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Garni Hotel Crystal Kraljevo (Hotel Review)

During the Serbia-India Davis Cup tie in Kraljevo, I stayed in Garni Hotel Crystal. It is just a Garni / Bed & Breakfast Hotel, but I selected it due to a 9.0 rating at booking.com.

  

 

Garni Hotel Crystal – Location & Building

Hotel Crystal is not absolutely central – there are even some locations right at the Heroes Square in the heart of the city. Therefore, you also are not involved by the vibrant city nightlife, as the hotel is located in a comparably quiet living area. The road is a one-way road, but the access to the hotel is comparably easy.

The hotel consists of two bulding: the front / main building hosts the reception and all facilities. There is an additional building behind the backyards car park.

Garni Hotel Crystal – The Rooms

I had a higher class single room, which was sufficiently spacious and equipped with all needs, including a minibar, sufficient power plugs and storage. The bedding was quite good, the bathroom quite spacious and the shower spacious and clean as well. I also liked the architecture. It was a bit bothering that the TV set was in your back when you worked at the desk, but this was a very minor thing. The price for that room was absolutely fine, roughly 40 EUR / night for a five-night stay. I used booking.com for the reservation.

  

  

  

 

Hotel Crystal also offers studios and suite rooms. The pictures on their website look very posh, non of the rooms is more than 100 EUR. As my room is pictured on that site realistically, I would assume that the pictures somehow give a realistic view of the rooms offered. 

 

Garni Hotel Crystal – Breakfast & Bar

The breakfast performance did more than meet my expectations. I did not like the orange juice too much, but apart from that, the buffet offered a nice variety. There was sausage and fried egg each morning and some days French Toast as additional warm dish. The hotel also offered cereal, several cold cuts and other stuff for your bread. There was also fresh fruit.

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If there are very few guests, they seem to have a breakfast menu, though. Right next to the breakfast room, there is a bar, which is serviced by the reception staff and open 24 hours. As in most Serbian bars, smoking is not prohibited.

Garni Hotel Crystal – Wellness

Maybe the signature service of Hotel Crystal is the Wellness area which is located in the basement floor. It is not extremely large, but the key feature is that you can rent it on your own. It contains a gym area, a sauna, a steam room and a jacuzzi. The hotel also offers the individual renting, but I just went for the all-in-one option and loved it. One hour on my own was about 20 EUR. This price also includes a second person. If you want to go for two hours or have a party of three to six persons, the pirce is roughly 30 Euro. You need to book one day in advance.

  

  

  

  

There are also wellness and spa treatments like massages. All prices are significantly lower than in Germany and most parts of Europe. Nevertheless, I just went for the whole package, despite I did not use the gym part. Finally, the amazing wellness area and its great value for money is why I finally selected the hotel as a top pick.

Garni Hotel Crystal – Other Services

I have been very pleased with housekeeping. The room has been spotless clean each day. The Wifi was also stable and gave a very good connection. Just in few peak occastions, you recognized a slowdown, but there have been no breakdowns. I did all the picture uploads of the Davis Cup from the hotel room and did not have any significant problems.

The staff was very nice as well. I especially loved the charming afternoon staff, but even those people who did not speak English (like housekeeping or breakfast staff) were very friendly.

The hotel has two car parks: I used the backyard parking. Over one night, my car has been blocked. I cannot tell you whether the hotel had the car keys of the blocking Audi or if the situation could have just been solved by waking up the guest. However, in all other nights, there was sufficient parking. There is also a parking garage underneath the bulding, but I preferred not to take the steep drive down to it.

Garni Hotel Crystal – My View

The garni hotel was an absolutely convenient hub and a very good value for money. All services have been good, the room modern and nice as the building. However, the most memorable experience is definitely the renting of the wellness area. It was just lovely to take a break during the work on the Davis Cup Day 3 report and pictures. City center is in easy walking distance and it is a quiet spot. Thus, I would absolutely recommend Garni Hotel Crystal in Kraljevo.

 

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