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 botha cathedral and Roman Fortress, touristsoften say the cityreminds 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.
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.
Kaldera is 20 kilometres (12.4 miles) from central Banja Luka on the M-16 Banjaluka-Gradiska Highway. Despite the location, the hotel compensates with world-class facilities that would satisfy royalty. A total of 11 guestrooms are inside this villa-like boutique, and you can expect staff to give you a very personal experience.
The wellness spa, healing mud and selection of three saunas combined with massage services attract guests looking for rest and relaxation. Kaldera has an excellent on-site restaurant serving Serbian, Mediterranean and international cuisines. Visitors are sure to get their money’s worth here, one of the most luxurious hotels in Banja Luka.
If you’re looking for a hotel in Banja Luka with a central location, check out Hotel Villa 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.