Hotel in the heart of Belgrade
The history of hotel Opera
The building of the “Balkan” cinema was built between 1867 and 1870. It consists of three special units between today’s streets Makedonska, Braće Jugovića and Bulevar despota Stefana.
Initially built for the hotel “Bulevar”, the presentable and academically built facility stands at the point next to which a part of the building was added, with a large hall on the ground. In 1899, only three years after the first ever film screening in Belgrade, the first film was shown in this hall.
The Belgrade Opera under the direction of Žarko Savić worked in the building of today’s cinema “Balkan” from 1909 to 1911, which is why the entire hotel became known as the “Opera”. The permanent cinema in the hotel began operating in 1912 under the name “Grand Cinema of the Gomon Family at the Opera Hotel”.
For a while, plays by the “Brane Cvetković” Theater were also performed there. The current name “Balkan” was given to the cinema at the begining of the 1928, due to the events that took place there, that were out of great importance for the history and culture of both Belgrade and Serbia. Hence, as a part of complex of buildings created jn the late 19th century, the “Balkan” cinema stands as a testimonial to the cultural, urban and architectural development of the capital, during the second half od the 19th century.
This hotel is located on the Republic Square with a side entrance in relation to the square, so it was quiet at night. The hotel is very close to a famous street rich in restaurants. We had a large triple room (reserved at the same price as the double even though it was just the two of us). The hotel has excellent security systems and consists of a long corridor with large pictures of opera performances on the walls. The lighting and Wi-Fi were good, and the products from the mini bar were replenished every day. The choice on the breakfast buffet was certainly enough for our needs. The staff was very helpful and arranged our transfers to and from the airport.
Helpful and friendly staff. Breakfast met all our expectations and beyond.
Clean and tidy. All requirements are met. The location was great, right next to Republic Square. The staff at the reception and the staff in the household were very kind and helpful. Great value for money.