Trnava – Having Fun with Tennis in the Little Rome

There is a little town in Slovakia, just 47 km far from Bratislava, that for the high numbers of churches within the city walls has been nicknamed The Little Rome or more recently The Slovak Rome. Just for this Trnava would be worth a daily trip from Bratislava, if in more we add that in the second week of August will be held the eleventh edition of the prestigious Strabag Challenger Open, we’ll have a good reason to stay at least one night in this cute city.

The Strabag Open is the biggest clay tournament in Slovakia with total prize money of 42,500 USD plus hospitality. It will be played on clay courts of Tc Empire Club as usual. The admittance at the tournament is completely free as always wanted by tournament director, former slovakian tennis champion, Dominik Hrbaty. The club, located in Hajdóczyho 11,  has 16 clay courts, one modern 4 stars hotel, lounge bar and restaurant, a playground for children and many other facilities.

After 2015 Robin Haase victory, this year so many strong players will battle to try to win the coveted trophy, in particular slovakian Andrej Martin (able to reach the final least week in Umag Atp), spanish Inigo Cervantes and Daniel Gimeno Traver, rumenian Radu Albot, japanese Taro Daniel and czech Adam Pavlasek. Dominik Hrbaty will hope until the end of being able to assign a wild card to the best current Slovak tennis player Martin Klizan.

Of course to get in Trnava is possible by car or by train or public buses from Bratislava. In alternative you could come from Wien which is far just 131 km. On skyscanner you can try to find the better flight solution for you.

As regards as accomodations, I remember that Trnava is a very little city and there aren’t so much hotels and pensions available especially during the tournament, but however i can suggest:

  1. Of course official tournament Hotel Empire but the problem is that during the challenger is always completely full because reserved to players. But you can just try to see if there is some room available last minute here.
  2. Best value for money is undoubtely 3 stars hotel La Pension which offers beautiful accomodations to customers. There arte two kinds of apartments: Standard are large 33 mq2 and prices start from 49€, Superior are 80 mq2 and start from 69€. Both offer modern furnishment, kitchen and free wi-fi. Superior gets wide living area more.
  3. IMPIQ Hotel. Modern hotel, located in a calm zone of Trnava but not so far from old city, offers a new building, modern designed rooms, a very good restaurant, free parking area and wi-fi connection. The prices for a Business Room of 15 mq2 start from 99€. The full buffet breakfast is included.






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