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Where to Stay in Kotor, Montenegro – 2023 Best Hotels & Neighborhoods

Where to Stay in Kotor, Montenegro – 2023 Best Hotels & Neighborhoods

Up-to-date travel and accommodation guide for planning where to stay in Kotor, Montenegro. Features the best hotels, hostels, and villas with information on which neighborhood to pick!

Congratulations, you’ve discovered one of the most beautiful coastal cities in Europe. Shaded beneath towering mountain peaks at the edge of the shimmering Adriatic Sea, Kotor Montenegro is an amazing tourist destination offering something for every traveler.

However, before you go and book any old Kotor hotel, you’ll want to read this breakdown explaining where to stay.

Whether you’re searching for a budget hostel in the heart of the historic Old Town, or a luxury resort in the nearby neighborhoods of Dobrota, Muo, or Prçanj– this guide will have you covered. I’ll detail the best places to book your accommodation and provide the best hotels for you to consider on your next visit, based on my personal experience & best current hotel deals.

The Quick Answer for Where to Stay in Kotor

The best places to stay in Kotor are the Old Town, Muo (west side of the bay), or Dobrota (east side of the bay). Below are the top-rated options with good value-for-money pricing. Read on for more picks and a rundown of each.

  • Blue Premium Spa Resort -An Amazing adults-only luxury spa resort overlooking Boca Kotorska.
  • Apartmani Art Karampana - A beautiful apartment in the Old Town district. Rated 9.7 out of 10 with hundreds of reviews.
  • Centrum Hostel - With hundreds of reviews, this is still the best-rated hostel for its location and vibe in Kotor Old Town.
Houses in the Bay of Kotor

Breaking Down the Best Places to Stay In Kotor Bay (Neighborhood Guide)

Below are my three recommended areas to base your stay in Kotor.

  • Kotor Old Town: Staying within the medieval walls of the Old Town of Kotor will make for the most iconic stay. There are plenty of century-old historic buildings that have been converted into modern hotels, insuring your stay will be comfortable and close to all the main attractions and activities.
  • Muo & Prçanj: The quiet western side of Kotor Bay is a local neighborhood with a few great hotel picks. This is my favorite place to stay in Kotor since its within walking distance to the Old Town but very calm at night.
  • Dobrota: Another popular area just north of the Old Town. Here, travelers will find some modern luxury hotels, as well as some budget picks.
Infographic map for where to stay in Kotor, Montenegro
Read on for the best hotel picks in each neighborhood!

Kotor Old Town - Stay in the Historic Center of Kotor

Kotor is a stunning coastal city sitting on the Adriatic Sea, and the Kotor Old Town is one of the best places to stay in Montenegro.

Home to historic monuments, gorgeous buildings, and beautiful views over Kotor Bay from The Ladder of Kotor, Kotor Old Town doesn't disappoint. Since it's one of the most popular areas to stay, there are plenty of accommodations to suit every budget.

Window view with sunset from Hotel VardarHotel Vardar$$$
Historic Boutique Hotel in Cattaro bedroom layout, MontenegroHistoric Boutique Hotel Cattaro$$$
Hotel Monte Cristo large bedroom with windowHotel Monte Cristo$$$
Apartmani Art Karampana large bedroom with lights, KotorApartmani Art Karampana$$
Centrum Hostel dorm bedroom, MontenegroCentrum Hostel$$
Kotor Old Town
Old City of Kotor

1. Hotel Vardar

Situated right in the heart of Kotor Old Town, Hotel Vardar is surrounded by stunning historic buildings.

Hotel Vardar is one of the most beautiful Bay of Kotor hotels as it offers elegantly furnished accommodation and decor that complements the town. Each room has free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and seating areas.

Guests can spend their days sipping cocktails on the terrace, relaxing in the wellness center, or exploring the beautiful Old Town of Kotor.

2. Historic Boutique Hotel Cattaro

Located in the heart of the UNESCO-protected Kotor Old Town, the Historic Boutique Hotel Cattaro boasts stunning rooms in an 18th-century building.

All beautifully decorated rooms in this hotel have a private bathroom, flat-screen TV, and free Wi-Fi. Being located within Kotor's Old Town, one of the main drawing cards of this hotel are the stunning views of Kotor Bay.

Guests can enjoy local cuisine and international dishes in the hotel's restaurant or indulge in delicious cocktails at the hotel bar.

3. Hotel Monte Cristo

Hotel Monte Cristo is situated in a 13th-century building that once belonged to Kotor's first bishop. If you love history, then this is a Kotor accommodation you have to stay at.

This beautifully restored hotel now features uniquely decorated rooms that match the surroundings of Kotor's Old Town. Each room features air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and a minibar.

Guests can enjoy a daily breakfast served on the terrace overlooking a quaint, quiet courtyard. The hotel's restaurant also serves international and traditional cuisine.

Located in one of the best places, Hotel Monte Cristo is within walking distance of Kotor's Marina. From there, you can take a boat trip to Perast, Blue Cave, and Tivat Bay. The nearest airport is Tivat Airport, which is 10 km from the hotel. The hotel can provide a shuttle service if needed.

4. Apartmani Art Karampana

If you're searching for Kotor Bay accommodation near the beach, look no further than Apartmani Art Karampana.

Only a short walk to Kotor Beach and the center of Old Town Kotor, this is one of the best hotels to stay at if you want to be close to everything.

Each guest room at the hotel comes with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and a beautiful terrace. However, the main feature of this property is how close it is to popular points of interest.

The Kotor Clock Tower is only 100 meters away and the Sea Gate - Main Entrance is 200 meters from the hotel. The nearest airport, Tivat, is only 5km from the property.

5. Centrum Hostel

If you want to save some money while staying in the Bay of Kotor, Centrum Hotel is one of the best places to stay.

Located in a beautiful historic building, the hostel features air-conditioned rooms, a shared lounge and bathrooms, and free Wi-Fi.

One of the best things about this Kotor Bay accommodation is that it boasts stunning city views. Spend your days meeting other guests, visiting the Kotor Cats Museum, or wandering the beautiful streets of Kotor Old Town.

Muo or Prčanj - Hotels & Apartments on the Quiet Side of Kotor Bay

If you want to stay in the beautiful Kotor Bay but want to avoid the crowds, Muo or Prčanj is the area for you. Located on the western side of the bay and accessible only by a one-way road, these towns are hidden gems worth exploring.

Although there aren't a lot of tourist attractions in the area, it's all part of the charm.

Blue Kotor Bay aerial view of outdoor areasBlue Kotor Bay Resort $$$
Apartments Residence Portofino$$
Palazzo Sbutega Hotel bedroom suite with lounge, KotorPalazzo Sbutega$$
Hotels in Muo, Kotor
Seaside accommodation in Muo, Kotor

6. Blue Kotor Bay Premium Spa Resort

Want to experience world-class service? Blue Kotor Bay Premiums Spa Resort is one of the best luxury hotels in Kotor.

This stunning adults-only hotel boasts rooms and suites equipped with modern amenities.

The best feature of this hotel is its location. No matter where you look, you're rewarded with stunning sea views. Whether you're relaxing on your balcony or enjoying a meal at the hotel restaurant, the panoramic views will not disappoint.

Spend your days unwinding in the wellness center, lounging by the swimming pool, or soaking up the sun in the hotel's private beach area.

7. Apartments Residence Portofino

If you're looking for Kotor accommodation that is self-sufficient, Apartments Residence Portofino is your best choice.

Featuring an outdoor pool boasting stunning sea views, there is so much to love about this accommodation. Choose from a penthouse apartment or an apartment with sea views to enjoy your stay.

Each apartment has air conditioning, a seating area and a fully-equipped kitchen. There is also free Wi-Fi and free parking onsite.

Guests can enjoy a delicious barbeque on the sun terrace while watching the sunset. Or, if you want to go exploring check out the Fort Vrmac Hike, there are free bikes at your disposal.

8. Palazzo Sbutega

Contemporary design, fantastic amenities, and jaw-dropping views, that is what you can expect when you stay at Palazzo Sbutega.

Featuring mountain views, an outdoor swimming pool, a garden, and a terrace, there is so much to love about this property.

Guests can spend their days by the pool, reading on the terrace, or discovering what the town offers by bike. The property can organize a bike rental for you.

Some popular points of interest near the hotel include Markov Rt Beach and the Kotor Clock Tower.

Dobrota - Great Value Accommodation Close to the Old Town

If you want to be close to Kotor's Old Town but don't want to pay the high prices, Dobrota is the next best thing.

Located a little further up the coast, Dobrota provides a range of accommodations at fantastic prices. Dobrota has a range of beautiful beaches, stunning bay views, and restaurants to choose from.

Hotel Forza Terra outdoor swimming pool with lounge chairsHotel Forza Terra$$$
HUMA Kotor Bay Hotel and Villas aerial view showcasing building, KotorHUMA Kotor Bay Hotel$$
Montenegro Hostel 4U Party$
Hotels in Dobrota Neighborhood, Kotor
Dobrota, Kotor

9. Hotel Forza Terra

This 5-star property is one of the best Bay of Kotor hotels, making it a must-stay.

If you're used to getting celebrity treatment, then Hotel Forza Terra is just for you. Located in the Kotor Country Region, this beautiful hotel features an outdoor and indoor pool.

Guests can enjoy the modern air-conditioned rooms fitted with en-suite bathrooms and free Wi-Fi.

Spend your day by the pool, soaking in the hot tub or enjoying the view from the sun terrace with a cocktail in hand.

You can even spend the day exploring Lovcen National Park as the hotel organizes hire cars.

10. HUMA Kotor Bay Hotel and Villas

If staying in an elegant 5-star resort right on the beach is your style, look no further than HUMA Kotor Bay Hotel and Villas.

Set on the seafront and featuring its own private beach area, this hotel showcases the best of what Kotor Bay has to offer.

The hotel has a range of guest rooms and villas with spectacular sea views. The hotel also features an outdoor pool, a beach club, and an in-house restaurant.

Guests can spend their days relaxing on the private beach, soaking up the stunning views from their balcony, or exploring the surrounding area.

For ultimate luxury and world-class service, this 5-star property is one of the must-stay Bay of Kotor hotels.

11. Montenegro Hostel 4U Party

For great value accommodation that boasts stunning views, Montenegro Hostel 4U Party is the best place to stay.

This accommodation has free Wi-Fi, a restaurant, and bikes and kayaks for hire.

The rooms come with shared bathrooms and there is also a shared kitchen where you can cook and meet people from around the world.

Located right on the water, Montenegro Hostel 4U Party has some of the best views of the Adriatic Sea. Guests can spend their days at the beach next to the accommodation or explore the historic monuments of Kotor.

Cruise ship in Kotor

Best Kotor Outdoor Experiences

More Kotor & Montenegro Travel & Accommodation Guides

So, now that you know exactly where to stay in Kotor, let's get exploring! This Montenegrin city is one of my favorite adventure destinations in the Balkans, and there's no shortage of epic things to do!

To start, dive into one of my recent guides below.

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