It is difficult to find this place due to the location and there being no proper exterior signage...It's actually situated on the 5th floor of an office building serviced by an elevator (walk down a passageway to a shoe store and turn left through a doorway into another passageway). Arriving at night wasn't easy - I asked directions in several places and eventually a local hotel owner kindly rang the hostel and drew me a map with instructions on how to get there...
I received a warm welcome from the manager who invited me to a complimentary drink and took the time to talk to me about the hostel...The place is relatively new (6 months old at the time of writing) and it seems to tick all the right boxes. There were the usual facilities that you might reasonably expect with a mixture of dorms and private rooms and shared bathrooms, kitchen and communal areas, all of which were very clean and tidy. The interior had been completely redecorated in a contemporary style and there was a small exhibition showcasing the work of local artists. The staff were all very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and brought a positive attitude to the hostel - I reckon this probably made the difference between a poor experience and a simply OK one for me...
The major drawback here for me was twofold really; the single room that I had was located right next to the reception and there was a great deal of noise in the hostel practically all the time...'Quiet time' is after 12 midnight and some guests were checking in and out after midnight and before 7am, which proved to be really disruptive...To make this worse I found my bed quite uncomfortable too and the end result was that it was really hard to get a decent nights sleep :(. Belgrade is a party place, especially at weekends, when there are people coming and going all hours of the night...OK if you're on board for the night-life but I have to say I wasn't on this particular occasion.
Every hostel has it's own vibe and I'm sure that this one has genuine appeal for younger travellers...I have to say as a backpacker who has been around the block I'm not sure if it was really my scene. Sketchy characters hanging around in downstairs passageways didn't do much for the feel of the place either and in the end I left a couple of days earlier than originally planned and headed elsewhere.
The hostel really has a great deal going for it and it seems to have the right people on board for the job, it's just a shame it hasn't got a lot of the basics right just yet...I wish it every success in the future but I won't be in any hurry to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Very very center of Belgrade! Spacious rooms are what we have in our hostel. One, two, three or four beds per room giving you fresh air all the time. Our private rooms will give you best for your mind. Plus, chill common room to make new friendships. Two bathrooms, one kitchen and dining area for your good feelings. Welcome drink (rakija) is in the offer, just ask for it and you'll get it.Free internet, free linens, free towels, free tea&caffe, free airconditiones, free hugs, free mind, free spirit, free chat,free window view, free walk, free air, free sing... All taxes included! No extra costs! :) ... more less
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