If you’re planning a trip to Macedonia, you’re likely staying at least a few nights in Skopje.
We’ve written this guide to help you decide where to stay in Skopje, since we know picking out accommodations in a city you don’t know well can be intimidating.
We’ve both visited Skopje a handful of times, and we’re here to share with you our recommendations for Skopje hotels and accommodations to make planning your trip easier.
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Where to Stay in Skopje: Hostels (<$20/night per person)
Top Choice: Clover Hostel
A brand new boutique hostel with only private rooms, at basically the same price as staying in a dorm? Sign us up! The lovely Clover Hostel right near the center of town is great for solo travelers who want a social environment with a bit of privacy.
It’s inexpensive enough that you can enjoy some peace (and nights without snoring soundtracks) without it breaking the bank. It’s located near the center as well as Skopje’s co-working spaces so if you are planning an extended stay in Skopje and need to work as well, it’s a great choice.
Runner Up: Nordic Hostel N-Box
A capsule hostel in Skopje? Yup, now I’ve truly seen everything. If you want more privacy than your standard hostel offers, a capsule hostel is truly a step in the right direction. These cozy little capsules aren’t anything claustrophobic, as you’ve got your own lighting, a curtain you can control for privacy, and plenty of room above your head to move around.
There’s a free breakfast which is great for further saving money if you’re traveling on a budget, and the hostel has a great location just a 10 minute walk away from all of Skopje’s main sights, saving you further cash on transportation.
Where to Stay in Skopje: Hotels on a Budget (<$50/night)
Top Choice: Boutique Hotel Rose Diplomatique
For an affordable Skopje hotel option that offers way more privacy than a hostel, I stayed at and highly recommend Boutique Hotel Rose Diplomatique. The rooms were comfortable and spacious (though admittedly furnished a bit oddly – mine for some inexplicable reason had an exercise bike in the bedroom).
The breakfast spread was tasty and super generous, and I loved getting to eat in the lovely patio every morning. The staff was really friendly, even when we arrived late in the evening, and generally, I just felt really welcome here. It’s a short walk from the center and an even shorter walk to the trendy, leafy hipster neighborhood of Debar Maalo. One note: there is no elevator so if you have mobility issues that give you trouble with stairs, this is not the right choice for you.
Runner Up: Leonardo Hotel
For somewhere in the middle of the road when it comes to price, yet excellent quality, I recommend Leonardo Hotel. This hotel is close to the center, about a 15-minute walk away, which gives you peace and quiet at night yet easy access to all of the best of Skopje within just a few minutes’ walk.
The rooms are beautifully furnished with perks you won’t find everywhere. The mattresses are high quality, triple-pocketed spring core, using anti-allergen fibers and ergonomic materials for a wonderful night’s sleep. The hotel also has a spacious yard area as well as a winter garden, where you can enjoy a traditional Macedonian breakfast on the terrace or simply escape from Skopje city life.
Where to Stay in Skopje: Hotels on a Mid-Range Budget ($50-150/night)
Top Choice: Modern Inn Boutique Hotel
Located about 15 minutes from Skopje’s center (or a 1 euro taxi), Modern Inn Boutique Hotel is a great choice for people who want to stay in style in Skopje without spending a fortune. This small, family-run hotel is in a quiet neighborhood ensuring a peaceful night’s sleep and personalized service. There’s daily breakfast service as well as an on-site restaurant and a hotel bar serving up cocktails and drinks. There’s even an indoor pool in case you want to do some laps or cool off while you’re visiting, as well as a hotel garden, free parking, 24/7 reception, and an outdoor sauna
Some of the rooms are on the small side but have everything you need: large windows with plenty of natural light, under-the-sink drawers and storage, wardrobe space, and plenty of outlets. Rooms have been recently redecorated and contain beautiful modern furnishings, plenty of bright white linens and walls with green and purple accents that give the room some life.
Runner Up: Hotel Alexandar II
Just a 5-minute walk to the center and a 10-minute walk from the famous Stone Bridge, Hotel Alexandar II is a brand-new 4-star hotel which opened in 2018. You can stay in luxury at an affordable price, with ultra-new furniture and a crisp cleanness you can only get from such a new hotel. The hotel has a lovely garden area and an on-site restaurant/café, where you can enjoy a huge breakfast selection.
The rooms are spacious and well-designed, featuring a closet, carpeted floors, large comfortable beds, and desk space. Some rooms even have spa baths and balconies, so check out all the options when booking your room to ensure you have the amenities you want.
Where to Stay in Skopje: Hotels for Luxury Lovers ($150+/night)
Top Choice: The Marriott Skopje
Skopje has a number of 5-star hotels, but our top pick is the Marriott for one main reason: location, location, location!
Literally overlooking the famous “Warrior on a Horse” statue, this hotel in the center of town couldn’t be more central. The rooms are spacious and well-designed with flatscreen TVs and stunning TV views, the in-house hotel bar is sleek and trendy, and travelers rave about the delicious breakfast.
There’s a luxurious in-house spa with an indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna, masseuses, and a fitness center – so if you want a bit of TLC while in Skopje, you don’t even have to leave your hotel’s front door. If you want to stay in the most luxe hotel in Skopje – and not pay an arm and a leg for a 5-star hotel – this is certainly it.
Runner Up: Park Skopje
Just a short walk away from Skopje’s city center, about 1 kilometer away, Park Hotel & Spa is surrounded by the lush greenery of City Park, making you feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of Skopje. Within 20 minutes you can walk to Macedonia Square, but it’s set literally on the Vardar river, where you can walk along the river path (lit up at night) or just relax on the sun terrace. There’s also a spa center and a fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment, as well as an on-site restaurant and bar in case you don’t feel like leaving your hotel!
The structure is clean and modern, with exceptional facilities and amenities. The rooms are spacious and tastefully designed, with large bright windows letting natural light stream in. Each room has a large wardrobe or closet area with a full-sized mirror, wooden floors, seating areas, cute SMEG mini-fridges, ultra-modern bathrooms, and enormous comfortable beds. The lounge areas and shared public spaces are beautiful and look almost like a New York loft, with exposed brick detail and tons of bookshelves. There’s a classy bar area with a grand piano, and plenty of great places to sit and enjoy a drink or meal.
Runner Up: DoubleTree by Hilton Skopje
Right on the banks of the Vardar River, the luxury DoubleTree by Hilton Skopje provides everything you’d expect from 5-star accommodations with the Hilton name just a short, 10-minute drive (or 2 euro taxi) from the city center. There’s a large indoor swimming pool you can indulge in, as well as an updated fitness center and luxury spa you can relax in when you’re not exploring the city, complete with in-house masseuses and even a sauna. There’s an elegant rooftop bar where you can take in the city views in privacy.
The rooms are extremely spacious and beautiful, with an understated luxury design aspect, with large windows offering epic city views. You’ll find plenty of space to spread out and unpack, with wardrobes, desk space, seating areas, and of course – enormous comfortable beds. The bathrooms are luxe, large, and modern, some even featuring a bathtub if you’d like to take a soak at the end of a long day of sightseeing. Their on-site restaurant, Monte, serves international cuisine from five continents – some of the best food you’ll eat in Skopje if you’re seeking a break from Macedonian traditional classics.
Macedonia Travel Resources
If you’re planning a trip to Skopje, we’ve got you covered! First, check out our travel checklist for Macedonia. It has everything you need to start planning your trip!
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