Hotels in Belgrade – Where to Stay?
As far as accessible hotels in Belgrade go, the official advice is to book a modern hotel. I advise you to call to book, if possible, so that you can ask specifically about your accessibility needs, like a roll-in shower, for example. They will most assuredly speak English at the reception desk of any larger, international hotel such as Holiday Inn or IN Hotel.
As for us, we stayed at IN Hotel, as it was only 1 km away from the Savi conference center, where we were attending a conference for two of the days of our stay. I figured that would be best, as we could just walk to and from the conference. Well, the hotel was fantastic, and you can see photos, below, of their lovely and quite adequate accessible room, which is really sort of a suite.
Next time, I’d probably choose a hotel close to the city center and walking areas, so that we could leave and walk around a more interesting part of the city any time, at our leisure. The IN Hotel is in the newer half of the city, across the river from the older half, and it was just too far to get to the other side without a taxi. And there’s not much to do in the newer side of Belgrade. Read more about getting around the city in Rolling in Belgrade – What’s It Like?.
A Tour of the Accessible Hotel Room
The extra-wide door swings out into the hallway, which was odd, but it worked great for us. The best part was, it wasn’t spring-loaded, opened up fully, almost until it touched the wall behind it, and was easily opened and closed because there was no resistance. No struggling to get through a door that just wants to stay shut!
There’s a mini drinks bar behind that square door in the cupboard in the hallway.
The living room was set up just like the following photo. The garbage can was conspicuously at the front corner of the desk for easy access, and the desk itself is not too deep. There is plenty of space on either side of the couch to access the outlets.
The living room was our home base — excuse the mess! The drawers in the desk were a bit in the way for Michael to get underneath, but he did it by putting his feet forward a bit in order to get his knees under. However, if you need a higher table to work at, the tables in the dining areas of the hotel are better in terms of having plenty of space for legs to fit underneath. The internet in our room was great, though, and we didn’t feel the need to leave in search of better internet in the common areas.
Off of the bedroom is the toilet. It was quite spacious. I, as a smaller, able-bodied woman, found the toilet itself to be rather strange, as the seat felt more like a rim with a wide opening. The toilet itself was wide and long. It wasn’t very comfortable for me. And Michael doesn’t sit on a toilet, so it wasn’t a problem for him. For over-the-toilet commode users, we gave up long ago even considering being able to use our American shower chair on any European toilet, so I certainly didn’t try it with this one.
Next up was the bedroom, where the bed was low, with space underneath for a lift, and also with convenient side tables and outlets, which was perfect for our setup with the ventilator. The left side of the bed is higher because we bring mattress toppers along for more comfort. And housekeeping kindly gave us two extra pillows. Those pillows were amazing. I slept so well, and they inspired me to buy a new pillow when we got back home.
The TV is wall-mounted and visible from the bed, per the usual hotel room setup. And the heavy blinds closed by being pulled shut, no cords.
Off of the bedroom is a dressing room with a closet and floor-to-ceiling mirrors, and the wet room for showering is connected to the dressing room. On a side note, all the light switches for the bathrooms are on the outside, but they were lower on the wall.
The shower room was conveniently laid out with things easier to reach. The towel rack and soap dispensers are lowered. And the handheld shower head was positioned already at the bottom of the pole when we arrived. The pole is low anyways, so it would probably not be too low for most, even when sitting. There was no chair or bench in the shower. However, it’s not something we use, so I didn’t ask if one is available. You might inquire about that before booking, if that’s a concern to you.
Amazing Breakfast Buffet
Also, the breakfast bar was amazing, and there were no bar-height tables in sight — except, of course, at the bar!
IN Hotel Conclusion – Price vs. Convenience
In conclusion, if you’re looking for a fantastic hotel that is accessible and quite reasonably priced and don’t mind having to get downtown by taxi, this is the hotel for you! You’ll probably need to get around by taxi anyways, as I talk about in Taxis & Public Transportation Accessibility in Belgrade. If you want to be able to step out of your hotel and be in the center of the walking streets and the tourist hubbub, look for another hotel closer to downtown.