Hyatt Regency Belgrade: My Four-Hour Stay

Hyatt Regency Belgrade: My Four-Hour Stay

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During my recent trip, I spent a (very short) night at the Hyatt Regency Belgrade. I didn’t stay at the hotel long enough to be able to fully review the property, but I did want to share some general thoughts.

Why I spent four hours at the Hyatt Regency Belgrade

The last time I stayed at a hotel for four hours, it was at the Aegon Mykonos, and it was because I felt uncomfortable and decided to check out. 😉 In that sense I’m happy to report that my four-hour stay at the Hyatt Regency Belgrade was the plan all along, short as it was.

Why did I plan such a short stay? Well, because I was just in transit from Dubai to New York:

While I ideally like to spend more than four hours in a hotel, some sleep is better than no sleep. Besides, I managed to nap a bit on both flights, so I still arrived in New York pretty well rested.

The joys of booking a Category 1 Hyatt property

In the era of high hotel rates and award chart devaluations, it’s nice to feel like you’re still getting a deal on a hotel stay. The Hyatt Regency Belgrade is a Category 1 World of Hyatt property, which you don’t see many of nowadays.

I booked my one night stay for just 5,000 World of Hyatt points, which is quite a deal. At a valuation of 1.5 cents per point, that’s like paying ~$75.

Hyatt Regency Belgrade cost with points

As a point of comparison, the hotel was charging over 150 Euro per night, so redeeming points was definitely the better value.

Hyatt Regency Belgrade cost with cash

My experience staying at the Hyatt Regency Belgrade

Usually I try to review my hotel stays, even if they’re very short. However, I think it’s hard to do that in a useful way if you’re staying at a time when all amenities are closed.

The Hyatt Regency Belgrade is an older property, as it opened back in 1990, but it’s well maintained. The hotel has a beautiful, large lobby.

Hyatt Regency Belgrade lobby
Hyatt Regency Belgrade lobby
Hyatt Regency Belgrade lobby

I tend to think that hospitality happens at the margins, and often it’s the little things that we most remember. The professional and cheery lady working the overnight shift thanked me for being a World of Hyatt Globalist member and informed me that I had been upgraded to a suite.

I thanked her, and told her that she didn’t have to tell me about any of the hotel’s other amenities, because I’d be leaving at 4AM. She looked at me wide-eyed, and said “oh no, you won’t be able to experience our hotel.” Since I was leaving before breakfast started, she proactively asked what coffee drink she could have waiting for me at 4AM, along with something to eat.

I said “oh that’s kind, you really don’t have to do that.” She said “please, I insist, you will need it with such a short night.” What great customer service — I wish I would have gotten her name so I could have written in to compliment her, but I was somehow in a daze as it was late at night, so was so focused on getting to my room.

Anyway, I was upgraded to a Regency Suite King on the 8th (top) floor. My room was right across from the stairs leading down to the Regency Club, though it was dark, so I couldn’t see much.

Hyatt Regency Belgrade club lounge

The suite’s decor was definitely on the classic side, but it was well maintained. There was a living room and half bath, and then double doors leading into the bedroom.

Hyatt Regency Belgrade suite
Hyatt Regency Belgrade suite
Hyatt Regency Belgrade suite
Hyatt Regency Belgrade suite

Then the main bathroom was off the bedroom, and had a sink, a toilet, a shower, and a tub.

Hyatt Regency Belgrade suite

I couldn’t figure out how to turn on most of the lights in the room (or maybe the lighting just doesn’t get very bright?). Regardless, I didn’t actually want the lights on anyway (aside from taking pictures), so that was fine by me.

There was a welcome amenity consisting of a bottle of wine, some sweets, and a fruit plate, on the living room table. I didn’t have the chance to enjoy that, unfortunately.

Hyatt Regency Belgrade welcome amenity

There was also a Nespresso coffee machine, though I didn’t end up needing to use it, thanks to the front desk agent’s offer.

Hyatt Regency Belgrade in-room coffee

Go figure that when I actually got in bed I was wide awake, as is the case all too often in situations where time is of the essence. I probably fell asleep by 1:30AM, and set an alarm for 3:30AM (I actually set like 13 alarms), so I got about two hours of sleep.

I was back at reception by 4AM, and was greeted by the same friendly front desk agent, who had a hot cappuccino and some pastries waiting for me. Moments later I got in a taxi and headed for Belgrade Airport.

Hyatt Regency Belgrade coffee & treats in the morning

The catch with the Hyatt Regency Belgrade

For my purposes, the great thing about the Hyatt Regency is its proximity to the airport, as it’s only around a 15-minute taxi drive away. That ended up being an advantage.

As much as I enjoyed my brief stay, I’m not sure I’d return again as a tourist, though. Why? The Hyatt Regency’s location. Presumably it’s a different story if you’re there for business and/or a conference, but the Hyatt Regency is quite a ways from the center of town. It’s off a major road, and realistically you couldn’t walk most places from the hotel, but rather would have to take a taxi.

Personally I quite appreciate being able to walk straight out of my hotel and to nearby attractions, so that would cause me to look elsewhere. There’s supposed to be a St. Regis coming to Belgrade eventually (the project has been delayed), and that will without a doubt be the city’s best luxury hotel once open. I’m looking forward to checking that out one day.

Bottom line

I wish my stay was more than four hours, but I very much enjoyed my brief time at the Hyatt Regency Belgrade. In particular, it’s so nice when you encounter employees who go above and beyond to make a stay special.

The Hyatt Regency Belgrade had a perfect location for getting to & from the airport, though if I were actually looking to sightsee in Belgrade, I might look to stay elsewhere…

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  1. Julie Garrison Guest

    I stayed at this hotel recently for a week and couldn’t be more pleased. At 3,500 points for off peak nights plus 2,000 additional points for club level, it was quite a redemption in terms of value. The breakfast was included for the club level and had quite an extensive selection. The pool and gym areas were very relaxing. The club level had beer, wine, and tasty appetizers every evening. The staff was also generally...

    I stayed at this hotel recently for a week and couldn’t be more pleased. At 3,500 points for off peak nights plus 2,000 additional points for club level, it was quite a redemption in terms of value. The breakfast was included for the club level and had quite an extensive selection. The pool and gym areas were very relaxing. The club level had beer, wine, and tasty appetizers every evening. The staff was also generally quite attentive. I needed medical attention while I was there and they were extremely helpful.
    My only complaint is that smoking is allowed inside in one of the main restaurants. Lots of smokers in this country overall.
    I did not feel that the property was too far away from the central area.
    I had been touring Europe since April and needed a rest.
    This was the perfect place at the right time.

  2. A Native Belgradian Guest

    Actually, the hotel is not far away from the city centre. It's just a short (15 min) walk away across the bridge. Or you can take a bus 95 (two stops) to the Zeleni venac Square (which is just the corner from the Republic square) or even a tram which can take you to the Old Railway station (three stops), where is the infamous Belgrade Waterfront and a future St Regis hotel in the Belgrade Tower is not far away from it.

  3. FNT Delta Diamond Guest

    How is there a Hyatt Regency in Belgrade but no Hyatt Regency in many major US cities?

  4. Andy Diamond

    In Belgrade I usually stay at the Metropol Palace which is a Marriott Luxury Collection, mainly because of the much better location. The Metropol is perfectly located and ok as a hotel. But you should moderate your expectations in respect of “Luxury” … it is in Soviet style, but with all the modern amenities.

  5. DD Guest

    We love Hyatt Regency Belgrade! We have had 2 long stays and several shorter ones there in the past few years. The hotel is lovely but what really makes it special are the staff. It is located across the bridge from the main part of the city but it is a quick walk or inexpensive cab ride anywhere you want to go.
    We will be back there in a couple of weeks and look forward to enjoying their hospitality once again!

  6. Petri Diamond

    This hotel is one of my favorites while driving through Europe to the summer house in Greece. Good food and exceptionally friendly, professional staff. (One time they even agreed to consider our German shepherd a "small puppy" to grant entry (through service corridor.))

  7. Jaymanlb Guest

    I’ve stayed there too. The Hyatt is in Novo Belgrade in the “new” town close to conference centers and business locations. BUT, I found it relatively easy to walk across the bridge over the river to get to the Old Town. It’s about 15 minutes safe walk to the Belgrade Castle. I love the Hyatt here… the gym and pool are stellar. The restaurants and service are excellent!

  8. Motion to Dismiss Member

    Sounds like just what you needed for that short stay. I spent a few days in Belgrade last summer and really enjoyed the city. It’s vibrant and very cheap. I stayed at the Square Nine, which is a boutique and from my research is the city’s best hotel. Very good to know there is a St. Regis coming!

  9. Jetiquette Guest

    Stayed here a few years ago (early 2020 before the pandemic) and enjoyed it. At 5,000 points, it's hard to beat. The club lounge was great with hot food and beer/wine. The only downside is, like you said, the location. It's very easy to get a taxi through the front desk though and they're very affordable - only a few dollars.

  10. Andrew Diamond

    I've learned that Hyatt cat 1 hotels usually come with a catch. Alila Bangsar was... an experience. Homeless people sleeping on the walkway to the KL train, 3 elevators to get to your room, poorly-maintained properly despite being 3 years old, razor-thin walls.

    The views and IG potential is strong, but I still checked out 7 days early. ;-)

  11. Phize Guest

    I agree. The location is unideal, unless you like to walk. There is a cool tram that comes by the hotel, and taking a Yandex (like Uber) to the downtown is super easy + cheap. The concierge at this hotel— Nikola— is awesome! He arranged a same day boat ride, private driver, and behind-the-scenes church tour on short notice for me. I also got a suite upgrade!

  12. ECR Guest

    Totally get why you booked a cat 1 rate for a 4 hour stay, but would love to see a review of the Saint Ten hotel, which seems to have a better location and looks pretty nice.

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Motion to Dismiss Member

Sounds like just what you needed for that short stay. I spent a few days in Belgrade last summer and really enjoyed the city. It’s vibrant and very cheap. I stayed at the Square Nine, which is a boutique and from my research is the city’s best hotel. Very good to know there is a St. Regis coming!

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Julie Garrison Guest

I stayed at this hotel recently for a week and couldn’t be more pleased. At 3,500 points for off peak nights plus 2,000 additional points for club level, it was quite a redemption in terms of value. The breakfast was included for the club level and had quite an extensive selection. The pool and gym areas were very relaxing. The club level had beer, wine, and tasty appetizers every evening. The staff was also generally quite attentive. I needed medical attention while I was there and they were extremely helpful. My only complaint is that smoking is allowed inside in one of the main restaurants. Lots of smokers in this country overall. I did not feel that the property was too far away from the central area. I had been touring Europe since April and needed a rest. This was the perfect place at the right time.

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A Native Belgradian Guest

Actually, the hotel is not far away from the city centre. It's just a short (15 min) walk away across the bridge. Or you can take a bus 95 (two stops) to the Zeleni venac Square (which is just the corner from the Republic square) or even a tram which can take you to the Old Railway station (three stops), where is the infamous Belgrade Waterfront and a future St Regis hotel in the Belgrade Tower is not far away from it.

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