This landmark sports complex has been on the forefront of Dojran accommodation since 1984, hosting innumerable regional sports professionals. Born from the vision of the owner Blagoj Istatov, an international football player legend, this sports complex progressed step by step, becoming a uniquely integrated accommodation and sports training centre, and number one choice for sports teams with ultimate achievements.
Istatov Hotel has a total of 75 rooms divided in five different categories – VIP, apartments, double rooms, triple and quad bedded rooms. Each room is decorated in contemporary style and equipped with air-conditioner, TV with satellite channels and DVD player, mini bar and hair dryer. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and free private parking is provided on site. The hotel features two business halls and on-site restaurant, offering specialties which make Dojran known widely, such as Dojran carp and perkia and other authentic Macedonian food.
This sports complex also offers outdoor seasonal pool, sauna and highly equipped fitness area. Discussing sports facilities, Mishel Istatov, General Manager, points out, “We have three football fields, and a covered court for handball, basketball and volleyball, with capacity of 1.500 viewers. We are investing in solar panels for electricity and lightning on football courts, in order to fulfil UEFA’s standards for holding football matches.”
The second home for sports professionals
At Istatov Hotel, international sports teams and individual sportsmen and sportswomen can fully focus on their off-season training, or their event or pre-match preparations. “The tourists that come here are mostly sport oriented, international sports teams, mainly from Serbia, Bulgaria and Greece, come here for two weeks practice. Business seminars, friendly non-professional matches and excursions are also organized here. Annually we host sports coach exams for obtaining coaching licenses.” says, Mishel Istatov. He adds, “There is not a football club from Serbia and Macedonia that has not been here! Our guests are very happy here, it happens that one football team meets their competition here, but it is sports spirit and after training they all sit together to eat and drink!”
Promoting unique touristic attractions
For more than 25 years, the hotel operates with a hunting ground club, obtaining a concession for the usage of over 8.000ha hunting ground. Mishel Istatov states, “We have concession and organize fishing tournaments on the Dojran Lake also. This is very important for us, the more we promote country’s tourism, the better for us.” He concludes, “As Hotel Istatov we desire for improvement in sports worldwide, we also want tourism to be pleasure for everyone that visits our hotel and for them to feel like home.”