“Venetian splendour meets wild Montenegrin beauty at this pretty waterfront palazzo with alfresco restaurant”
The 10 traditional rooms gaze out over the bay. Inside there are antique beds with embroidered throws, heavy wooden wardrobes and dressers, perhaps a painted landscape or gilded mirror. Bathrooms are a much more modern affair: sleek marble in soft beige or grey, fluffy white robes and towels, and pretty Etro toiletries. Deluxe, Junior and Family Suites have a shower over a bathtub, while all other rooms have a shower only.
We stayed in a Deluxe Suite and loved its tranquil bedroom and homely lounge: proper squishy sofas, glossy coffee-table books and a decent bureau for postcard writing. The Attic Suite is of a similar ilk, although here you’re in the eaves, with sloped ceilings. Also on the top floor are the Attic Standard Rooms, which have a little seating area. We'd opt for these over the Standard Rooms, which are considerably smaller - although they do offer more authentic décor and some will prefer their full-height ceilings.
The 2 Family Suites would work well for parents with 2 children, or a group of 4. Both have 2 bedrooms and a large bathroom, though no living area. Fortunata has 2 double bedrooms, so children would have to be happy bunking together, while Serpente is more flexible with a twin room (that could also be made up as a double) and a double bedroom overlooking the pool.
The Junior Suite is perfect for a honeymoon. A Baroque kingsize bed and exposed beams set a suitably dramatic tone, while rich creamy drapes lead to a glorious stone balcony. Original corbels are engraved with 3 Atlantes, who symbolically blow the rough winds away from the palazzo. The panoramas here are unrivalled so order room-service meals and hide away from the world.
Radomiri’s restaurant has a varied menu of Mediterranean-Balkan fusion dishes, with unusual offerings like olive ice cream appearing beside traditional apple strudels and cakes. Ingredients are fresh and sourced locally, including Montenegrin cheeses and proscuitto from Njegusi. We went for homemade falafels and a vibrant borscht (a chilled beetroot soup) to start, followed by veal medallions in fig and prune sauce, and catch of the day cooked in olive oil with Mediterranean vegetables. The tasty fare was matched by friendly, if slightly disorganised, service and staff happily answered any queries we had. Be aware that fresh fish dishes are sometimes priced by weight, so it’s best to be specific about the portion size you’re expecting.
Breakfast consists of a choice of 4 menus: healthy (fruits and oatmeal), a full English, a continental or Montenegrin (filo pastry pie and cold meats and cheese). There are also some a la carte choices. We visited in late autumn and a particularly blustery morning meant breakfast was held in the quiet indoor dining room; we suspect a morning spent sipping coffee on the terrace in the warmth of the sun would be much more enchanting. Room service is available, too.
If you fancy a change of scene, head into Kotor Old Town where there’s a lively restaurant and bar scene, particularly in the summer months. It’s an easy 5-minute drive from the hotel (staff can assist with taxis and restaurant bookings), but there are a couple of eateries along Dobrota’s waterfront if you’d prefer to stay within walking distance.
Families are welcome and outdoorsy children will love swimming and kayaking in the sea and cycling in the nearby national parks.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
There are 2 Family Suites (each with 2 bedrooms); Fortunata has space for a baby cot, too. Deluxe Suites and Attic Suite each have a sofabed to sleep a child. Most rooms have space for a baby cot, but the Junior Suite and Standard Rooms are for 2 people only
Dinnertime babysitting available on request (advance notice required)
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
A kids' menu is available in the restaurant (burgers, mini kebabs, breaded chicken fillet, ratatouille, pasta etc)
The hotel has a lot of steps indoors and outside, and the water off the jetty is deep and unfenced