Sarajevo is more famous as a city of hills, but it’s also one of those beautiful European cities with a river running through it. The Miljacka River splits the city in two, with the city center on the north and a quieter residential area with great views on the south.
The first and only hotel that actually sits right on the Miljacka is the Residence Inn Sarajevo. The Marriott opened in December 2014 with 75 suites, each of which has floor-to-ceiling windows and a private balcony to enjoy those river views, where natural light floods the rooms. Since it’s designed for longer stays, there’s plenty of space. The public spaces on the ground floor were inviting, feature flexible seating for working or relaxing and a 24-hour Market selling drinks, snacks and meals. We squeezed in some time to release some the tension in the fitness center. They even offer free grocery delivery. As the first Marriott hotel to open in the Balkans, Residence Inn Sarajevo was very hospitable. The staff, speaking both English and Bosnian, greet you with a smile and a wealth of information about the area. As soon as you turn the door knob to come into your suite, you see the fully-equipped kitchen and separate areas for eating, working and relaxing.
This is also, apparently, the first nonsmoking hotel in Sarajevo. The well-designed rooms promote productivity with large, well-lit work desks, ergonomic chairs and complimentary high-speed Internet. A welcoming and restorative feel is created throughout with warm, earthy colors and light wood fixtures and fittings.The Residence Inn Sarajevo also provided a delicious continental breakfast. Ideally located near Old Town, the Residence Inn Sarajevo provided convenient access to the city’s historical and cultural attractions as well as restaurants, cafes and shops.