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The city of Belgrade has come a long way since its more frugal days decades ago. It is a rising star in Southeastern Europe where cruises, excursions and new tourism infrastructure is abundant.
We stayed at one of the city’s most historically revered properties, the Metropol Palace which is a part of The Luxury Collection. It was the epicenter of government and business once upon a time and it still holds pride of place in town for international guests, lavish weddings and important conferences.
Thankfully the soviet era opulence has been left to the past and the hotel holds wonderfully modern amenities housed amidst the historic trimmings of yesteryear.
From the moment we arrived staff stepped up immediately to make us feel welcome and to bypass the bit of a jam that was forming at the peak check in hour. In the whole hotel we noticed an abundance of workers who were busy about their tasks, a good ratio of staff to guests that endured the whole time and played out with us having expedient service.
The structure of the hotel is sturdy, the walls are rock solid, the materials with which the place is constructed seem immortal and while the room space is a bit on the small side (still good for European standards) the decor and layout were well appointed.
The spa was certainly the best part of the experience. There are abundant wet areas with a neon lit indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and solarium. Treatments are at a good price and they are great experiences. The gym is very modern with the best equipment in the industry and beautiful decor. The lounge was a cozy space with good offerings during the day and a comprehensive evening service which was more like a light dinner.
There aren’t many but the hotel breakfast was a bit chaotic. Several large groups were staying while we were there and the buffett ran out of food and utensils from time to time. They were always replaced but with a wait several times. There was confusion about what was included in the breakfast as some staff offered us cappuccino for free while others later claimed it was an extra charge.
Overall this is one of the best choices in Belgrade. It brings together the city’s historic grandiosity and its newfound soul where culture is growing into something splendid with great hospitality.