A Glorious Past
Story of Exceptional Heritage
In the Socialist era, the Metropol Hotel was the East’s window into the Western world, a place to stay for many celebrities of whom Belgradians had only read about in the newspapers. During the 1960s and 1970s, the Metropol was the most famous and most elite location in Belgrade. All those who wanted to get noticed knew that the Metropol was the place to go. The hotel regulars back in the day would often compare the Metropol foyer with a runway, whereas the food and the frequent festivities get mentioned even today.
In the Metropol suites, celebrated actors like Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida and Robert de Niro lerned their lines for upcoming movies, and the legendary Hitchcock interrupted a strict diet to celebrate the success of his movie. Some of the most influential people in the world like Che Guevara, Anthony Quinn, Brigitte Bardot, Vittorio de Sica, King of Ethiopia Haile Selassie, chess player Bobby Fisher, as well as politicians like India’s Nehru, Egypt’s Nasser or Leonid Breyhnev from the USSR, were regular patrons of our hotel.
When the Non-Aligned Movement Heads of State and Government Conference took place in 1961 in the Metropol, the hotel accommodated more than 30 heads of state and governments and 3000 invitees. Several years later, many Belgradians waited at the hotel entrance for Louis Armstrong to arrive. The celebrity jazz musician went in and out the hotel through the garage as his fans wondered why he stays in his room all the time.
A number of leading figures, statesmen, politicians, movie legends and musicians – all regular patrons of the hotel – have indeed marked its 55-years of proud history.