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DON’T STAY IN A SERBIAN HOTEL!!!

25 Jan

I get lots of emails from foreigners that are planning to travel to Serbia. They ask me lots of interesting questions. The number one suggestion I have for them if they are planning to stay for a month or longer is “DON’T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON A HOTEL!”

I found out last year that Serbs offer their homes to their guests. I was blown away by the amount of people that wanted me to stay in their home! They looked at me like a fool when I said “Where is the nearest hotel so I can put my things away?” hahaah.. They said ” YOU ARE NOT STAYING IN A HOTEL YOU ARE STAYING HERE!!!” If you are a private person and prefer to have your own space…. do not look for hotels. Look for an apartment!!! My friends mentioned that to me last year but I kept thinking ” How the hell can I get an apartment?” Back in the USA it’s a time consuming and expensive ordeal.. most of the time anyway…. You have to worry about saving up the security deposit, first and last months rent and usually sign a 6 month or 1 year contract! Then you have to have all of the utilities put in your name. It’s a pain!!!

After my awesome time at Exit Fest in Novi Sad…. we returned to Zrenjanin. I was in need of my own crib! The families I stayed with were amazing and in no hurry for me to leave but I felt it was time! My buddy and I picked up a little classifieds paper here and drank a few pivos while he translated the available apartments. We called on a few that were under $100 a month but they were behind someones home or inside their home. We finally called on one that was 100E a month. It was new, furnished, close to the center, with one large room, kitchen, balcony, quiet neighbors and on the 1st floor. My friend called the guy and he said ” you can come look at it today.” My friend said “Is it ok that he is an American?” He said ” It makes no difference to me.. i speak English.” We arrived and looked at the place.. It was perfect!! Clean and everything he said it was. I said ” How do I go about filling out the paperwork, switching utilities, and how much is the deposit and such?” He said ” You don’t need to do any of that. Just pay me 100E and here are the keys!” I was in shock! I paid him.. he showed me how to turn on the washer, heat, tv controls and such. It took me 5 minutes to find a nice apartment with no contract and only 100E for one month!  I can’t speak for Belgrade or Novi Sad but Zrenjanin is very, very affordable!!! My electric, water, and gas ran me about $40 or $50 bucks a month for this one bedroom!!! AWESOME!!!  Back home my electric was about $160 a month, water/sewer and trash were around $50, and  gas is outrageous…..

Search for apartments in the paper!!! IT WILL SAVE YOU HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS!!!!!

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Posted by on January 25, 2012 in When in Serbia

 

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7 responses to “DON’T STAY IN A SERBIAN HOTEL!!!

  1. Ana

    February 8, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    That is true… 4 years ago my husband and I went with some friends on vacation at some place in Serbia (Soko Banja- beautiful place, I recommend). We were there for the first time, it was around 11am when we arrived, and we were trying to find someone who could rent us an apartment or rooms. But everything was full, and at the end of the day we had to go at the Hotel for the night. For that night in the Hotel (just sleeping), for four of us we had to pay near 6000 dinars! We’ve found a place next day, lovely apartment and that cost us 1000 dinars a day (that’s 1000 per day for using the apartment, not per person). So, try to stay out of the Hotels… 🙂

     
    • cather76

      February 9, 2012 at 4:02 pm

      awesome story.. so true…

       
  2. Aleksandar Mitic

    April 7, 2012 at 4:39 am

    This is funny, 5 years ago my wife Ana and I (then my girlfriend) had the same experience. But we found an entire house floor (beautifully arranged I must say) for something like Ana mentioned 1000 RSD or so. It couldn’t be much more, I remember I was very satisfied with the price, layout and details.

    Soko Banja is great. I really want to go there again soon. But I also remember we had difficulties finding any apartments in the beginning and I kept on calling numbers I’ve found on some website I’ve googled. It was fun… 🙂

    We too considered staying in a hotel for a day or two until we find something, but dropped the whole idea in the end. Now I’m glad we did.

    Here’s a couple of pictures:

    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/9/hpim0660ei.jpg/

    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/444/hpim0620.jpg/

    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/716/hpim0603.jpg/

    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/718/hpim0619x.jpg/

    The only complaint (if it can be said so) is that we were distanced from the center perhaps 15 – 20 minutes of normal walk, but that wasn’t really a problem for us since we’re young and love to walk around. 🙂

    Some more pictures (not taken by me):

    “Soko” means falcon, and “banja” can mean either spa or a resort.

     
    • cather76

      April 13, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      wow.. here are those pics you told me about!!! I have not read my comments in a week or more!!! let me check them out!!! thanks!!!

       
  3. Aleksandar Mitic

    April 13, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    We’ve been talking over email, facebook and initially your blog (the long blog post comment on slavas was the first I’ve left before email/facebook etc.) so I was always wondering whether you recognize me as one person or 3 different… 🙂

    Yeah, you should definitely check the comments every 2-3 days or so.

    Also, I’ve noticed how you were complaining (both here and on facebook) about people who follow you around and leave negative comments all the time. You don’t have to allow every comment to appear publicly. Just don’t approve them. Delete them. Or better yet, report as spam to wordpress.com ahahah

     
  4. Monty

    August 19, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    How can i get such an apartment.
    I am from america.

     
    • cather76

      August 24, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      what city are you looking to visit?? i can help

       

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