Kotor is a must-see on any trip through Montenegro. The Venetian old town, San Giovanni Fortress and the stunning Bay of Kotor are sights every traveller remembers for years to come. And since Kotor is so popular, it would be easy to assume staying in or near the town comes with a hefty price tag. Not so. There are some fantastic hostels inside and outside the old town, where you can get a bed for less than the price of a pizza elsewhere in Europe. Here are the top five backpacker hostels in Kotor.
When in Kotor, there’s no better way to experience the walled Venetian town than to stay in it. When you stay in Old Town Hostel Kotor, you’re staying in a 13th-century building in the heart of the old town. The hostel is a picturesque walk from all of the town’s highlights, like St Tryphon’s Cathedral and San Giovanni Fortress. It’s also known for its legendary pub crawls and great value tour options.
Montenegro Hostel is also in Kotor’s beautiful old town, but it’s ideal for those looking for a quieter atmosphere. They don’t organise pub crawls or parties, so this is they place to stay if you’re past your drinking game prime and looking for a budget-friendly place to stay in the old town. There are dorms near the main street in town and private rooms set away from the hubbub of this popular tourist attraction.
Although staying inside Kotor’s walls is atmospheric and beautiful, it can get noisy, and there’s no sea view. Montenegro Hostel 4U is the perfect alternative outside the city walls. Right on the shore, a stone’s throw from town, the hostel combines beach lifestyle with old-world charm. The chilled beach vibe doesn’t mean they people here don’t know how to party though. Challenge Boban at beer pong every night and then hit up the clubs in the old town. A word of caution though: Montenegrins are very good at holding their liquor!
On the other side of Kotor old town, Hostel Pupa is a bright and modern hostel along Kotor’s waterfront. While Montenegro Hostel4U guests love to party, those at Hostel Pupa enjoy a quieter stay in an equally idyllic location outside the old town. The hostel lies in the curve opposite Kotor, which means it has incredible views of the old town and San Giovanni Fortress, especially at night when it’s lit up. It’s a five-minute stroll from Hostel Pupa to the old town, bus station and marina. All of Kotor’s top attractions and some of its best restaurants are just a few steps away, but the hostel sits in a quiet waterfront location.
Arrr, me hearties! The Stranger Tides Hostel is the place to get the feel of the seafaring (and maybe a little pirating) history of the Bay of Kotor. The hostel sits along Dobrota’s seafront, side by side with some of the bay’s opulent palaces that were built by wealthy seafarers centuries ago. The property’s old stone walls hide an outdoor oasis where guests can sip cold beers and play backgammon in between dips in the sea, which is just across the road. Little touches like wooden chests for lockers bring old-world Kotor into this 21st century hostel.