There are actually two branches of Green Studio Hostel. I stayed at the Green Studio Lounge, which only has a 8 bedded dorm room inside but all the atmosphere. I've also been here in March when I was staying at another hostel, and at time I really loved the staff and the owner that's why I wanted stay at Green Studio Lounge for a change in August. I've met with more amazing staff, they're always there for you to help. This may be a party hostel but I'd say that it has a more party atmosphere especially not in summer but in winter. Since the weather is so hot in Belgrade during summer, the little disco:) of the hostel, called as the "dungeon" is not that much available in summer. People start to gather around 8pm till 10pm at the Green Studio Lounge's garden for drinking. Frankly, beer is pricey(200 dinars) compare to the IDEA market(60 dinars) which is only a few steps away from the hostel. But hey, understandably they're just trying to make some living for the sake of the hostel. My only complaint for this time period would be the music. During my stay, since Aussie and Brit kids love mainstream R&B and some rap kind of music, I had some hard time for standing of it:) The music simply does not match with hostel's character at those nights. Why not some rock or minimal techno?:)
Around 10pm pub crawl kicks in and one of the hostel crew take you to some bars and finally to a place for clubbing. To be honest I don't like pub crawls that much, except for the first day, since it presents you an ice-breaking activity with travelers who are staying at the hostel. However, I rather meet with local people wherever I go, and in Belgrade the best pub crawls are at parks!:)
The room at the Green Studio Lounge is kinda tiny but decent. However, the toilet inside is unsatisfactory, one square meter at most. Even one of the staff presented the toilet inside of the room as "here there's a sh.tty shower/toilet" :) I think they are trying to legitimize it in this cute way but the toilet still sucks big time. For shower you have no other choice at the Green Studio Lounge, but there's also another toilet above the garden inside.
As I said at the beginning, all members of the staff, Ivana, Sladana, Stephan, they are all great. Hats off to the owner who hired them. But you have to meet with Srdjan:) He's some crazy, funny dude; or with his words, he's very sexxesful:) For me, he's like the icon of the hostel, or should I say any hostel?:)
All things aside, I think the Green Studio Hostel is a must experience for those who are willing to visit Belgrade at least for few days. Apparently the owner just wanted to create a real hostel environment, nothing else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Featured on VICE news, the Guardian, Lonely Planet, and more as a unique spot that seamlessly finds its place in the community run by volunteers with a goal of experiencing, enjoying, and evolving our place and Belgrade together. [May all who come as guests leave as friends] More than a hostel. A not for profit lounge, studio, and gallery for travel, music, film and art enthusiasts. A pioneer of backpacking in Belgrade and a founder of it's new urban design and nightlife district for the last decade. Sharing ideas, knowledge and passion. [Bring all your hope, ye who enter here] What We Got: A 24 hour street level lounge with a small garden and kitchenette providing free shots of rakija, coffee, tea, WIFI, art, film, music programs, games with mixed dorms and options to camp (the tent option) in our famous Dungeon for cash strapped travelers. Where We At: 1 minute from the river, the train and bus stations. Inside the Savamala design and nightlife area. 5 minute walk to the pedestrian street, the fortress, and the boat clubs. 24 Hour supermarket, exchange, ATM, bakery, grill all next door. ... more less
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