Ok, now, there is something I need to make clear right from the start - this is not a complaining review at all. On the contrary, its a big fat thumbs-up to the Kotor Wine Rooms. There are, however, a couple of things I'd like to warn you about before you go in order that nothing comes as a nasty surprise when you get there.
There has been enough said already about how stunningly beautiful Kotor Old Town is, so I don't need to add too much to that, and the good thing about the Kotor Wine Rooms is that you are right in amongst it. In the space of just a minute's walk you have some of the loveliest restaurants, bars, squares, architecture, culture and scenery you'll ever need. So that's nice.
Unfortunately though, the advantage of having all that activity close to hand when you need it also means that its close to hand when you don't. Like when you want to sleep. The medieval streets are narrow, and unfortunately right across the street from the Kotor Wine Rooms is a little bar frequented by locals that has to be the noisiest in town. Think I'm over-reacting? Try full-on pulsating hardcore eurodance music at 2 in the morning to make you feel refreshed the next day. Or maybe spontaneous group singing in the wee small hours? Or how about a blazing row spilling out into the street? We had them all. For the record, we were on the first floor in Room 11. This is not the fault of the Kotor Wine Rooms, I know - but it will have an impact on your stay and you need to be aware. Cars are banned in Kotor Old Town (its a World Heritage Site) but that doesn't stop them driving down the street in noisy smelly builder's tipper trucks at 5:30 in the morning instead. I love the Montenegrins, but they don't do 'quiet'! Once again, not the fault of the Kotor Wine Rooms but as you won't find this stuff out in the brochure then you need to be informed here instead.
This deserves a paragraph on its own - the staff at Kotor Wine Rooms are lovely. Especially the receptionist. They are brilliant.
I have never had to use the bathroom on the International Space Station, obviously, but I can bet it's bigger than the one in Room 11. You have to sit side-saddle on the khasi, and I'm not kidding. Seeing as I personally don't see the point of going on holiday and spending any more of my valuable time in bathrooms than I have to, it was no big issue to me. It tell you to diffuse the potential shock of finding this out the hard way. Room 11 is exactly that - a room. That's all. It's a clean room and nice and modern with loads of facilities. It has two shuttered windows - one opens out to look at someone else's window. The other opens out to look at the street (nice) - but you will be on public view not only by people walking past but also by local shop keepers who like to sit out on chairs, light up a cigarette and chatter. Loudly.
Because Room 11 wasn't a place we felt we could chill out in, I think on reflection a week's holiday was too long. A 3-day break would have been enough. By 7 days we were crawling up the walls. Next time I go to Montenegro I am going to hire a more spacious apartment with a balcony you can actually sit on in a quieter town like Perast or Prcanj along the side of the fjord from Kotor.
We hired a car through the lovely girl on reception and escaped to Skadar Lake (a 'must see') and also drove along the fjord sides to explore a bit. Well worth it.
Golden Tip : there is an open top tourist bus that takes you to Risan via Perast for 20 Euro per person, or there is the far more frequent and fun 'Blue Line' local bus that does the same thing for 1 Euro per person. Yes, you read that right - 1 Euro. Spend the 19 Euros you just saved on a nice lunch beside the sea in Perast.
To sum up, Kotor Wine Rooms are absolutely fine as long as you know what to expect. Words that describe rooms like 'twee', 'bijou', 'quaint', 'olde worlde charming', 'dinkie-doo' are never very far away from the dreaded 'pokey', 'cramped', 'tiny', 'compromise'. Kotor Wine Rooms somehow manages to stay on the charming side of life, but only just.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kitchen and other facilities:Each apartment has self-catering facilities including sink, a fridge, hot plate and storage.Bedrooms and bathrooms:Every room has a private bathroom comprised of an enclosed shower, toilet and sink. There is also a safe mounted into the wall in which to store valuables for peace of mind.OutsideLocated right in the heart of Kotor old town, guests at the Kotor Wine Rooms are well located to explore the town and surrounding villages. Within five minutes’ walk guests can be admiring the yachts moored in the harbor or experiencing one of the many cultural highlights the town has to offer.Amenities:Kotor is a part of UNESCO World Heritage List, a city surrounded by medieval walls, with examples of architecture and decoration belonging to every great Mediterranean stylistic period and plenty of amazing buzzing cafes and world class restaurants. Many summer festivals and cultural events are being held every summer in Kotor Airport:Tivat airport is the nearest to Kotor Wine Rooms, only 9km away from the property (10 mins drive). ... more less