Where to stay: SERBIA
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Set in a former mill along Belgrade's Sava River is the Old Mill Hotel, a Radisson Collection Hotel. The hotel is designed in an industrial-chic style with reclaimed brick walls, old machine parts, oak, copper and concrete. The lobby features an outsized white linear structure combining several spaces into one visual statement.
The Metropol Palace is an iconic hotel from the 1950s and overlooks Tasmajdan Park, just a few minutes’ walk from the Belgrade city centre. It reopened in September 2012 after a five year renovation. A favourite of the social and cultural elite, it offers a restaurant and bar plus an extensive spa with indoor swimming pool and fitness centre.
Like its Old Town surroundings Hotel Indigo Belgrade’s architecture showcases the mishmash of cultures and styles born from the city’s fascinating history. Drawing inspiration from the Brutalist architecture that is very apparent in Belgrade, the hotel’s Brutalism-inspired room style has concrete walls contrasted with unique artwork and textiles with unusual geometric shapes. The Art Deco rooms use muted pastel colours and arches in the headboard to mimic the design influence of this era.
In a superb location on one of Belgrade’s main squares, this refined five-star hotel is a study in understated elegance, from its Bauhaus-style façade to its mid-20th-century Danish and American décor. There’s high-end dining in its Square restaurant, and Japanese cuisine on the roof.
Mama Shelter’s trademark wackiness is a perfect fit for equally eclectic Belgrade, and you can’t beat its excellent location on the city’s best-known street, Knez Mihailova. The winning formula extends to the funky rooftop bar and restaurant, which have quickly become fixtures on the social scene.
On a sycamore-lined street in the historic centre of Belgrade is Yugodom. The property, built in the 1960s as army officer’s accomodation boasts a colourful retro design, with furnishings rescued from rom basements and attics, auctions and antique shops. A “stay-over museum”, it is a showcase of mid-century modern furniture and design. A unique place where you can travel back in time and taste socialist Yugoslavia in a mid-century aesthetics and design but fully in modern comfort.
Belgrade’s first boutique hotel is in a dark-grey 1929 townhouse in the heart of the old town. Its 21 individually-designed rooms show that contemporary can still be cosy, their sleek style infused with warmth and sophistication in equal measure. Paintings, photographs, sketches and sculptures from the Belgrade artist and sculptor Gabriel Glide are everywhere, from the compact lobby to all the guestrooms.