Hilton Podgorica Crna Gora Review
Podgorica is the capitol of Montenegro and accessible by the Montenegro Express train from Belgrade. Montenegro is a “new” country; formed in 2006 when Serbia and Montenegro split apart. The Hilton, which opened in 2016, is a complete update of the 1953 Crna Gora Hotel, though you would have no idea that the the bones of the property are 70 years old. I booked one night at the modern hotel for 33,000 Hilton Honors points.
I arrived by train station which is a 15 minute walk from the Hilton.
It is located in the center of town with Independence Square just two blocks over.
The Podgorica Airport is 11 km from the hotel.
I arrived around 8:15pm and there was no line for check in. As a Hilton Honors Diamond elite I was upgraded to a Junior Suite on Floor 2. I also had access to the Executive Lounge and breakfast included.
The hotel was quite busy on a Monday in July. I believe there was a sports team staying at the property which likely took up a large block of rooms.
Junior King Suite
I was assigned to Room 218. The room is very modern and reminded me of a Vegas property with dark luxury finishes.
As you enter, there is a large built in wardrobe on the left and a table and bathroom on the right.
The room is divided into two small areas; the living room to the left and bedroom to the right. It is a Junior Suite so the bedroom is open to the living room area. TVs are on both sides of the dividing wall.
I appreciated that the curtains were built to overlap when closed so no light entered the room.
The bathroom had a single vanity with a large soaking tub on one side and a walk in shower on the other. The shower had both a ceiling mounted rain shower as well as a handheld. The tub had jacuzzi jets but they didn’t work. All of the bath products were standard Crabtree & Evelyn.
Breakfast was available either in the Lounge or in the restaurant off the lobby. I ate in the restaurant and it was an uninspired buffet. The food was fine, but nothing special and no made to order options. The juice was watery and clearly not fresh.
As I arrived late and got an early start, I didn’t get to visit the Executive Lounge. The pool, I was told, was also closed so I missed a visit to the pool and gym.
Overall as a Hilton Honors Diamond it was nice to get an upgraded room and the property felt new; however beyond that there wasn’t much that impressed me about the stay. With that said, there are very few chain properties in Podgorica, so if you are looking to stay in a property where you can earn or spend points, this is a solid option.