I stayed at the four star Hotel Danubia Gate in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava for three nights in June 2014 on a complimentary basis. This small, independent hotel is located a five minute walk from the Old Town. The hotel had arranged a taxi transfer, which usually costs 16 Euro. The driver was waiting for me when I arrived at Bratislava Airport.
I was initially allocated a standard double room on the first floor. However, when I entered the room I picked up a smell of cigarette smoke. I wasn’t sure about the smoking regulations in Slovakia, so returned to reception to request another room. The receptionist informed me that all rooms in the hotel were non-smoking and that there was a smoking balcony between floors and a coffee shop in which you could smoke.
I was given another room on the second floor. I felt that there was some faint smell of cigarette smoke there as well, which dissipated after opening the window for a few minutes. I then wondered if the smell was a build up in the room due to the very hot weather and the window not having been opened for some time if the air-conditioning had been in heavy use.
My room was quite distinctive with a wave pattern in several places including the headboard, the fridge door, the carpet and the chairs. It was great to have a kettle and a safe, which was large enough to hold my netbook.
The room was well maintained, I didn’t spot any of the usual scuff marks on paintwork, or stains on the carpet, that you find in many hotel rooms. The double glazing was pretty effective at keeping out exterior noise. There was a lovely old building, used as a school, opposite my room.
The bathroom was a good size. The shower cubicle had two shower heads, so it took me a couple of minutes to work out how to operate it.
The desk was large with a comfy swivel chair. The free WiFi signal was consistently top notch, it was as fast as the wired broadband in my office for uploading photos. There was a computer in the room, which ran on Windows XP. I stuck to my own netbook, so that I didn’t have to enter all my passwords.
I was happy with the housekeeping service. My room was cleaned when I was out. Due to the heat, I was returning to the hotel a couple of times during the day to cool off.
There was a kid’s play corner on the first floor of the hotel.
The buffet breakfast was excellent, with a wide choice of fresh fuit, cereals, cold meats and cheeses. There was also some hot food including sausages, eggs, baked beans and a mix of courgettes, aubergines and peppers. Breakfast was served from 7am to 10am on weekdays, and until 11am at weekends. The restaurant staff were extremely friendly and welcoming.
Overall, I was impressed by the Hotel Danubia Gate. My room was spacious, comfortable, very well equipped with fast, free WiFi and the breakfast was really good. It was a pity that I initially had an issue with odour in the room, as that was the only negative thing I experienced during my three night stay.
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