Grand Hotel Pristina
The "Not-So-Grand" Hotel
The "Not-So-Grand" Hotel, located in the heart of downtown Pristina is a Communist relic. Though very large, the hotel lobby is depressing and dark, the restaurants located inside the hotel are eerily empty and otherwise questionable, and the rooms are said to be dirty and often infested with bugs.
I will say that unlike most other hotels held over from the Communist era, the staff are friendly and eager to be of assistance.
If traveling to Pristina, opt for the numerous less-expensive and higher quality options, such as the Hotel Ora or Hotel Royal.
Unique Quality: Like stepping inside a Communist time-capsule
Directions: Center of downtown Pristina - one of the largest buildings composing the skyline.
5-Stars When The Power is On
With nearly 370 rooms, the Grand Hotel in Pristina is probably one of the most recognized due to its size and location near the UN Headquarters. The hotel claims to be 5-stars and perhaps was when it was first built (somewhere in the 1960's is an educated guess!)
The lodgings are always said to be "not so grand" and not really worth the asking price. People have frequently complained about shoddy furniture, thin-bare carpeting, cockroaches and other bugs, and dirty bed linens.
A single room goes for between 40-60E/night. Whereas a double-room is an astounding 90E/night.
There is much more affordable and nicer lodgings within a few blocks.
Unique Quality: Perhaps the most redeeming quality of the Grand Hotel is the large cafe and courtyard attached to the property. It is a nice place to sit during the summer and have an ice-cream or cool drink.
There is a small gift shop off the lobby.
Pristina's main hotel
I had the good fortune to have booked a suite which, whilst spacious, was quaintly minimalist. The place has seen better days in the 70's and clearly a lot of the fixtures and fittings were originals. The staff were very helpful...and there were lots of them - in the bar area, which is not huge, there must have been 6 or 7 people on. Whilst the Grand Hotel does give the impression from the outside, and from the website, of being high class - it is fair to say that it is a struggling giant.
The hotel manager was very flexible in allowing me to stay in my room beyond the normal check-out time as my flight was late in the afternoon. The website states that it has a shuttle service, with pictures of a fleet of shiny cars...whilst they provided me with an efficient journey to the airport...it was in a beaten up VW Polo...but who cares
Breakfast is in a place that looks like an East European Butlins room ( well my memories from going to Butlins in the 60's) with an austere young girl at the door ticking your room number off. The cooked breakfast was safe - it looked as though it had been cooking for most of the night.
I don't think I would recommend this hotel - there are a number of newer hotels in the same district - which is essentially the centre of Pristina...Hotels Ambassador / Dion / Pristina
This hotel is centrally located with friendly and pleasant accomodation. Wireless internet is free as is breakfast and rooms are clean and comfortable. The food is good. Staff friendly and helpful and they seem to make things work.
It's my base of operations in Pristina
Great Location Hotel
I was never guest in this hotel but i did accomodate lots of people and all of them where happy. Lounge Bar and Restoaurant have great chef and waiters speak English and few of them even German and French. This hotel is used by most of VIPs visiting Prishtina.
Unique Quality: It is very centraly located, in walking distance to mayor places to see and visit. During the summer, a outdoor lounge works.
Hard to miss! [UPDATED REVIEW]
My husband has now stayed at the Grand Hotel. His review is: >>FORMERLY Grand! A seedy, 3rd rate, not maintained dump
This is THE hotel in Pristina -- the center of all important activity -- the place to meet.
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