The Astoria Boutique Hotel Kotor is a nine-room, four-star hotel situated in the heart of the Old Town of Kotor, a UNESCO heritage site. The 13th century historic building was once the Palata Buća (the Buća Family Palace), and originally of Gothic style. It has been renovated after the earthquakes in 1667 and 1979 but still retains the timeless charm of a palace both inside and out. Quirkily the design concept is built around the ancient Greek Alphabet and the rooms aren’t numbered but instead named after the letters. The hotel has won many awards including the World Travel Awards Best Boutique Hotel for the last 2 years.
How would you rate the experience up you stepped into the room?
The hotel is easily found by entering the Old Town through the main gates, taking a right at the main square and following the right wall until you find it on the right on the Trg od Brasna or ‘Square of Flour’.
We arrived very early after our 6:40am flight, but the friendly receptionist arranged for us to check in early.
Does it cover the basic needs?
Absolutely. The Astoria Boutique Hotel Kotor has comfy beds, a great shower, a safe, minibar, tv, bathrobes, slippers, local tourism guides and plenty more.
The hotel does have Wi-Fi, although it’s not super fast it will allow you to check and send emails, browse the Internet and use social media.
What makes it special?
The Astoria Boutique Hotel Kotor does something remarkable by successfully walking a fine line between traditional authenticity and modern décor and luxury. Cavernous stone corridors and thick rustic wooden doors constantly remind you that you’re staying in a UNESCO world heritage site steeped with history. However, the backlit marble sink and spacious waterfall shower give you more than enough modern amenities to make even the pickiest traveller happy with all the creature comforts they need for a lovely relaxing break.
Does the room make sense?
We stayed in the Alpha room and, with the exception of not having any power plugs near the bed; it was a smooth and frustration free stay.
Best extras included?
The Alpha room boasts a great balcony, which we’d strongly recommend using for breakfasts. Looking out onto one of the main squares in Kotor, it’s a fun place to be eating eggs benedict in bathrobes under the jaw dropping mountainous backdrop.
As for location, it couldn’t be more perfect to explore the Old Town and beyond. During the days when the cruise ships are in there’s a steady flow of tourists, but the beauty of staying in the city means you get to explore the winding cobbled streets at your own pace, when the town is quiet and it feels as if you’re the only people there.
Biggest issue after booking?
The Astoria Boutique Hotel Kotor itself presented great service and couldn’t be faulted. The only real issues we had were the lift not working once (but there are stairs) and the local nightclubs opening up on the weekend. However, the double glazed windows and the thick walls means the sound in the room is mostly blocked out (or you can go join the party!)
The Astoria Boutique Hotel Kotor definitely lived up to it’s billing as an award winning boutique hotel. The hotel has all the comforts and amenities you’d expect from a four-star hotel and is located right in the heart of the old town of Kotor. The authentic décor, great food and amazing location establishes it not just a great base to explore Kotor from, but as a destination in itself.
If you would like to find out more please visit their website here.
Thank you to The Astoria Boutique Hotel Kotor and the Tourism Organisation Of Kotor for being so welcoming and hosting us, however our opinions are always honest and our own.
Last modified: 14th June 2018