The apartment we booked for our week in Kotor, Montenegro was located in ‘Muo’, the opposite side of the bay from Kotor Old Town.
We found the Kotor Muo apartments on Homeaway.co.uk, the main appeals for us being the reasonable price and the location, with clear and brilliant views across the Bay of Kotor right from the balcony.
We were met on arrival in Kotor by the property manager, who was friendly, spoke perfect English and had advice for us not just about the apartment itself but also things like nearby places to visit, restaurants, shops and so on.
The apartment is fairly basic, but clean and modern with everything we needed, including dishwasher, a washing machine and plenty of kitchen equipment and utensils.
We had two bedrooms, one with a double bed and an en-suite shower, the other with two single beds – plus a sofa bed in the main open plan lounge / kitchen area and another toilet / shower room.
There was air conditioning in the lounge, although we found it wasn’t particularly powerful against the intense summer heat – and there was no air-con in the bedrooms, where we felt it might have been more beneficial during the swelteringly hot nights.
There is also a TV with DVD player (neither of which we used) and wifi, which was very poor and temperamental and only seemed to work for a few minutes at a time at odd times during the day; not a major problem really – part of the point of coming on holiday to a place like this is to get away from wifi and emails, but as Montenegro is outside the UK mobile networks’ Euro zone, calls and texts to and from home cost a fortune so usable wifi would’ve been a benefit.
Overall we found it to be a very clean, tidy and modern apartment inside – perfectly good value for money and pretty much just what we hoped for.
The inside of the apartment and its equipment and furnishings are all pretty standard stuff – it’s the location and the view that you really come here for and Kotor Muo apartments certainly don’t disappoint on either of those points!
Muo is about 5-minutes drive from the centre of Kotor – far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the main town but very easily reached, particularly if you have a hire car – but there are regular buses too and the town centre is walkable in about half an hour or so.
We would definitely, very strongly recommend having a car to make the most of staying here, not just for getting to and from town and the local shops, but for exploring the wider area. There is private, allocated parking right outside these – and most other- apartments in the Kotor Muo area.
There are plenty of local restaurants within a few minutes of this apartment, plus a local shop at the end of the road and a large supermarket (called ‘Ideal’) just a few minutes’ further away. Everything we needed in terms of places to eat, drink and shop were all extremely conveniently located.
Above everything else though, what will be most memorable to anyone staying at Kotor Muo apartments is the view. Step out on to the balcony and you’re faced with a view that’s seriously hard to beat. Clear, uninterrupted views across the entire Bay of Kotor, with its calm, crystal clear water reflecting the dramatic mountain scenery all around.
Every morning we were woken by the sun rising over the top of the mountain and spilling in to the bedroom. You get up, open the balcony doors to see the most spectacular view you can imagine – often with giant cruise ships floating silently around the bay – it’s virtually impossible to stop looking at and the view just never got boring.
At night, Kotor Old Town opposite is illuminated, with the old ‘fortress’ walls around the town up in to the mountains lit up to form the shape of a lion (we didn’t notice the lion shape until the property manager pointed it out – and once you see it, it’s obvious).
Outside there’s a pool, shared with the other apartments, with sun beds around. It’s not huge but a perfectly good enough size for the children to happily play in and for the adults to cool off in.
We stayed in the first two weeks of the school summer holidays and there weren’t too many other guests. I think most of the other apartments in the block were empty and there was plenty of space around the pool for everyone. Much of the time we were the only ones down there. Again, the highlight of the pool is the surrounding views.
Overall we were well happy with our choice of this apartment. It seems almost all, if not literally every single holiday property around Kotor is in an apartment of some sort and all the Kotor Muo apartments looked to us to be the most modern and best in this area.
Everything was as advertised and exactly what we’d expect for the reasonable price we paid. Minor complaints about the temperamental wifi and relatively poor air-con unit certainly don’t outweigh the positives – and we highly recommend it for a family holiday in Kotor.
- The Homeaway listing page we used for booking: https://www.homeaway.co.uk/p8075086