The sheer opulence and somewhat over-the-top furnishings and supersized everything might suggest mafia chic. But this hotel is an oasis in the center of gritty Pristina, with enormous comfortable rooms, a sumptuous and delicious breakfast, and a superb spa and pool. The service and efficient friendliness of the staff were impressive -- when chocolate sauce from a cappuccino accidentally ended up on my shirtsleeve at breakfast, an avuncular waiter with a warm cloth arrived within nanoseconds to clean it off.
When it comes to five star hotels, it is the details that matter, and everything at Swiss Diamond was well-thought out, from the automatic shoe shine machine in the lobby to help clean off the ubiquitous dust of Pristina to the furry bathrobe and slippers provided for the spa, where there is even separate sulphur and infared saunas.
The place is spilling over with well-healed internationals in bespoke tailoring, giving the feeling that you are living in a modern-day Balkan Raj. Indeed, the only jarring thing about this hotel may be the economic deprivation and lack of development outside its gilded doors. Still, there is no place in Pristina I would rather stay. And it is perhaps a sign of progress that Europe's newest country has a luxury hotel that rivals some of the greatest capitals on the continent. Bravo!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Swiss Diamond Hotel Prishtina brings its distinctive style and sense of Swiss tradition and luxury to the city of Prishtina. The 140 rooms and suites, 4 Restaurants and Bars, executive floors and an exclusive Diamond Club, The Iliria and Ulpiana Restaurants, Lounge Bar and Diamond Club are all designed to create the exclusive experience of the Swiss Diamond lifestyle in a luxurious, yet welcoming, setting. The new hotel also features the first Wellness Center at this caliber in Kosovo, a total area of approx 1200 m2. The Wellness Center includes: Heated Indoor Swimming Pool, Fitness Room with state-of-the art equipment, Yoga Room, 6 Massage Rooms, 3 Solarium, Salt Sauna, Ice Cave, Steam Sauna, 2 Finnish Saunas, Infrared Sauna, Turkish Bath, 3 Jacuzzis and 1 Relaxation Room. ... more less
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