Like most hotels in Montenegro, breakfast was included. And it was not a sketchy preservative-filled continental breakfast like you might find at a Super 8 in the States. They offer a full breakfast. When it is busy, they put out trays and trays of fresh fruit, breads, cheeses, and sliced ham – beautiful and delicious. When they have fewer guests, breakfast is simply ordered á la carte. For those coffee-lovers out there, let me tell you that this place is a find. They serve real drip coffee here. Now, to some, this may not seem like a huge deal, but after being here just a short time, you will recognize that it is a rare commodity. Everyone here drinks what they call Turkish coffee. It is a super strong dark coffee, kind of like espresso on drugs. Turkish coffee is great, but I found that I need a plain-ol’ drip coffee every once in awhile, and the Sajo is one of the only restaurants or hotels that offer it.
The Sajo is a five-star hotel, so it is probably pricier than some others in town, but it is nothing like staying at the Waldorf or anything. The star grading system is widely used in Montenegro and generally serves as a good indication of the type of establishment.
One alternative type of accommodation that is widely available in Budva and elsewhere along the coast are sobe, or rooms. They are simply rooms that you rent in people’s homes. You can easily find these places, as simple signs reading sobe (sometimes it is "disguised" in the Cyrillic alphabet) dot the major and minor roadways. Obviously, the types of rooms can vary.
January 13, 2005
From journal Budva: An Old Town on the Adriatic