Where to Stay in Skopje ✔️ 6 Best Areas (by a Local)

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Macedonia’s capital city is one of those places that you won’t forget easily! I am a proud Macedonian and know Skopje like the back of my hand (and love it!).

in short, the City Center is surely the best area to stay in Skopje, as it has the main attractions and the best Skopje hotels, but those aren’t the only options!

Below I am going to recommend 6 tourist-friendly areas that are great for culture lovers, have a bohemian vibe, an amazing location near the bus station, offer top Skopje hotels for families, and are super peaceful.

Read this post because I made an extensive research on all the accommodation options in the city, hand picked the best rated ones and also sorted in by price. This way you can book your ideal place in Skopje in just a couple of clicks!

By the way, since this is a capital city, I highly recommend booking your hotels in advance, as the city is always filled with many tourists!

Quick Picks for Your Stay

If you don’t have the time to go through the whole post, then check out the list below, it has the top hotels to stay in Skopje:

luxury hotel
a restaurant view with tables and couches
mid-range hotel
swimming pool and sunbeds
budget hotel
bed with pillows and a large painting above the bed

Solun’s Riverside Rooms

Best affordable accommodation in the center

airbnb
table and chairs

Boutique Apartment

An Airbnb with amazing reviews

Check out the map below if you need a bit of help visualizing all the areas where to stay in Skopje, North Macedonia:

where to stay in Skopje map
  1. City Center: for first-timers
  2. Old Bazaar: for culture
  3. Debar Maalo: for the bohemian vibe
  4. Prolet: for the train/bus station
  5. Near Sredno Vodno Park: for families
  6. Karposh: for tranquility

1. City Center – where to stay in Skopje for the first time

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Planning your Skopje trip? Well, let’s start from the beginning!

If you’re traveling here for the first time, then there’s no better area to stay in Skopje than the City Center. Home to all the major attractions like the Stone Bridge, the Kale Fortress, and the Park of the Woman Warrior, this area is the perfect spot to start your Macedonian adventure!

As a city bathed in so much rich history, Skopje in North Macedonia is the kind of place that you’ll want to come back to over and over again!

Whether you’re spending your time exploring the famous Macedonia Square, where you can admire the grand statue of Alexander the Great, or enjoying a coffee in a chic café on the Vardar riverbank, you’ll want to savor every moment spent here!

It’s true, there are many things to do in Skopje as you’ll see for yourself, but don’t forget that you also need to find fabulous accommodation in the city! Luckily, I did all the research for you! And all there’s left to do is to make sure that you book them in advance!

Luxury hotel
collage with dining room , a bedroom and outdoor sitting area

Welcome to one of the best hotels in Skopje, North Macedonia! Set just a short walk away from Stone Bridge and Macedonia Square, this accommodation has spacious and clean rooms with seating areas and a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Start your morning with the buffet breakfast, and then head to the wellness center to begin your day properly!

Other accommodation options in City Center

mid-range
living room featuring various couches and a table

Set along River Vardar, this boat hotel has elegant decor, a restaurant, and spacious rooms

budget
bedroom featuring the bed next to a large window and nightstands

Relax in the rooms of this hotel that have a flat-screen TV, air-conditioning, and a private bathroom

airbnb
living room with a large couch and table

A stylish apartment set a short walk away from the attractions that has great city views and free Wi-Fi

Hotel Alexandar II – Since there are so many great hotels in Skopje City Center, I wanted to offer you one more option. This place which comes at a good price per night, has elegant decor, a shared lounge, and a terrace as well.

Things to do in City Center

  • Explore the famous Macedonia Square
  • Cross the beautiful Stone Bridge and Art Bridge
  • Soak in a city skyline view from Kale Fortress
  • Visit the Memorial House of Mother Teresa
  • Snap a pic of the Macedonia Gate
  • Admire the views of River Vardar

2. Old Bazaar – the best place to stay in Skopje for culture

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Once you get here from the city center, you’ll probably feel as if you’ve arrived in a whole different town!

That’s because the architecture here dates back to the Ottoman period (and you may even notice some elements from the Byzantine period, too!

As you can probably tell from the name, there’s a market here where you can find basically anything you want, from clothes, food, and lots of cool souvenirs that you can buy for memories! And if you like Turkish food or want to try it for the first time, then this is definitely the place to do it, as you’ll find the most delicious baklava and kebabs in town!

Once your bellies are full and you’ve had enough Turkish coffee (it’s super strong, trust me), then you can visit the cool attractions in the area where you can learn more about the city’s history under Ottoman rule. So definitely stop at the National Gallery of Čifte Amam and at the History Museum & Academy of Arts “Suli An.”

Luxury hotel
collage with a living area, bedroom and a couch with a plant and art decorations

Start your morning with a delicious continental breakfast at this hotel that’s set within walking distance of the attractions. The boutique hotel offers elegant rooms with free Wi-Fi, a TV with cable channels, a seating area, and free parking. When you’re not exploring the city, you can relax in the spa or go for a swim in the indoor pool.

Other accommodation options in Old Bazaar

mid-range
living room with couch and arm chairs

This hotel offers a great location, free parking spaces, and a delicious buffet breakfast

budget
bedroom with bed, table and chairs

An affordable hotel that comes with rooms that have a private bathroom and a TV with satellite channels

airbnb
living room with couch and table

Enjoy all the privacy you need at this place that has lots of space, air conditioning, and free Wi-Fi 

Things to do in Old Bazaar

3. Debar Maalo – for the bohemian vibe

a large building with a fountain in front of it

Located within 15 minutes’ walking distance of the main square in the city and the Stone Bridge, Debar Maalo is a unique neighborhood that has this bohemian vibe that all tourists love!

You can sense the laid-back atmosphere and spot the countless bars and restaurants as you move away from the Center and walk toward Debar Maalo (Debar neighborhood).

If you’re one who loves to try as many places to eat and try different international cuisine, then this is the place for you! Yep, foodies will have the time of their life here trying traditional Macedonian food and drinks as well as international dishes.

The main avenue here is called “Bohemian Street,” and it’s packed with great restaurants where you can eat some of the best food in town. If you’re going during the weekend, you’ll probably encounter a lot of crowds since everyone likes to hang around this area, so making lunch and dinner reservations is highly recommended!

If you want to have a taste of the local culture in town, then definitely look for some hotels here – I’ve listed the best Skopje hotels below!

Luxury hotel
collage with a lounge, bedroom and image of the hotel's entrance

Admire the City Park views from your super comfy room at this hotel that has suites with seating areas, a private bathroom, and free Wi-Fi. The accommodation offers free private parking, an airport shuttle, and a restaurant that serves delicious food.

Other accommodation options in Debar Maalo

mid-range
living room with chairs, couch and bar with stools

This boutique hotel offers easy access to the attractions, free parking, and rooms with air-conditioning

budget
bedroom featuring the bed

Start your day with a continental breakfast on the sun terrace of this hotel which has free Wi-Fi and a bar

aibnb
lounge area with a large plant

Such a stylish condo that has seating areas, a kitchen, free parking, and a balcony with great city views 

Things to do in Debar Maalo

  • Eat a yummy meal at SushiCo
  • Admire the views of River Vardar
  • Check out the restaurants on Bohemian Street
  • Go visit the Church of St. Clement of Ohrid
  • Enjoy a walk in Skopje City Park
  • Buy some souvenirs from the small shops

4. Prolet – where to stay near the train/bus station

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If you want to visit other places in Macedonia or go on day trips, then you may consider staying in Prolet, which is set right near the central train and bus station.

The area is within walking distance of the city center, which basically means you’ve hit the jackpot when it comes to transportation, as you can easily go wherever you want in no time!

As one of the smallest settlements in Skopje, North Macedonia, you won’t find big attractions here, but hey, as we’ve seen, the city center is right around the corner! However, the area has a few restaurants, some shops, and bars.

The hotels are also a bit more affordable here, and you can actually get a taste of the authentic local atmosphere of the city, away from all the grand statues and museums.

Sometimes I think that’s so fascinating because as tourists we only get to see just a side of the places we’re visiting!

Now let’s check out the hotels in Prolet!

Luxury hotel
collage with hotel's building, bedroom and living room

Feel at home in the spacious rooms of this hotel that have a seating area, free Wi-Fi, and air conditioning. The accommodation is within walking distance of the city center and just a 30 min drive from the Skopje International Airport. It offers free parking, a restaurant, and a bar.

Other accommodation options in Prolet

mid-range
bedroom

Head for a swim in the indoor pool of this hotel which has a fitness center and family rooms with free Wi-Fi

budget
outdoor bench with a green umbrella and lots of plants on the wall

A super affordable place to stay in Skopje that offers a continental breakfast and rooms with garden views

airbnb
lounge area with couch, chairs, tables

You’ll fall in love with this stylish place that has 2 rooms with city views, air conditioning, and free Wi-Fi 

Things to do in Prolet

  • Enjoy a traditional dinner at Gostilnica Lezet
  • Head to the bus station and take a day trip
  • Explore the streets in Prolet
  • Visit the attractions in the city center

5. Near Sredno Vodno – where to stay for families

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Taking the whole family on a trip to Skopje? I know it’s hard to plan a holiday with all members of your crew, but hey, I’m here to help you with that!

And I found an amazing area that’s set near the Sredno Vodno, which is home to the medium-sized Vodno Mountain. The park is pretty big, and there are lots of things to do here!

Plus, the kids will have all the room they want to run around, jump, hike, and enjoy the green side of Skopje, North Macedonia.

Many people go on hikes here or mountain biking, and there are a few picnic tables where you can relax and some shops, too.

I would also recommend this area to people who aren’t big fans of the urban vibes. The park is the perfect place to get away from all the city noise!

Luxury hotel
collage with a lounge, bedroom and bar area

The perfect hotel for you to stay in Skopje, North Macedonia, with your family! This accommodation has spacious rooms with free Wi-Fi, a sun terrace, a fitness center, and a spa. Enjoy a family lunch at one of the 2 restaurants on-site, and then borrow some bikes from the hotel to explore the city!

Other accommodation options near Sredno Vodno

mid-range
dining table on the terrace at night

This accommodation with a terrace offers well-equipped apartments that have a flat-screen TV

budget
bedroom with bed, chair and table

An affordable place that has a lovely garden, comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi, and a shared lounge

airbnb
table and chair on the terrace with a lovely view over the city

You’ll love this modern apartment that offers a great city view from its balcony, a kitchen, and air conditioning

Things to do near the Sredno Vodno

6. Karposh – best place to stay in Skopje for tranquility

a red double decker bus driving down a street

Nestled by the Vardar River, this area is perfect for those of you who don’t want to stay where all the crowds are!

Although set a bit further away from the city center (around a 40 min walk), this area is super peaceful and quiet and among the best places to live in Skopje. You’ll still find restaurants and bars, plus the Debar Maalo neighborhood is right after it as you go towards the Center, so you can always head there for some action.

But while you’re here, you can explore the streets of the quiet neighborhood, check out the authentic local atmosphere, and even go shopping if you’re in the mood.

In Karposh, you’ll find the Skopje City Mall, where you can go watch a movie, grab a bite, or just browse around the many stores!

Luxury hotel
collage with living room, pool and bedroom

This boutique hotel is so stylish and has an amazing design! The accommodation offers bright and spacious rooms with a flat-screen TV, a fitness center to work out, an indoor pool, and a spa center where you can relax after your busy day!

Other accommodation options in Karposh

mid-range
outdoor tables and chairs

Simple yet modern hotel that has a sun terrace with great city views and rooms with air-conditioning

budget
bedroom with bed next to a large window

This affordable hotel comes with family rooms with free Wi-Fi, a free parking spot, and an airport shuttle

airbnb
living room with armchairs and table

The perfect place for 4 guests that comes with a kitchen, lots of space, a courtyard view, and free parking 

Things to do in Karposh

  • Shop until you drop in Skopje City Mall
  • Grab a bite at Restaurant Kaj Cico
  • Attend a concert at sports center Boris Trajkovski
  • Admire the views of Vardar River
  • Go ice skating at Boris Trajkovski
📍 Best area:Center (Centar)
🛎️ Best luxury hotel:Skopje Marriott Hotel
💵 Best mid-range hotel:DoubleTree By Hilton
👛 Best budget hotel:Solun’s Riverside Rooms

FAQs about where to stay in Skopje

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📅 How many days do you need in Skopje?

I’d recommend spending at least 3 days in Skopje, North Macedonia, that way you can explore the city and see all the attractions like the Stone Bridge and the museums.

🤔 Which is the best area to stay in Skopje?

The city center (Centar) is the best area to stay in Skopje, North Macedonia, here you’ll find the best hotels and the main attractions in town.

🔝 Is Skopje, North Macedonia, worth visiting?

Yes, Skopje is an amazing city in North Macedonia with lots of attractions, a rich history, and super interesting architecture.

🌃 Which places to stay in Skopje, North Macedonia, have nice views?

City Park Hotel and Aleksandar Palace Hotel & Spa are 2 amazing hotels in Skopje, North Macedonia, that offer great views of the city and have lots of facilities.

Conclusion

a statue of a man riding a horse in front of a fountain

Phew, this city sure has lots of things to do and see! And today, you’ve also found out which are the best areas where to stay in Skopje!

We went through quite a long list of Skopje hotels in all of the 6 areas, but although the number is high, I still recommend booking your favorite place in advance, as this capital city is packed with tourists all year round!

And if you can’t decide which one to pick, then check out my 2 favorite Skopje hotels below, both set in the city center:

  • Skopje Marriott Hotel – This modern boutique hotel offers an indoor pool, a fitness center, and a spa where you can go relax after a long day of exploring the town.
  • Hotel Senigallia – One of the best hotels in Skopje that’s set in a stunning boat and which has a restaurant and 2 terraces with views of Vardar River.

It’s been so fun telling you all about this incredible city in Macedonia! Enjoy your Skopje visit and as always, if you need more information or if I missed anything, you can just drop me a comment below, and I’ll answer as soon as I can!

Safe travels,

Hristina


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