Opened just this spring, Hotel Square Nine is not only the first designer hotel in Belgrade, but also one of its brightest new architectural endeavours. The hotel's name comes from its location - its address is number nine, in Students' Square. The project's designer is one of Brazil's most famous contemporary architects - Isay Weinfeld, who has represented Brazil at the Venice Biennale of Architecture. As for the building's tonal palette, its minimalistic rock façade harmonizes with those of the surrounding buildings. At the same time, however, it undeniably brings attention to itself as a contemporary and self-contained architectural object.
Stepping over the threshold of Square Nine, Belgrade's daily street-life is left at the door. You enter a completely different - in a sense, autonomous - world, in which exquisite design, perfectionism and comfort reign. The experience is one of refined, contemporary elegance, characterized by brevity and the use of quality materials: rock, light and dark wood, bronze mirrors, a colour palette of beige and brown. All of the amenities that one could ask for in a fine luxury hotel are provided: mid-century modern furniture reproductions, Leowe televisions, free wireless internet, heated floors in the bathrooms, Hermes cosmetics, a "wardrobe" for pillows, Italian luxury label Loro Piana textiles, and a Nespresso coffee machine in every room.
Although the rooms are definitely big enough, due to the building's location, some of them are a bit lacking in daylight. The hotel's best feature is its array of public spaces: the capacious lobby, the downstairs' bar and restaurant, which mainly offers European fare, and the spa and pool, which is kept at a comfortable 27° C.
The hotel contains 45 rooms and apartments. Even though it is currently the most sought-after luxury hotel in Belgrade, you can't quite rid yourself of the impression that this oasis of comfort, swathed in Diptyque perfume and relaxing lounge music, could be found in any cosmopolitan city.
Studentski trg 9
Keywords: Belgrade, hotel