Hotel Avala in Budva, Montenegro was probably good concept but poorly executed. Set on rocky, steep hill above own beach this huge resort needs to do more to impress its guests. Villas, suites and rooms are scattered on this hill and if you are not in good physical conditions, if you can’t climb at least 50 steep steps, look for alternative accommodation. There are several escalators but at least one of them does not work. Besides, even using escalators cannot get you to every room or villa. You still need to negotiate several sets of stairs. Then there is this set of about 200 stone steps leading from the top of resort down to the main swimming pool. This would be a nice walk if the gate and access to the swimming pool is locked and it looks that it has been locked for quite some time. You have to climb back steep stone steps to get out. How un-thoughtful of management not to put a sign that these steps lead to nowhere - dead end. I might add that signage in this resort is also very poor. It took me about 15 minutes tumbling around before I found the swimming pool and then another 10 minutes to find the way to the beach.
Another bad taste in the mouth was left when we needed beach towels. No, they don’t have them at the pool where you would expect to have them. You have to go down 100 steps to the spa and claim your towels (one per person, period) and then another 100 steps up to the pool. Then you have to return them to the spa or you will be charged 30 Euros.
Interior of the hotel also missed its design target. I suppose the interior designer wanted to create zen-like atmosphere but something is missing and you have nothing but dark lobby, corridors and common areas giving depressing feeling. I feel when I am on vacation, I want cheerful environment, lots of light, sunshine, cheerful feeling.
Hotel rates include breakfast and a huge dining room looks more like students eatery than hotel restaurant. Obviously that hotel is targeting mass market and all services reflect that. There is no personal touch and small details are routinely overlooked but not corrected. To be fair to the hotel, there is a smaller restaurant and a nice, smaller pool half way up the hill which is much more pleasant, less crowded and more reflective of what developer had in mind constructing this massive resort.
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- Avala Resort And Villas
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