BEST BEDS

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - One Perfect Day Travel -

PERCHED in the cen­tre of Sara­jevo, the Ho­tel Michele (Ivana Cankara 27) fails to ex­ude any of that fag end of com­mu­nism at­mos­phere that doggedly sur­vives in some ho­tels in this part of Europe. Small, fam­ily-run and taste­fully decked out with silk wall­pa­per, mar­ble and pol­ished tim­ber floors, and what the pro­pri­etors enig­mat­i­cally re­fer to as ‘‘ an­tic furniture’’, the Ho­tel Michele is a sur­pris­ingly gen­teel pres­ence. It of­fers six self-ser­viced apart­ments (Bos­nia and Herze­gov­ina’s first), two gue­strooms, high-speed wire­less in­ter­net, satel­lite television and a seem­ingly end­less sup­ply of free cakes.

And, for the starstruck, you run the chance of creas­ing the sheets in a bed once slept in by the likes of Richard Gere or Bono. From j125 ($196) a night, with 50 per cent dis­count for longer stays. More: + 387 33 560 310; www.hotelmichele.ba. James Jef­frey

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