A hidden gem of the highest order, these three highly specced apartments in Rafailovici with views out towards Budva town come fully loaded with more 5-star services than you'll know what to do with. Equally as inviting in summer as in winter, these suites bridge the gap between serviced apartments and a hotel penthouse.
Located in Budva’s Old Town, the Astoria proudly describes itself as the first and only boutique hotel inside the old city walls. Renovated in November 2007 with the help of a visionary Greek interior designer, the aesthetic here is contemporary chic with plenty of Montenegrin stone wall finishes to retain a sense of place. Just 6 rooms and 6 suites await those who venture inside, mostly looking onto the street below but some of the larger suites have sea views so it’s worth requesting those upon making a reservation. A small ground-floor restaurant serves Mediterranean staples but for us at least, it’s all about the rooftop bar come summertime.
Perched in a prominent location just 50-metres from Budva Old Town, the Avala Resort & Villas is the most overtly contemporary accommodation offering in Montenegro to date; as sister property of the highly regarded Bianca Resort in Kolasin, it also comes with an impressive set of credentials. A total of 236 rooms include Family Suites and Penthouses, many with panoramic views of the historic Old Town and the Adriatic Sea. Nearby, the Avala Grand features an additional 29 luxury units, as well as another 67 Duplex Suites in villas, ensuring plenty of room for larger groups and conferences during the off-season.
A viable alternative to the ostentation of next-door Hotel Splendid, the Mediteran's calling card is its open-air aqua park for children. For the rest, this is a fairly down-to-earth, no nonsense beach hotel that sits firmly in the 4-star category.
The Queen of Montenegro is a modern, 4-star hotel located on a panoramic site in Becici, 4km from Budva. Having been refurbished in 2006, the hotel includes 227 rooms and nine luxury residential apartments, as well as a main show-kitchen restaurant, tavern, beach bar and restaurant, indoor and outdoor swimming pool and a spacious terrace with views of Becici beach. Additional amenities include an onsite casino, hairdresser and wellness centre with Finnish and Turkish saunas, relaxation room, fitness centre, spa treatments, massage and more.
The five-star Splendid Conference & SPA Resort has worked hard to develop its reputation as the VIP hotel of choice in Montenegro since opening. Ask nicely enough and the concierge will tell you of the glowing reviews they received from Madonna, Mick Jagger, the Rolling Stones, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. But what’s it actually like inside once you get there? Well, petite it is not, the Splendid tends to do things bigger and better. A total of 341 rooms, suites and penthouses run from 42sqm up to 385sqm while the lobby bar alone weighs in at 1500sqm and the pool bar seats up to 200. An expansive spa area continues the theme, incorporating indoor and outdoor pools, a sauna area with sea facing views, steam bath, Technogym fitness room and much more. The spa is popular with local families in winter and can get completely booked out when the hotel is full so it’s best to book in advance. The on-site casino is also a big draw, thanks to its state-of-the-art facilities and generally luxurious setting. In fact, checking in at the Splendid for a few nights in August is about as good an introduction to Montenegro’s high life as you can find.
At 252 rooms and suites, the Tre Canne is too big to be ‘boutique’ but it does a good job of breaking with standard hotel bedroom conventions with its hard wood floors and minimalist styling. In a city known for a more-is-more approach to just about everything, this comes as a refreshing change. Those looking for a contemporary hotel near the Old Town with a sea view to wake up to in the morning should look no further.