July 5, 2012

Hotel Sirmium in Sremska Mitrovica

I have a crush on Communist-Style Hotel Architecture, and in the Balkan there are a lot of good examples of these state hotels (државни Хотел). Some still are run by the state and and just little investment has been done, so you can feel the atmosphere of the past time and enjoy on vintage design and architecture....

Last summer we made a family stop-over in Sremska Mitrovica and headed out for the local state-hotel "Hotel Sirmium" to stay for the night.

Hotel Sirmium is good example of a state hotel with the peculiarity that it has been built on the ruins of the „Imperial palace“ an archeological site of the famous ancient Roman city of Sirmium (today Sremska Mitrovica). That explains the random ancient pieces arranged around the reception.

The hotel has around 55 big rooms, the color concept is so old that it looks almost new again :-) The dark brown is used to pimp up the rooms....

 .....but it's also the main color concept for the bathrooms.

The roman theme is used in the restaurant: meandering pattern on the wall and some roman Art in soc-realist style...a funny combination.

A stroll in the city center shows another nice building from the communist past, a stylish commercial building! 

The rest of the city center is a picturesque mix of austro-hungarian baroque style and classic Vojvodina style.

Here some linksregarding Sremska Mitrovica:
Hotel Sirmium
Sremska Mitrovica 
Zasavica Nature Park 
Fruska Gora National Park Travel Guide 

More communist style Hotels:
Hotel Srbija in Vrsac 
Hotel Palas in Mojkovac (Montenegro)
Hotel Narcis Strpce


  1. I'm so glad I stumbled across your post! Sremska Mitrovica is my mum's hometown and my baka still lives there. So nice to see very familiar buildings! Thanks!

  2. What impresions about my home town ?!

    You must know that city Sremska Mitrovica and the rest of Serbia in 1999 was the target of NATO,and also of sanctions before bombing !!!

    And ?! You want to see something else ?

    Our socializm was better then any political sistem.

  3. We drove to Serbia from London in summer 2011 with our tiny camper van (a Berlingo). Lack of information and camping facilities made our trip a little disappointing; but looking at your photos reminds me how interesting it was. We also ended up staying in Hotel Sirmium and being very amused at the Roman remains I expected to see in a museum scattered round the hotel lobby! posted by Ingrid, August 2013