“WARNING! KEEP AWAY FROM THIS HOTEL - IT IS NOT SAFE TO STAY THERE! Probably the worst hotel I've ever stayed in!”
Podgorica was the final destination on a long holiday travelling in a total of 7 countries, so we thought we'd splash out on a bit of luxury. What better than the national hotel of the country right?
Start with the positive - the views were spectacular if you got one of the south facing rooms - right over the park. The location is fabulous too - very central - about as central as you can get.
That's were it all ends.
On arrival, the hotel insisted that as we were two men, we had to have a room with separate beds. Given Montenegro's reputation for homophobic violence, I allowed them to do this.
However, that was only the start of the problems. The rooms are large, but in a dire state of disrepair.
The first room we were given had balcony doors which had been nailed shut because they were hanging off - big gap in the door (which considering it was 5 degrees C at night was a definite problem, and also made the room vulnerable to break ins).
None of the electrics seemed to work properly in this room. I plugged by phone charger in and the socket started sparking.I unplugged it straight away - I'm just glad I didn't plug the charger into the phone. The heater and the TV did not work. I even got a shock, albeit a minor one, from the TV set in this room.
Although the bedding was clean, the curtains and carpets were mouldy.
The floor was all uneven and moved under your feet as none of the parquet tiles were fixed in place properly. In a couple of places this was so bad that the floorboards underneath were exposed. These were so rotten, they looked more like matted fibres were holding the room up.
The bathroom was also bad. The minor issue in the bathroom was that when you flushed the toilet, it didn't switch off - it just kept going and going and going. But there were more major issues. The sink was cracked and water leaked onto the floor when you ran the tap. The tiles on the floor had really large cracks, chips and breaks in them. The walls were also in a terrible state of disrepair.
I complained about the first room, as I honestly did not feel safe in there. After about 30 minutes of complaining, they finally agreed to move me, but only because I'd asked to see the manager. However, they explained that as most of the rooms were full because of a football tournament in the city that I'd have to be downgraded but that I would still be charged full price.
The second room was small - about the size of a single room in a travelodge, but at least the doors were secure and the electrics, heating and toilet worked.
So that's the rooms.
Now the phone calls - we received 3 calls from different woman asking us if we would like to purchase sexual favours.
The "luxury breakfast" was very basic, and I kept finding bits (such as hairs and sweet wrappers) in the food. I ended up with a very upset stomach. What was worse was the male staff member kept "rubbing himself" in plain view. In addition, because of the football teams being booked into the hotel, we were only allowed to use one of 16 seats for breakfast - this for a hotel that has guests in over 150 rooms! We, and other guests, had to stand and wait for seats to be available because heaven forbid any of us to sit in any of UEFA reserved seats.
All this for £80 per night. it's ridiculous!
I so wish I'd stayed in Budva where I had a 4 star hotel for just £33 per night - just the complete polar opposite.
NEVER EVER AGAIN!!!!!
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