We stayed at the Forza Mare for 2 days in September 2011 for 2 nights. In general there was a lot to recommend the hotel - the rooms are nicely designed, most of the staff are exceptional and will go above and beyond to help out. The food in the restaurant was decent and the location and small private 'beach' are absolutely lovely.
As mentioned by a couple of people, 4 of the rooms open directly into the (tiny) reception area of the hotel, and are not sound-proofed, so you do get a fair amount of noise from early check-ins or people speaking to the receptionist. It also makes you slightly self-conscious about the noise you make in your room knowing there's a member of staff right outside 24/7!
Despite that, I'd have happily given the hotel at least 4 stars, if it weren't for the fact that on our 2nd day we realised €70 had gone missing from my husband's wallet in our room. It seems like quite a clever scam - whoever took it left any of the obvious valuables (rings, phones, even some loose change) and just slipped a couple of notes out of a full wallet. Had it been any other point in our holiday we probably wouldn't have noticed but we'd come straight from the airport with the money in the wallet, so there's nowhere else it could have gone.
It was upsetting to have money stolen, but what really ruined the stay for us was the attitude of the senior management team, who didn't take any responsibility for the missing cash and basically made us feel like they didn't believe us, saying 'but this is a 5* hotel' and telling a (frankly very patronising) story about a Polish guest who had claimed his wallet was stolen, then found it later in his jacket.
By that stage I couldn't wait to leave a hotel where we no longer felt welcome.
I hope no one else ends up in the same situation a us and I wish we could have enjoyed the positive elements of the hotel fully. If you do stay there, I'd strongly advise keeping your valuables on you at all times and locking up everything when you're not around!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The luxuriously decorated 5-star small hotel Forza Mare is located in Dobrota, at a private beach, on the shore of the Bay of Kotor 3 km from the city center. It offers interestingly decorated rooms, which have different themes and varying interior: Africa, India, Dubai, Japan and China. You can completely unwind and enjoy the warm and friendly ambient of the property. A wellness and spa center is at the guests' disposal, as well as an outdoor swimming pool. The superb, modern a la carte restaurant serves national, Mediterranean and international cuisine. Only fresh, local products are used to prepare the meals. Kotor's old town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are numerous cultural events being held in the summertime. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Forza Mare Hotel Kotor