Montenegro Hostel Kotor does one thing very, very well: value for money.
The dorms are small, but only house 4-6 people in each. With plenty of power plugs and individual lights, it’s simple but perfect. The top floor has been recently re-developed and boasts an “old town” look and feel, including a nice common room decked out like an old-school saloon bar and a dual-access kitchen (two hobs, two workspaces, two sinks).
The first floor is due for development in early 2014, and currently houses a reception with free-access computers and a neat little balcony, a smaller kitchen, a bathroom and one dorm.
We stayed in a private apartment just meters away from the main building (and available for rent through the hostel). We had our own bathroom, lounge and kitchen plus access to the common facilities of the hostel, and we found ourselves popping in often to see the friendly and knowledgable staff and to indulge in the excellent dinner on offer for €5.
Montenegro Hostels is also a licensed tour operator, and they have created some great-looking tours that are amazingly budget friendly, such as the €35 “Big Montenegro” tour, which covers 30% of the country in 12 hours. The hostel also arranges transfers to and from Albania, a useful service since getting to Tirana by public transport from Kotor involves changing buses three times: in Bar, Ulcinj, and Shkodra. Owner Gordana told us that she’s thinking of putting together a week-long tour comprising all of the services Montenegro Hostel already offers: tranfer from Albania, a few nights’ stay in each of the hostels in the group (Kotor, Budva, Podgorica), and a trip around the rest of the country. And from the prices Gordana was throwing around, it sounds like this too will be excellent value for money.