I’ve never stayed overnight on a boat before, so when I learned there was a boat hotel in Skopje, North Macedonia, I had to book a couple nights. Ok, it’s not a yacht or a fancy cruise ship…in fact it’s not even a functioning boat. No matter, I wanted to stay there regardless. The hotel is called Senigallia Boat Hotel and as far as locations go, just look at the picture…it’s one of the best spots in the city.
Skopje is a weird city. I don’t mean that in a bad way, just that I’ve never been to a city quite like it. The buildings make no sense; you have neo-Hellenistic next to brutalist commie-blocks, classical Ottoman residences next to glass ensconced structures. And throughout the whole city you’ll find statues. No, not just a few here and there in important places, but rather EVERYWHERE. Literally everywhere.
Being in a prime location right on the Vardar river makes finding this hotel super simple. Just make your way to the city center and there you are. The boat is located between two of the statue littered bridges and sits across the Archeology Museum of North Macedonia. The airport bus or a taxi will drop you off just two minus walk away, or you can walk there from the central bus station in about 15 minutes.
If you have rented a car you can park it at a paid parking lot just 3 minutes walk away as well.
This hotel does have some quite nice public areas. You can hang out on the open air deck, or the glass enclosed restaurant and bar on the top floor. The bottom floors are all cabins so not much space down there, but the lobby next to check in has some nice leather chairs.
Checking into Senigallia couldn’t have been easier. I had booked and pre-paid through booking.com so on arrival I just showed my passport and was handed the keys to the room. The staff works 24/7 and could not have been more friendly.
Like most boats, the rooms here are not large. That’s not to say they were small and cramped, I didn’t have a problem with the size, but coming from the Dali Apartments a few blocks away it was a large size downgrade. The bed was comfortable and there were outlets at either side, which is important for any guest, especially your favorite travel blogger.
The bathroom was small with a cubicle shower. The water pressure was fantastic, and everything was extremely clean. Again, small but not torturous. I do love all the rich looking wood throughout the room and boat in general. The sink and vanity look gorgeous.
All of the rooms are located on the floors below the lobby, however there are still windows from which to see the river Vardar and the buildings on either side.
It is my understanding that all room reservations come with breakfast included, and that is always a good thing. The Senigallia hotel breakfast is not buffet style, but rather a menu you can order from. Of course the server will offer other things not on the food menu like coffee, tea, and sweets that are included in the complimentary breakfast.
I opted to just get some fried eggs on toast. This dish also came with some deli chicken slices, bacon, beans, tomatoes, and fries. Overall I’d say, while simple, I was perfectly happy with the quality of the breakfast. I especially liked their signature deconstructed berry cheesecake which unfortunately I don’t have a picture of, but you can see it in my hotel tour video at the bottom of this review.
Air-Conditioned Rooms: Yes, the cabins had both air conditioning and heating.
Breakfast Included: Yes
Pool On-Site: No.
Maid Service: Yes
Recommended To Stay Here: Yes
Disclaimer: Jet Set Together was not paid for a stay at the Senigallia boat hotel in Skopje, North Macedonia and did not accept any payment for a good review. The words expressed in this article are my honest opinion.