South East Europe: Top Boutique Meeting Hotels
The region is experiencing a real boom of small, boutique hotels. Among them are some that are more than suitable for smaller events. In the editorial board and with the help from our readers we have selected some of the best ones based on the following criteria:
- Minimum 5 boutique guest rooms for a total of minimum 10 participants
- Small meeting room or adequate space for minimum 10 participants
- Specificity that makes the hotel a boutique one (authenticity, design, cuisine)
- Private ownership / a family business
- Excellent cuisine, selected drinks and individuality
- Special, intimate atmosphere
All of the selected hotels are of top quality and have an interesting story and character. In addition, they reflect the spirit of the environment in which they are set and offer a different convention experience. Here they are:
SAN ROCCO, Brtonigla / Croatia
14 rooms / 1 meeting room for max. 25 participants
San Rocco was created from an old, restored Istrian family business, while at the same time maintaining the atmosphere of the medieval town. For four years running (2007-2010) the hotel was acknowledged and honoured as Croatia’s best boutique hotel.
Thrills: top quality gourmet offer of Istria.
ART LODGE, Verditz / Austria
12 rooms / 1 conference room for max. 60 people
A 300-year old farm has been renovated into an organic pearl with its own exhibition gallery and collection of art works, not to mention the ecological swimming pond included in the remarkable wellness product.
Thrills: art accessories.
HOTEL BEVANDA, Opatija / Croatia
10 rooms / 1 meeting room for max. 25 participants
It started out as a superb restaurant, to which a hotel offer was added in the last year. The prime location and superior design overlooking the Kvarner Bay can also be a venue for very special events.
Thrills: one of the most famous Croatian oeno-gastronomic brands.
HOTEL PLESNIK, Logar Valley / Slovenia
30 rooms / 4 conference rooms for max. 120 people
The hotel is set in the idyllic natural surroundings in one of Slovenia’s most beautiful alpine valleys and combines nature conservation with the life of the locals in a unique way. Solčavsko received the 2009 EDEN award.
Thrills: the Logar Valley natural landscape park.
BASTION, Zadar / Croatia
28 rooms / 1 conference room for max. 20 participants
A boutique hotel that has evolved from the ruins of the 13th century medieval castle in the heart of Zadar, it is just a few steps away from a number of new attractions.
Thrills: location and technological equipment.
CASA DEL MAR, Herceg Novi / Montenegro
8 rooms / 1 conference room for max. 15 people
This boutique hotel is located in Kamenari, in the heart of the Bay of Kotor. A great added value is the private beach, suitable for events and an npotable for the unsurpassed hospitality of the Milić family.
Thrills: views of the bay of Boka Kotorska.
HOTEL MEČAVNIK, Drvengrad / Serbia
76 rooms / 3 conference halls for max 150 people
The cult ethno-village of Emir Kusturica also has a smaller hotel and conference centre.
Thrills: authenticity and ethnological features.
HOTEL KOTONI, Tirana / Albania
23 rooms / 2 conference halls for max. 60 people
Family boutique hotel in a historical building dating back to 1938 that was once the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in 2011 was renovated into a boutique hotel.
Thrills: stylish interior design.
KENDA MANOR; Idrija / Slovenia
11 rooms / 3 conference halls for max. 80 people
The mighty, renovated building of the former Kenda homestead revived the spirit of ancient times. The serenity of the house, with touches of the past and small attentions at every step, defines this exceptional hotel.
Thrills: cosiness and warmth.
PALAZZO RADOMIRI, Kotor / Montenegro
10 rooms / 3 meeting rooms for max. 50 people
A historic, characterful hotel in which a family of seafarers once lived, the palace was built in 1700 at a time when the area was under the rule of the Venetians, which is reflected in the interior design and architecture. The hotel has a terrace for events with one of the most beautiful views of the Adriatic.
Thrills: Tradition and exceptional architecture.