We arrived at the Green Lounge and were given quite a good briefing about where to go to eat, drink and explore Belgrade nightlife.
There is a reception area and a fridge which constitute the "party bar"; there is clearly a lack of investment here. Upon arrival you are given a welcome pack with a free tube of local alcohol; strong aftertaste not the best in my view.
You can join nightly pub crawls which is very standard. Luckily for us, a beer festival was on at the time otherwise, I don't think it would have been as good. The staff including Stefan and Ana try to get all guests involved which I think it pretty cool; they speak excellent English so no issue there
You need to understand that the best "clubs" here are on the boats past the main bridge and things don't get started until well after 2am but continue way into the morning : )
The dorm was a four bed dorm which was very small and not comfortable. The bunks were very low (resembled small kids bunk beds) and I was on a bottom bunk. Everytime, I got up or went to my bunk I hit my head of nearly did; take extra care.
There is one very tight "bathroom" if you can call it that; it is so small and the hose connected to the sink is also the one for the shower so make sure the setting is correct before you on it otherwise, you will quickly find yourself soaked. It is disgusting, we did not see anyone clean it at all and when I went in to use it I wanted to get out ASAP.
My friends and I got itchy bed bugs from this place we reckon from unclean matresses.
The air con unit was located on top of my friend's bunk and some one turned it on full blast and hid the remote; we just pulled out the plug.
The hostel also advertises "free laundry" as one of its services; be careful though, I put my laundry is a bag with my name marked and when you go to collect it, they just mix it with everyone else's clothes. Funny I found all my clothes apart from my Abercrombie and Fitch swimming trunks : ( I still haven't heard anything from the hostel about this.
In general, I would rate the Staff especially Stefan. Ana seemed abit bored with it all but seemed helpful. Hygiene is a key concern for me with this place.
This place needs to improve fast and hold on to key staff to survive.
Group of friends August 2013
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Featured on VICE news, the Guardian, Lonely Planet, and more as a unique spot that seamlessly finds its place in the community run by volunteers with a goal of experiencing, enjoying, and evolving our place and Belgrade together. [May all who come as guests leave as friends] More than a hostel. A not for profit lounge, studio, and gallery for travel, music, film and art enthusiasts. A pioneer of backpacking in Belgrade and a founder of it's new urban design and nightlife district for the last decade. Sharing ideas, knowledge and passion. [Bring all your hope, ye who enter here] What We Got: A 24 hour street level lounge with a small garden and kitchenette providing free shots of rakija, coffee, tea, WIFI, art, film, music programs, games with mixed dorms and options to camp (the tent option) in our famous Dungeon for cash strapped travelers. Where We At: 1 minute from the river, the train and bus stations. Inside the Savamala design and nightlife area. 5 minute walk to the pedestrian street, the fortress, and the boat clubs. 24 Hour supermarket, exchange, ATM, bakery, grill all next door. ... more less
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