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Located at the confluence of Sava and Danube rivers, Belgrade is known for its architecture and history. Walk around the Old Town, see the Kalemegdan Fortress and stroll through the pedestrian zone on Knez Mihailova Street before visiting the Church of St Sava – the largest Orthodox church in the country. To help you select the best place to stay while exploring the Serbian capital, here’s our guide for the top hotels in the city.
The Belgrade Art Hotel is a family-owned hotel in the pedestrian zone on Knez Mihailova street. As the name suggests, art is the focus at this place, with sculptures and paintings of young Serbian artists displayed throughout the building. The hotel has 50 rooms and five suites, with views onto Belgrade’s Old Town and consistently elegant interiors. The hotel includes a restaurant overlooking the main street and the heavenly-smelling Avgustin Waffle & Ice Bar. Kick back after a day exploring at the wellness centre, which includes a sauna.
Townhouse 27 prides itself on being the first boutique hotel in Belgrade. The hotel serves as an exhibition hall for famous Serbian sculptor Gabriel Gild – you can view examples of his sculptures, photographs, prints and graphics around the lobby and in the rooms. Combining art with custom-made furniture, the hotel creates an elegant and welcoming atmosphere. There are 21 rooms and suites in the hotel, with bright modern interiors and views over the city.
One of the landmark sights in Belgrade, Hotel Moskva was built in 1907 in the Art Nouveau architectural style. Over the last century, its guests have included Albert Einstein, Indira Gandhi, Ray Charles and Kirk Douglas – among others. The most luxurious room is the Presidential Suite, named A. Einstein in honour of the famous physicist. The ground level is home to popular Pastry Shop Moskva, where you can try Moskva šnit – a fruity and creamy torte cake, invented by the pastry shop in 1974 and now available all over Belgrade.
Life Design Hotel is a modern and comfortable spot slap bang in the city centre. The contemporary design, warm colours and subtle elegance of wooden furniture create a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere in the 59 rooms and suites. Discover the Five Elements Spa & Beauty centre, located in the hotel, for saunas, steam baths, jacuzzi and massages. The hotel also has two modern conference rooms for business meetings.
Founded in 2004, Hotel Zlatnik offers 35 rooms and two apartments designed in soft pastel tones with wooden furniture. Located in the Zemun district of Belgrade, the hotel was built as an extension of a renowned restaurant that opened in 1984. The restaurant offers a selection of traditional Serbian specialities among other fish, pasta and grilled dishes. Both the hotel and the restaurant have received numerous awards, such as the Golden Fork and Tourism Champion.
Jonny Blair contributed additional reporting to this article.