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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!

Best Places to Stay in Montenegro

For a beach break

  • The Boutique Hotel Casa del mare is a new hotel with its own private beach, right on beautiful Kotor bay. Modern sandstone on the outside, this hotel has large, light and luxurious interiors and eight rooms.

For romance

  • If you're thinking of honeymooning in Montenegro, this one may be for you, the Hotel Perastra: a small, opulent hotel in beautiful surroundings. Each room and suite has been individually styled, with an eye for romance, and the hotel pool has spectacular views over the Bay of Kotor. Plus there's an excellent restaurant and a state of the art spa.

For historic charm

  • The Astoria Hotel is a gorgeous, nine room boutique hotel in the centre of Kotor's old town. The atmosphere is romantic and opulent: think subtle lighting, marble, rich fabrics and private balconies. And there's an excellent seafood restaurant and rooftop terrace.
  • The Hotel Hippocampus also has nine rooms, and is also in Kotor's old town, this time overlooking the bay. Rooms are sophisticated and have all the mod. cons., and there's an excellent restaurant serving local specialities. You're just a short stroll from all the major sights of Kotor.

To escape

  • On the coast, between Perast and Kotor, is the Palazzo Radomiri, a gorgeous, seven room villa, which also offers wonderful views out to the bay. Rooms are traditional, but chic and there's a fabulous Balkan-Mediterranean fusion restaurant.

Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Montenegro, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.

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  • Hotel Villa Duomo


    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.

    13 rooms from $122
    Romantic Break  -  Studio and one bedroom apartments offer flexibility and privacy.
    Families  -  Two and three bed apartments.
    Sights nearby  -  St. Triphon Cathedral, Kotor Old Town Walls, Sveti Stefan, Cetinje.
  • Hotel Monte Cristo


    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.

    8 rooms from $148
    Sights nearby  -  St. Triphon Cathedral, Kotor Old Town Walls, and Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.

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  • Hotel Azimut

    Sveti Stefan

    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.

    17 rooms
    Views  -  Stunning views out to Sveti Stefan.
    Romantic Break
    Sights nearby  -  Kotor, Cetinje, Perast.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
  • Hotel Adrovic

    Sveti Stefan

    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.

    18 rooms from $122
    Families  -  Two, three and four bed suites are ideal for families or groups of friends.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Sights nearby  -  Kotor, Cetinje, Perast, Budva.

See all » 1 hotel in Perast

  • Hotel Per Astra


    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.

    11 rooms from $179
    Romantic Break  -  Each suite is romantically decorated in individual themes.
    Views  -  Stunning sea views over Kotor Bay.
    Opulent  -  Plenty of classical opulence combined with state of the art facilities.

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  • Boutique Hotel Casa del mare

    Herceg Novi

    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.

    8 rooms from $163
    Beach Life  -  Private beach with sun loungers and day beds.
    Views  -  Stunning bay views.
    Sights nearby  -  Sveti Stefan, Cetinje, Perast.
    On the beach  -  The hotel has its own beach.
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