April 26, 2004
The hotel is obviously aimed at the package holiday market - out-of-season it’s spookily empty; the acres of unused breakfast room and fact that it boasts 270 rooms made me think it must get pretty busy - service was such though that you wouldn’t want to be there then! It’s three-star and, in high season, offers two swimming-pools (inside and out), a gym, hair salon, etc. - the hotel was rather grubby and unkempt at Easter when we were there but at least a spring clean was in progress and tubs of flowers had been planted.
Reception is patchy in service, breakfast ok (ham and eggs being a Montenegrin staple wherever you go and one can hardly go wrong with it!), the rooms (en-suite with a shower) were drab and beds very soft, the curtains very thin indeed but overall it was serviceable for the price (everything else inside Kotor itself was considerably more expensive). It’s a nice, 5-minute walk along the bay (for you to enjoy the breathtaking fjord view) to the southernmost gate into the city (handily past the post office, which stays open quite late if you want stamps for postcards) and parking is free, plentiful and safe (unlike everywhere else for Kotor town). One thing to watch out for are the mosquitoes which come in by evening, lurk until bedtime and feast upon you - keep the balcony doors closed or a rolled up newspaper handy; you may well be faced with the sight (less palatable than the fjord view) of the blood-spattered walls where unwanted flying visitors have been squashed by previous guests!
From journal Black Mountain - Montenegro