Hotel Sveti Stefan

Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

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  • Montenegro's Best Hotel !!??

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    They say that you cannot judge a book by its cover - that is certainly true of Sveti Stefan - from the outside, it looks great - unique location and concept. From the inside, the rooms are truly awful. Huge prices for 1970s furniture that was cheap and nasty when it was first made and which time has not helped to improve. The service also leaves much to be desired - impersonal, charmless and brusque. The place has not moved on for 30 years. We paid extra for a sea view that was available only by leaning out of the window and craning your neck - our complaint was met with a shrug of the shoulders and the comment that "everywhere is a sea view here" - if so, then why are some rooms charged out at higher prices? You have been warned!

    Unique Quality: Location - an island made up of former fisherman's houses which have been turned into hotel rooms

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    The Island/Hotel

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    Unique Quality: NOTE: THE WRITEUP BELOW IS OUT OF DATE. THE HOTEL SVETI STEFAN WAS ACQUIRED BY AMANRESORTS AND IS BEING RENOVATED. WHEN IT REOPENS, IT WILL BE MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE, WITH ROOMS COSTING MORE THAN $500 PER NIGHT.

    The Hotel Sveti Stefan occupies the entire island of Sveti Stefan on the coast of Montenegro. Before the Balkan Wars it was one of the most exclusive hotels in Southern Europe, catering to the jet set crowd. It is still aluxury hotel, although its romms and facilities are not quite up to Ritz Carlton or Four Seasons standards. Its grounds, however, are quite pretty, with flowers everywhere and great views of the Montenegrin Coast. Rooms, including breakfast and dinner, run about 200 Euros per day. The hotel has a nice beach and a casino, as well as a large restaurant with an outdoor terrace.

    Directions: On the Adriatic coast of Montenegro, about 10km south of Budva

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    Sveti Stefan

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    The whole island itself is a hotel, claims to be a 5*, but I wouldn't give it more than 2*. They take all the credit on the beauty of the surroundings, the old houses (each room is situated in one of the old fihermen houses), small streets, beautiful gardens, fantastic view... But the staff is horrible, the service is bad, facilities are catastrophy (broken chairs, tables, worn out table cloths), a real disaster! It looks old, abandoned and not taken care of! I was in shock! I really wonder how is it possible that it is a 5* hotel and aren't they ashamed?? And who are those silly people who pay huge amounts of money to stay in such low level comfort rooms! TV in the room is from pre-history, probably doesn't even catch channels... Shocking!!

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    All the town is the hotel!

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    From the idea of the Montenegrin painters like Lubarda and Milunovic, the town-hotel welcomed its firs guests forty years ago. Soon afterwards, it was given the title of one of the most exclusive resorts in the world. The statesmen, high officials, industrialists, film stars, the best sportsmen are its clientela, especially in the prestigious and the legendary villa “118”, where the daily rent goes up to 1.500 dollars!!! (during war it was at 60$, they told us)

    In the hotel there's also a casino.

    NB: I can't say how it is by a custumer satisfaction point of view, because I was not a guest.

  • Sveti Stefan

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    This must be one of the most wonderful hotels in the world, where else has a whole village on an island been transformed into a luxury hotel.

    It was converted in the 60's and much of it hasn't been updated since but it has an atmosphere that is unique. It isn't cheap, 120 euros half board; the food is good but not wonderful; the rooms were luxurious in 1963 but a bit dated in 2003 but you'll find nowhere else to match it.

    Sitting in the terrace restaurant with the sun setting over the adriatic and 20 synchronised waiters moving between the immaculately laid tables was like being transported back as part of a 1960's film. That experience alone was worth the money.

    If you can afford it, go now while you still can; if you can't afford it, still go now and worry about the cost later.

    Directions: You can't miss it - go across the causeway and you're there.

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Hotel Sveti Stefan *****

by Aurorae about Hotel Sveti Stefan *****

A classy 5* pompous hotel made on an old fishermen's island, with prices astronomically high (in the most luxurious villa 118 where celebrities, VIP's and politicians stay, spending a night costs 1500 euros!!!) It is made of many little streets, houses and gardens, with fantastic view, facilities like restaurants, shops, swimming pool, casino, etc. Each little house is a separate room.
If you want just to make a tourist tour, it costs 6 euros to enter. Totally unique in every sense!

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Budva vs Kotor

by Ckuschel

Hello. My fiance and I are flying to Dubrovnik for our honeymoon. We're staying for a week, were going to go to Hvar, Croatia, but now because of a lack of 1st class accomodation options (since this is our honeymoon) we've been looking in to other options.
Montenegro seems like a great place for a honeymoon for our second week. Budva seems great and it has a 5-star hotel (Hotel Splendid). Does anyone have a view between going to Kotor, which also seems nice, and Budva? Interested in beach, scuba, hiking, charming town. A huge factor is staying in great accomodations for us, so if Kotor is recommended, please provide a hotel if you know of one.
Thanks!

RE: Budva vs Kotor

by cachaseiro

kotor is very pretty and historic with great hiking but has no beach.

budva has a beach but is more of a resort place.

if you want great accomodation you might wanna consider sveti stefan.
it's the most luxurious place in the whole adriatic region.

RE: RE: Budva vs Kotor

by Ckuschel

Thank you. I contacted the villas at sveti stefan but didn't get a response yet. Is it possible to do a day trip to Kotor from Budva? How far is it?

RE: RE: Budva vs Kotor

by cachaseiro

sveti stefan is a very short drive from both places.
i went there by bicycle when i stayed in kotor.

RE: RE: Budva vs Kotor

by alan1972

There are frequent buses from Budva to Kotor taking at most half an hour, so whichever you stay in it's easy to visit the other.

RE: RE: Budva vs Kotor

by Ckuschel

Thanks! Looks like we'll stay in Budva for the resort atmosphere/beach and visit Kotor. Any other advice on Budva would be great!

RE: Budva vs Kotor

by JLBG

If you are looking for great accomodation, why don't you go to Sveti Stefan? I feel that it would be perfect for a honey moon in a really great accomodation!

RE: RE: Budva vs Kotor

by Ckuschel

Thanks. We decided on Hotel Splendid over St Stefani. Splendid was extremely responsive to my inquiries and it's also 5 star. And it's less expensive.

RE: RE: Budva vs Kotor

by balkan_adict

It is probably a good thing you picked the Splendid as the Hotel Sveti Stefan is due to be closed for refurbishment for 18 months.

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