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“Friendly staff but horrible beds” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Hostel Centar
Ranked #175 of 285 Specialty Lodging in Belgrade
Buenos Aires
Level Contributor
23 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Friendly staff but horrible beds”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2012

We stayed in the private room. The location is excellent if you want to be near the bus or train station. From the outside the location is scary. Once inside and passing the security gates similar to a prison, the staff was nice and friendly. They were also helpful in recommending a restaurant to eat and flexible with the payment method (had no local money). The room was a little strange, an old and loud computer that according to a sign must remain on. The common area is nothing but a sofa between the two floors and unfortunately also the smoking section which easily gets into the room. The beds were awful, metal sticking out and bed bugs. In the morning the cleaning lady entered the room (a private room) without knocking and not minding that I was laying in bed.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2012

WARNING: This hostel may damage your health and your sanity!
This is perhaps the worst hostel we have ever stayed in and we wouldn’t encourage anyone to stay here.

We do a lot of backpacking and always try and find the cheapest option, so most of the hostels we have stayed at in the past have taken the “No Frills” approach…this hostel has managed to offer less than this.

The worst thing is that they offer a lot of things on their and fail to deliver most of them.

• Free welcome drinks - We were told that there wasn’t any.
• Linen and towels we change daily – not true and the towels were old and torn
• Free maps of the city – we were told there wasn’t any
• large common room – this is the landing between the second and third floor
• Present for every guests – we were told there weren’t any
• Free luggage storage in the hostel – this involves leaving your bags in the corridor
• Free 24/7 hot showers – there are 3 showers in the building, 2 werent working and 1 had no hot water
• Free wi-fi – there is no longer free wifi- just the computers (1 per room)
• Free high speed internet – depends what you call fast. Also the computer in our room didn’t work and we had to ask some people in a private room if we could use their computer.

After all of this, there was a couple of very unpleasant events

A girl we met on the train (18 years old) was harassed on the train by a drugs dealer who then followed us to the hostel. She was scared about staying in the same hostel – when I explained this to the staff, however there response was – as long as they are paying we don’t care!

After several days without a shower I asked to speak to the manager (by phone – he lives in a different city and never visits), on trying to reasonably explain the problem – he started screaming at me down the phone, telling me I was “sick” and needed to go to hospital.

The staff aren’t very friendly or approachable, but this is likely to be because they are sick of people making complaints and are unable to do anything about it.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank ThroughRootsandRoots
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2011

I would not recommend anyone to stay in this hostel! When we arrived, they wanted to charge us much more than was agreed from our internet booking. It didn't help that we had a confirmation that we showed to the receptionist, they still insisted on charging us more than 10 euros extra per person and night. And the place was not nice at all and it had no atmosphere. When we found out that this "overcharging" is put in system by the owner, we moved to a cheep hotel instead, which was much nicer and better located.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Rebecka H
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
29 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2010

We arrived late in the evening, and we had booked to have all 6 of us in the same room, but when we checked in we were told this wasnt possible, so there were 4 of us put in a 7 bed dorm, and 2 in a 4 bed dorm. In the 7 bed dorm, there were 5 beds in the room, and then 2 beds up a ladder, to where a little bunk had been made in the slope of the roof. I wasnt complaining too much, it was quite private up there, but still, a very strange arrangement. The room itself was clean, and linen was inlcuded. There was also a computer with free internet in the room, and a tv, although all the channels were in serbian. There was one bathroom per floor. The bathroom was ok, although the floor got a little dirty, and also very slippery when the shower had been used, so you had to be careful.
Location was right near the station, but quite a way from the centre. also, the area wasnt that nice, didn't like walking round after dark.
But the place was ok, served its purpose.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank laurameee26
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kasugai
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2010

It doesn't recommend it.
The place and the amount of money are good. But there are a lot of numbers of people of staff and correspondence varies from person to person.
It is said that become late at night though money was paid in four person room and change into five person room, and the staff of overpowered correspondence also arrives.
It never stays.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank nonaya
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Serbia
Level Contributor
44 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2010

My friends and I was there during New Years holidays and it was one great experience. The all staff was amazing from the moment we enter on the staircase of this hostel. Very helpful, full of information about the city and nightlife. Alexandar even manage to find us last minute tickets to New Year eve celebration party at 6:00 pm.
Rooms are spacious with great heating all day long, AC an PC in our own 4 bed dorm. Kitchen and bathroom was full of faculties, very clean also.
Lounge space is on the staircase witch is very unusual but very interesting point to mingle with other people.
And finally, just to mention great hand made sljivovica that staff gives you even if you don't ask ;)
Guys, you wee amazing, just keep the good work!!!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank trandafilaki
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Property: Hostel Centar
Address: Gavrila Principa 46a, Belgrade 11000, Serbia
Location: Serbia > Belgrade
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Ranked #175 of 285 Specialty Lodging in Belgrade
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Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We have the pleasure to present to you the newly renovated Hostel Centar. Extra luxury Hostel Centar is situated in the very strong center of Belgrade, in the heart of city life, about 100 meters from the main bus and railway station. The capacity of the hostel is 32 beds allocated on the 3 floors, 9 units. ... more   less 
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