Hotel Sveti Stefan
Montenegro's Best Hotel !!??
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
Unique Quality: NOTE: THE WRITEUP BELOW IS OUT OF DATE.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 $500 PER NIGHT.
The Hotel Sveti Stefan occupies the entire island of Sveti Stefan on the coast of Montenegro. Before the Balkan Wars it was one of the most exclusive hotels in Southern Europe, catering to the jet set crowd. It is still aluxury hotel, although its romms and facilities are not quite up to Ritz Carlton or Four Seasons standards. Its grounds, however, are quite pretty, with flowers everywhere and great views of the Montenegrin Coast. Rooms, including breakfast and dinner, run about 200 Euros per day. The hotel has a nice beach and a casino, as well as a large restaurant with an outdoor terrace.
Directions: On the Adriatic coast of Montenegro, about 10km south of Budva
The whole island itself is a hotel, claims to be a 5*, but I wouldn't give it more than 2*. They take all the credit on the beauty of the surroundings, the old houses (each room is situated in one of the old fihermen houses), small streets, beautiful gardens, fantastic view... But the staff is horrible, the service is bad, facilities are catastrophy (broken chairs, tables, worn out table cloths), a real disaster! It looks old, abandoned and not taken care of! I was in shock! I really wonder how is it possible that it is a 5* hotel and aren't they ashamed?? And who are those silly people who pay huge amounts of money to stay in such low level comfort rooms! TV in the room is from pre-history, probably doesn't even catch channels... Shocking!!
All the town is the hotel!
From the idea of the Montenegrin painters like Lubarda and Milunovic, the town-hotel welcomed its firs guests forty years ago. Soon afterwards, it was given the title of one of the most exclusive resorts in the world. The statesmen, high officials, industrialists, film stars, the best sportsmen are its clientela, especially in the prestigious and the legendary villa “118”, where the daily rent goes up to 1.500 dollars!!! (during war it was at 60$, 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.
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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