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Slovakia’s highest hotel room a new tourist draw

WANT to get away from it all? A Slovak cable car company may have just the place: a room for rent on top of Lomnický Peak, the second highest peak in Slovakia.

A room for rent on top of Lomnick˘ Peak comes with a spectacular view.A room for rent on top of Lomnick˘ Peak comes with a spectacular view. (Source: SITA)

WANT to get away from it all? A Slovak cable car company may have just the place: a room for rent on top of Lomnický Peak, the second highest peak in Slovakia.

Guests can spend the night 2,634 metres above sea level, in a “mini-hotel” that can only be reached by cable car.

In its opening summer season, from June to November 18 last year, the room was occupied for 72 nights, the SITA newswire wrote.

“We had to put off or cancel some reservations because of bad weather,” Danka Velecká, the marketing director of the Tatranské Lanové Dráhy (TLD) cable car operator, told SITA.

The room is located in the cable car building at the top of the peak, which also houses a restaurant and offices for astronomers and meteorologists who work with the Slovak Academy of Sciences.

The only way to get there is with TLD’s suspension cable car.

The first guests who spent the night at Lomnický Peak were a couple from the Czech Republic. The fact that they returned three times with friends is a pretty good sign that they liked the place.

So far, 80 percent of the tourists who have stayed at Lomnický Peak have been Czech.

Since December 22, when the cable car started running again after a regular maintenance check, the room has been occupied every third day. It also had guests on New Year’s Eve.

One night at Lomnický Peak costs Sk12,900 (Ř390) for up to four people. For that price, tourists get a room with two double beds and a telescope for watching the night sky. It also includes a welcome drink, a three-course dinner, a bottle of a bottle of wine and breakfast and the cable car trips.

Another perk is the view – with good visibility, the peak has a view that stretches about 300 kilometres into the country.

If there is bad weather, tourists get an extra night’s lodging for free. When the weather is too poor for the cable car to run, guests have to stay at Lomnický Peak for another day. In that case, the accommodation and meal is free of charge.

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