Discovering the joys of Belgrade

by Francis James
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The Beograd Art Hotel opened in June 2010, and, as we found out during a weekend break, this recent addition to Belgrade’s hotel roster definitely isn’t lacking in luxury, stylish design, or modern comforts.

Simple, clean lines, comfortable yet chic accommodation and ultra-modern bathroom fixtures – this hotel will certainly please design purists. Choose from the Art Room, Premium Art Room, Junior Suite, and the luxurious Art Suite, which boasts a beautiful terrace with views of Knez Mihajlova. We stayed in a Premium Art Room, which was remarkably spacious, and had stunning views of the city. Designed in a muted palette with bright splashes of colour, the accommodation is luxurious and refreshing.

I enjoyed the hotel’s Mosaic Wine Bar, Restaurant and Cafe. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all served here – delicious local and international specialities, as well as some great home-made ice cream. Drinks, including some snazzy cocktails, are also served here. Situated on Knez Mihajlova, one of the most beautiful and cosmopolitan pedestrian shopping streets in Belgrade, Beograd Art Hotel is perfectly located for a weekend away. Within a five-minute walk are some of the many sights and attractions – simply stroll the streets and soak up the atmosphere.

My favourite was the Kalemegdan fortress. The first version is thought to have existed in the 3rd century BC but today’s building is largely the result of modernisation in the 17th century. Located on a cliff overlooking Great War Island, where the Sava and Danube rivers meet, Kalemegdan offers a glimpse into the city’s ancient history.

Restaurants, bars, galleries and antique shops abound – simply walk out of the hotel and see where your feet take you. And at the end of a long day of sightseeing, enjoy a relaxing sauna at the hotel, followed by a delicious cocktail in the bar. Heaven.

Don't miss
  • Old Belgrade
  • Belgrade Cathedral Church
  • Belgrade Fortress
  • Kalemegdan park: Art Pavilion, Music Pavilion, Great Steps, Zoo, funfair, monuments, sporting facilities
  • Kosancicev Venac neighbourhood
  • Princess Ljubica’s residence
  • Skadarlija ‘bohemian’ district
  • House of famous Serbian artist Djura Jaksic
  • Renowned restaurants including Tri Šešira, Ima dana, Dva jelena, Skadarlija, Zlatni bokal and Dva bela goluba
  • Galleries, antique shops, souvenir stalls in Skadarlija
Hotel facilities
  • Mosaic Restaurant, Wine Bar and Cafe serves local and international specialties, as well as lighter bites such as sandwiches and salads. Coffees, cocktails, fine wines and more can all be enjoyed here, and there is a cosy fireplace in the winter months
  • Two bars serving food as well as drinks
  • Health Sauna, massage treatments

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