Hostel New Morning
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Hostel New Morning Jul 12, 2008
Hostel New Morning is kind of an average hostel in downtown Belgrade. It's basically a large flat on the third floor (actually the 4th) of a building with a common area dominated by a pool table and some couches, two dorm rooms, and a kitchen.
On the up side, the hostel is relatively new and decorated with all sorts of colors and patterns. They're trying to create a fun environment. It wasn't too expensive, and it was about a 5 or 6 minute walk from the main train station. It's somewhat of a climb though, up a steep hill and then 3 floors of steep, dark stairs. The air conditioning is really good, which is unusual for a hostel. It's about a 10 minute walk up the hill to the main part of town, but it's relatively central.
We actually enjoyed staying there, but there were a few annoyances.
The staff is nice enough, but not particularly helpful. We paid on arrival, as usual, but were asked if we'd paid each time we came in or out, for example. If you ask the nice girl at the desk which way to walk to see some sites, in Serbian, she answers "Hmm, I don't really know...." The staircase is unlit so you inch your way up in the dark, feeling for the tiny sign above the doorway that distinguishes it from the other apartments and businesses in the building. The shower was clogged with hair and flooded, which didn't seem to get fixed during the morning cleaning. Even though we were the only guests that night and went to bed early at 10pm, the desk guy played loud music until 1am. I think the problems are related to it being new, the staff doesn't seem to have any training.
The only thing that sort of got to us were the deviations from their advertising. Even though we reserved with a set price and paid a deposit, the price seemed to change and deposit disapeared. When we didn't have exact change, (local currency only) they just kept the difference. Only a couple dollars, but it's the principal. The "6-person mixed dorm" really has more like 9 beds, the free luggage storage means that you can talk them into letting you lean your pack on the wall in the common room, things like that.
I think it'll get better though once they get going and get a few mixed reviews...
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