The hotel is located in the Maxima Centre business/residential building in the business zone of the New Belgrade and is the second hotel of this chain in Serbia and one of the first city hotels. Fulfilling the owner’s requirements, the hotel is with character and has been developed in response to the needs of a growing number of business guests in the city. Novi Beograd is becoming ever nicer and the part around the hotel is considered to be one of the more prestigious areas.
The hotel is well connected to the city centre and the Nikola Tesla Airport is a mere 15 kilometres away. Choosing this hotel means you will avoid the occasional traffic jams at the entrance to the city centre. Guests can use the hotel garage, with 54 parking spaces, and there is also free outdoor parking in front of the hotel, which is very convenient if coming to the city by car from within the region. Taxis in Belgrade are very cheap and it won’t break the bank to take one. The hotel is also very handy for attending large congresses in the Sava Centre.
COLD APPETIZER - Architecture and Aesthetics
The modern, dynamic and distinctive design of Boris Podrecca is reflected in the clean lines and some original solutions, such as what appears at first glance to be a bit unusual equipment of hotel rooms. The hotel’s facade is stripped of anything unnecessary and somehow appears futuristic and also masculine. The interior decoration was conceived by Bea Miterhofer and due to the many pink accessories can appear feminine and funky. Altogether, it is nicely balanced and enjoyable.
WARM APPETIZER - Staff and catering
The staff have the proverbial friendliness of the Falkensteiner hotel chain and it can be observed throughout that the hotel is managed well. The cleanliness and tidiness is maintained scrupulously, despite full occupancy. The hotel’s breakfast, especially the corner with local Serbian food, is exceptional, which is something that can go missing in some of the higher-ranking Belgrade hotels.
All in all, a true Falkensteiner that pays a lot of attention to food and to a personal relationship with the guests.
MAIN DISH - Conference hotel service
The philosophy of the hotel is pleasant, functional and comfortable. When you get out of the hotel elevators the pinky shades unexpectedly appear, but make for a very pleasant surprise, as do some of the surprise designer neo-baroque accessories, such as the unusual television frame, recliners, and sofas that make the hotel rooms quite special. There are individual pieces that call for photo moments and some others that the guests would probably wish to have at home. The fusion of the old and the new mixed in with the daring colour combinations continue throughout the public areas.
Over 700m2 of congress floorspace is located in the basement. The solution is correct for the hotel layout, but daylight is missed and a slightly higher ceiling height would be welcome. The largest banquet hall, one of a total of six halls, can accommodate up to 360 participants.
OVERALL IMPRESSION AND CREDIBILITY
We, first of all, assess a hotel with the eyes, then later comes the assessment from a range of other senses. Here the enthusiasm is high, thanks to the architect, Boris Podrecca, who has succeeded in redefining the urban business hotel. The main feature of the hotel is its dynamic and attractive appearance and top quality of services tailored to business customers, which places the hotel among the top among the current hotel offer of Belgrade.