Value Score Poor Value
Good For Solo
Best hotel in SA for WO 1984
Unique Quality: It is one of the the city's landmarks, an important symbol of Sarajevo, architecturally and historically, and is instantly recognised by visitors to Sarajevo. Sarajevo's iconic Holiday Inn hotel was built for those Olympics and was opened in October 1983, today is in its fourth decade.
Despite its name change ( now called the Olympic Hotel Holiday Sarajevo) for the vast majority of the citizens of B&H it remains simply The Holiday Inn.
The reputation of the hotel was established at the time of the WO and it remained the place to be seen in Sarajevo.
During the aggression on B&H, it found itself located on "Sniper Alley". The area around the hotel was in immediate proximity to the front line.
I stayed at the Holiday Inn Sarajevo for a night this summer. It is very near the the bus stop (national and international lines) as well as the tram. You can take the tram or walk to the city center and the old town. Also taxis are readily available right in front of the hotel to get to the airport. There is a shuttle as well. The hotel lobby has an expensive bar/cafe. Breakfast was included and was pretty good. Cafe Tito is across the street behind the national museum and offers much cheaper drinks and coffee. The hotel could use an update as there are many new hotels that have recently been built, but I am not sure how it compares in price.
Unique Quality: This hotel has historic significance from the war. It also has some traditional Bosnian furniture in the lobby.
Directions: across the street from the National Museum
Someone else was paying for my stay. I don't know who would actually pay the inflated prices to stay here. Although the outside of the Hotel was rebuilt after the war, the rooms appear to have been untouched since the 80's. The restaurant is expensive (obviously), but the Sunday brunch is worth attending.
Facilities are lacking. Exercise equipment is free to use, but the tiny pool costs around $7 to use.
People smoke pretty much everywhere in Sarajevo. Even if you get a non-smoking room, smoke from the lobby will inevidently drift up to your room.
If you have the cash I would stay at the modern Hotel Astra (http://www.hotel-astra.com.ba), or if you're on budget travel there are a few hostels east of the turkish area (also trainstop).
i can't find the english version, but here's an interactive map with all the hotel locations and contact info... http://www.navigator.ba/maps/sarajevo/index.php (select smjestaj and then hoteli)
Unique Quality: The Holiday Inn is where the first shot of the war was fired. A sniper from the 7th floor fired onto protesters in the street, which eventually obtained the nick-name "Sniper's Alley".
The Holiday Inn is mostly famous for surviving the war due to its jounralistic and beauracratic population. You definitely can't miss it-it's bright yellow and can nearly be seen from the bus station. It has 3 Restaurants, 2 bars, Meeting rooms for 450 people, 24 hours room service a gift shop, and an art gallery. It's about a ten minute walk (or more) to the old town and the eternal flame. While it's probably more modern and convienent to stay at the hotel, you'll miss out on some of the local charm by not staying at a pension or private room. Inside, it's pretty much a standard hotel that could be anywhere.
Unique Quality: A/C Public Areas
Foreign Currency Exchange
Dry Cleaning Pickup/Laundry
Safety Deposit Box available at Front Desk
206 Guest Rooms
146 Non-Smoking Rooms
206 Double-Bedded Rooms
52 Single-Bedded Rooms
Rental Car Desk: HERTZ
Kids Eat Free
Health/Fitness Center On-Site
This is probably the hotel most tourists stay in. It's got a great view and you can spot it from anywhere :)
The best Hotel in Sarajevo
Holiday Inn Hotel is a must in Sarajevo by their beautiful bright yellow color. During the seige it was the only functioning hotel in the city. It is surround by shelled buildings but it sufferer least by was frecuented by foreing press. It is a very good hotel but expensive.
A truly ugly hotel.........
This is your typical Holiday Inn.
Unique Quality: The building is the one very unique point of the hotel. It is bright yellow and brown in colour and stands out. Despite the fact that I think the Holiday Inn building in Sarajevo is an ugly duckling it is one of the landmarks of the city, plus with it's unique design it is hard to miss it.
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