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How To Save More Money On Skopje Accommodation

Save money on Skopje accommodation
Save money on Skopje accommodation

We arrive in rush hour to be greeted by honking horns, the smell of belching fumes and gargantuan concrete towers lining our approach. Armed with just a tiny scrap of paper, inscribed with a telephone number and address, we find a cab and jump in feeling anxious. We have no idea where our Skopje accommodation is or how long it should take. Thankfully Tina has indicated that it should be no more than 150 Den (£2).

Twenty minutes later we pull up to Jack’s Bar in a quiet residential area. We abandon our bags unceremoniously on a residential corner and call our host. Non-descript concrete towers block the skyline giving little indication of the treasures within. A beaming Sophia appears to greet us and chatting away happily in English leads us into a simple hallway.

First impressions can be deceiving

It may be sparse (perhaps it could even be accused of being cold) but don’t let this put you off. As you enter the apartment on the sixth floor, you are in for a treat. Gleaming parquet floors contrast with solid, dark wood cupboards which would not be out of place in a Balinese workshop.

Dining room in Skopje apartment
Dining room courtesy of Tina’s Place

A tour of the apartment

Spectacular views

There’s a large dining area leading to an open plan lounge with commanding views of the surrounding area. From this vantage point, the Mavrovo National Park is visible in the distance as is the shining beacon of the Millenium Cross perched atop Mount Vodno.

Skopje apartment living room
Living room courtesy of Tina’s Place
Living room in Skopje apartment
Living room courtesy of Tina’s Place

Sleeping

The bedroom is spacious with enough wardrobe space for several case-loads and there’s plenty more in the lounge. It houses a double and a single bed making it ideal for a small group of friends or a couple with a young child. As I am travelling with my dad, we simply move the single bed into the spacious lounge area to provide more privacy for us.

skopje-apartment-bedroom
Bedroom courtesy of Tina’s Place

Lounge

The lounge seats five, a further three stools, a sofa bed and seating for six at the dining table. There’s definitely enough room for a get together with friends if you happen to have any in the city. The living space is incredibly spacious which more than makes up for the bijou kitchen leading to a small enclosed balcony.

 

skopje-apartment-living area
Living area courtesy of Tina’s Place
Kitchen and living room in Skopje apartment
Kitchen and living room courtesy of Tina’s Place

The personal touches

What I love are the small personal touches decorating the apartment – an African drum, Buddhist reliefs, and an antique clock (see if you can spot them in the photos!). All combine to create a space that is both inviting and intriguing. I find myself wondering about the stories behind each piece, what motivated Tina to purchase it and how it ended up here.

Location

The icing on the cake has to be the location of this apartment. Tucked away in a quiet residential street, it is mere minutes to a busy thoroughfare with supermarkets, restaurants, and bars. Of course, Jack’s Bar is immediately underneath (although thankfully I never heard a peep from it!) but get your walking shoes on and head straight through the tunnel opposite the entrance to Macedonia Square.

The Alexander the Great Fountain, Skopje, Macedonia
The Alexander the Great Fountain, Skopje, Macedonia

At 18,500 square metres, it is the biggest in Macedonia and packs a stomach wrenching punch. Its crowning glory is the magnificent fountain of Alexander the Great, as mesmerising by day as it is at night. During daylight, the fountains dance in time to classical music whilst at night dramatic lighting combines to deliver a masterpiece of a performance.

All the other major sites are within walking distance making this the perfect abode for your break in Skopje.

Other facilities nearby

In case you need any amenities, there is a small shop which stays open until late through the tunnel opposite (don’t worry it is a more an arch than a tunnel if any solo ladies were getting concerned!) or a Tinex supermarket on the same street.

My verdict

I love this property for traditional touches combined with personal mementoes from the host and would highly recommend this Airbnb for your stay. The only slight negative is that the lift is somewhat noisy and may disturb light sleepers. I always recommend travelling with earplugs however and with these you should be fine.

How to book

If you want to book and have yet to register with Airbnb, use this link to bag £25 off your first stay. You can then go ahead and book through Airbnb if you prefer to book through an intermediary. Alternatively, you can book the apartment directly with Tina on Facebook.

The apartment costs £31 per night in October and could sleep four people comfortably (two in the double, one on the single bed and one on the pull out chair in the dining room.)

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Maybe you have visited Skopje and have advice on things to do and see. I would love to hear from you.

About Anne

Anne is the founder and editor of TravelTheGlobe4Less. If she isn't travelling, she is thinking of travelling or planning her next trip. She has visited over 80 countries on six continents and sampled everything from backpacking to bank bursting travel. Her mission is to help you enjoy more luxurious travel without the luxury price tag through the use of airline and hotel rewards and other money saving travel tips

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11 comments

  1. It looks like a fantastic place to stay! I tired Airbnb out the other week for the first time and it was amazing!

  2. This looks like a good accommodation. Though I am not familiar with the prices in Skopje it seems more than reasonable.

  3. This place looks awesome.With Jack’s bar below, it makes me recall the How I Met Your Mother series where they had Maclarens Pub in the basement of the building.

  4. It is always nice to hear about a positive AirBnB experience. I tried booking an apartment in Bangkok earlier this year, but my arrival was too late for the host to meet me. Perhaps this apartment may be the place to try AirBnB for the first time – it looks very large and open!

  5. I’m amazed and how cheap it is to stay in such a lovely apartment, I would have never guessed! Hey and wouldn’t mind a bar underneath either. We’d be up making noise with everybody else at Jacks Bar. Being it’s residential, it’s nice that it is so close to get around and see the city.

  6. Tina’s place looks pretty perfect to me. Some AirBnB are such good value!

  7. Love the post and the tips. When I went to Skopje it was dirt cheap so if I tried to get more money off, i be staying for free 😀

  8. I’m a big fan of staying in apartments or houses when we travel (not least because we are a family of 5!) so I’m always on the lookout for good recommendations. I love the space that you get in a home, rather than a hotel room, and it sounds like this was a great option for you and your dad. A great location is always a winner, too!

  9. Oh my gosh, this place is incredible! I can’t believe how inexpensive it is. We have been loving using AIrbnb while traveling because it gives us a more comfortable area to work from the road. We will definitely be using this listing when we make our way to Skopje one day!

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