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Hello,
I will be traveling to Montenegro in December. Does anyone have recommendations for hotels in Podgorica? What resort towns would you absolutely recommend visiting? And what is the best way to travel around the country? Finally, does anyone know of a good travel company that can make arrangements for me? - I appreciate your help and guidance!

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    Hi Ellie,

    I just returned from a 2 week trip and made it around the country a bit. Please look in the coming days for my upcoming trip report (that I hope to submit).
    In Podgorica we stayed at the Hotel Eminent (eminent@cg.yu) Euro 120/night for 2 persons, including breakfast - they only accept cash as payment. They were very kind and efficient and even organized a taxi pick-up from the airport (Euro 10) and a second time from the bus station (Euro 5). The only problem is that the hotel is located on the busy night-club/bar strip (the main street in the city) and the music was blaring until 2am, however, you shouldn't have the outdoor café problem in December. One other problem is that they haven't an elevator so we had to schelp our 2 heavy bags up 2 flights of stairs. I believe they have some rooms in the back on the ground floor which should solve both these inconveniences. You could ask when you reserve. We travelled by rent-a-car (and highly recommend the customer service at Meridian rent-a-car), bus (grubby but cheap), private driver and taxi. Unless you have no fear of driving in December on potentially icy narrow, cliff-hugging roads in the mountains and depending on where you want to go, you might want to price the various travel mode options. For example, we were quoted Euro 100 for a one-hour taxi ride up the coast which cost us Euro 5 each for a 1 1/2 hour bus ride (well, which was grubby but do-able). We took the rental car from Podgorica to Sveti Stefan (we stayed at the Sveti Stefan hotel)but ditched the car upon arrival because we were able to take local buses up to nearby Budva for they day and being August we just didn't want to deal with parking. On our way to the coast we stopped at the town of Virpazar on Lake Skadar and would recommend you see it for the sheer beauty of the nature and if you plan to spend the night stay at the Hotel Pelikan (and eat the grilled eel at their restaurant) because we stayed in the other town hotel "13 Jul" which was quite foul. Depending on how much time you have you might want to go further up the coast to Kotor (on the fjord and also a world heritage Unesco site)and Perast. I wouldn't call either of these "resort towns" but they are beautiful and worth seeing, Budva is more resort-like (near Sveti Stefan) and they may have opened by then the brand new Hotel Splendid in Becici (right outside of Budva). It was supposed to open in July, but just last week it was still under construction. And if you care to venture even further up the coast you could visit Herceg Novi and/or Igalo. We didn't see Herceg Novi but did stay in Igalo at the Milosevic "Spa" and for a 45 minute massage at Euro 25 I would consider it (half pension Euro 47 per person). If you have the time and desire you probably could do all your trip-planning with the help of these sites www.montenegro.com and www.visit-montenegro.com.
    The country really is quite small and easily navigable.
    If you have any other questions, just holler.

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    Amelia_101 -

    We've decided to shorten our trip in Dubrovnik in order to spend a day or two in the Kotor region of Montenegro. The scenery looks stunning! I found your post here to be very informative, so now of course i'm wondering about your trip report. Will you be "publishing" it soon?

    Thanks!
    rcoleburn@gmail.com

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    i booked a trip (hotel and airfare package) to croatia through holiday options:

    http://www.holidayoptions.co.uk

    NB. this was NOT a tour but simply hotel, air, and airport transfer bundled (much better deal than doing it separately).

    they also work in montenegro. overall, i am a bit skeptical when it comes to these kinds of companies but i was very impressed with holiday options - very organised and straightforward. i would highly recommend them and will use them on a (hopefully) future trip to montenegro.

    we stayed in one place but i'm not sure if they are useful if you want to travel all around the country in a loose fashion. they are a UK based company so i'm not sure if they are useful for non-UK people. check them out.

    i am a long time poster here and in no way associated with this company or any travel related company.

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