My stay at Patio Hostel was nothing special. It started on an odd note, with the front desk guy giving me a handful of keys, telling me to find the one for my room and then asking me to return all the other keys to the front desk (four floors below me). There were some other dissatisfying things, such as their failure to enforce hostel rules (the other guests in my dorm room left food and alcohol all over, which could have attracted pests, and the front desk said there was nothing they could do), two of the five common area computers not working, the general grime of the common room itself and the dead atmosphere in the hostel bar. On the plus side the location was good, my four-bed ensuite dorm room had some nice people coming in and out during my stay, and the patio was a good place to paint my toenails! While I was in town I met some travelers staying across the street at Hostel Blues, which I discovered had a much better atmosphere and facilities and would be my choice if I returned to Bratislava on a backpacker budget.
I had a very nice time at the hostel Patios. For only 11 Euros per night, the services rendered were just beyond expectation. The kitchen is very clean and tea is free. No breakfast though. There are lockers, TV, internet, common room, washing facilities and the railway station is 15 minutes walk from it. The entrance to the hostel is pretty unimpressive and looks like an old garage, and at night, is very dark, but please overlook them as it is safe and the best place at such a cheap price. Somebody had suggested that if I wanted to see Vienna and Prague, I should save some money by staying at Bratislava and that would also give me the opportunity to see this upcoming european city. I am happy to have taken that suggestion seriously. I not only saved a lot, but also, during my whole tour, liked this city more tha vienna and prague. (MY personal opinion!!!!)
The interiors of this hostel is very clean and nice and uncongested. The staff is very very good and friendly, a little problem with english but that's not too serious.
Unique Quality: Good staff and great place.
Met an english family on the airport coach into town, they had a reservation for the hostel, and I decided to join them. Not a bad idea, it was almost midnight and I would otherwise had chosen the first, and probably most expensive hotel.
The hostel is in the middle of a block, which means we were not bothered by traffick noises, even though it is centrally located in old town. The entrance is a dark alley, but don`t worry. There are sencors which turn on the light as you enter.
The british family paid a little over 11,000 SK for two triple rooms for three days, I paid 450 for a bed i a six bed dorm for one night. There is a 30 SK tourist tax per adult, and a 300 SK deposit for the key.
Unique Quality: The place is clean, and the straff very friendly and helpful. They are pleased to help you finding train schedules and other info on internet.
Directions: Old town, not far from the presidents palace.
There is a signpost in the roof at the railway station, with adress, phone no and directions on how to get there.
Oh boy.. I had a great time at this hostel. It was the fellow backpackers that made the experience though. Met some great Danish guys and a bunch of Scottish girls. Rooms were very clean and the hostel was undergoing constant upgrades.... they were expanding the main tv room. Staff was very friendly, and very knowledgable of the city. Definately worth a stay!
Unique Quality: Nice patio, were you can have bbqs and just chill out. Crappy thing is, they have very weird neighbours... if there is any noise after 10 pm, they call the cops ... and trust me its not fun dealing with the Bratislavian Police ... but thats another story :)
Oh there is also a Tesco Supermarket nearby, very usefull for those early morning beerfood runs:)
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