The hotel has a stone facade, it's beautiful and refined, and yet unpretencious. The room we ended up with was nicely decorated and spacious (the bed was huge!) and very quiet, which is great. As it was a loft room, I had to be on the tips of my toes to be able to see the amazing views (for amazing they were) through the velux windows - I am pettite, my partner who is tall could stand normally. The wifi signals were strong enough, so we had very good internet connection in our room.
The swimming pool is not very large, but it was good enough for plunging in after spending some time in the hotel's sauna. Most of the water jets were working (some weren't though) to provide a near decent jacuzzi experience. The pool is not heated though, which was not a problem to me.
The breakfast provided was good, with local (and delicious) cheeses and ham, but my favourite was a yogurt drink (similiar to lassy) which was very refreshing and plentiful. Coffee was not plentiful though - the machine they were using to brew it was not capable to supply coffee quickly enough for more than about 5 people at a time, so we had to sometimes wait to replenish our cups. But my major snag about the breakfast was the sound ambience: they had the same album playing every morning the whole time we were there, and sometimes loud (I had to ask the staff once to turn the music off - the noise of the water just outside would made much better music, but they obliged only by turning the volume down).
Outside the hotel there is a small quay which belongs to the hotel and where against which boats can moore and the hotel provides loungers for its customers to basque in the sun (they also provide very good shades against the sun if required). From this quay you can take a plunge in the sea, which can be very refreshing. However, though I did not smell anything untoward in Dobrota itself (where the hotel is located), when walking towards Kotor you can smell sewage from the water, and this made me think twice about jumping in the water (although maybe if it was a really hot day it's likely I'd have jumped in anyway).
The hotel staff were extremely friendly, including its lady owner, who spoke extremely good English and was very helpful at all times. There was a water shortage in the Kotor area during the first 24 hours of our stay in the hotel, which afftected our ability to take showers in our own room. The owner tried her best to turn the situation around (even though it was not the hotel's fault, but the Montenegran infrastructure) and this made a big different in our overall experience. She also was very good in recommending restaurants for us - all her recomendations were spot on, especially the restaurant next door to the hotel.
We had a great time in Dobrota and in Montenegro overall - the friendliness of its people was key to the overall good impression of the place. It may be like Greece and Croatia were like 20 years ago.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An extraordinary historical hotel, nested in an early 18th century captains palace, on the waterfront of Boka Bay in Montenegro, restored to breathtaking excellence, opens the door to exquisite guests to enjoy delicious food to everybody's taste, made by a renown chef and served on a pleasurable terrace where silence is broken only by the sound of sea waves at the arm length from the dining tables. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Radomiri Palazzo