To start with, the name of the hotel is a joke, because only half of the rooms have a 'nice view'; the other half have a view of the parking lot, which is not very nice, to say the least.
Our large international group hit it off quite badly, with several people having to wait quite a while until they were finally given a room, because 'their bookings could not be found'.
The hotel is much too pricey for what it offers. Overall, it looks tired and lacks atmosphere. My room was pretty basic. I (and several other people in my group) had to ask for towels because there was none in the bathroom. The beach is not clean, and access to the lake is outright dangerous, with slippery steps and a shaky handrail.
The worst of all were my experiences with the hotel staff: neglect, apathy and a mercenary attitude are not what I expected to find here, but I had to face them at every step. Part of it, I suspect, was 'systemic' and a result of poor managerial policy.
It is a shame, because I have held a very romantic view of Ohrid and have been its best ambassador in Australia and elsewhere ever since I visited it many years ago.
No longer after this experience!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Bellevue was built and opened in 1989 (complete renovation 2007) and is a part of Metropol Lake Resort - Ohrid. It's a 4 star hotel, consisting of five floors with mezzanine, ground floor, underground floor, and super underground floor. Located on the shore of Lake Ohrid with private beach and outdoor pools. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bellevue Hotel Ohrid