Where to Stay in Bratislava: Best Areas & Hotels

Best Areas to Stay in Bratislava
Best Areas to Stay in Bratislava
Where to stay in Bratislava - Best areas and hotels
Where to stay in Bratislava – Best areas and hotels

Where to stay in Bratislava – What You Need to Know

Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is one of the most enchanting and magical cities in Central Europe.

Located in the west of the country, very close to the Austrian border, the city offers palaces, markets, baroque churches, castles and parks.

Unlike other Western European capitals like Rome or Berlin, Bratislava is still an inexpensive place to stay, with even lower rates than those found in Budapest or Prague. Even five-star hotels such as the Arcadia Hotel have very cheap rates.


The Staré Mesto or Old Town is definitely the best area to stay in Bratislava if you want to be close to everything. Here you’ll find all kinds of properties, from backpacker hostels to charming boutique hotels, including international chain hotels.

The quality of accommodation in Bratislava is also very good, that said, it is best to have a look at the reviews of customers who have already stayed there. For your peace of mind, this guide of the best areas to stay in Bratislava only includes accommodation options with a rating of 80/100 or higher.

This is a guide about where to stay in Bratislava.

Accommodation Options in Bratislava

Hotels in Bratislava

The best hotels to stay in Bratislava

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Hostels and cheap stays in Bratislava

Apartments in Bratislava

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Bed & Breakfast in Bratislava

Inns, B&Bs and guest houses in several areas around Bratislava


The Best Areas to Stay in Bratislava

1. Best area: Staré Mesto

Staré Mesto literally means “Old Town”.

It is the Historic Quarter of the city and the best area to stay in Bratislava if you want to be close to the attractions and get around on foot in town.

The narrow streets of the Old Town are full of charm. Pedestrianized alleys, medieval buildings, baroque churches, squares and shops.

It is also a good area for nightlife, with many cafes, restaurants, beer gardens and bars.

There are many accommodation options in the Staré Mesto, many of which are located in refurbished medieval buildings.

Where to stay in Bratislava - Staré Mesto
Where to stay in Bratislava – Staré Mesto

What makes this the best area to stay in Bratislava

  • Central Bratislava
  • Accessible on foot
  • Shops and markets
  • Good area for nightlife
  • Medieval buildings
  • Bratislava Cathedral
  • Michael’s Gate

Hand-Picked Hotels in This Area

  • Our Top Pick

    Modern Austria Trend Hotel Bratislava is a four-star hotel with spacious and comfortable rooms and contemporary decoration located in the heart of Bratislava.

  • Budget Option

    Garni Hotel Virgo is a small budget hotel with a high rating, located in the centre of Bratislava, next to the castle and 200 metres from the Old Town Square.

  • Midrange Option

    The Art Hotel William sports a contemporary decor and spacious rooms in the best area to stay in Bratislava.

  • Luxury Option

    Hotel Arcadia is a 5-star boutique hotel set in a 13th-century building 50 metres from the main square. It has a spa and a gym.


2. Petrzalka

Petrzalka is the largest municipality in Bratislava. It is located on the right bank of the Danube River.

This area was built mainly during the Iron Curtain era in Czechoslovakia, so it has a very high skyline, formed by of prefabricated concrete high-rises built in the purest Soviet style. The New Bridge or UFO Bridge is the icon of this area.

Life in Petrzalka has improved in recent years and the district offers residents and visitors many green spaces for recreation and sport, including Bratislava’s largest garden – Sad Janka Krála and the river walk along the Danube.

It is an interesting district that offers, from its tall buildings, a fantastic view of the Staré Mesto.

Where to stay in Bratislava - Petržalka
Where to stay in Bratislava – Petržalka

What makes this the best area to stay in Bratislava

  • Lively neighbourhood
  • Soviet erea architecture
  • Green spaces
  • Local feel
  • Riverside promenade
  • UFO Bridge

Hand-Picked Hotels in This Area

  • Our Top Pick

    Stay in a boat on the Danube! Botel Dunajský Pivovar is located between the UFO bridge and the old bridge and offers unique accommodation on a boat with a private brewery.

  • Budget Option

    Hotel Viktor is a modern three-star hotel located 1 kilometre from the Petrzalka train station.


3. Nové Mesto

Nové Mesto literally means “New Town”.

It is the district occupying the north and northeast areas of the city of Bratislava.

Nové Mesto is located near the Little Carpathians, and about half of its area is occupied by the Bratislava Forest Park.

It is a quiet residential area full of nature.

Here we also find the Kamzík TV Tower.

Best areas to stay in Bratislava - Nové Mesto
Best areas to stay in Bratislava – Nové Mesto

What makes this the best area to stay in Bratislava

  • Quiet area
  • Cheap hotels
  • Nature

Hand-Picked Hotels in This Area

  • Our Top Pick

    Hotel Brix is a four-star hotel located in the quiet residential district of Kramáre, a green area situated 2 km from the historical centre of Bratislava.

  • Budget Option

    Hotel SET is a convenient four-star hotel in the Nové Mesto district. Polus City Center and Centrál shopping centres are 600 metres away.

  • Luxury Option

    The Lindner Hotel Gallery Central is a fantastic four-star hotel in Nové Mesto. It overlooks the castle of Bratislava. It has a spa and a swimming pool.


4. Rusinov

This area is located to the east of the city it’s Bratislava’s second largest district.

In this area, you will find most industrial buildings in town, as well as extensive residential areas and the Bratislava Airport.

Ruzinov also hosts the Avion Shopping Park mall and the commercial headquarters of many Slovak companies.

It is a good area to stay in Bratislava if your visit to the city is for business.

Hotels in this area are usually cheaper than those in the centre.

What makes this the best area to stay in Bratislava

  • Good for business travellers
  • Business styled hotels
  • Cheap rates
  • Quiet area
  • Shopping
  • Bratislava Airport

Hand-Picked Hotels in This Area

  • Our Top Pick

    The Apollo Hotel Bratislava is a four-star business-style hotel located in the Rusinov district. It has a spa.

  • Budget Option

    The Aviator Garni Hotel Bratislava offers quality accommodation just 500 metres from Bratislava Airport.

  • Luxury Option

    DoubleTree by Hilton Bratislava is a four star hotel of the famous American hotel chain. Contemporary in style, this hotel has two saunas, a gym and a swimming pool.


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