Pro's : Spotlessly clean all areas, friendly staff, good rooms and public areas, good food
Con's : Very narrow balconies, built up area near main road, can be noisy, poor wine if on all inclusive
Just spent a weeks AI here and despite un-seasonally poor weather it was a pleasant stay overall. This hotel carries its 4 star rating well compared to others who claim it. Mealtimes are a bit chaotic since the servery is badly designed and only caters for a single line which means quite a delay at busy times. Food choice is good and varied with nice touches, omelettes and crepes cooked in front of you, waiting staff ,albeit a bit morose, quick and efficient keeping tables clean. Wine is not good given some of Montenegros' wines are excellent. Animation team always happy and smiling ( especially Zadora a 20 year old Bosnian whose eyes smile more than her mouth bless her!) cajole you into the various activities on hand. Pay extra and get a higher floor sea-view room to escape the noise on the other side of the hotel for better sleep!
The owner, Zuto is very nice. He speaks a little English, German and Serbian. The rooms are small, most of them have two beds, one of them is for two people, the other is for one. The apartments are only one room, some apartments have a bathroom and a fridge, but theyre still the same size. There is also a sort of balcony downstairs, there are 2-4 tables and some chairs. I think all the rooms ( I have only been in 2 ) have a nice view. The place isnt luxury, but very nice. I think this place would be about 3-4 stars ( out of 5 ). Not because of the rooms, but because of the location, the view and for only 10 euro per person, its definately worth it.
The beach is close by, the view, the location, how cheap the room is and the owner is also kind.
We always stayed before in Hotels or guest houses so this was a surprise for us (my long time travelling friend). We travelled to Montenegro in June 2009 and were hitchhiking (very easy - people are very friendly but i would not do this alone) and taking buses. The best part of the trip was the Boka Kotorska area, full of Venetian architecture and really beautiful scenery. But we were dissapointed with the accommodation - either very expensive hotels or not so nice guest houses.
So we looked online and found this place, www.kotor-bay-apartment.co.uk - it was self-catering which we had never tried before. Wow - so much better! You get the whole place to yourself and it's cheaper than a hotel by far. And you can save money on food by cooking. It was so nice to relax on the balcony every evening.
Self-catering gives you a nice sense of freedom and you do not feel like you are in trespassing in someone's home like some of the guest houses we looked at. It was a little over our budget but we had the swimming pool most of the time to ourselves and it was a luxury after the last few weeks of travelling. The views from the balcony were fantastic and the people looking after the apartment were very friendly and helpful - we didn't want to leave at the end!
Prcanj is nice and quiet but also very close to Kotor and the buses are very cheap. We paid less than 1 Euro to get to Kotor.
My next adventure will also include self-catering - it makes such a difference.
For our four nights in Zabljak we stayed in Hotel Javor, a small hotel one street west of the main street in the centre of town. As elsewhere in Montenegro, hotels are not as cheap as private accommodation in Zabljak, but having stayed in private rooms in Dubrovnik and Kotor, we fancied a hotel for a change.
We tried a couple of other hotels before Javor, and all were full, but Javor had a spare room, and the price wasn't too bad either - 24 Euros each per night for a double room, with breakfast also included. Our room was on the top floor of the hotel and was reasonably spacious. Views were of town rather than the mountains but overall it was good value for money. We had our own fridge and TV too, though the bathroom was shared with one other room.
The best thing about Javor was the good breakfast we were given each morning. Good that is apart from the coffee which was tasteless, though the bread, jam, cakes and pancakes set us up nicely each morning for a day of hiking. The man running Hotel Javor and the people working there were very friendly and we enjoyed our stay.
This was a great little campground just past Sveti Stefan off to the right. It's in the olive groves and has minimal facilities. No hot water, but you can pay 3 euro for electricity and 3 euro for a small refridgerator space. I recommend this place for a budget trip. I would come here over and over. It's a great quiet getaway.
The beach is wonderful. You'll have to walk down a rocky trail, but it's well worth it.
Montenegro still crawls with number of hostels and budget hotels. However, there is a lot of private accomodations with reasonable prices (less than 10 euros per person). And this is great occasion to meet locals!
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I highly recommend a car, since there is so much to see and do, within very short rides.
Most beautiful time of year is September
We all stayed in this hotel named hotel evropa for 3 days .We recommend this hotel.Workers are outgoing and very helpful .They can do everything whatever they want..our rooms were climated and large enough to live.there was hair dry system .its vey clear.Breakfast was open buffet.its easy to go anywhere on foot.
They best way to stay in Montenegro - it's to rent a room or some apartment/flat after you come to the city you choose. It's most popular way to stay there. 60% of people which are living there will be glad to offer you their apartments =)
This small "ecovillage" is situated close to the Biogradska National Park and within easy walking distance of Crna Glava and Troglava mountains which make a good days walk. At the village they make almost everything themselves. They milk the cows, make cheese, bread. Tea is made from locally picked herbs. Fantastic meals. Water is from a spring in the compound.
To get to it go to Villa Jelka in Kolasin where they will arrange transport to and from the village in a 4 wheel drive. Alternatively you can take a jeep "photosafari", organised by the same hotel which takes you there where you have breakfast then ride along the tracks before returning to the village for lunch where you can then stay or return to Kolasin. Accommodation is in beautifully clean wooden huts just big enough for a double mattress. Take warm clothing for the evening even in summer although they do light a fire at night. Clean water and showers available...and beer...and views to die for...and countless walks.
Totally wonderful place to stay
weve travelled a lot and never found anywhere like this.
A perfect swimming spot with campsite and clean spacious cabins for 2-7 people. Also a great fish and meat restaurant (try the smoked carp). Drive about 18km along the southern edge of the lake SE from Virpazar, then turn left and go about 4km down the steep winding gravel road...easy to find. Great pebble beach, amazing views of lake and sunrise, clean water....beats the coastal resorts any day
Cost about 10euros per person for the cabin, not sure about the campsite prices
theres very little acccommodation along the lake...next place is about 40km away and thats an expensive hotel
During the year this is a students dormitory, but in summer you and your family can stay here. For a penny or two you get breakfast, lunch and vecer ( evening/ dinner). For West- European standards, this is cheap!!! There is a terrace, a bar and a splendid sea view
No hot water during day time, only at six in the evening or in the morning. The showers and toilets are cleaned every day. There are very friendly barwomen, who gladly like to have a talk with you and want to know about your culture. At the reception they don't speak English, so ask these girls right away!
We wanted to visit Lake Skadar (see travelogue page) & found references to the Pelikan on the internet
Struggling to find the village of Virpazar we were stopped buy a ‘yokel’ touting for trade. He turned out to be the 'Marketing Director' for the Pelikan Hotel & was amazed to find out we’d actually booked to stay there. The hotel was having some ‘repairs’ so we were put in a house right by the lakeside.
Don't come here if you like your accommodation grandiose. But if you like character & quirkiness this place is for you. It's very simple but clean. We were kept awake most of the night by 'quacking' frogs - being May they were breeding.
The Pelikan restaurant is a gem – quirky or what! Stuffed with antiqities & with birds nesting inside. But apparently the ex-royalty eat here. The smoked carp is out of the lake was followed by the best fish soup in Montenegro.
We had breakfast on the lttle sun terrace surrounded by flowers and herbs. Virpazar seems like a village in a time wharp apart from the odd coach turning up to take a boat ride on the lake - the Pelikan hotel has its own boat.
Go there for a great experience.
It is easy to find private accomodation in Montenegro. Just look for signs with the word "sobe" or ask at the nearest coffeeshop. Prices start at 5€. Quality is variable, but most places are clean. Remember to ask to see the room before you make your decision! If you are lucky, the hostess will offer to cook for you. If so, I advice you to accept! Home cooked food is delicious!!
We met a lady from the bus who took us to an apartment just outside the city of Kotor on a lake. It was $20 a night each and was a short bus ride away. The bus was very cheap about 25 cents i believe. The lake was nice to swim in and it was an area where a lot of Montenegrans (sp?) come and spend their summer.
Little balcony with a side view of the lake. Can be noisy if the neighbours are partying. Electricity is not constant either.
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