I hereby decree the Hyatt Regency Belgrade as one of the best category 1 Hyatt hotels in the world. I had an amazing one night stay here in between Air Serbia flights.
Hyatt Regency Belgrade Review
First, a confession. The hotel is so nice I had assumed it was a higher category than one and just booked a cash rate, about 110EUR/night. I later found it would have been only 5,000 points per night, which would have represented a better value. Still, I felt the paid rate was excellent for the service and amenities I received. The hotel includes 302 rooms, including 39 suites.
Not wanting to mess with the negotiating for a cab at Nikola Tesla Airport in Belgrade, I reached out to the hotel earlier in the day and ordered car service to pick us up at the airport and take us back the next day.
The service was 55EUR each way, which is a lot more than we would have paid even had a cab driver fleeced us, but the peace of mind was also worth something and it was nice to ride in black Mercedes sedan versus an old Yugo.
The exterior of the hotel has a distinct Soviet feel to it, which is hardly an illusion, as the hotel opened in 1990 (and has operated as a Hyatt ever since).
We each booked our own room. I have status and my friend does not. I was informed at check-in that I was upgraded to a suite on the top floor.
The man who checked me in at the front desk welcomed me back to the hotel (it had been nearly eight years) and thanked me for my Globalist status with World of Hyatt.
The hotel has very nice common areas with green plants, a waterfall, and even a koi pond.
My King Suite included a large living room with couch and coffee table, guest bathroom, oversized work area with desk, a bedroom, and a large bathroom with tub, shower, and toilet all in a shared space.
I was amused by the large illy coffee machine in the room, but could not figure out how to use it! Ultimately, I figured I would drink coffee downstairs and save myself the trouble.
The minibar was empty, but the hotel placed a welcome amenity of fresh fruit on my coffee table.
Regency Club Lounge
Due to the pandemic, the Regency Club was closed. Rather than be enclosed, it was in an atrium with rooms on the seventh and eighth floor having access to it just by walking out.
Bar + Restaurants
We had a cocktail and eventually dinner in the hotel bar, which is where we met Nemenja, pictured below. He was such a knowledgeable bartender and we enjoyed a great conversation spanning a number of topics.
In fact, we enjoyed the conversation so much my friend and I chose to have dinner in the bar. My friend had steak while I chose to have sarma, stuffed cabbage with meat inside and some truffle mashed potatoes and sautéed vegetables on the side. I paired it with a delicious glass of Serbian red wine. A delicious meal!
Nemenja knows how to make a great Mai Tai! This was a fun evening and Nemenja recommended many things to do and see when I am able to return to Belgrade for a longer period.
In addition to the bar, the hotel offer a lounge called Tea House featuring coffee, tea, deserts, and light meals.
In the morning, I had breakfast at Metropolitan Grill, the hotel’s international restaurant. Service was modified during the pandemic, with a partial buffet, but served by staff plus an a la carte menu.
I ordered an omelet followed by Prženice, like a French Toast with ham and cream on top.
While the cappuccino was not great, the strong Serbian coffee (just like Arabic or Turkish coffee) hit the spot, as did the freshly-squeezed apple and beet juice. I enjoyed dipping my croissant into the coffee…
Fitness + Swimming Pool + Spa
Club Olympus offers a large fitness center with modern strength training and cardiovascular equipment from Technogym, a wellness area with sauna and steam room, and a large indoor pool and hot tub.
I got up at 6:00am and had the entire pool and jacuzzi to myself, then had the entire gym to myself, and the sauna and steam room too. It’s nice to start the day early!
Smoking is very prevalent in Serbia and very prevalent at this hotel. The bar was full of smokers. The lounge was full of smokers. Breakfast offered smoking and no-smoking sections. While it wasn’t an issue for me, do note that if you have a sensitive nose you will smell smoke at this hotel (indeed, you will throughout Serbia).
The hotel is conveniently located in Belgrade city center, near Sava Center Congress Hall and Stark Arena. If you want to get to the old city, you’ll have to take a taxi or tram. It took 30 minutes to get from the airport to the hotel during rush hour and 20 minutes to return the following morning.
If you bring your own car, I was pleased to see the hotel has Tesla chargers available (though not superchargers).
The Hyatt Regency Belgrade is a great hotel in Belgrade. Serbia is a fascinating country and I would love to return for a longer visit. I’ve now visited this hotel twice and walked away impressed both times. This hotel is a particularly good use of 5,000 World of Hyatt points per night.
Have you stayed at the Hyatt Regency Belgrade? How was your stay?