Leaning into a communist-era aesthetic to create a distinctly Serbian sense of cool, New Belgrade offers some of the trendiest hotels in the capital. Here are the best, all bookable on Culture Trip.
Sitting opposite Old Belgrade, the cultural heart of the Serbian capital, New Belgrade was built on the left bank of the Sava river after World War II. It’s a vibrant business and entertainment district, with communist-era buildings such as those in the Blokovi neighbourhoods, floating riverboat accommodation and restaurants serving traditional Balkan food. The area also offers great connections to the airport and main railway station, while a lively cafe and restaurant scene, in addition to spa and wellness centres on almost every block, make a high-end stay in New Belgrade more feasible than ever.
Bahus Inn stands on Zemun Quay, 5km (3mi) from the centre of Belgrade. It features eight luxury apartments with king-size beds, cosy sitting areas and relaxing jacuzzis. The Ministar and the Senator apartments have the best river views. Try the traditional zakuska, a Balkan paste made of vegetables and mushrooms, or the organic goat’s cheese, kozari, a local delicacy.
Set in a striking building with a futuristic facade, this contemporary hotel is in the Block 11B neighbourhood, 7km (4mi) from the city centre. Eclectic rooms feature tea and coffee facilities as well as fully stocked minibars, while suites come with separate living rooms. The on-site restaurant serves alpine Adriatic cuisine, including organic products and a complimentary American-style breakfast buffet. On the ninth floor, Acquapura City SPA and the wellness area have great views of the city.
Crowne Plaza is a stylish hotel with conference facilities, fine dining and a fitness centre with an indoor pool and an outdoor terrace. In the heart of the New Belgrade business district, it’s a quick drive to the main train station and city centre attractions. Choose a room with city and river views and enjoy the city skyline from above. At the upscale Prime restaurant you can savour gourmet Serbian cuisine before unwinding with a cocktail in the Novi Bar.
This upscale hotel in a sleek steel-and-glass building sits in the vicinity of the highway and city centre. Streamlined modern rooms feature well-stocked minibars, while the upgrades on the top floors have living rooms and ample city views. There is a cigarette bar in the lobby with a fine whiskey selection. Add another three refined restaurants – including Italian and Arabic offerings – a tea room, a large spa centre with an indoor pool and a gym and you’ll have a fair image of the scale of the amenities at this hotel.
Close to the Sava river, Hotel Passport has a red-brick facade, bright and colourful interiors and modern furnishings. Some rooms have black-and-white wallpaper featuring global cultural landmarks. Relax or read newspapers in the open hotel lobby and savour the tasty breakfast with strong espresso or flavoured cappuccino before you hit the road. The hotel is 10km (6mi) from the airport and 7km (4mi) to the central zone with the main historic sights.
This hip hotel sits on a floating boat with access to the Zemunski Kej river promenade. Accommodation ranges from doubles, triples and quadruples to fully equipped studios and two-bedroom apartments with kitchenettes and private balconies. The brightly coloured rooms feature wooden beams and calming views of the Danube. Enjoy a drink at the bar on the waterfront terrace or unwind in the colourfully decorated lobby.
Standing next to the highway to Zagreb and Novi Sad, this upscale contemporary hotel has polished rooms with fully stocked minibars. Suites include living rooms with sofa beds; upgrades include whirlpool tubs and in some cases private balconies. You’ll have plenty of choice when it comes to dining, with a trendy international restaurant, a cosy cafe, a pastry shop and a rooftop bar featuring stellar city views. Start your day with a workout at the gym and in the evening, unwind in the wood-panelled sauna.
If you like fishing and nature or are something of an ecology buff, a stay at Boatel Charlie could be the perfect experience. The property sits on a floating boat on the Danube and offers rooms with close-up river views. There’s a shared kitchen with a dining area and self-catering facilities, and a common room and garden. On the river shores, there’s a park with designated bike paths, jogging trails and a pedestrian walk, and the property also offers bike rentals.
This apartment hotel has a garden with a playground and 14 double and studio rooms, along with superior apartments with private lounges and kitchens. Some of them come with a terrace or a balcony, the perfect place to enjoy the sunset over Belgrade. The hotel sits on a major thoroughfare in the Ledine neighbourhood, right behind the airport runway and 10km (6mi) from the main railway station in Belgrade. A free airport shuttle is provided for both arrival and departure.
This small yet stylish hotel stands in the peaceful neighbourhood of Blok 49, 7km (4mi) from Belgrade city centre and a three-minute walk to Tošin Bunar railway station. It has 14 brightly coloured rooms with double and twin beds, some with a private balcony. The complimentary breakfast includes a variety of foods to suit every taste. All guests also get free access to a well-equipped gym and a swimming pool in the garden.