Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Underground parking planned at Hotel Carlton


With an underground parking plan approved, reconstruction work on the Hotel Carlton may finally begin.
Rick Zedník

Overcoming what was said to be a major hurdle in the effort to reconstruct Bratislava's Hotel Carlton, the hotel's new owners secured an agreement to build 300 new parking spaces in front of the building under Hviezdoslavovo námestie.

According to Milan Vajda, the spokesman for Mayor Peter Kresánek, the city agreed to the parking plan with Bratcarl s.r.o., the Belgian-owned firm that two years ago won the tender to reconstruct Hotel Carlton. Vajda said a solution to add parking was required before Bratcarl would progress with reconstruction.

The plan is to build a 300-car garage under Hviezdoslavovo námestie in front of the hotel and the city's opera house. Bratcarl and the city had originally hoped to create about 1,000 parking spaces, but Vajda said public opinion - which was against the removal of the city's trees - as well as technical and financial considerations all played a part in decreasing the size of the proposed garage.

Top stories

In praise of concrete

It was once notorious for its drab tower blocks and urban crime, but Petržalka now epitomises modern Slovakia.

Petržalka is the epitome of communist-era architecture.

Slow down, fashion

Most people are unaware that buying too many clothes too harms the environment.

In shallow waters, experts are expendable

Mihál says that it is Sulík, the man whom his political opponents mocked for having a calculator for a brain, who “is pulling the party out of liberal waters and towards somewhere completely different”.

Richard Sulík is a man of slang.

Blog: Exploring 20th century military sites in Bratislava

It seems to be the fate of military sites and objects in Bratislava that none of them were ever used for the purposes they were built for - cavernas from WWI, bunkers from WWII, nuclear shelters or the anti-aircraft…

One nuclear shelter with a capacity for several hundred people now serves as a music club with suitable name Subclub (formerly U-club).