Hotel Charm Of The Cold War
The hotel has the perfect location in the centre of Bratislava, right behind the rococo style presidential palace where the president of Slovakia lives. It sits on one of the main streets (Štefanikova), which leads to the railway station with its typically Imperial Austro-Hungarian style architecture. The historical part of the Wilson Hotel was proclaimed as a cultural monument for its incredible architecture. The palace was built in 1881 in neo-baroque style for the city’s main doctor, Vojtech Tauscher. Up until 1989 the building was the registered seat of the Women’s Association and was latterly transformed into a hotel at the turn of the century. From 2011 this prominent building has been welcoming guests as The Loft Bratislava.
Driving towards Bratislava from Vienna is when you realise how lucky the city actually is; it is close to the Schwechat international airport in Vienna and only about 40 minutes from the Slovak capital. Great highway connections to all of the main European transport routes make Bratislava a logistic nirvana. On top of that, it has smoothly working trams and trolleybuses in the city centre. You will probably have no problems getting to the hotel by car and there will also be a spacious underground parking area waiting for you. Parking prices aren’t too high and local cab prices are also decent. Like in many big European cities, distances between places can be quite stretched out, but Bratislava is easily mastered on foot.
COLD APPETIZER - Architecture and Aesthetics
The Loft stands out from the typical hotel scene in Bratislava, because of its concept and interesting architecture between the Wilson palace and the new part of the hotel. Both parts are linked by a neo-industrialist restaurant called Fabrika. Black ceilings, gray walls, wooden tables, and industrial lighting go hand in hand with its theme. Space is defined by a glazed brewery, which is the trademark of the restaurant. Everything combined gives a feeling of homeliness and makes you feel cosy. An almost completely industrial interior is a great contrast to the beautiful palace and the luscious garden, which invites you to sit down and enjoy the sun. There is no lack of special details, such as the battered sofas and retro monochrome pictures of early Hollywood stars and American classic cars.
WARM APPETIZER - Staff and catering
A young staff full of vigour and positivity surprises when you first step through the door. It seems that they have integrated well with the funky-hipster spirit of the hotel. At a glance, everything looks very urban, but at the same time warm and pleasant, and it is positive first impressions like these that can’t be replaced by any form of marketing. Cuisine in the Fabrika restaurant is a mixture of American and Slovakian and features some alleged must-haves of today – burgers and steaks. But there is also no lack of Slovak dishes, which give you a sense of connection with the local environment. In the morning Fabrika transforms into a breakfast bar with a truly wide selection of dishes and an array of tea biscuits, which even the most notorious hotel chains wouldn’t mind having in their arsenal.
MAIN DISH - Conference hotel service
A sense for aesthetics shades into a practical living space, which it is impossible to fault. You can also choose to stay in the Wilson Hotel, which offers more luxurious rooms that feature retro-style furnishings, like a vintage coffee machine and old-fashioned bathrooms. A thing you don’t often come across in hotels is a free mini bar, which in this case isn’t exactly overstocked, but will definitely put a smile on any guest’s face. They have also taken internet connectivity very seriously and it works like a charm right throughout the hotel. Conference halls are located in the Wilson palace and have been completely renovated with a hint of prestige and modernity – the biggest hall can host 80 guests. A small lobby is nicely rounded off by conference space perfect for coffee breaks and networking.
DESSERT – The extras
A treat for beer lovers – in December 2014 the Loft opened its own brewery and has been producing 5 kinds of unforgettable beer, from Fabrika Lager through to Fabrika Stout. Cheers!
FLOP – NEGATIVE SURPRISES
It’s really difficult to find any negative points in this hotel, but the most enthusiastic of athletes might miss a fitness centre and wellness facilities.
TOP – POSITIVE SURPRISES
Without a doubt, the biggest positive surprise in the hotel is the fresh concept it brings to the city and the entire story tied together by the Fabrika Bar.
OVERALL IMPRESSION AND CREDIBILITY
Hotel Loft is from a different hotel world, but a perfect match to the more traditional accommodation options in Bratislava. An authentic business hotel, top-notch hipster restaurant and a boutique conference centre give new dimensions and set standards for the existing congress scene in the city. It is suitable for smaller, more exclusive events, which can be spiced up by the special culinary offer in Fabrika restaurant.
FINAL GRADE: 4.58 BRONZE CITY MEETING HOTEL
GOLD final score from 4.81 to 5.00
SILVER final score from 4.61 to 4.80
BRONZE final score from 4.41 to 4.60