LUXURY LOUNGE IN THE CITY
Hotel Metropol is one of South East Europe’s hotel icons at which, in the country’s golden age of Yugoslav film, the world’s most famous film and other stars have all stayed. In the Metropol they say that the current renovation was so thorough that it is now a completely new hotel. By entering the market under the flag of Starwood group, the first league of the Belgrade hotel scene has been given its most serious competitor. The hotel flirts with premium hotels in the capital cities of the region. An additional plus is its location next to the beautiful Tašmajdan park, which was renovated in 2011.
The hotel is located on the edge of the old city centre in the middle of the Boulevard of King Alexander – one of the busiest streets in Belgrade. Nearby are the greatest monuments of Serbian culture, as well as major tourist activities. The tram stop is right outside the hotel. Parking in the underground garage is managed by properly experienced guys. Taxis in Belgrade are priced very affordably.
COLD APPETIZER - Architecture and Aesthetics
Both the inside and outside of the hotel has seen the renovation, although the hotel at first glance retains features of the old Hotel Metropol. It appears powerful and has a pronounced noble character, while with the modernist architecture it appears at the same time subdued and sophisticated. Most impressive is the lobby, which has preserved the full spirit of the former hotel, including details such as inlaid wood and furniture reminiscent of the sixties. Also thrilling is the stained glass on the facade, which is exemplarily renovated and shows the Yugoslav nations, and many other details, renovated with great attention and patience.
WARM APPETIZER - Staff and catering
The charming staff is one of the main highlights of the hotel – young, smiling, friendly and happy to communicate with guests, just as befits a hotel of this category. In the kitchen of the Metropol one has eaten well throughout history, the kitchen in the golden age being synonymous with the first-class cuisine. Maintaining the high quality of the cuisine is now in the hands of chef Christophoros Peskias, who has learned about it and studied with masters such as Ferran Adria. The cuisine is thoughtful and based on international and local dishes making it modern, light, seasonal and adapted to international guests. Even from the breakfast guests are leaving satisfied, because everything is prepared imaginatively and perfectly in a modern guise.
MAIN DISH - Conference hotel service
Hotel Rooms feature fine equipment, appropriate for the class of the hotel. They pamper you with first class materials and minimalist furnishing. Perhaps for the standard of the hotel the rooms are somewhat smaller than expected, but this is due to the original architectural design of the hotel. The apartments delight, including the presidential one, named after Nikola Tesla. The Convention Centre comprises of 9 multifunctional congress halls over a surface of 1,300 m2. The largest hall, named after Nobel price winner Ivo Andrić, holds 364 participants. The halls were restored with feeling – there is inlaid wood and from the ceilings the Murano glass chandeliers are well maintained. It all looks very modest and modern.
DESSERT – Additional facilities
An exclusive spa centre on 1,300 m2 overlooking the Tašmajdan park.
FLOP – NEGATIVE SURPRISES
Small construction details that are not yet completely resolved after the hotel’s opening.
TOP – POSITIVE SURPRISES
Tašmajdan park for lovers of recreation and jogging, or simply to relax between busy convention hours.
FINAL IMPRESSION AND CREDIBILITY
The legend has returned to Belgrade. The historic heritage has been through the long renovation excellently rebuilt and the hotel today is flirting with premium hotels in major metropolitan cities of the region. Warm colours, superior lighting, retro furniture and services at an appropriate level place it among the best hotels in the Balkans. If you want to impress your conference guests, then at the moment this hotel is the best choice in Belgrade. The hotel in which good memories return, which many people are missing today.
FINAL GRADE: 4.79 SILVER City Meeting Hotel
GOLD final score from 4.81 to 5.00
SILVER final score from 4.61 to 4.80
BRONZE final score from 4.41 to 4.60