, given that the hotel only has six rooms and, even luckier was that they were offering a 25% discount and throwing in an ‘ anything you want’ breakfast. We could have booked a cheaper room, but we opted for their corner suite, which has fabulous views over the square and includes a Jacuzzi tub, a full dining-table, a living room with a big flat-screen TV and a DVD player and a computer nook, with free WiFi thrown in. Under normal circumstances, we wouldn’t consider staying right in the middle of a capital city. However, Skopje is very small for a capital (just over 500,000 people) and May is before Peak Season, so it wasn’t overly busy, crowded or noisy at all (remember, we had just come from Istanbul too!). Actually, the suite was pretty quiet – the square is a pedestrian area, so there is no traffic noise and we only heard a bit of noise from the restaurant and the noise from the fountain when we opened the window. Everything was new, super-clean and working, breakfasts were great and the lovely young woman from Reception (Layla?) was so helpful…we received great service all round and ended up having just about every meal at the restaurant. Yes, at €128 per night, it was a bit more than double the price of the Hotel Portal, but it was worth every Eurocent…and we got our passports back less than ten minutes after checking in and weren’t asked for any payment until we checked out. A much nicer way to welcome strangers to Macedonia!

Being in the centre also has the advantages of being near the main sights: the Old Bazaar area, the Shopping Malls (and there are a couple of big, modern ones), Mother Theresa’s Memorial House and the various museums, including the really interesting Holocaust Memorial Center for the Jews of Macedonia. Do it!

Room Tip: Splurge and get the corner suite...it's worth it.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 May 2013

This hotel is part of a huge restaurant on Skopje's main square. The restaurant's outdoor terrace buzzes night and day, but the rooms are quiet. There are only six, and you're lucky as we were to snag on on short notice, you won't be disappointed. Probably best to reserve ahead since there really are no other places right on the square. Rooms are all new and come with anything you want for breakfast from the restaurant. The staff was friendly and helpful. They arranged to have some laundry done for us on a Saturday morning and have it back by Saturday afternoon.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

This hotel has changed its name to the Pelister which is the building's original name. It is located in the main square and overlooks the fountain, Stone Bridge and Kale Fortress.
We checked in late in the evening with the restaurant staff downstairs and chose a suite. We ordered a bottle of Prosecco and sat at the window in our room watching the fountain and its lights 'perform' to the music! We ate breakfast downstairs in the restaurant where Leila looked after us perfectly. Nothing is too much trouble for the staff here. There are only 6 rooms and all are immaculately clean and recently refurbished. There was noise from the cleaners in the restaurant early in the morning but don't let this put you off staying here!

Room Tip: The suite - room 12 is very spacious and is on the corner with superb vistas
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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank mariannehoyymanana
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Reviewed 29 July 2011

We were really happy with our two-nights stay in Dal Met Fu. Room was modern and very clean, location was very central. Downstairs was a good restaurant, also breakfast was included. Room was nice and quiet even though it was just above the restaurant and the busy street. Reception was very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Kathy189934
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Reviewed 15 June 2010

Modern, very good menu, great food, consistent service, and great view of the square...you must sit outside in the summer to appreciate. The waitresses have great summertime uniforms! I have dined at Del Met Fu many times., never been disappointment. Highly Recommended!

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled on business
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2  Thank B G
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Reviewed 28 April 2009

Booked this hotel after reading recommendations on this site. I'm not a fussy traveller by any means but my biggest gripe was the amount of noise between 2am-4am generated by the cleaners in the restaurant below. This happened every night. Not knowing the source of the noise the first night I honestly thought the room next door was being renovated! If you can imagine the cleaners below scraping every restaurant chair along the wooden floor so they could vacuum - you might get the picture. Chinese torture. As I gathered that every room was on the same floor (i.e. the 1st floor) I wouldn't imagine this would be different for any other room.

There were 2 hotel staff from what I could gather; one (seemingly the owner) sadly did not exactly go out of her way to make us feel welcome. Okay, language may be a barrier but it still doesn't prevent folk from at least appearing to make the extra effort. The other member of staff on the other hand was very friendly and helpful. The front desk is not frequently staffed but this isn't really a problem; a quick hop down the stairs to the restaurant and word soon gets around followed by a rapid appearance.

The restaurant below was excellent. Good staff, good variety, reasonably decent standard food and modestly priced. If you're a non-smoker however then beware. This isn't a fair critic of the restaurant however because the entire Balkan states are one large ashtray!

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled with friends
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2  Thank stevenabell
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Reviewed 27 April 2009

Stayed in Skopje for 4 days. The Dal Met Fu is in the hub of the city. Only six rooms which are clean and well equiped with great views over main square. Restaurant down stairs for breakfast, which we ate nearly all our meals in, it was so convenient and reasonable. This was the place to be seen in, always bustling, with a large area outside to have coffee and meals when the weather allowed. So glad I chose this hotel, as others that had interested us were much further out of the city and not nearly so convenient.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Pershore8
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Address: Macedonian Square b.b., Skopje 1000, Republic of Macedonia
Region: Republic of Macedonia > Skopje Region > Skopje
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Ranked #13 of 73 B&Bs / Inns in Skopje
Price Range: £1 - £2 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 348

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