Belgrade: Chillton Hostel
Get There: 7, Second Floor Katanićeva, Beograd 11000. The hostel offers an airport transfer for 12€ for a four-seater car, so it ends up being really cheap if you have friends – just like everything in this city – and the driver is quite the tour guide on the scenic ride into the city. Alternatively, there are even cheaper buses from the airport.
Cost: From 1200RDD ($16AUD) a night, with a minimum two-night stay on weekends.
Free Breaky: No, but free tea, coffee and welcome drink of traditional Serbian Sljivovica.
Free Wifi: Yes
If like me, you end up in a country you’ve never even heard of (you uncultured hobo, you), I’m sure you’d want to be convinced that you’re not going to die in a scene from the movie Hostel. Chillton does just that. It’s so tiny that there’s usually only one staff member on at a time, who will enforce a lesson in making Serbian coffee and encourage at least four cups a day. A welcome drink of traditional plum brandy will probably get you hyped for the city’s unsuspected wild night-life.
If you want to get off the beaten track and bypass all the turbo-aussies, Belgrade is a must. We met a real-life gangster who could sing opera, got lost in the local markets and jammed all night in the funky little common room of the Hostel. I cannot fathom how ridiculously cheap everything is in this city – definitely add Belgrade to your Eurotrip and stop in at Chillton for surprisingly good time.
…I also hear there’s a Chillton II, which is more central and bigger with loads of freebies.