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Where To Stay In Kotor Bay, Montenegro In 2019
Simply known as ‘Boka’ meaning ‘the Bay,’ the Bay of Kotor winds along the Adriatic Sea in Montenegro. The 28 km long bay has 107.3 km of shoreline and has been designated a World Heritage site since 1979.
The medieval towns of Kotor, Tivat, Herceg Novi, Risan, Prcanj and Perast are a must add to your list of where to go in Montenegro. Some of them have been inhabited since Illyrian times.
The coastal mountains and spectacular landscape delight as much as the old Venetian fortifications and cobblestone pathways. If you’re wondering about what to do in Kotor Bay, there’s actually quite a lot.
Incredible architecture, old houses, beautiful churches, rugged mountains, pebbled beaches, and tantalizing food will have you never wanting to leave.
Where To Stay In Kotor Bay?
Depending on what you plan to do while here, the best place to stay in Kotor Bay will differ. There’s not just the town of Kotor, but Perast, Tivat and more. Here are a few of the best hotels in Kotor Bay grouped by towns.
The best area to stay in Kotor is in the Old Town where you’ll be within walking distance of all the major attractions, but if you’re driving, then a stay at the distant Kotor Bay villas and hotels will be great too.
5-Star Accommodation In Kotor
There are loads of 5-star hotels in Kotor, here are a few we suggest you look into for your stay:
Hotel Forza Mare, In Dobrota
While searching for Kotor hotels, luxury may lead you to the Hotel Forza Mare. With its own private beach, this hotel is located 3 km from the Kotor city center, far from the noise in Dobrota at the Boka Bay waterfront. Although Dobrota is another town, the residential area is considered a part of Kotor.
Guests here can enjoy French and Mediterranean cuisine at the chic onsite restaurant. The hotel has indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a spa and wellness center, terrace, sun garden, free parking, locker facilities, and free WiFi.
Each room reflects a different geographic location – Africa, China – and include all the necessary amenities, plus a tumble dryer, laptop safe, balcony, hypoallergenic linen, and free WiFi. The luxuriously designed executive rooms are 35 m² and reflect India, Dubai or Japan, while also having a great view of the sea.
This Bay of Kotor accommodation is by far one of the best places to stay in Montenegro.
4-Star Accommodation In Kotor Old Town
There are several options for 4-star digs in Kotor Old Town, here are top choices:
Boutique Hotel Astoria
Boutique Hotel Astoria Kotor may be the best place to stay in Kotor’s Old Town. It is located in the UNESCO protected Buca Palace that was built at the start of the 14th century. Though originally Gothic, the palace suffered from earthquakes in 1667 and 1979. The old gothic palace mullion window can now be seen in the hotel’s restaurant.
You won’t forget your room number here at the Hotel Astoria Kotor. The rooms are numbered using the Greek alphabet – Alfa, Vita, Gama, Delta, Epsilon, Zita, Ita, Thita and Iota.
The spacious rooms at this Boutique Hotel Kotor meld modern design with old stonework. They are equipped with minibars, cable TVs, air conditioning, telephones, safety deposit boxes, hair dryers, free WiFi and small seating areas. The suites are elegantly decorated and have bay views.
The hotel is within walking distance of the Sea Gate, Northern Gate, Kotor Clock Tower, St Nicholas Church, Saint Tryphon Cathedral, Gurdic Gate, and Kamelija Shopping Centre; making it one of the best hotels in Kotor old town.
Kotor Stari Grad aka Kotor Old Town is perfectly preserved and a medieval delight. The Hotel Vardar is situated right in the heart of the Stari Grad, amongst the monuments on the main square. This elegantly furnished Kotor accommodation gives travelers access to history at its doorsteps. Just look out your window, day or night, and you’ll have views of the attractions in the old city or the Adriatic Sea. While seeing the sights, you can pop back to your room for a bit to take a break. Isn’t that perfect?
The carpeted rooms and suites at this boutique hotel Kotor are elegantly furnished and feature air conditioning, heating, satellite TV, telephones, hair dryers, desks, and free WiFi.
Public parking is available nearby at a charge. Restaurants and cafes are within walking distance of the hotel. Guests staying at Vardar Hotel, Kotor enjoy a 10% discount at the Restaurant Galion by the sea. The terrace of the restaurant has breathtaking views of the surrounding area.
Enjoy your stay in the best area to stay in Montenegro!
Kotor Villas And Apartments
Want to spread out and get a villa in Kotor? Then these are the ones you should look at first:
Residence St Oliva
Instead of staying in four or five-star hotels in Montenegro, you can also opt for private accommodation in Kotor. Located about 5 km drive from Kotor city center, the Residence St Oliva is a villa that trumps all Kotor apartments. The 180 m² 5-star villa has a living room, well-equipped kitchen, free parking, lounge areas, and four bedrooms that can occupy up to 8 adults.
The rooms are spacious and decorated with a classy modern feel. There is also an outdoor seating area with a barbecue and an infinity pool that looks out at the Adriatic Sea.
Restaurant Baron Gauche and Cafe Oscar are within walking distance while markets are nearby. You won’t miss anything in this luxurious home away from home!
Kotor Vista Apartments
The Kotor Vista apartments are self-contained 80 m² units with 2-bedrooms and a living room that can house up to 5 adults and two children.
The soundproofed apartments are well furnished and include radios, washing machines, hypoallergenic linen, dining areas, patios, TVs with cable channels, ironing facilities, children’s high chairs, free WiFi and access to a swimming pool.
The kitchen includes dishwashers, refrigerator, electric kettle, kitchenware, oven, stovetop, toaster, barbecue. Be prepared to encounter a lot of stairs though.
These Kotor apartments are within a 1.5 km radius of the places to visit in Kotor – Sea Gate, Clock Tower, Kamelija Shopping Centre, St Nicholas Church, Northern Gate, Kotor Cathedral, River Gate and Gurdic Gate. Saint Sava Church and Tivat Clock Tower are 5 km away.
For a reasonably priced holiday at a Bay of Kotor accommodation, the Kotor Vista apartments are a great deal.
Cheap Accommodation, Kotor
Here are a few options for cheap hotels in Kotor:
Hotel Rendez Vous
Looking like it jumped right out of a movie, the Hotel Rendez Vous sits in the main square of Old Town Kotor. San Djovanni Fortress is just a few steps from the hotel. It’s also less than 200 meters walk from the Sea Gate, Northern Gate, St Nicholas Church, Kotor Cathedral and Kotor Clock Tower; and less than 400 meters from the Kamelija Shopping Centre and Gurdic Gate. Kotor Bus Station is 500 meters away.
Supermarkets and restaurants are a stone’s throw away, but the restaurant at Hotel Rendez Vous itself serves fresh Adriatic seafood and Montenegrin classics; while the bar terrace is set on the main square. Babysitting services and transfers are available at a charge.
Rooms here are decorated in well co-ordinated and absolutely lovely pastel shades. They come equipped with flat-screen TVs with cable and satellite channels, air conditioning, heating, irons, hair dryers, refrigerators, laptop safes, desks, child safety socket covers, and free WiFi. Pets are allowed in the hotel at an additional charge.
A single ten m² room is available for the lone traveler, while suites are available for families traveling with children. The suites include a kitchenette with a refrigerator and stovetop. Some of the rooms have great views of the church. Being right in the heart of the city, this is one of the most perfect places to stay in Kotor.
Located in the heart of Old Town Kotor, the best things to do in Kotor are just a short walk away. The hostel has amazing views of the Entrance to the Fortress, a mountain that’s one of the major Kotor attractions.
This Kotor hostel offers guests a shared kitchen, a shared bathroom with free toiletries and a patio. Bikes are available on hire. Travelers stay in bunk beds in a mixed dormitory that has air conditioning and heating. The shared kitchen includes kitchenware, electric kettle, microwave, refrigerator, tea/coffee maker, and a stovetop.
With mountain views and budget-friendly prices, this Kotor accommodation is a perfect stop for cheap Kotor holidays.
Bay Of Kotor Hotels In Tivat
Another of the best places to stay in Montenegro in the Bay of Kotor is the old town of Tivat. There are plenty of great choices for Kotor Bay apartments and hotels here, especially in the beautiful UNESCO listed Boka Bay.
Regent Porto Montenegro
Right in Boka Bay, this luxurious Venetian styled 5-star resort is one of the best hotels in Montenegro. With expansive views of the sea and the Porto Montenegro village, lavish facilities and epicurean delights, guests are pampered to the fullest.
The Regent Spa with its jacuzzi, sauna, swimming pools, and wet suite provide a place for holistic rejuvenation onsite, while the squash and tennis courts nearby are accessible for fitness lovers.
Guests at the Regent Porto Montenegro also have access to the world-class marina, yacht club and the secluded Dobrec beach that’s only accessible by boat. Tivat Clock Tower and Saint Sava Church are within walking distance.
All of the rooms have either a balcony or a terrace, while some also have a kitchenette. Rooms feature minibars, safety deposit boxes, air conditioning, heating, hair dryers, flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, alarm clocks, free WiFi, and iPod docks. The 63 m² suites also have sitting and dining areas, and either mountain or sea views. The 123 m² 2-bedroom has a dining area, living room, and a full kitchen; along with gorgeous views of the blue Adriatic from its three terraces.
The Regent Porto Montenegro is the Montenegro accommodation of choice for a dream vacation.
Hotel Pine Tivat
Right in the center of Tivat is the Hotel Pine Tivat. This 4-star hotel in Montenegro has splendid views of Tivat Bay and is a stone’s throw from its own private beach.
Guests can enjoy local dishes at the terrace restaurant that’s lined with palm trees and has especially stunning views of the sea. The hotel’s patisserie serving sweets is a local favorite.
The Hotel Pine Tivat was refurbished in 2014 and boasts of luxurious rooms, a sauna and fitness center, and free WiFi in all areas of the hotel. Rooms include air conditioning, heating, minibars, safes, hairdryers, TVs with cable, and electric kettles. Most rooms also include a seating area and access to a furnished terrace. The 2-bedroom suites can accommodate up to 5 people. 25 m² rooms with disability access are also available.
The hotel is a short 7-minute drive from the airport and 6 km from Kotor town. It is also within walking distance of Tivat Clock Tower, Porto Montenegro Marina, Saint Sava Church, and the local markets. The Pine Tivat is the perfect location to enjoy your holidays in Kotor Bay.
If you’re looking for cheap accommodation in Montenegro, the Tivat Star is a good choice. This economical hotel is located at the end of the Tivat promenade, near free parking and close to the Marina.
There is a small beach just 20 meters from the Tivat Star for swimming. The Clock Tower and Saint Sava Church are about 700 meters away, while the town of Kotor is 5 km away.
This is one of the best cheap hotels in Kotor Bay and comes equipped with tea/coffee makers, TVs, air conditioning, refrigerators, electric kettles, hair dryers, dining tables, and clothes racks. Some rooms have sea views while some have mountain views, but all of them have a balcony. If you’re on a strict budget for this trip, staying at this cheap hotel in Kotor Bay will give you ease.
Not far from Kotor is Perast, and here are a few Perast accommodations on offer:
Located in part of an old 16th-century palace, the Apartments David has fantastic views of the sea and is also just 200 meters walk from the nearest beach. Restaurants serving local Mediterranean dishes, markets, bars, the boat marina and the bus stop are within walking distance of the hotel.
The 90 m² 2-bedroom apartment accommodates up to 6 guests while the 1-bedroom apartment sleeps, 4 guests. The apartments are equipped with air conditioning, free WiFi, satellite TV, dining tables, irons, washing machines, mosquito nets, and sofas; while the kitchens include dinnerware, stoves, ovens, fridges, microwaves, and dishwashers. Guests also have access to a private yard furnished with tables and sun loungers. Guests liked the service provided by host David and his parents, and you will too!
This 3-star Baroque mansion built in the 18th century is an ideal place to stay in Montenegro while visiting Perast on a budget. Local buses stop just in front of the hotel, so transport to other towns in Kotor Bay is easy.
This hotel has amazing views of the Bay of Kotor and is just a few steps from where the ferries to Our Lady of the Rock and St. George depart. The Hotel Admiral Restaurant on the waterfront terrace opposite the road serves a la carte dishes.
The rooms at the Hotel Admiral include balconies, air conditioning, heating, flatscreen TVs with cable, minibars, safety deposit boxes, hair dryers, irons, refrigerators, and free WiFi. The larger rooms include sofa beds and can accommodate up to 4 people. Canoes, cars, and bikes can be rented at an additional cost.
Vila Perast Boutique Hotel
The Vila Perast Boutique Hotel is a lovely Bay of Kotor accommodation that has stunning views of the Bay. Guests can hire bikes or cars from the reception. The hotel is 10 km from Tivat airport and shuttles can be arranged at a cost.
All of the rooms are tastefully decorated and come with air conditioning, heating, free WiFi, street parking, safety deposit boxes, TVs, clothes racks and patios. Economical 10 m² rooms are available for the single traveler, while family rooms are available for guests traveling in Montenegro with children. Opt for the sea views instead of the city view rooms!
If you want to venture a little further away, you can also look at The Chedi Hotel in Luštica Bay. This 5-star luxury hotel has more to offer than anything you can imagine.
Top Things To Do In Kotor Bay
- There are a lot of things to things to do in Kotor Bay when you visit Montenegro. Here are some of the best places to visit in Kotor
- Take a boat to see Our Lady of the Rocks on Sveti Dorde Island
- Stroll through the streets of Perast
- See the Old Town of Kotor
- Ride a boat to see the blue cave
- Hike up the ladder of Kotor
- Spend some time at the Cat Museum of Kotor
- See Saint Tryphon’s relics in the Saint Tryphon Cathedral
- See the brick fortifications of St. John’s Fortress aka San Giovanni Fortress
- Visit the Orthodox Sveti Nikola or Saint Nicholas Church
- Visit the Maritime Museum showcasing Kotor’s history
- Walk through the Piazza of the arms
- See the monastery and church of St. Clare.