This was my first trip to Serbia...to Valjevo. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit -- the accommodations, the people, the town, the history. Yes, the hotel is old, but it's charm and ambience speak to the history of the region. I learned much from chatting with the front desk hosts/clerks. They were warm and welcoming (two with solid commands of the English language), as they recommended restaurants and various places for tourists to see. Our daily chats helped me to acclimate with the area. (I had a random chance to chat briefly with the owner and his son -- both, most gracious.) The hotel breakfast is like a hearty, home cooked meal. The location of the hotel is excellent, with historical sites adjacent (do take time to visit!) ...awesome restaurants, bars and great music nearby, as well.
The walls of my room were freshly painted, and all of the upholstery was in good shape. The hotel provided laundry service and basic toiletries were available. I opened my windows early each morning to enjoy the gentle breeze before starting my day. The lobby is a wonderful place to wind down, enjoy a cappuccino and catch up on emails and/or reading while watching the locals stroll by and the children at play. It's springtime and the outdoor patio is alive with music in the air and a beautifully marbled walkway underfoot. Don't take expectations -- take an open mind and enjoy living history.