The “Idila Hotel and Spa”:http://www.hotelidila.com/en/, with its 5 luxury apartments, 3 studios and 10 rooms, is located in the Serbian ski resort, Zlatibor. The rooms are located over 4 floors and although there was a lift, it stops at a mezzanine: so as we were on the second floor, we either went to the third and walked down a few steps, or the first and walked up. Without bags, it was simply easier to walk all the way.
Our room was a reasonable size with grey patterned carpet and large dark wood wardrobe (with safe slippers and robes) and cabinet (with well stocked mini bar and four glasses, none of which matched). There was also a desk, chair and pouffe. Two single beds had been pushed together but made up as singles with attractive silk covers and cushions which matched the grey headboard. There was a wall mounted TV and the radiator had a smoked glass ‘modesty screen’ – this was the same all over the hotel. We had a small balcony with two chairs and table which caught the morning sun.
The bathroom was tiny, and the door had to be closed to get into the shower. The water was powerful and hot, but a noisy fan prevented the bathroom from steaming up. As they’d squeezed in a bidet, sitting on the loo meant shimmying round the handbasin where our universal plug was required. Toiletries were provided, towels were copious and there was a hairdryer, but the shaving mirror light didn’t work.
Breakfast was from 7am to 10.30am and as there were less than 10 guests, it was served rather than buffet style. The waitress spoke some English and we were offered orange juice, yoghurt (which failed to appear), coffee (so good, we had a second cup), a Zlatibor plate (which turned out to be various charcuterie including Zlatiborska prsut a dark intensely flavoured mountain ham, a sweet plate (jam and honey) as well as a cooked breakfast. Roy chose ham and eggs (specifically requesting only one egg after being served three at a previous hotel) and I had a Serbian favourite, gibanica (a baked cheese and egg pie made with filo pastry). In addition, there was a large bread basket with a varied assortment.
Wi-Fi was complimentary, but during our stay, there was a technical problem and it was only available in reception. The hotel also had a spa which included indoor swimming pool and sauna which we didn’t use.
The hotel was in a good location to visit the town. Not noisy and just off the main area so walking was easy and would be suitable in winter months.