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“No private door to apartment”
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Villa Ivana
Ranked #12 of 102 Specialty Lodging in Kotor
Basel, Switzerland
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“No private door to apartment”
Reviewed August 3, 2013

If we had been adults traveling alone, this would have been fine. It was clean enough, air conditioned, a fantastic location (although a bit loud) and a nice, small kitchen. However, we booked a two bedroom apartment, which is great for us since we have two kids 5, and 9. However, you go in the front door and up the stairs and then there is no locked door to the apartment. Each bedroom and the bathroom lock separately. There's just one other apartment above, but the front door doesn't automatically lock.

Which means, you can't just put your kids to bed in one room while you sleep in the other because you either have to lock them in or leave the doors open all night (which, if your upstairs neighbors forget to lock the outside door means anyone could wander in off the streets).

The price was great and if we hadn't had little kids it wouldn't have been a big deal.

One other petty thing--they demanded a passport on check in and kept it to ensure we paid. Why on earth we couldn't just pay when we check in was beyond me. I hate not having control over my own passport.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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119 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed June 24, 2013

Kotor is quite a small town so you won't find many places that get bad ratings for location; with that said, Villa Ivana is located in the old town and just seconds from a small entrance that leads to the bay and towards the bus station etc. You will struggle to choose a better location.

The apartment itself was well equipped and very clean. The only negative was that the air conditioning wasn't working at the time of our visit and the room certainly heated up. The staff are friendly and are happy to help with any enquiries.

Overall I can't really fault Villa Ivana too much and its a well priced apartment option in Kotor old town.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

We have reached the hotel after long drive around 5 a.m. After the 10th minute in the room we saw a mouse squeeze through from the door. Villa Ivana is in the stari grad and there is surely mouse problem around the area bu once we wanted to scare the mouse and started moving furniture around. There is mouse poo and dust under the bed. The small kitchen is just outside room soo i guess you should be careful leaving food out.

We couldn't find the guy who opened the room and went out so went to another hotel, which is a little bit cheaper and much better. Anyway we went back after a couple hours to explain the situation and they still charged us for the night, in not a very nice way i must say. Because we made the reservation online, they thretaned with that they have the credit card information etc. So we paid 60 euros for the night that we didn't stay.

So i suggest you to look around a little bit before you pick, there are many hotels, rooms and apartments around which are not as well adopted to online. Plus there is a renovation construction right next to it and very close to the bars. I imagine it is not very quiet either.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

As previous reviews allude to, this is the perfect location within the walls of the old town.
Quiet, close to the bus stop and the local fresh produce market (the fruits are incredibly sweet), with access to a private courtyard that sits atop the old town walls and offers nice harbour views. Good for people watching.

The room we had was comfortable but simple. The bathroom average but functional.
Overall, we thought it was great value for money, paying EUR$35/ night.

Ivana and her mother are great hosts. Very laid back and helpful when required. We really felt at home.
Guests also get a discount @ Gallion restaurant. It's on the water outside the old town. Just a short walk. On the high end as far as Kotor dining goes, but beautiful food. Well worth a visit.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne
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Reviewed August 24, 2012 via mobile

Staying at villa ivana is absolutely perfect! Rooms are clean and modern (renovated). Bathrooms are great even if you are sharing. There are private bathrooms and sharing with 1-2 other rooms. The location is phenomenal as its away from the loud music of the old town but is in the old town! This has got to be a completely rare find. For breakfast you can sit on the terrace which is on the south wall of the old town and has views of the mountains and the marina with its multimillion dollar boats. If you don't think that this is amazing then you should not travel at all. Best of all the family that run it are lovely and leave you be but are available if required. We spent 40€ a night and that is a steal! The villa is located just as you enter the south gate so really close to the bus station also (less than 5 min walk)

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Moscow, Russia
Level 6 Contributor
68 reviews
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Reviewed August 12, 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
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Property: Villa Ivana
Address: Old Town 265, Kotor Municipality 85330, Montenegro
Location: Montenegro > Kotor Municipality > Kotor
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Ranked #12 of 102 Specialty Lodging in Kotor
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Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Ivana 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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