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There are many reasons why you'd want to visit Montenegro, but the country's beauty can become a bit addictive, and the best places to stay in Montenegro take advantage of that.
Romantic and beautiful, Montenegro is an old charmer with a dangerous edge and one of the world's most beautiful coastlines. Here the mountains rear up to meet the sea and there's only a narrow band of land between them, and in some places there's nothing but sheer cliffs. To this narrow strip cling ancient, orange-coloured walled towns, while the interior is rugged, under-explored and primeval, full of bears and wolves.
Montenegro occupies a fascinating global position, between east and west, and its history has been dramatic, as well as devastating. This convergence of eastern and western cultures has lead to a richly layered national identity and culture. And you'll see that in every town or city, the smattering of catholic spires, richly decorated Orthodox churches, minarets from Mosques and even the odd Roman villa here or there.
Since the war and the break up of Yugoslavia visitor numbers have started growing and the infrastructure has really improved. There are lots of new, and refurbished, roads seriously improving travel times. So it's now very easy to explore more than just the sparking, rocky coastline.
The number, and quality, of hotels, and those our Gurus have included in their list of the best places to stay in Montenegro, has significantly improved as well, so now is a great time to visit.
Podgorica is the capital city, a pleasant place with lots of green space and excellent galleries and bars. While Cetinje is the historic capital, a kind of over-grown village where ambassador's mansions and princely palaces sit alongside relatively modest homes. This is a great place to come if you want to uncover more of Montenegro's chequered past.
If you want to tick all Montenegro's boxes visit Kotor, a true beauty, perfectly positioned, for dramatic effect, between a rim of mountains and a crystal clear bay, and set on stone fortifications begun in the 9th Century. It ticks the beach box, the historic box and the scenic box, and the labyrinth of the old town, with a wealth of wonderful churches, cafes and restaurants and boutiques, is Heritage Listed. Some of the best places to stay in Montenegro can be found within this labyrinth, but if you're looking for a place to escape, or a beach break, you'll also find it on the Bay of Kotor.
If you're looking for a timeless escape, you'll find one just along the coast from Kotor. Perast is an elegantly fading pearl of a town with orange rooftops dotted with the romantic domes and cupolas of its 16 churches and 17 palaces - for a population of only about 500. There's only one main street, running down the hill to the narrow promenade along the bay. So the beauty is even more concentrated. In amongst these almost Venetian looking monuments sprouts bougainvillea, date trees and wild figs, scenting the air.
And if you want to really escape from everything head into the mountainous interior and you'll easily be able to hike, or bike, yourself into total privacy.
The best places to stay in Montenegro are hugely popular during July and August. So if you want to visit during peak season, book well ahead. Otherwise visit during quieter months when the weather is still good and the streets much emptier!
A boutique collection of rooms and 1-3 bedroom apartments in Kotor's Old Town. Traditional bedrooms have stone walls and elegant furnishings. Small kitchenettes, living areas, and a lovely communal terrace. Ideal for families, groups of friends or a couple. Excellent value too.
A gorgeous traditional house in Kotor's Old Town. Beautiful rustic rooms in soft pastel colours. Lovely breakfast balcony and walking distance to all the attractions; restaurants, bars, nightclubs, the beach. A characterful choice for a romantic holiday in Kotor.
A stunning boutique hotel overlooking the bay of Sveti Stefan. Beautiful rooms, suites and apartments have exposed brick work, creamy furnishings, all the mod cons and private balconies. Wonderful seafood terrace restaurant, top of the range spa and indoor pool, moments from the beach.
A boutique hotel just above Sveti Stefan beach. Charming rooms, suites, and multi-bedroom suites all in eclectic style. Stunning views from the terrace restaurant and just a short walk to three surrounding beaches. Family friendly and excellent value.
A superbly opulent hotel in beautiful Perast. All rooms are suites individually styled with romantic flair. Spectacular views from the pool over the Bay of Kotor, excellent restaurant and top of the range spa. Perfect for a romantic break or a honeymoon.
A newly built hotel with its own private beach on the bay of Herceg Novi. An attractive sandstone building with contemporary chic interiors. Big bright spacious rooms with all the mod cons and balconies. Fantastic beach and sun deck area. Ideal for couples, families, or a small wedding.