The Park Inn Danube Bratislava offers modern rooms with stylish mood lighting and friendly service steps from the Old Town and city sights. The best feature is the fantastic fitness and wellness spa on the premises that puts many upscale hotels to shame. And it’s great value on Radisson Rewards points or cash, you should check it out for your visit to Bratislava!
Location: The Park Inn Bratislava is located on the Southern edge of the old town, overlooking the Danube River and the castle on the hill. You are steps from the pedestrian area, with lots of shops, restaurants, bars and historic sights on your doorstep. The Bratislava train station is 10 minutes by taxi, Bratislava Airport is 15 minutes by taxi and Vienna’s International Airport is 45 minutes by taxi or 1 hour by bus. The Park Inn has a very convenient location for visitors, close to everything, yet quiet enough.
Service & Rewards: The Park Inn Danube Bratislava had just re-opened after renovations less than a week before my arrival. Some of the staff were obviously new to their tasks and needed a little extra time, but they were friendly and attentive throughout. Management was always on hand to assist and address questions or issues.
The front desk acknowledged my request and made an effort to find a quiet room on a high floor. My Radisson Rewards status was noted, but no room upgrade or welcome amenity was offered.
Housekeeping did a thorough job cleaning my room each day, replenished supplies and replaced towels appropriately. They were responsive to requests to make up the room on days I left it late. The staff at the fitness center and spa was great – they were especially friendly and explained equipment and facilities as needed.
Overall, the friendliness and attentiveness of the staff by far outweighed the fact that most were new at their jobs. I expect service to have become even better with experience by the time you read this!
Room: I had a standard Superior King Room, facing the courtyard. While the Park Inn has “upgraded” Superior Rooms with Castle and Danube River views, I prefer the quieter rooms facing the interior courtyard as there are main roads between the hotel and the river and castle respectively.
Being less than a week old, the room still had the “new room smell” (just kidding) – it was still shiny and new with everything in perfect working order. It’s the latest Park Inn brand design, with a lot of white and light grey, dark carpet flooring and some bright accent colors. The King Bed with a soft headboard has a mood lighting strip around it – a nice touch and first time I saw it in a Park Inn. It makes for a good “bed time reading” light. You can also set it to switch colors automatically, giving you more of a disco lighting than I was aiming for. There are power outlets next to the bed to charge your gadgets.
There is a padded, green chair in the corner and a wall panel with the TV and a small shelf facing the bed. Unfortunately, the Park Inn seems to follow the millennial trend of “no desk & chair”, so you won’t be able to get any work done in your room.
The partially open wardrobe holds the tea/coffee facilities as well as the best possible safe: it’s big enough for a laptop, has a power outlet inside to charge your gadgets while you are gone and a light to make sure you don’t leave anything – well done, not even some luxury hotels have this!
The bathroom is split, with a separate door for the toilet and the main bathroom holding the sink and shower. It’s all held in white. The sink has some surrounds for your toiletries and the shower has a partial glass wall. Towels are of good quality and soap/shampoo are provided in dispensers to avoid plastic waste. You also get a large mirror and a wall-mounted hair dryer.
Restaurant & Amenities: The hotel restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Being so close to the old town, I did not try it during my stay. There are a club and another restaurant also on the premises.
My favorite amenities of the Park Inn Bratislava are the fantastic fitness center and Danube Spa. It’s a professional gym that accepts outside members and has a full range of cardio and weight equipment as well as free weights, so you’ll get as good a workout as at your home gym. Access to the gym is free for hotel guests.
Part of the center are a very nice pool and wellness area. The pool is large enough for lap swimming.
From the loungers with padded covers you have a million dollar view of the Church and Bratislava Castle.
Next to the pool is a large jacuzzi tub. The co-ed wellness area has two dry sauna and a steam room, as well as a quiet room separate from the pool to rest and relax.
You receive an electronic armband at the spa entrance that gives you access to the gym, the electronic lockers, as well as the wellness area and pool. All of it is well designed and very high end, putting many upscale and luxury hotels to shame! It’s the best wellness and fitness area I’ve seen in this category of hotel, anywhere. At the time of my visit it was free to use for hotel guests, but they were contemplating to introduce a fee. It would be worth it and I’d recommend to check it out, even if you are not staying at the Park Inn!
Price & Value: I booked the Park Inn Danube Bratislava with Radisson Rewards points at the old rate of 9,000/night (valued at $27), a fantastic bargain! Even at the new rate of 18,000 points/night (or $54) it’s still great value. Cash rates during my stay were $87, also good value, especially compared to prices in nearby Vienna! You can check current prices here!
Bottomline: I was a little worried that the Park Inn Bratislava wouldn’t open after its renovation in time, but it worked out fine! It offers modern rooms with friendly service in a great location in Bratislava’s Old Town. The attached fitness center and spa are some of the best you can find and reason alone to stay here! Prices in cash or points are very good value, making this a good opportunity to use points or meet Radisson stay requirements! I’d recommend the Park Inn Bratislava for a visit to the city and wouldn’t hesitate to stay again.