Old Town Hostel, Kotor : The Place To Be!
If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you would know that I recently spent a glorious 3 weeks in the Balkans. We (J and I) travelled to Serbia and Montenegro, staying only in hostels, and pretty much backpacking. While we stayed in multiple hostels across the two countries, the one that absolutely deserves a special mention is the Old Town Hostel, Kotor. Why was this one special? Well, keep reading!
The Old Town Hostel in Kotor is situated inside… well, the Old Town in Kotor. The Old Town, or Stari Grad, is a section of the city completely nestled within the walls of what used to be Castle Kotor. That’s right, a whole tiny town, inside a fortress. And that’s just the beginning of the coolness!
While most hostels you’ll find have somewhere between 10 and 30 beds, the Old Town Hostel in Kotor has a whopping 150 beds, spread across multiple buildings within Stari Grad. This means more capacity, better prices (economy of scale, and all that), and most importantly, the opportunity to meet those many new people when you stay there!
The hostel’s rooms vary from Private (2-seater, King bed) to dorms with up to 8 beds. While J & I had originally booked ourselves into a dorm, we asked to be switched to a private room when we checked in. This was mainly because, while we enjoyed our stay in previous hostels in a dormitory setting, we realised that having roommates come in late at night post their partying was interrupting our sleep. And well, they have every right to party, so it made more sense for us to opt for a private room instead.
Now, for the room.
Yes, this is a hostel room. No, I did not misspell “hotel”. Yes. Hostel.
And it gets better. Check out the bathroom!
I know, right?! And to clarify, this is the shared bathroom, for all beds on that floor. And yes, it stayed that clean throughout our stay. What I particularly liked here, was how guests were expected to pull their weight when it came to keeping the bathrooms neat. Every bathroom has a mop and floor squeegee, and multiple posters/cartoons instruct guests to mop up after themselves, which they actually do. This way, you’re never greeted by a wet or icky floor. While they do have a professional cleaning crew who clean the entire hostel every morning, this helps keep it clean through the day.
Psstt… The bathroom also has a lovely view of the mountains. Because yes, bathrooms should have a view, too. Time to up your game, every-Indian-real-estate-company-ever!
To continue with the coolness of Old Town Hostel, let’s take a peek at the corridors and stairways. Lined with funky artwork and decor, it communicates youthful energy right off the bat. Oh, and before I forget, all the corridors and stairways are fitted with motion-sensor lights, so you’re never fumbling for switches when you drag yourself to your room after one of their legendary pub crawls (aptly dubbed “The Numb Crawl”).
Every section of the hostel also has a vending machine. And not just any vending machine, but a vending machine that dispenses the cheapest booze in Kotor. Guaranteed!
My favourites? The Somersby Apple Cider (I drank this almost everywhere I went), and the premixed JD & Coke.
They also have a little section with sheeshas, which overlooks the pool.
That’s right, they have a pool. And not some little inflatable thing; a real, legit, honest-to-goodness pool.
Last, but far from the least, let’s head on over to the Common Room. Designed to encourage mingling, interaction, and conversation, the room is full of quirky decor (hello, conversation starters!), comfy seating, and NO WI-FI! That’s right, it’s the only part of Old Town Hostel that doesn’t have free high-speed Wi-Fi, because this isn’t the place for texting or scrolling, it’s all about making friends.
When you check-in to the hostel, they put one of these on you. The Kotor Pass is essentially access to some great deals that Old Town Hostel has struck with cafes, restaurants, pubs, and souvenir stores within Stari Grad — everything from entries to museums, 20% discounts at the coolest watering holes, and discounts on fun day trips like the White Water Rafting we tried. More on that later!
The Old Town Hostel also organises several tours of Montenegro, as well as daily activities for hostel guests. For instance, the Numb Crawl I mentioned earlier. The night we arrived, they also organised a gorgeous dinner cruise on the Bay, on their boat. Yes, they have their own boat. Did I not say they were ridiculously cool?
For about 7 Euros a head, they take you out for a delightful cruise of the Bay of Kotor, offering gorgeous views as you enjoy the dinner provided. The cruise is BYOB, so pretty much everyone carried their choice of drinks from the hostel’s vending machines. I gotta say, there are few feelings better than enjoying a great dinner, great music, and fantastic company, on a boat, with 360-degree views of Kotor by night. Sigh.
So, would I recommend the Old Town Hostel in Kotor? OHMIGOD, YES! If you’re visiting Montenegro, this is THE place you should stay, without question. Seriously, book a room, now. And when you get there, ask for Danilo, tell him Chitra sent you, and give him a big hug for me!
Want to see more pictures from my vacation in the Balkans? There’s plenty up on my Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook page. And I still have about a thousand more I haven’t posted yet, so you’re going to want to stay tuned for those!