It was my second stay in Skopje but my first at the Continental, The first time I stayed at the Ambassador in the center, 50€ "special price" and it was a ripoff.
The continental is outside the city center, on the way to the airport, 20' walk or 5' by taxi. there are always taxis outside and everywhere you go costs around 60 denars (1€). Taxi drivers don't usually overcharge, they have meters and will give you a receipt.
ok, the hotel: the hotel is a classic, but you have to bear in mind where you are and what to expect or demand.
If you are looking for a full western/american/sterilized experience, go to the Big western or the Holiday inn, they are really close to McDonald's too so you'll feel at home all the way.
The Continental keeps that soviet mystique, the big foyer, the mirror walls, an amazing single piece concrete staircase, the bar.. the amazing bar with the glass works and glass chandeliers dripping from the ceiling, surrounded by these massive black leather sofas placed around small tables. Black wooden wall with lamps here and there, white stone floors and massive windows on the sides give this lounge an incredible atmosphere.
Breakfast is plain but eficient (eggs, self-toast-toast, cereals, coffee, juice and so on), if you're lavishing for those 32 types of fruit breakfast go to Brazil not Macedonia. Waiters are friendly and helpful.
The rooms are plain, big windows that actually open, some signs of age specially in the toilet, air conditioned, but overall comfortable. How much time do you spend in your bedroom anyway?
Front desk service is "bureaucratic", I read in a previous review, yes it is, but no more than in any other hotel. Apart from that they were amazingly helpful and friendly.
Other things, there is free wireless in rooms up until the 4th floor and the bar closes at 10pm, so if you were thinking in having that late night drink before going to bed, have it in town or have them fill the mini bar on your arrival, because there is nothing close that is open late.
Apart from that, loved it. If you go try and go up those concrete stairs from the ground floor to the 1st floor, there you will find an amazing selection of "abandoned" conference rooms and bars, all in that amazing soviet style, full of atmosphere and nostalgia. Sit down, have a cigarette and a drink (bring it from the bar downstairs) and imagine the place 30years ago, when it was probably The hotel in Skopje where people would have meetings and go for business dinners. If you are a sucker for eastern block's details, I'm sure you will love it.
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- Also Known As:
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