Hotel Indigo, IHG Hotels & Resorts‘ boutique hotel brand, has opened its first hotel in Serbia, Hotel Indigo Belgrade. True to the brand’s ethos, Hotel Indigo Belgrade takes its design cues from the local neighbourhood and pays homage to the city’s storied past.
Just as no two neighbourhoods are alike, no two Hotel Indigo hotels are alike. Like its Old Town surroundings, “¯Hotel Indigo “¯Belgrade’s architecture showcases the mishmash of cultures and styles born from the city’s fascinating history. Centrally located in the main pedestrian area, between Kneza Mihailova and Äika Ljubina streets, sitting above luxury retail stores, the hotel has 46 boutique bedrooms with two distinctive room styles to choose from.
Drawing inspiration from the Brutalist architecture that is very apparent in Belgrade, the hotel’s Brutalism-inspired room style has concrete walls contrasted with unique artwork and textiles with unusual geometric shapes. The Art Deco room was designed to evoke the Art Deco period of the city with the use of muted pastel colours and arches in the headboard to mimic the design influence of this prominent era.
Upon entering the hotel, guests will be greeted by an eye-catching reception, which has been specially designed to mimic the shape of a local monument, Knez Mihailo, with locally made Serbian rugs hanging above.
The use of gold throughout the lobby, reception area and lift is inspired by the nearby National Museum which was originally built as a bank. If guests look closely, the walls of the lift are covered in hidden poems by some of the nation’s most famous poets.
The hotel’s living room pays homage to the coming together of trade routes with an eclectic mix of styles through the ages, from Pirot rugs, a national treasure from Southern Serbia, to 70’s inspired floor lamps. Throughout the hotel, the artwork is inspired from the local and vibrant creative art scene in the city.
“This hotel is a stunning representation of Belgrade and the Hotel Indigo brand,” says Veljko AntoniÄ, General Manager, Hotel Indigo Belgrade. “The city has so much to offer those looking to discover a new destination and with our unique design and thoughtful touches inspired by the local history and surrounding influences, guests can get a flavour of the neighbourhood through our hotel before heading off to explore the city for themselves.”
Hotel Indigo has unique restaurants and bars that are standout social destinations where guests and locals dine together, and the hotel’s Duke Restaurant is no different. The restaurant brings a modern twist on traditional Serbian cuisine by combining age-old recipes and unique Serbian spices with locally sourced ingredients and a modern twist.