Review: Ramada by Wyndham Podgorica, Montenegro

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.

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The Ramada by Wyndham Podgorica is located in a modern building in the city centre of Podgorica. ©Paliparan

Check-in

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.

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The reception area of the Ramada by Wyndham Podgorica. ©Paliparan
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As there was a small queue, I had to wait some 15 minutes until I could check-in. ©Paliparan

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.

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I was staying in room 2015 at the far end of the corridor. ©Paliparan
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My first impression: wow, this room has a lot of empty floor space! ©Paliparan
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Double room in the Ramada by Wyndham Podgorica. ©Paliparan

Furnishing

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.

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My room had a small couch, chair and table. ©Paliparan
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The room has tea and coffee facilities in the form of a water boiler. ©Paliparan
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A complimentary fruit plate and bottle of water was put on the tabletop in my room as welcome gift. ©Paliparan

Room amenities

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.

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There was plenty of storage space in my room. ©Paliparan
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The cupboard has an iron and ironing board inside. ©Paliparan
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My room also featured a large balcony. ©Paliparan
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The view was however nothing special. ©Paliparan

Bathroom

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.

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Bathroom at the Ramada by Wyndham Podgorica. ©Paliparan

Hotel facilities

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.

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The business centre is located on the second floor next to a public seating area in the atrium. ©Paliparan
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The business centre at the Ramada by Wyndham Podgorica. ©Paliparan

Breakfast

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.

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Breakfast is served at the top-floor restaurant. ©Paliparan
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Views over Podgorica from the top floor of the Ramada by Wyndham. The building in front is a large shopping mall adjacent to the hotel. ©Paliparan
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Views over Podgorica from the top floor of the Ramada by Wyndham. ©Paliparan

Buffet

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.

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Breakfast buffet at the Ramada by Wyndham Podgorica. ©Paliparan
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The buffet had a choice between fried and scrambled eggs. ©Paliparan
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Ramada by Wyndham Podgorica breakfast buffet. ©Paliparan
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Ramada by Wyndham Podgorica breakfast buffet. ©Paliparan
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Bowls of fresh fruits at the buffet. ©Paliparan
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The buffet had plenty of breads, pastries, croissants and doughnuts. ©Paliparan
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Ramada by Wyndham Podgorica breakfast buffet. ©Paliparan
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I was certainly satisfied with the breakfast. ©Paliparan

Hotel location

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.

In short

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)
12. Podgorica: Is the Capital of Montenegro Worth a Visit?
13. Review: Wizz Air Podgorica to Memmingen (Airbus A320)
14. Memmingen: More Than Just a Low-Cost Airport Close to Munich
15. The Bavaria Ticket: Unlimited Train Travel Across the German State of Bayern
16. Review: Michel Hotel Landshut, Bavaria, Germany
17. Landshut: Bavaria Off The Beaten Track
18. Review: Air France/KLM Lounge Munich Airport
19. Review: Air France Economy Class Munich to Paris CDG (Airbus A319)
20. Review: Air France Business Lounge Paris CDG Airport Terminal 2E – Hall L

** rest of the chapters to follow soon **

Koen

Koen works as a freelance journalist covering south-eastern Europe and is the founding father and editor-in-chief of Paliparan. As a contributor to some major Fleet Street newspapers and some lesser known publications in the Balkans, he travels thousands of miles each year for work as well as on his personal holidays. Whether it is horse riding in Kyrgyzstan’s Tian Shan mountains, exploring the backstreets of Bogotá, or sipping a glass of moschofilero in a Greek beachside taverna, Koen loves to immerse himself into the local culture, explore new places and eat and drink himself around the world.

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