Cheap hotels in Staré Mesto, Bratislava
Staré Mesto is the hub of charming, old Bratislava. It's a knot of winding alleys, charming Medieval, Baroque, Gothic, and Neo-Renaissance imprints, and inviting cafes and bars. There are a few architectural injections of modernity in Staré Mesto, though these are the exception to the rule. For those familiar with Vienna, Bratislava's Staré Mesto can feel like a miniature variation on a Habsburg theme. Staré Mesto's architectural highlights include the Neo-Renaissance Slovak National Theatre, the Romanesque-Gothic St. Martin's Cathedral, and Michael's Gate, the city's medieval gateway.
The legions of weekend break tourists lured to Bratislava by the city's increasing buzz spend most of their time in Staré Mesto and the adjacent Hrad (Castle) district. Happily for locals and visitors alike, Staré Mesto is full of hip bars, cool cafes, and folksy restaurants. The downside to this buzz: During high season, this neighborhood's warrenlike alleyways can get quite crowded.