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HOTEL BRISTOL SARAJEVO REVIEW
Hotel Bristol Sarajevo is a beautiful four-star hotel oriented towards those who primarily are visiting Sarajevo on business. Like many business hotels, Bristol is located in an industrial area near the U.S. Embassy, train and bus station. The property is approximately two miles west of Old Town Sarajevo.
Interesting Fact: The Bristol is located on what was known as “Sniper Alley“, a notoriously deadly road that was lined with snipers during the Bosnian War. During the war, civilians had to sprint across the road and hide behind armored vehicles in order to avoid being shot by snipers hiding in nearby buildings and mountains in the distance.
So, why did we choose to stay at a business oriented hotel for our stay in Sarajevo? Well, the answer is simple. We thought it would be nice to treat ourselves to something a little “higher end” than what we’ve been staying in over the course of the last few weeks of traveling through Europe.
Not to say that our accommodations haven’t been incredible thus far, because they have.
DELUXE KING ROOM
Our Deluxe King Room was bright, spacious and exactly what you would expect from just about any four-star hotel in the world. The bed was undeniably comfortable with its four-inch thick comforter and down-filled pillows.
The work desk/office space was a little on the weak side as far as we’re concerned. We felt as if it was a little too small and uninteresting for such a grand looking room. In our opinion, a nice, big, fancy desk would suit this room perfectly.
A mini-refrigerator was built into the desk and was stocked with two complimentary waters and two juices each day.
The large LCD TV mounted on the wall at the foot of the bed was never used but Liz sure enjoyed the fact that it displayed “Welcome Liz!”
Although we don’t usually make use of televisions when we’re on the road, we can only imagine what it would be like to return from a business meeting, hop into that super comfortable King sized bed and flick on the television to catch up with what’s going on in the world.
- Complimentary High Speed Internet/Wi-Fi
- Work Desk
- In-room Safe
- LCD Television
- Complimentary beverages (Water/Juice)
The bathroom was the definition of luxurious. It was equipped with an incredibly powerful rain shower as well as a large bathtub for those of you who like to kick back in a bath full of bubbles after a long day.
The wellness center is home to a small fitness center, a beautiful pool, sauna and spa. Liz and I used both the fitness facilities and the pool a couple times during our stay and we really enjoyed them. Access to the wellness center is complimentary for all guests.
The hotel is approximately 10 minutes walking distance from the central train and bus stations. It’s a 40-45 minute walk to Old Town Sarajevo where you can find sights such as the Latin Bridge, the Romeo & Juliet Bridge, Sebilj, and more.
There are several grocery stores in the area within 5-10 minutes. Restaurants are few and far between (Recommendation: Trattoria Uno – next door to Hotel Bristol) but the hotel itself has an on-site restaurant that serves up quality food at reasonable prices.
Overall, we really enjoyed our stay at Hotel Bristol. While the hotel was a little further from town than we would have preferred, it was nice to relax and get caught up on some much needed work during our stay in Sarajevo.
We really loved having the fitness cener and pool in the hotel as well as the free buffet style breakfast each morning.
If you’re planning on visiting Sarajevo on business or you want to stay somewhere that is away from all the action, Hotel Bristol is the place to be.
ISSUES & CONCERNS
We encountered a few minor issues during our stay at Hotel Bristol Sarajevo and in all fairness, it’s our job to fill you guys in on the good and the bad of our stays.
- The Staff – I’m not sure what it was about the staff at Bristol. As soon as we arrived we were met by a couple of staff members who didn’t seem too interested in answering our questions about the local area around the hotel. All the answers were very short and borderline awkward at times. There were a few times that we received adequate customer service during our stay, but many times it felt as if it was more of a task to ask them a question than it was to just look up the information ourselves.
- The Shuttle Service – The hotel has a shuttle service that takes you to Old Town Sarajevo but it only runs three times per day. Given that it’s such a short drive, we couldn’t seem to understand why this service wouldn’t run every hour or even every two hours. The shuttle schedule was inconvenient with transfers running (off the top of my head) at 10:30 AM, 3PM and 4:30 PM.
Interesting Fact: Hotel Bristol was named Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Leading Hotel by World Travel Awards in 2012 and 2013 (link).
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