A Balkan gem nestled in the corner of a fjord, it’s easy to assume that staying in Kotor comes with a hefty price tag. Not so – in this Montenegrin town, you can nab a bed for less than the price of a pizza elsewhere in Europe. These are the best places to stay, bookable with Culture Trip, if you’re on a budget.
A terracotta-topped town fringed by towering mountains, Kotor in Montenegro is a place that knows how to charm. A stroll through the cobbled streets of the Old Town will lead you to endless cafes, museums and churches. Come nightfall, there’s plenty of bars and clubs to get lost in, too. Better yet, a stay here doesn’t have to break the bank. Whether you love a good hostel or would prefer the privacy of a hotel, there are several budget-friendly accommodation options to choose from – here’s our pick of the best.
Whether you’re travelling with a lively crew or you’re a solo traveller looking to meet like-minded people, Kotor’s Old Town Hostel is primed for a party. It hosts daily sunset barbecues, party cruises and pool parties, so you can mingle with other guests. The hostel itself is located in a 13th-century building on the outskirts of Kotor’s pretty Old Town, so you’ll likely spend your days wandering the streets or cooling off in the on-site pool.
Set in a 10th-century building in St Luke’s Square, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better located – or more stylish – hostel than Hostel Centrum Kotor. Rooms here reflect its heritage with old stone walls and vintage furniture, but there’s plenty of modern amenities, too – like the sleek bathrooms and shared kitchen. Be sure to book onto the hostel activities during your stay, including painting lessons with a local artist and a boat tour of the Bay of Kotor.
Behind its beautiful baroque facade in the centre of the Old Town, Hotel Marija is a light-filled haven. Each of the 17 air-conditioned rooms have oak wood fixtures and large windows. When you’re not exploring the cobbled streets on your doorstep, make a reservation at the hotel restaurant where tables spill out onto the pavement – dine on Montenegrin dishes, such as fried hake with risotto.
Looking for some Adriatic sunshine? Make a beeline for Art Hotel Galathea. Sitting on the shores of the Bay of Kotor, the Galathea makes the most of its position with sunbeds dotted along the shorefront and large, light-filled windows in the rooms. If you’re looking for that extra dose of vitamin D, book the executive suite which has a private sun-soaked terrace.
Villa Old Castle may be a 20-minute drive from the centre of Kotor, but once you spot the glorious stone building nestled among the mountains, you’ll be thankful for your small slice of tranquillity. With a restaurant, bar, outdoor pool, garden and sun terrace, there’s a lot to love here. Choose between staying in a private apartment or renting the villa exclusively for you and your 18 closest pals.
Hotel Galia is a cosy, family-run hotel, just minutes from Kotor’s Old Town and Tivat Airport, which means it’s perfectly positioned for a Kotor getaway. Alongside its well-appointed rooms – some with lovely balconies overlooking the bay – there’s a restaurant with a terrace, which boasts fjord views and serves up delicious local dishes. See if you can spot the pretty St Matthias Church across the water.
A chic option for your stay in Kotor, Heritage Hotel Leon Coronato is a four-star offering set in a charming 17th-century building. While it’s not the cheapest option on this list, it is certainly one of the best value for money. Each of its rooms have exposed stone walls, cloud-like beds and modern bathrooms, plus a breakfast buffet is included in the price. If you can, opt for the two-bedroom deluxe apartment for its stunning water views and lofty living area.
A hotel you should definitely judge by its facade, Hotel Admiral is located in an 18th-century baroque mansion on the shorefront of Boka Bay. Rooms are minimalist with tiled floors and neutral palettes – some come with a balcony. The true star here is the waterfront terrace, where you can have breakfast in the morning or dine on à la carte fare at the restaurant in the evenings.