It is not as cheap as a few years back as the korona has been gearing itself up to the Euro for sometime,and we all know how much we get for our pound now
Saying that, away from Bratislava you can still eat and drink fairly reasonably.You can still find a bottle of Zlaty Bazant(Slovakian Lager) for 70p if you know where to look.Same or a bit more for good coffee and they are usually good too.They haven't realised yet they can rip people off by using less ingredients and fooling people into thinking they are getting a good deal by serving it in giant mugs.Ask for expresso mlielko which would be like your macchiato.If you ask for cava you will end up with a Turkish type coffee.Which isn't always a bad thing !
If you are going to stay in Bratislava for anytime,I quite like going up the lift to the top of the bridge that looks like it has a spaceship perched on top(Novy Most)This is a restaurant and quite an expensive one too.I have only ever had a coffee up there but its good to watch the long barges on the Danube and to get your bearings in Bratislava.
Banska Bystrica in central Slovakia(about 130 miles from Brat)has a architectural picturesque old town,better in summer as coffee shops extend outside and are good for people watching.This time of year it is the main town that serves the Donovaly ski area.
It depends what you want to do.Plenty of untouristy walking and cycling routes.Of course the High and Low Tatras will have the most infrastructure for tourism but there are some great back roads and scenery away from this which is best done on a Motorbike of course.
I was watching a Czech film with my partner the other week(who is Slovakian)and I had to google where it was filmed as the surroundings were beautiful.It was the Mala Fatra national park area,north of Martin.The Prague
studios use Slovakia quite often for scenes of hills and mountain backdrops.
You will of course see the reminents of a communist era in ugly and run down buildings from factorys to hotels.I am thinking you may see much of this if sticking close to the main public transport arteries.Talking of which i think it is the 61 bus you need from the airport to the main train station.
You can get ripped off by taxis like in any city so be warned.
If you want any specific info, email or PM me or if i think of anything I will get back to you.