The Best Hotels to Book in Serbia for Every Traveller

Serbia has a variety of hotels to suit all budgets and tastes
Serbia has a variety of hotels to suit all budgets and tastes | © Jon Arnold Images Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo
Richard Collett

Serbia had a rough time of it in the ‘90s when Yugoslavia split, and while several countries around it have seen a tourism boom in recent years, it has somehow remained on the outskirts, landlocked and imposing. Don’t fear the Cyrillic alphabet, though, because the country is welcoming and waiting to be explored by travellers. If you’re looking for somewhere a little different in Europe, here are the best hotels in Serbia, the unexplored heart of the Balkans.

1. Mama Shelter Belgrade


A long wood table under hanging lamps and seating in the stylish and quirky lobby area at Mama Shelter Belgrade
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Mama Shelter is designed for the chic traveller looking for a social hotel in the heart of Belgrade. It has artistically designed furnishings across 125 rooms, along with a rooftop restaurant and bar where city residents and travellers meet to enjoy handcrafted cocktails and Italian-Balkan fusion food. After dark, the bar hosts DJ sets and live music, but if you want an early night, the rooms are soundproofed.

2. Envoy Hotel

Business Hotel, Hotel

An armchair, desk with chair and couch in a sitting room with neutral colours in a guest room at Envoy Hotel
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The Envoy Hotel in Belgrade is one for culture lovers, with modern, artfully designed rooms located on Čika Ljubina, a street named after the 19th-century Serbian writer Ljubomir Nenadović. You can enjoy the traditional yet updated tastes of Serbian cuisine in the courtyard restaurant or sip coffee while people-watching on the main street. The hotel has a fitness room and a spa centre, along with a choice of twin, queen and king rooms or suites.

3. Saint Ten Hotel

Boutique Hotel

Green velvet armchairs and a double bed in a spacious hotel room at Saint Ten Hotel
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Saint Ten Hotel is a luxury boutique property located in the quiet, residential area of Vračar, making it an ideal option for those looking to rest in comfort while still being close to the major attractions. The Nikola Tesla Museum is within walking distance, while you can cruise to the Sava and Danube rivers or Kalemegdan Park in minutes by borrowing a hotel bicycle. It has 55 rooms and suites and lies within a historic Belgrade building dating back to 1929.

5. Marquise Garni Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Luxury

The impressive blue facade of the Marquise Hotel, with awnings out front
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Marquise Garni Hotel is a French-inspired, luxury boutique property with just 28 rooms. Inside a historic building in the residential district of Vračar, it has a distinctly Belgradian look on the outside, but a tasteful French design on the interior. The neighbourhood is a peaceful area to stay in, with cosy cafes, galleries and the Yugoslav Drama Theatre all within walking distance.

6. Crystal Hotel Belgrade

Boutique Hotel

Tables and chairs on the rooftop restaurant at Crystal Hotel, with a view of St Sava Cathedral at night
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This one is for the refined traveller who enjoys a peaceful stay, comfort and fine dining in boutique surroundings. Crystal Hotel Belgrade has 44 upscale rooms and two restaurants. You can enjoy full-service breakfast, lunch or dinner at Pupin Restaurant or the View, the hotel’s sought-after rooftop terrace restaurant. Another option in Vračar, the hotel is just a short walk away from one of the Serbian capital’s most famous attractions, St Sava Temple.

7. Sky Garni Hotel


Seating, large potted plants, sleek marble flooring and a reception desk in the stylish lobby at Sky Hotel
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Opened in 2018, the Sky Garni Hotel brings a touch of modernity to Old Belgrade. It offers four-star rooms just a short walk from Kalemegdan Park and the banks of the Sava River, where you can immerse yourself in the history of the Serbian capital. The real highlight, though, is the Sky Bar, with its international and Serbian delicacies and, of course, plenty of cocktails.

8. Hotel Majestic

Suite Hotel

A pretty peach building on the corner next to the Hotel Majestic, with trees lining the boulevards below
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An art deco retreat filled with nostalgia, Hotel Majestic is one for the history connoisseur – there’s little this Old Town building hasn’t seen. Dating back to 1936, it’s a traditional Serbian hotel offering four-star service and amenities across 83 rooms and seven suites. The building is a downtown landmark, and as soon as you exit the grand entranceway, you’ll be on Belgrade’s central, car-free high street.

9. Hotel Tesla, Smart Stay

Boutique Hotel

A yellow chair and gray corner couch next to a wall with artwork showing electricity at Hotel Tesla
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Hotel Tesla, Smart Stay takes inspiration from Nikola Tesla, the ethnic Serb inventor who gave the world the alternating current. It offers minimalist luxury across 17 rooms and suites. Its Electricity and Tesla suites are aimed at longer-term travellers with a need for workspace. The hotel’s location in Vračar gives it an upscale residential feel, too (again, great for extended stays in the city).

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