PODGORICA'S LIVING ROOM
Visitors flooding The Capital Plaza, Podgorica’s new multifunctional business and residential complex, have been very impressed by the hustle and bustle of this recently developed part of town. The Abu Dhabi Financial Group is the owner of the property stretching over 100.000m2 and that after its opening quickly became a meeting point for the Podgorica locals. Fuelling its popularity are the numerous shops, wellness centres, and bars, including the local Hard Rock Cafe, and last year Podgorica also became one trendy hotel richer with the opening of CUE Hotel, set in the heart of the new complex. We are used to seeing hotels of this calibre being delivered in the bigger European capitals, so we are very happy to see CUE Hotel bringing its urban spirit to the city of Podgorica.
Access by car is well-taken care of with an underground car park having 800 spaces. More generally the traffic infrastructure in the city is well-developed and air accessibility is getting better by the year. It only takes about 10 minutes to get to the airport with a taxi.
COLD APPETIZER - Architecture and Aesthetics
The proximity of the sea is reflected in the relaxed and extroverted feeling of the city, and the architects have managed to capture some of that spirit through their design. The hotel exterior doesn’t shock you with any architectural feats, but inside it does have a lovely atrium that was very quickly discovered by meeting planners. Part of CUE Hotel’s character is shaped by its arcades and atriums, creating an inviting public space connected to the street. The biggest surprise is hidden well behind the facade, where you are greeted by a large industrial-style living room that takes you to a different world. The living room replaced the classical hotel lobby and reception and became the centre point of the hotel’s social life. Adding to the excellent atmosphere of the space is a coffee shop with a wide selection of cakes and pastries.
WARM APPETIZER - Staff and catering
The Hell’s kitchen worthy chef Stefan Đukanović is regarded as one of the best in Montenegro and you can enjoy his culinary creations in the Living Room of the hotel. The bistro offer is a novelty in the city and very quickly after CUE Hotel’s opening started impressing both hotel guests and locals. Breakfast, brunch, late lunch and dinner are all prepared to the highest level and with great attention to detail. The staff is professional, friendly and communicative, and the charm of the girls at the front desk is very welcoming. The staff’s red outfits have practically become a trademark of the hotel. This part of the overall hotel offer is definitely deserving of a 5-star rating.
MAIN DISH - Conference hotel service
Modern equipment and a minimalistic Scandinavian attitude best capture the hotel rooms. Their futuristic design in an urban environment makes them stand out from the typical hotel offer in Podgorica and play their part in an even more unique hotel experience. The rooms are very spacious and the Molton Brown cosmetics really pamper guests.
The first floor houses the modern conference centre, with its biggest hall being able to host 120 delegates. The Gallery connects two boardrooms and three conference spaces, which fits the bill even for more complex congress meetings. Events can also be organised in the dining room that also serves as a breakfast area, or in the presidential suite on the 6th floor.
DESSERT – The extras
CUE Hotel’s coffee shop, bar, bistro, living room or event space is probably the best multifunctional space in Montenegro.
FLOP – NEGATIVE SURPRISES
If you are looking for a more quiet and sedate hotel you might be bothered by the occasional noise, as Capital Plaza is in the heart of Montenegro’s urban scene.
TOP – POSITIVE SURPRISES
You can upgrade your room to club level, with additional hotel services packed into a reasonably priced package.
OVERALL IMPRESSION AND CREDIBILITY
Podgorica is going through a huge transformation and probably one of its most pleasant ones in the last couple of years. “Always with a smile” has been CUE’s philosophy since its very beginnings. The hotel that has brought a fresh urban spirit to the Montenegrin capital became a hit the day it first opened. A space perfect for smaller conferences and different corporate events is exactly what Podgorica needed to fill the market gap. The hotel doesn’t just impress with its layout, but also with its perfect combination of great hotel service and a ‘yes-we-can’ attitude that offers business guests everything they might think of.
FINAL GRADE: 4.75 SILVER CITY MEETING HOTEL
GOLD final score from 4.81 to 5.00
SILVER final score from 4.61 to 4.80
BRONZE final score from 4.41 to 4.60