Travelers strolling along the coastlines of Montenegro must not miss Kotor – a historical city with lots of interesting sights offered to visitors. Though traveling in Montenegro may be slightly more expensive than other nearby countries, such as Bosnia and Herzegovina or Albania, it’s possible to have fun on a budget. In this article, I will give a couple of further insight about my unique hostel experience of staying at the beautiful Old Town Kotor Hostel.
The experience of spending a night within old walls
The most impressive, eye-catching feature about the hostel is its interior design. From the moment you walk in, you will be immediately attracted to the stone walls, vintage looking furniture, antiques and typical classic artworks of Montenegro. I decided to stay for one night only but the receptionist was certain that I would like to stay for another night. He was right – I would have if it had not been for my tight schedule.
The hostel consists of two parts: Old Town Hostel East Wing and Old Town Hostel West Wing. One is used for events and hang-out space, while the other is where to find the reception. Another building section is used only for dorms and rooms, with a security password for the front door that only guests know.
Versatile atmosphere suitable for different sorts of travelers
My top favourite thing about the Old Town Hostel is its atmosphere, which is suitable for both long-term and short-term travelers, party people and those who prefer a calm and quiet accommodation. The main lounge with the reception desk and dorms are often rather quiet and good for chilling. Guests who stay long-term can spend time working here, using their stable high speed Wi-Fi connection. The event hall in the West Wing tends to be very liveable and vibrant as people gather and hang out in the late afternoon and evening.
Delicious breakfast and dinner offered an at affordable price
Though meals are not included in the price, they do offer a nice dinner with breakfast added for free at a very reasonable cost of only 4 EUR / roughly 4.5 USD. A typical dinner plate for a single guest, for example, includes bread, meat, beans and potatoes. There’s a vegetarian option too. For breakfast, you would have omelet, ham and bread served with tea or coffee. You can also buy your own groceries and cook in the kitchen downstairs or upstairs within the dorms.
Quiet and secured dorms with adequate facilities
The East Wing of the hostel has 8 dorms, 3 double-bed rooms and one apartment. Each dorm is en-suit with its own mini-kitchen and bathroom with toilet inside. All guests are offered their own free linen, towels, city map, and lockers to secure your important belongings. Hair dryers and bikes can also be borrowed for free. Dorm beds costs as low as 9 EUR per night, and you can enjoy a 10% discount if staying at one of the other Balkans Backpackers Hostel later without online booking.
Located within Kotor’s Old Town walls, the hostel is not very far away on foot to all the main attractions as you can reach them within only a few minutes walking. The area within the Old Town Walls of Kotor is quite small and neat, as you can walk through all the main sights inside within even less than an hour. The Cathedral of St. Tryphon and entrance to the city fortifications is only a 1 to 2 minutes walk away. There are several affordable restaurants at your doorstep, including the Museum Sit’n’eat, which is my top favourite fast-food place in town. The bus station is around a 5 to 6 minutes walk away as well.
Traveling around Kotor
To make the best out of your stay in Kotor, explore the town on foot or bike. You can also climb up the fortress, stroll through the squares, visit a church or a cathedral, and have fun in many bars and clubs. There are many ways to enjoy Kotor. If you are not sure where to head to next, ask the reception as they would not hesitate to answer your questions and give recommendations on how to enjoy the town best like a local.