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 Arcadia Hotel have very cheap rates.

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.

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.

This is a guide about where to stay in Bratislava.

Accommodation in Bratislava

The best areas to stay in Bratislava

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

Why stay here:

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

Hand-picked hotels in Staré Mesto

  •  Our Top Pick
  •  Budget Option
  •  Midrange Option
  •  Luxury Option
88/100

Austria Tren Hotel Bratislava

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

from €74
84/100

Garni Hotel Virgo

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

from €54
85/100

Art Hotel William

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

from €72
91/100

Hotel Arcadia

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.

from €99
 

 

 

Petrzalka

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

Why stay here:

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

Hand-picked hotels in Petrzalka

  •  Our Top Pick
  •  Budget Option
91/100

Botel Dunajsky Pivovar

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 private brewery.

from €81
81/100

Hotel Viktor

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

from €54
 

 

 

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

Why stay here:

  • Quiet area
  • Cheap hotels
  • Nature

Hand-picked hotels in Nové Mesto

  •  Our Top Pick
  •  Budget Option
  •  Luxury Option
86/100

Hotel Brix

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

from €72
84/100

Hotel SET

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

from €54
89/100

Lindner Hotel Gallery Central

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 swimming pool.

from €99
 

 

 

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 center.

Why stay here:

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

Hand-picked hotels in Rusinov

  •  Our Top Pick
  •  Budget Option
  •  Luxury Option
81/100

Apollo Hotel Bratislava

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

from €59
85/100

Aviator Garni Hotel Bratislava

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

from €34
87/100

DoubleTree by Hilton Bratislava

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.

from €99
 

 

 
About the Author

My name is Luis Cicerone. When I was little, I would walk around the house with an atlas in my hand. My rainy Sundays were spent memorising maps and capitals. At fifteen I did my first solo trip and since then I travel whenever I can. I work in travel marketing. I love photography, movies and cat videos.

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