Well, well, well… I never thought I’d be blogging about a super hhhot project like this from “the old country”. (Yes, it’s that hot, that it need’s three ‘h’s to capture the sizzle!) If only I had known about this place when Husband and I stayed in Belgrade last year. You live and learn, huh? Alas, next time we’ll be visiting fo sho!

I am talking about Square Nine in Belgrade, Serbia’s first world-class luxury hotel. Designed by Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld, the hotel is housed in an old office building and took 5 years and $40M to transform from an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan. Set in the city’s historic district across from Students Square (Studentski Trg) and within walking distance to historical landmarks, shops, restaurants and Kalemegdan, Square Nine is a showcase of sophisticated interiors, attention to detail, and impeccable service.


“Conceived by the owner as a groundbreaking keystone in Belgrade’s twenty first century renaissance, Square Nine brings a sumptuous, yet cozy, character to a city that’s long been dominated by international chains detached from the city’s identity and avant-garde, creative arts history.”


The vast lobby lounge is furnished with an impressive collection of vintage Danish modern furniture which took three years to amass. Here you will also find oversized antique globes, handwoven Serbian rugs, rosewood timber panelling with framed black-and-white photos which add a dose of nostalgia.

Twenty-two containers of timber were shipped  from Brazil, and took roughly six months to install and polish. The hotel has 45 rooms in total including 15 suites, each balancing sleek Brazilian Cumaru timber and Portuguese limestone with cozy touches and posh accessories, including cashmere blankets, Pratesi linens and Hermés toiletries. Yes please!


[Images courtesy of Square Nine Hotel.]

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Dana Tomić Hughes
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Dana is an award-winning interior designer living in Sydney, Australia. With an unhealthy passion for design, Dana commits to an abnormal amount of daily design research. Regular travel and attendance at premier design events, enables Dana to stay at the forefront of the design world globally. While she is super serious about design, Dana never takes herself - nor design - too seriously. Together with her life and business partner, Dana is Boss Lady at Studio Yellowtrace, specialising in Design Strategy, Creative Direction and Special Projects. The studio takes a highly conceptual and holistic approach to translating brands & ideas into places & experiences.

12 Responses

  1. another Dana

    I had first seen this in an american design magazine. Ive been planning on staying here with my bf when we take a trip to the Motherland!

  2. Susan Rubinsky

    These photos would sever Serbia better if they had people in them.

  3. Tonka

    I love this hotel! Definately on list of where to stay next time i’m in Belgrade!

  4. yellowtrace

    Thank you for your comments guys. It’s so wonderful and refreshing to see a positive story come out of Serbia for a change.
    In any case, Husband and I will be checking it out later this year when we visit Belgrade so I’ll make sure to report back on how it was ;)

    • Ellie Rentoul

      I just read about yr blogsite in Real Leaving and am LOVING IT!! I LOVE yr style -it’s fresh, mature, lush n complex w rich textures. I’m also from the Old Continent: originally from Russia, hv lived in: Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia, Germany n did a 10-year stint in London – now I’m a life & business coach + mum in sunny Brisvegas! Check out my website if get a chance: http://www.ellierentoul.com (yellow is my fav colour!)

  5. jana

    Hello from the “old country” :)

    Belgrade is my home town and the place I live in and love so much. Square Nine hotel really IS beautiful, just had a tea there a few days ago. White Peony :)

    Welcome to Belgrade you guys, and if you need tips, I’ll be glad to give you some ;)

  6. anna-m

    so happy to see this post. I love discovering new cool places in belgrade!

    love from canada!


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