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“Living in the Old Town” 4 of 5 stars
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Villa Ivana
3.0 of 5 Villa   |   Old Town 265, Kotor 85330, Montenegro   |  
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Ranked #28 of 87 Specialty Lodging in Kotor
Moscow, Russia
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34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Living in the Old Town”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

My family and I stayed in a 2-room apartment for 5 nights (honestly, seemed too much for the Boka!) The location in the old part of Kotor is nice to explore the town. Not far from the beach (about 10 min), close to the supermarket and the bus station. Easy to get, just ask the driver to stop at Vrata od Gurdic (The South Gate) and you're there in a couple of minutes The facilities are good: the a/c works well, beds and pillows are comfortable, there is a kitchen equipped with a cooker, a microwave and a fridge; glasses, cups, etc are provided. Rooms are clean, towels are changed daily. The price is very reasonable for what you get. The owner (a nice lady) and her daughter who actually welcomed us when we arrived both speak good English.
What I disliked about my stay is that the kitchen (rather dark if your apartment is the lower one) is located on the stairs - no privacy! The front door is often opened (there is a little room for the staff below), so you don't feel quite comfortable sitting and eating there. The terrace with a sea view is in another building and actually is occupied by the owner so we didn't feel free to use it. Finally, if you're a big person you can experience some difficulties opening the door of the shower as there's limited space. It can be noisy at night as there's a cafe nearby but noise and bad loud music played late in the evening is the problem of the whole town (what a shame for such a romantic place!)
All in all, I’d recommend this place for a short stay. The town of Kotor is a gem, it’s the best in the bay, but if you live there, other towns and villages don’t seem so interesting in comparison with it and for a beach holiday I’d prefer Sveti Stefan, not the Boka. Be sure to have a look at the bay from the old Kotor road – splendid views!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Ankara, Turkey
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45 reviews 45 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

Couldn't be better located, right in the old town, close to free parking place and supermarket. Far from the noisy parts of the starigrad. Rooms were nicely decorated, with air conditioning, and fridge. The only problem was the bathroom, it was supposed to be private but it turned out that it wasn't. Actually the building was a little weird, you cannot understand from where people go into their rooms and how the rooms are connected to each other. The owner do not speak English which makes it funny trying to communicate. Still it is a recommendable place with its great location and terrace with sea view and a pass into the walls of the starigrad :)

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Derby, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

Fabulous location just inside Old Town walls (look for Vrata Gurdica - South Gate, only 3 mins walk from bus station) but quiet and cool. Room was clean and big enough for a week's stay, with fridge, microwave, sink and small range of crockery/cutlery for breakfasts etc. Couldn't work out how to work hob but didn't need it as plentiful restaurants nearby. Bathroom very warm (vent outside) but handy for drying wet clothes! Aircon in main room was fine.

Very welcoming owner who speaks good English. We e-mailed ahead to ensure someone was there when we arrived. There are now prominent signs to most accommodation in Kotor so previous comments don't really hold.

Not the smartest place in Kotor, but very good value and perfectly fine for the experienced traveller!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stockholm, Sweden
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74 reviews 74 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2012

We stayed for 3 nights, and we are so happy we picked this place!
It was walking distance to everything. The lady who is the owner, was very helpful and friendly. She recommended Gallion restaurant to be great, and that turned out to be true. You also get 10% discount if you tell the staff in the restaurant that you are staying at Villa Ivana.

We had booked a room for only 2 nights, but we liked Kotor so much, we chose to stay one more night, and that was fine by the owner.
They have a very nice veranda, where you can sit and enjoy the sunset.
The rooms are simple, but clean and have even more than you need. The fridge came in handy for cooling water and storing strawberries :)

Great value for the price.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

Stayed here for 2 nights. Awesome location and beautiful building. Very close to kotor bus station, only a 5 minute walk. We had no trouble finding it, its right near the south gate entrance. Taking another entrance might make it more difficult to find, as there are no street names. Our room was very clean and comfortable, and we enjoyed the shared terrace. The only downside was there was no shower curtain, so we had to use it as a hand held shower to avoid flooding the room.
The highlight of our stay was definitely the owners, they were so hospitible and friendly. We had a good chat, and they were kind enough to let us check out late as one of us was quite sick. We had a great time here and were very comfortable, i cannot recommend villa ivana highly enough. I will for sure stay here again if i return to kotor, thank you very much for making our stay so enjoyable!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Old Town 265, Kotor 85330, Montenegro
Location: Montenegro > Kotor Municipality > Kotor
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Ranked #28 of 87 Specialty Lodging in Kotor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Ivana 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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