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“Perfect romantic boutique hotel experience”
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Forza Mare Hotel
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Dobrota
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“Perfect romantic boutique hotel experience”
Reviewed 25 September 2011

This is the best hotel I have ever stayed in - quite literally the only one which has lived up to my (impossibly high) standards! Perfectly clean (rooms were cleaned twice a day), impeccable service, discrete and professional staff, amazing breakfast (omlettes to order anyone?), a restaurant on the water that is open all day and evening, and a breathtaking location. We were not disturbed by the noise at all (and I am a very light sleeper). It must have been because our bed was so commfortable - we just slept through it! I guarantee you will fall in love with this hotel. PS: The platter of fruit and champagne on arrival was just perfect too

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 September 2011

We arrived at Forza Mare in need of some rest and relaxation after a busy few days in Dubrovnik. The hotel exceeded all our expectations and was incredibly special. We stayed in the Dubai room which was a very generous size, extremely clean and had a breathtaking view. The key things that made this hotel stand out were the staff who couldn't have been more attentive, freindly and helpful and the food which was without doubt the best we've ever had in a hotel. We also liked the fact that is was such a small hotel with a handful of rooms which meant that we were often one of only a few guests on the loungers and eating in the restaurant. At dinner you can have a table on a platform by the sea and with flares lit it is very romantic. It is also realtively informal which also makes you feel relaxed. In addition to the great restaurant food, they also have a deli open during the day with ice cream and cake. They even made me a beautiful cake for my birthday which we weren't charged for and lasted us our whole trip. The only small dissapointment which thankfully didn'y cloud our holiday at all was the very poor massage we had by someone who clearly had no idea what they were doing - bright lights left on, johnsons baby oil and more of a rub than a massage and rather expensive too!

Overall this was a truly memorable hotel and i would highly reccomend it to anyone, Thank you to all the staff who made the stay for us,

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 September 2011

I think everything has already been said about Forza Mare. It is in our minds in a breathtaking location, we even had dolphins playing in the bay about 50-100 mts from our balcony.
The breakfasts are good, plenty of fruit, a good choice of cold food as well as bacon, eggs etc. with lovely chocolate croissants to follow. Plenty of meat and fish dishes on offer in the restaurant with an extensive wine list. We ate there on three evenings out of five and had lunch there once,do not eat much midday normally, and had the best chicken salad I have ever had.
The setting for the restaurant is superb, you are almost in the water. You can of course sit further back if you so wish.
There are only four rooms with full sea views, we were in room 301 which they suggested to get the best views. They were right. The rooms are kept so clean, towels changed twice a day,without asking. The bathrooms are all different, lovely large shower etc. Comfy beds and not much noise at all to be heard, from our room anyway.
Before breakfast and after dinner we used to walk along the seafront ( not much traffic ) which was very pleasant, especially in the morning watching all the fishermen and women ' at work '.
Lazar, at reception also arranged for us to go out in a speed boat which was fantastic. They will come to the hotel to pick you up. So easy.
Which brings me to the staff. They were amazing and need a mention. If you do stay here, look out for Senka,Njegos,Milijana,Lazar,Ivana and Giorgij. There were others too I'm sure whose names I do not know. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble for them, they were so helpful, friendly and good fun. Njegos even came out of the sea to say goodbye the day we left.
We also shared a bottle of wine with one or two of them when they were off duty.At breakfast we used to have a cappuccino and an espresso each and the chef (?) used to decorate the cappuccino with chocolate shapes in the froth.....on the last morning Senka brought them along and said ' For you husband,he has a flower and for you, you have a heart '. That's what I mean when I say that they were different from normal hotel staff. They actually seemed to care.We could have adopted them all !!
The only drawback we felt about this hotel were the owners. Having read the review from toto18, I am amazed that we were staying at the same place.
Maybe the fact that they were a Russian / Irish family had something to do with it ?! They were not unpleasant to us , it's just that they did not even acknowledge us in passing, not even a Good Morning etc. It's a very small hotel, 10 rooms , so we often saw them. We did not want to spend any time with them as such but a smile would have helped.
However , after dinner on our last night, we were once more telling the staff how good they were etc. and taking photos of them when Senka asked if we would like a word with the owners son . He came over and we had a short chat , mainly us telling him how lucky they are to have such wonderful people working for them, and a little while later he came back with a bottle of something or another as a gift for us which was totally unexpected. We would have preferred a greeting or two during our five days there, but still a good gesture I guess.
Forza Mare is only open six months of the year, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel, in fact we already have to numerous friends since our return. It might not be for family holidays,with young children, as it's not cheap,and the pool area is lovely but shaded and small. There is an area adjacent to the restaurant with attractive sun beds etc. with access to the sea but in my mind not really for young children.
Having said all that if we ever travel this way again, I would not stay elsewhere.

Room Tip: Room 301 Amazing views, very quiet.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 September 2011

Forza Mare is truly the Jewel of the Adriatic!

Family owned and operated, the owners' hands on presence makes this boutique hotel special. Owners Mishawka, Danijela, Bojan, and Stefana are present every day. Constantly asking if their guests are satisfied and or need help.

Their personal involvement and attention to detail make this a smoothly functioning, relaxing resort in a small package (only 10 rooms).

Danijela is the creative genius. And Mishka and Boyan are the perfect hosts - always in tune with their guest's satisfaction. And go anywhere in Kotor Bay area and mention Florza Mare, and you will be surprised to hear the people say "Oh, Mishka's place, great!" And it really is.

In preparing this review, I read other guests comments. And about the rooms, yes those right next to reception might be a bit too public. We would recommend 101 and 102 - right next to the breakfast area, with easy access to the beach and dining area.

The jacuzzi is a perfect little hideaway for some private time. The swimming pool out front is more like a plunging pool, but that does not make it any less enjoyable.

Best is the bay Side sunning and swimming area. Great for adults and kids. The Kotor Bay is much warmer water than other places in the Adriatic. The bay side swimming area has a smooth gravel bottom, so comfortable to swim. The bay waters are calm and clear. Nicer than Budva and other Montenegro more well populated seaside resorts.

Most reviews compliment the restaurant. Let me also give high marks to the staff, by name. Senka, Gijorgij, Njegos,Milijana are professional in all respects. Knowing when guests would like them to stay and talk, and when guests would like privacy. Hats off to each of them. On reception, Dijana was always efficient and eager to please hotel guests. Reservations for massage, taxi's and tours were handled very efficiently, and most importantly, in a friendly helpful manner.

We had a tour of Montenegro, with Bosko, which was very pleasant in his Mercedes, arranged by Forza Mare. He commented on how the staff cleaned and cleaned and cleaned the property. A point which we noticed. Every part of the hotel was immaculate.

The rooms themselves worked fine. Big enough. Furnished appropriately. Well appointed. WIFI worked all the time (good speed). Electricity was on always.

We invited a friend, who had been staying in another town at an apartment for three weeks, to stay for one night. She said it was her best day and night in Montenegro! She has booked a return visit next week with her husband.

We are booking a vacation here next year. It was so good. ANd will try to convince friends to join.

By the way, Forza Mare has an excellent restaurant attached - sea side. Having this option makes the get-a-way experience ever so much nicer, than if you had to go out for your meals. And almost bet of all, they are open as log as you are interested. 11, 12, 01 AM, if the guests are interested, they are willing to serve.... Amazing. (and the staff serving you make no signs that a lingering guest is imposing on them. If you would like to sit out and enjoy the restaurant, they are pleased to accommodate your needs. Again, amazing standard of service created by the owners.

A delicious complimentary breakfast lasts until 11:00, so lazy mornings are no problem. Their continental offerings are wonderful, and they will gladly cook something to order if you would like.

Any negative comments that you have heard should be taken as not being representative. ALl of the other guests that we talked to during our visit shared our high opinion of Forza Mare.

This hotel is an amazing find. By the way, we are an Irish / Russian family who travel extensively and are well aware of excellent, good and average destinations. Forza Mare is top of the list, in our book.




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Room Tip: 101 and 102 offer good access.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

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!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 September 2011

Upon arrival at the hotel Forza Mare our expectations were low having previously stayed at the hotel Astoria in Budva, another 'boutique hotel' only costing €15 less a night than the Forza Mare. Thankfully though, from the moment we arrived, this hotel surpassed our expectations.

On checking into our spacious room with side sea view (others have complained about this, but if you want full sea view you have to pay for it - €40 more per night), we were greeted with 2 complementary mini bottles of cava and a plate of fruit and this set the tone for our stay.

The location of the hotel is stunning and its private beach/jetty is by far the best on the stretch of coast.

Each and every staff member was incredibly friendly and helpful, going out of their way to talk to guests so at the end of 3 nights they felt like friends rather than staff.

Finally the food. The breakfast buffet was excellent with a wide variety of both cold and hot food, but the star is the hotel's restaurant which has a wide range of fish and seafood dishes and an extensive wine menu. The grilled octopus was the best I've ever eaten?

In short this hotel is not cheap - €160 p/n cheapest room, low season, but when you see what you're actually getting, the hotel is actually excellent value for money.

Stay at this hotel!!

  • Stayed September 2011
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Reviewed 3 September 2011

We moved here on very short notice having not particularly like the hotel astoria in Kotor(see separate review) and there is honestly no comparison between the two hotels . The location of Forza Mare is quite simply stunning(on the waters edge) , giving amazing views from the four executive suites. As we booked and arrived on the same day and we are a family of four we had to move rooms a little to accomodate us for the three nights. All of the rooms we stayed in (china, a double and India) were extremely comfortable especially the beds with large well functioning bathrooms (no water supply problems here) and wifi that worked perfectly .
If you can it is worth getting one of the four executive suites with the waters view .
But what really makes this place is the staff, our two children 7 and 6 were treated like royalty (which is not often the case in boutique style hotels). Nothing was too much trouble . They all showed great pride in what they were doing ,going about their jobs with a smile and tremendous professionalism. The restaurant was good , breakfast plentiful.
It is probabley necessary to have a car while you are here as it is 10 mins or so out of Kotor (avoiding all the tourists) and if you,as wedid , are flying out of Dubrovnik try and find the secret border crossing rather than queuing for hours at the main one .
Also try and have a late lunch at Stari Mlini

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Forza Mare Hotel
Address: Kriva ulica bb, Dobrota, Kotor Municipality 85331, Montenegro
Region: Montenegro > Kotor Municipality > Dobrota
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Dobrota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Forza Mare Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 10
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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