In this hotel review we will stay at the Ramada by Wyndham in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro.
Getting to the hotel
After a short stopover in the old royal capital of Cetinje I continued my journey towards Podgorica, the modern-day capital of Montenegro.
There are some excellent views from the mountain road over the plains on the right hand side, although unfortunately I was seated on the wrong side of the bus to truly take in the vista and snap some pictures.
From Podgorica’s bus station it was a short 10 minute walk to the entrance of the Ramada by Wyndham.
Unfortunately, there was a short queue at the reception desk and it took around 15 minutes until it was my turn.
Within minutes the friendly receptionist confirmed my booking, explained some of the basics of the hotel such as breakfast hours and handed over the keycard of my room.
I had booked a double room for the great rate of 55 euro per night, which included breakfast. Given that Podgorica is mainly a business destination and has higher room rates than the touristic Montenegrin coast, it was certainly quite a good deal.
When I set foot in my room I was certainly not disappointed. This was one hell of a spacious room! The amount of empty floor space was so big that you could almost play a game of football inside the room.
It did however have one downside as the large amount of empty space made the room feel somewhat impersonal and sterile. The grey walls and overall design did not help either and I felt the walls and room could do with some more decorative elements.
When it comes to the room necessities, the Ramada by Wyndham Podgorica did however deliver. The double bed was large and comfortable and my room even had a seating area consisting out of a small sofa, chair and table.
Opposite the bed was a large tabletop doubling as a desk, with a small flat screen TV fixed to the wall above. I did appreciate the small welcome gift left behind on the tabletop – a fruit plate and bottle of water with a welcome note from the manager.
There was also a small corner tabletop with a kettle and coffee and tea placed on it.
In general the room was very well stocked with everything you might look for in any four star business hotel. There was a fridge, small safe, plenty of storage space in the cupboard in which also an iron and ironing board were tucked away.
The air-conditioning and heating worked fine, as did the WiFi internet connection which was strong and reliable. There were plenty of power sockets throughout the room, including at the bedside tables which is always an important feature to me.
More importantly perhaps, the room was perfectly clean as well.
Although some rooms at the Ramada by Wyndham Podgorica face the atrium, my room even had a nice balcony towards a side-street, although the views weren’t that special.
My double room featured an equally spacious bathroom, consisting of a separate bathtub and shower cabin. Just like the rest of the room, it was spotlessly clean and well-appointed.
The Ramada by Wyndham Podgorica has the typical facilities which you might expect from a four-star hotel, including a hotel bar, restaurant, fitness club and business centre.
As I was flying on Wizz Air to Germany the next day and the airline does not allow the use of mobile boarding passes from Podgorica Airport, I had to print my boarding pass so headed toward the business centre to print it.
Unfortunately, the printer was not working as it was out of ink so I had to go to the reception desk where the staff were glad to print my document after sending it to them by email.
Each morning, breakfast is served at the top floor restaurant which has plenty of seats and is nicely furnished. When I arrived for breakfast around 8am, I was even the only guest in the room!
There are some great views from here over the city of Podgorica, making it a nice place to sit down for a while in the morning.
The breakfast buffet wasn’t the most extensive I have ever seen, but was certainly not bad at all. You can certainly grab yourself a nice continental breakfast as there were good quality bread, pastries, croissants and cold cuts.
For something healthier, there were bowls of fruit, yoghurts and cereals, while those wanting a more heavy breakfast could go for eggs and sausages.
The quality of the coffee was not bad either, while there were also canisters of juice and water. Overall the breakfast at the Ramada by Wyndham is a solid affair, with my only complaint being that the juice glasses were extremely small, which means you have to walk back and forth to the buffet a few times to stay hydrated.
The location of the Ramada by Wyndham Podgorica was certainly not bad either. The hotel is directly connected to the Mall of Montenegro, a large shopping centre which also features a large supermarket which comes in handy.
Both the bus and train station are less than 10 minutes walking away and Podgorica’s central square can be reached in less than 20 minutes on foot when walking at a leisurely pace.
There are a couple of appealing cafes and restaurants in the nearby streets and the small old town, which is 10 to 15 minutes away on foot.
Overall I had a nice stay at the Ramada by Wyndham, even though the hotel did not blow me away. With its central location in Podgorica, it makes for an excellent base to explore the city.
My room was extremely spacious, clean and well-appointed, having all the amenities which you might expect from a chain hotel more tailored towards business travellers than tourists.
The breakfast buffet was quite good as well and I found the staff of the Ramada by Wyndham Podgorica to be helpful and friendly.
If you find yourself in Podgorica for business, the Ramada by Wyndham certainly makes for a convenient option and overall good choice as it ticks all the boxes. However, therein also lies its only disadvantage as the hotel lacks charm and the room felt rather sterile.
Trip report index
This article is part of the ‘An Adriatic Adventure: Off-Season Travel to Dubrovnik, Montenegro and a Bit of Bavaria‘ trip report, which consists of the following chapters:
1. Review: MasterCard Business Lounge Bucharest Otopeni Airport
2. Review: Aegean Airlines Economy Class Bucharest to Athens (Airbus A320)
3. Review: Aegean Business Lounge Athens Airport Hall A (Non-Schengen)
4. Review: Olympic Air Economy Class Athens to Dubrovnik (Bombardier Dash 8-400)
5. Review: Apartments Festa, Old Town of Dubrovnik
6. A Dubrovnik Winter Trip: Off-Season Travel Away from the Tourist Crowds
7. Review: Dubrovnik (Croatia) to Kotor (Montenegro) by Bus
8. Review: Palazzo Drusko Deluxe Rooms, Kotor, Montenegro
9. Kotor, Montenegro: Old Town Charm in Europe’s Most Spectacular Scenery
10. Cetinje – The Old Royal Capital of Montenegro
11. Review: Ramada by Wyndham Podgorica, Montenegro (current chapter)
** rest of the chapters to follow soon **