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Marriott Skopje: A Lot of Luxury for So Little

Marriott Skopje Hotel Review is part of the #NoCollusion, No Albania for TPOL where I break my 100 country count mark. See the World Map for where I’ve been.


Getting There: Take the bus from the airport. Don’t take a taxi.


Location 

The hotel is located right in the heart of the city center, in the midst of a million monuments (see Statues Skopje: Why So Many?) and right across the bridge from the Old Bazaar. If you’re in Skopje for one day as I was, it is the ideal place to stay. a statue of a man on a horse in a city

a large building with a statue of a lion in front of it

Hotel Itself

The hotel is basically brand new, shimmering from inside and out. It’s classified as a category 2 hotel and went for 10k points, a steal for anywhere in the world.

a large ceiling with a light fixture a room with a large wood shelf and a large glass door a statue of a lion in a city

Welcome Amenity

Who doesn’t like a welcome gift? Here, it was a raspberry desert which went well with the Lavazza espresso I had when I checked in, followed by a beer and more sweet treats later in the day.

a table with a glass and spoons and a bottle of water a dessert in a glass bowl a cup of coffee and dessert on a table a tray of food and a bottle of beer

Amenities

Why don’t most American hotels have espresso machines? I don’t want a cup of coffee. I want Lavazza.

a coffee machine and cups on a shelf a tray of coffee cups and glasses

Suite 

I tend to get the best upgrades when I am only in town for one night. This was another example of a great suite that I did not use.
a room with a tv and a chair a living room with a couch and a table

a tv on a wall

Bedroom 

While I didn’t have much use for the suite, after dinner at Skopski Merak, I passed out in this great bed.

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Bathroom

The bathroom was a bit odd. It was a hallway that ran parallel to the bedroom with the shower adjacent to the sink and toilet.

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View

The view from the rooftop patio was excellent. Looking out, it reminded me of Mongolia because of the mix of Soviet housing sprinkled in with mismatched modern buildings. 
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Lounge

Who doesn’t like a nice lounge? I have to say that this lounge was a bit much. There was plenty of seating on the inside along with an outdoor patio. There was also more food and drinks available than was necessary for the number of people in the lounge. a room with a table and chairsa trays of cheese and grapes on a tablea group of rectangular plates with different types of food on thema tray of food with different types of food on ita plate of fried chickenfood on a platea room with a glass ceiling and a couch and chairsa green wall with a round table and chairsa green wall with a fence and windowsa patio with tables and chairsa green bottle on a table

Breakfast

I thought the lounge snacks were obsessive until I went for breakfast. There were only a handful of people there, but there was enough food for a small army. The good thing about the lack of patrons is the ability to take pic after pic without the weird looks of people wondering why I’m obsessing over juice towers.

a group of tall glass containers with liquid in thema group of tall glass tubes with liquid in them a table with food on it

a plate of pastries on a table
Burek, a traditional pastry

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a bowl of sausages
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a food on a counter in a restaurant a plate of food on a table a plate of food on a table Overall

This is a great hotel. It’s a bit much for what I needed for my layover, but that’s a good thing.

Note: This is now a Category 3 hotel, validating that at the time it was a great value. H/T Bill

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