A rare example of an international chain hotel in Montenegro, the Best Western is a safe bet in a city that has, until very recently, struggled to come up with a varied accommodation offer targeting the foreign visitor. Clean, modern rooms with views out across the city and a central location mean that this is a good value winner, especially for those in search of a solid night’s rest before an early morning flight out from Podgorica airport.
In the mixed-use Capital Plaza Complex, the Abu Dhabi Financial Group and Abu Dhabi Capital Group have joined forces for this four-star CentreVille Hotel & Experiences, part of the H Hospitality Collection. A boutique hotel spread over six floors, it offers guests 122 rooms and suites, an urban lounge and dining bar, three conference rooms, three meeting rooms and a rooftop terrace on the 6th floor
The Hilton Podgorica opened in September 2016 in the administrative centre of the city on the site of the ex-Crna Gora Hotel. It now boasts 180 rooms, of which 23 are suites, as well as five meeting rooms, conference facilities, a spa, rooftop bar, cigar lounge and restaurant. Backed by the global Hilton service and operating standards, Podgorica now has another big name hotel chain to offer international visitors a brand they can trust.
Up there with Kotor's Hippocampus in design terms, the Hemera erupted onto the scene in downtown Podgorica in 2013 and hasn't looked back since. Its ground floor restaurant is permanently busy and the bold room interiors make for a unique experience. In a city with a limited supply of high-end bedrooms, the Hemera was a very welcome addition indeed; in short, it is ideal for those in search of something akin to a 'design hotel' hotel experience in Podgorica.
This 40 year old property was given a ‘boutique’ refurbishment in 2004. Architect Svetlana Kana Radovic won a national architecture award for it and the place now has a certain oddball charm to it as well as a pretty location on the banks of the River Moraca. Those with slightly more conservative tastes may prefer to avoid the newcomers Hemera and Ziya in favour of this more subdued option.
A new kid on the Podgorica block, the Hotel Ziya has a fairly secluded location, whereas its contender the Hemera sits proudly in the city centre. Consequently, the Ziya offers a more refined, sophisticated feel, helped along by an excellent indoor pool. Rooms are also tastefully designed, contemporary in style yet with touches of traditional Montenegro to provide the necessary sense of place most international visitors expect. If you are spending a night in Podgorica for business this is the ideal choice, whereas if you plan to try the nightlife, you may need to make use of a local taxi to get to your destination, likely less than five minutes drive away.