Probably the slowest to develop luxury hospitality market in Eastern Europe, Serbia’s capital city of Belgrade has just welcomed a brand new luxury hotel, the first five star to open in more than 10 years. Named after the famous Students’ Square where the hotel lies, in the very heart of the city, within steps from all major attractions and business addresses, SQUARE NINE is a more than just a new hotel opening, it is an architecture statement, impressive for its exterior which carefully conceals the beauty of the interiors as well as its very comfortable feel, given by the lavish use of wood and limestone throughout all the rooms and public spaces.
From the hotel’s simple and understated website, guests will be pleasantly surprised to discover a very comfortable, warm and cosy hotel. Rooms are the largest in Belgrade and so are the bathrooms, most of rooms and suites providing bathtub and separate walk in shower. Comfort is also ensured by the sound proofing of windows which is perfect, making the hotel feel like an oasis within the very busy capital city. State of the art technology includes: luxury Loewe LCD screen, automatically controlled blinds and curtains (room and bathroom), high speed wireless internet (free of charge). Bathrooms have heated floors and pamper guests withHermes amenities and Pratesi Italian, top quality towels and bathrobes. Beds are very comfortable and provide a wide range of pillows, most with natural fillings.
Business desks in the rooms are large and comfortable with hand made leather amenities by Felisi (Italy) and the cotton woven rug is perfectly matched with the retro leather armchair. Air-conditioning is silent and works flawlessly to adjust temperature on automatic. All rooms have Nespresso machines and a well stocked minibar.
The hotel has a naturally lit swimming pool and a cosy SPA with several treatment rooms, providing a good selection of massage treatments. The main restaurant serves a European menu, with a good selection of international and local wines, the atmosphere being relaxed and understated. The roof top bar which is set to open in May will most certainly become a hot spot within the vibrant city.
I would like to particularly highlight the hotel’s lobby bar which boasts an impressive collection of art, music and theatre books and albumbs and smaller antique decorative pieces such as old coffee tins, old vases and probably most eye catcking a solid silver propeller airplane. Ambiental music is unique, combining piano sounds with soft background music, creating a very relaxed atmosphere. Attention to detail is almost ”obsessive”, with fresh smelly flowers througout the lobby and restaurant, French luxury Dyptique candles and French Ercuis cutlery in the entire hotel and Loro Piana upholstery on couches in lobby bar area.
With its crisp retro feel, Square Nine is ideal for any discerning traveller, whether on business or leisure, comfort and understated luxury being its key defining features. For locals and foreigners alike, entering Square Nine will seem like stepping into a new world.
Oliver Petcu in Belgrade
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