Banja Luka, the Republika Srpska’s capital, attracts few tourists, but the long shady streets lined with elegant Austro-Hungarian architecture isn’t to be ignored. With both a cathedral and Roman Fortress, tourists often say the city reminds them of Central Europe rather than a recovering Balkan country. Here is a selection of the best boutique hotels in Banja Luka for the adventurous traveller visiting one of Bosnia’s most intriguing destinations.
Hotel St Georgie has 12 basic rooms with private bathrooms and walk-in showers. The interior has a stylish design and displays various items that seem to capture Banja Luka’s very essence. Rooms include single, double and triple options, all of which have an in-room safe and complimentary Wi-Fi. Although the hotel isn’t centrally located, the main attractions are within a 20-minute walk.
A renovation in 2017 modernised the décor and facilities at Hotel Ideja to give guests a more elevated experience. Bright and earthy colours in the rooms and the common areas set a pleasant mood and atmosphere. The centrally located boutique hotel has soundproof rooms and free Wi-Fi. Guests tend to rate the breakfast as excellent and enjoy the garden area. Most attractions are within five minutes by foot from Hotel Ideja.
If you’re looking for a hotel in Banja Luka with a central location, check out Hotel Vila Vrbas. Opposite Kastel Fortress on the banks of the River Vrbas, the boutique has 12 rooms including doubles, triples and suites. All are equipped with air-conditioning, cable TV and a pair of complimentary slippers to give the final touch. Couples tend to consistently give Hotel Villa Vrbas a high rating, mostly because of the excellent location, comfort and stunning outdoor dining area overlooking the river and fortress. You can find cafes, restaurants and a supermarket a few minutes from the hotel. The main attractions are less than one kilometre away.
The hotel has 12 guestrooms from singles to quadruples, making it suitable for solos, couples and families. Expect a simple yet elegant design with wooden furniture and traditional atmosphere. Guests tend to enjoy the adjoining garden and patio areas. The adjacent restaurant serves some of the tastiest local dishes, including cevapi, that are highlights for guests. Location-wise, this boutique is two kilometres (1.24 mi) from Kastel Fortress and the River Vrbas.
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