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“Cozy, well located, with great service in a GEM of a town”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Salamander

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“Cozy, well located, with great service in a GEM of a town”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

Salamander Hotel, Banska Stiavnica
Nice place to stay in an absolutely enchanting medieval town
Cozy hotel with welcoming and extremely helpful staff, well located in the medieval town. [Yes it is worth the the trouble to get to Banksa Stiavnica!] Breakfast (5 Euro) offers cheeses, meats, yogurt and eggs cooked to order. Laundry service available. Very good wifi. One English TV channel (CNN).

Banska Stiavnica is a real gem—every bit as charming as towns on the Alsace wine route but much less visited. To reach it, take the train to Zvolen (there are two stops, be careful to get out at the main station: Osobna stanica), cross the street to the bus station and ask for the bus to Banska Stiavnica (possibly lane 3). You can buy a ticket on board the bus (2.10 Euro) for the 45 minute trip. From the Banska Stiavnica bus terminal get a taxi in the adjacent supermarket parking lot for 1.50 euro to the hotel.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Bratislava, Slovakia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2013

The hotel has a very good location and nice stuff. Our room had windows ending on a balcony, where other guests passed by, so we had to use the curtains. There were many signs of the fact, that the hotel needs renovation and more money from the owners: no glass on the hot tube (only pvc curtain, broken lamp etc), very old towels. Definitely not suitable for honeymoons. But apart from this, the room was cosy and we slept well. Cheese-paring (or perhaps economical problems) of the owner was seen on the breakfast, too. Ham, salami and cheese was apparently cheaper one one can buy in Slovakia. Other problem is the parking. Parking place is only for 2 cars parking without larger problems and without disturbing each other and risking some damages. However, all the cars of the guests have to park there. We wake up early and leaved, so other guests which were blocked by our car could leave too, but I cannot imagine what would happen if we wished to sleep longer and other guest have to leave before.
Once again, the personnel was very nice and helpful, although they had to do everything - the same lady prepared breakfast and simultaneously worked at the reception. Thank to both of the ladies from evening and from morning working time and thank to the fact that we like this town very much was our overall feeling from this hotel good. But the owner should solve many issues to make his hotel better.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013

24 hour easy going staff. Breakfast was great. We were only planning on staying one night but ended up staying for three. Room was beautifully finished with lovely towel arrangement. Only complaint was the shower rose was too low and the hot water took a long time to come.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Lancaster
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69 reviews
38 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2013

This hotel has very friendly staff, rooms are adequately furnished, the location is nice in the centre of Banska Stiavnica. The internet is only available via wi-fi, which, however, only works in the rooms close to the reception. Also, there are other small issues - the room was not perfectly clean on arrival, at breakfast we were once given milk that was (very) off... Breakfast is a sad affair anyway, but at least it's relatively cheap. The hotel is a bit overpriced - for roughly the same price as a "small suite" (more like a room, really) in Salamander (where we were mostly the only guests, the hotel and the town in general were empty) we got a large suite in the centre of Bratislava! However, even with these issues, the stay was pleasant, mostly thanks to the staff.

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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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USA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2011

I am giving this 2 star hotel a rating of four based on the fact that it was well situated, clean and the staff was outstanding. The rooms are old and dated. The beds are a little thin and worn, but staff will bend over backwards to make you stay pleasant. The cafe is also very excellent for breakfast or dinner. I hope they read this and accept our appreciation.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Siilinjarvi, Finland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2010

The hotel is well situated in the lovely town but that's the only good thing about it. The rooms, though big, are poorly cleaned (or not at all), the personnel is unpolite, the breakfast is a joke.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Lancaster
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69 reviews
38 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2009

Nice building from the outside. The room I had (a large room just under the roof) was spacious. Not exactly stylish and felt slightly musty, but adequate. Breakfast - a choice from a menu (scrambled eggs etc.), nothing special. Staff was not very communicative, pay your bill sir and go, bye!
It was okay but the nearby Grand Hotel Matej has a better location and is generally nicer, while the pensions such as Prijemny oddych or Kachelmann probably offer better value.

  • Stayed July 2006, travelled solo
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Property: Hotel Salamander
Address: Jana Palarika 1, Banska Stiavnica 969 01, Slovakia
Region: Slovakia > Banska Bystrica Region > Banska Stiavnica
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Banska Stiavnica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Salamander 3*
Number of rooms: 11
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