My girlfriend and I stayed at Apartments Milicevic for 5 nights during our visit to Herceg Novi in May 2012.
We booked our stay via www.booking.com and paid 25 Euros (£20) per night for an en-suite studio which could sleep up to 3 people. No breakfast was included in the price.
We settled our bill in cash on the second day of our stay. We could probably have paid at the end of our stay, but the owner was holding our passports (which we would need for a day trip into Bosnia), so we settled up early and retrieved our passports in the process.
Apartments Milicevic are located on Brace Grakalica, a residential street just off Save Kovacevica, a short walk east of the old town (Stari Grad) and a steep 5-10 minute walk uphill from the seafront promenade of Setaliste Pet Danica.
We were able to walk from our apartment to the Clock Tower in the heart of Stari Grad in around 10-15 minutes and from there it was a further 10 minute walk uphill to the bus station. The local buses along the coast to Meljine, Kumbor and Kamenari (with its useful ferry across the bay) pass by the apartments and the nearest bus stop is just a couple of minutes walk away.
The Savina Monastery complex is a 15 minute walk to the east.
There are a few mini markets, cafes, bakeries and shops within a 5 minute walk of the apartments, but you'll need to make your way into Stari Grad or down to the seafront for a better selection of restaurants and cafes.
Overall, we were happy with the location. The walk into Stari Grad wasn't too long and we found several routes (down various steep paths and flights of stairs, many of which weren't particularly well lit after dark) to the seafront. It might be a little too peripheral for some people, especially those who don't like to walk, but it was fine for us. We wouldn't have wanted to be much further east though; beyond Savina Monastery, you'd soon become reliant on local buses or private transport to get to the centre of Herceg Novi.
On a more general note, if you are looking at accommodation in Herceg Novi and are unsure where to stay, I would offer the following advice. If you can't find suitably priced accommodation in Stari Grad, then accommodation to the west of Stari Grad (for example in Topla) in the direction of Igalo is more central than accommodation to the east. The whole area from Herceg Novi to Igalo is packed with shops, restaurants and cafes, while the amenities to the east of Stari Grad soon start to thin out a little. Be particularly careful of booking accommodation in the beach village of Rose, especially outside of high season. It comes up under Herceg Novi on hotel booking websites, but is actually on a peninsula across the bay from Herceg Novi. The boat crossing would be fairly short, and probably wouldn't be a problem in the height of summer, but we didn't see any regular crossings in May 2012. The journey by road would be much lengthier; some 40km around the bay, even when taking the shorter route via the Kamenari-Lepetane ferry.
Our room contained a comfortable double bed and a sofa bed that could sleep a third guest. The pillows were a little hard, but we slept well regardless.
There were two decent sized wardrobes in the room, as well as a set of cupboards on which the TV sat, and small bedside cabinets; plenty of storage space for our needs.
The room contained a kitchenette with a very effective fridge, a couple of cooking hobs, a sink and a selection of pans, plates, cups, glasses, dishes, cutlery and cooking utensils. There was no kettle, toaster or microwave, but it was fine for our needs. We only made use of the fridge and the glasses. After we had checked out, we were able to make use of one of the vacant upstairs rooms to freshen up before going to the airport and we noted that there was a kettle provided in that room.
A small dining table and three cushioned chairs were located next to the kitchenette.
There was a remote controlled heating/air-conditioning unit, but the temperature in the room in May was fine without needing to use this. We often left the window slightly ajar during the day to prevent the room from becoming too warm.
The TV picked up around 20 satellite channels, including the Travel Channel, Discovery Channel and MTV, but no English language news stations. We rarely turned it on.
Free wi-fi was provided throughout the property. The owner had written the network name and password on a slip of paper besides the TV when we arrived. It worked first time and the connection was fast and reliable throughout our stay.
There were plenty of electrical sockets for recharging phones and camera batteries overnight.
The shower room contained an average sized shower cubicle, a toilet and a washbasin. No toiletries were provided, but fresh towels were available on request (or every couple of days if you didn't request them sooner). There was a stash of toilet rolls on top of a cupboard directly outside our room; the owner never mentioned them, but we replenished ours as necessary. There was adequate hot/warm water, although it sometimes started to run a little cool if we both showered straight after each other and took a little while to warm up again.
Our room was on the ground floor and had a small outdoor terrace with a rockery, some greenery and flowers along the side of the property. It also featured a small table, a couple of chairs and a washing line. We were able to enter our room via the terrace without having to go into the main building. Some rooms have balconies and panoramic sea views.
Overall, we were very happy with the room, especially for the low price we had paid. It was fairly spacious, clean, comfortable and quiet. Free wi-fi and an ice cold fridge were welcome bonuses that we might not always expect from such budget accommodation.
The owners of the property are incredibly friendly. The lady in particular was always full of smiles and conversation. She spoke English fairly well, but often lapsed into Montenegrin without realising and sometimes misunderstood our questions.
As we arrived quite late in the evening (around 9pm) and hadn't had any prior communication with our hosts, they had specifically waited on site for us to arrive. They live elsewhere, but have a "summer kitchen" at this property. I got the impression that they spent most of their time there during the busier summer months but just came and went as necessary at less busy times. With hindsight, we probably should have emailed ahead to inform them that we'd be arriving late in the evening. It wasn't a problem for them, though, and they welcomed us with complimentary drinks (a rakija brandy for me, at our hosts' insistence, and a fruit tea for Emma) and happy chit chat about where we were from and why we had chosen to visit Montenegro.
We were informed that we were the only guests on our first night, but that we'd be joined by a Dutch couple the following night and several more guests for the remainder of our stay. We never saw any of the other guests (mainly due to the fact that we accessed our room from the side of the property) and only heard a limited amount of noise from other rooms.
We were given 2 keys when we arrived; one for our room and one for the main pedestrian gate into the property's grounds. We were asked to lock the gate as we left the apartment, which we did, although there was never any sense that this was necessary; the area always felt very safe.
At the end of our stay, we checked out at 11am but weren't being picked up to go to the airport until 5pm. The owner gave us the impression that we could have kept the room on as long as we liked had it not been booked by guests who were arriving that afternoon. Instead, we stored our luggage outside their summer kitchen and when we arrived back at the apartment 30 minutes before our taxi was due, completely drenched due to the rain storms, we were given use of a vacant room upstairs. This was a bigger room than the one we had stayed in. The owner brought us clean towels to dry off with, allowed us to make use of the shower room and gave us much appreciated hot drinks. That level of hospitality was typical of what we experienced during our stay and left us with a very favourable impression of the apartments and their owners.
Excellent value apartments, just a short walk from Stari Grad and a quick (but steep!) journey to the seafront.
The room was comfortably furnished with all necessities, a basic range of cooking facilities, a fridge and free wi-fi access. Everything we needed!
One thing that set Apartments Milicevic apart from other properties we've stayed at was the wonderful hospitality shown to us by the friendly owners.
We'd happily stay there again and would recommend this accommodation to others without hesitation.
1 minute walking downhill from the bus station toward the old town, the first Apartment/Sobe is owned by a German speaking lady. This place was awful, she raised the agreed upon price after we moved in, tried to demand 4 days in advance and then generally harassed us, knocking on doors at all hours. Kitchen use prohibited. Avoid this place.
We found so many nice, friendly and relaxed apartment landladies in Montenegro, there is no need to tolerate the one or two bad ones.
If you can't find a place on your own during the peak season in Herceg Novi, there is a guy in the bus station parking lot that brokers places. He is middle aged and constantly on his mobile phone, everyone knows him. I did not try, but would if necessary.
While in Herceg Novi I have not stayed in a hotel but in a private guesthouse. It was a perfect deal. They offer accommodation in rooms and in apartments. The stay was not expensive, rooms were clean, environment pleasant. Would recommend it to everybody.
You may find more information about this place at their website www.sobe-hercegnovi.com
By the way, ‘sobe’ means ‘rooms’.
Owner speaks English, German, Italian and Russian. He and his wife are friendly, nice and always willing to help.
Rooms and Apartments are air-conditioned with a great view to the sea.
Apartments have TV, but rooms do not.
Djenovic is small place very close to Herceg Novi. It doesn't have much to offer, small rocky beach, ugly restaurants with very lasy stuff working there, common looking houses. But we didn't care, bcs, every day we were spending in H. Novi.
Now about Pavlovic full board, where we stayed. Food was disgusting. For breakfast we usually did have two pieces of bread, one day with jam and butter, other with one egg, or with salami.
That is it. No coffee, no juice, nothing. Oh, yes one time we did get apple. Lunch, It reminds me on school canteen, dinner, also, but without any sweets.
Room was very small, with very small closet, and very small kitchen. So most of our things stayed in bags, under beds. Room was clean, with new furniture and had Air cond. and TV with 3 local channels. And sometime we had water in bathroom. We heard that fresh water is big issue in Mnegro, and that ppl usually have cisterns or wells from which they provide water. So after few days of water restriction for couple hours during the day, we started to get water from well. The water smelt, very strange, but we was told, that is normal. We didn't drink it anyway.
The owner was polite first 9 days, and kept promising, that the problem he caused anyway, will be solved, but anyway he trowed us from our accomodation one day earlier. The problem was that he didn't write/remember the exact date of our stay, and that he was already rented our room, one day earlier to new guests, than is our stay.
So, on the last day we had to, with a 11 month old baby on the tropical heat, to search for a new accommodation.
We weren't only guests who had complaints there. I know that accommodation in Mnegro isn't expensive (250 euros per person for 10 days), but that is common price there for good apartments, so there weren't money problem, we just wanted decent accommodation.
Yes, Montenegro is beautiful country, but ppl there don't do anything, to make you feel comfortable there.
No one native there knows when is next bus, boat going to nearest city (Kotor), or where is pharmacy, or where is anything... We always waited for drink/meal/check half an hour, even in the very fancy restaurant in Kotor.
At most places they don't accept credit cards (or if they do, condition is to spend at least 10 or 20 euros in that place).
On the phone number, that Government provided for tourist's complaints was no one answering for 24h (we wanted to report owner).
There is no highway, only pretty much dangeourus mountains roads, there is no info-points, in stores they speak english, but they dont know how to say: "Good day. How can I help you... Good bye". And if you ask something them in stores, and you are not buying anything, ppl were even rood, and of course they didnt know the answer.
I didn't travel much, just visited 8 European countries, and Tunisia, but for these countries I have mostly nice things to write, and I will... Some other time... So, I guess the problem isn't in me, but in Montenegro's tourism organization.
'Jewell of the adriatic' or 'City of flowers' ? Herceg Novi is more like Southend! A bit tacky, bad one way traffic system and not much for families. I suspect that if you are a clubber it's not that great either - lots of bars, but no buzz. If you go to Montenegro go further around the bay - Perast or Kotor are much nicer.
I never stayed in it but I've heared it is a nice Hotel. It has a terrace with a view, restaurant, swimming pool, pizzeria, private beach. Few days ago I was walking trough Herceg Novi and I saw the sign about special offer for this Hotel. The room per person was 15-20 euros per day including breakfast. Not a bed deal I would say. However,It is wise to check the prices during the high season.
There are plenty private rooms available in H.Novi. The quality is not standard. You can find from simple to luxurious rooms. So it is best to check it up before taking. My advice would be to hire a room in some travel agency, although it can cost you a euro or two more. However, if you decide to do it on your own, just look for the signs as in the photo.
Like other parts of Montenegro, Herceg-Novi has a large number of private rooms and apartments available for rent. Look for signs advertising "Sobe" or "Zimmer".
Quality varies, so you should rent a sobe only upon recommdation or after seeing the room. In any event, you should be able to find a very good deal.
This picture shows a building with sobes for rent right on the waterfront promenade in Herceg-Novi. The building was actually a bit decrepit, although it doesn't come through in this pictures.
Having said that, depending on where I am or who I am traveling with, I could be happy as an eggplant in even a box car.
This place is named after a family that is it's owner. It's nice and cosy. every apartment has a balcony and view to Boka Kotorska Bay. It's clean, close to the beach...
We did not expect too much, as Mone-Negro state hotel businell is still back in 60s (or 40s), and we did not get too much. In the beginning of May, the hotel was almost empty; for a night, we booked two double rooms (breakfast included) and paid 57 euros for everything. Rooms with bathroom and toilet, which are a bit rusty, but clean and functioning. There is a parking place (though to drive to the hotel is tricky). For breakfast, we got bread with jam and tea so sweet no one could drink it. As it is not buffet but service, we were not able to negociate anything. There was also no option not to pay for breakfast.
As I understand, this is an average level for Montenegro state hotels right now.
To drive in (from Kotor): drive through Herceg-Novi, then turn right (eventually, left) to Igalo, down almost to the sea, and take the last but one street to the right. It ends at the hotel.
To drive out: 100 m along the sea, and then drive left (uphill). If you fail to turn here, you will have to drive half an hour through the whole town.
The best deals are found in private accommodation. During my last visit (in September 2000) we rented a 2-bedroom appartment, with its own beach and cafeteria right below our balcony. We had a beautiful view at the sea. Walking distance to old town - 15 minutes.
It was very cheap then (40DM per day), but I heard it got more expensive now.
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