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High Tatras

If you’re coming to Slovakia for its sublime mountain scenery, you’re going to want some interesting places to stay. This chapter is our take on some of the best High Tatras mountain digs. Of course, the focus is naturally on what is a fairly unique Slovak phenomenon – those mountain houses nestling up in the peaks that mean no traipsing down to the valley at the end of a days’ hike – but the mountain access towns of Poprad and Ždiar also sport some very good accommodations: some of Slovakia’s best, in fact. We also dig may of the digs available in Kežmarok just north-east of Poprad.

ALSO IN THIS REGION… For the best info on where to sleep, browse this very Places to Stay/High Tatras chapter. But don’t forget to check the best things to do in the High Tatras in our Places to Go/High Tatras sub-section and (you’ve got the idea by now) for some ideas on where to eat and drink, check our Places to Eat & Drink/High Tatras sub-section. We also have more on the High Tatras in our Getting Around Slovakia section. Please read on!

Our destination content is now growing at such a rate of knots that for one place in the High Tatras, namely Poprad, we now have mini-guides attached to the end of each article that’s related to that destination, where you can see at a glance ALL the associated destination content! This place ranks amongst our Top Slovak Stop-offs – places where we think there are a particularly high concentration of intriguing diversions worth gushing about…


Places to stay in High Tatras

  • Room at Hotel Mountain View - image courtesy of AquaCityPoprad: the Mountain View

    Perhaps it was the engaging smile of the girl on reception that did it (a welcome that appeared every bit as warm for me as for the clearly far-wealthier businessmen that had checked in beforehand). Perhaps it was that the walk to the room revealed glimpses of  what I knew lay in store for me ...

  • The High Tatras Mountain Resorts – Stará Lesna: Hotel Horizont Hits the High-End Accommodation Scene

    To many manic drum rolls, not to mention a spectacular light show, a traditional Eastern Slovak Orthodox blessing and the release of several doves into the High Tatras night, Hotel Horizont, Slovakia’s latest luxury hotel, officially opened last Thursday evening – and under precisely the mountainous backdrop depicted! It was a noteworthy occasion for several reasons. Hotel ...

  • High Tatras Mountain House: Zamkovského Chata

    It was summer, but we were still rubbing our hands together to keep the circulation going whenever we had to remove our gloves to study the map. A cold wind was blowing belated flurries of snow down from 2500m peaks over the long, exposed, boulder-strewn stretch of the Tatranská Magistrala between the lurid mountain lakes ...

  • DSC_0017_500x333In Pictures: Finishing Touches to Hotel Horizont, the Latest High Tatras Hotel

    The latest luxury wellness hotel in the High Tatras: almost good to go! Here we sneaked up close to get some images of the finishing touches being laid – and not as you might think! Of course, we returned for the official opening – see our full juicy review!

  • High Tatras Mountain House: Horský Hotel Popradské Pleso

    For a good six months of the year, the snow piles so high against the timber walls of Horský Hotel Popradské Pleso that it rather resembles a giant igloo than a mountain lodge. Abutting the rugged lakeshore of Popradské Pleso, this hotel is surrounded by sheer mountain slopes that soar to over 2000 metres. The difficult ascent/descent from/to ...

  • Poprad: Penzión Plesnivec

    Sometimes, you want to get back from your hike, bike or climb in the mountains and crash in a good, sturdy, cosy room with a thunderous hot shower and the promise of a hot meal and traveller camaraderie. You don’t want the fancy trappings of the big hotels (after all this is the mountains). And ...

  • High Tatras Mountain House: Chata Pri Zelenom Plese

    A picture, you see, is often worth a thousand words – or more. Who wouldn’t want to stay here, on the banks of Zelené Pleso, with this sensational view of jagged mountains rearing up above you, scarred with waterfalls and part-coated in snow? I turned up here not knowing anything about the place, as I ...

  • Ždiar: All Hail the Ginger Monkey

    With the advent of December comes peak skiing season in the High Tatras, and no more appropriate time to mention for the first time my favourite place in these mountains, Ždiar, and the best accommodation option within, the Ginger Monkey. On this eastern edge of the High Tatras, Ždiar (officially in the distinctive Goral-speaking region of Belianske Tatry ...