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Reviewed 30 April 2018

Upon entering the small road to Virpazar we were immediately stopped by who appeared to be a nice blonde lady, she quickly ushered us into hotel pelikan and told us that there was nothing to see any further in the town and nobody goes there. We were showed to a table with some doughnuts to entice us, she began asking when we wanted to go on our boat trip, which was apparently only available from them (which it is not, there are far nicer and cheaper tours if you walk down past the hotel to a wooden hut). She then became irritated every time me and my partner said we wanted to go on a smaller - non touristy boat, to which she said these small boats are only used for fishing and we cannot go on them (when in actual fact you can and they are much nicer and cheaper). We eventually reluctantly agreed to do this 2 hour tour as we thought we could go on a different one when we got back (to which we did). We were also pressured into ordering lunch from the restaurant for when our tour got back, to which we were told it is compulsory and everyone does it when going on the tours. When we got back from our boring 1 and a half hour tour (we were told 2 hours) we were not hungry and were told our food was nearly ready and that they would pack it up for us. Half and hour later we got our food in a bag, the French fries we got were barley cooked and still crunchy and the rest of the food was average. We took a wander down the road and saw a wooden hut with a very very nice man who welcomed us and asked politely if we were looking for a tour. We explained to this nice man the tour we had just had and he was very unhappy with how the hotel had treated us, he said they do this a lot but it is difficult to stop them as they are at the top of the village and catch everyone as they come in. He said they would ruin the business for all the locals providing boat tours and I think they really could. We then went on a very nice 2 hour tour with this man, we had a private boat all to ourselves and he even offered to try to find some other people to go on with us to make it cheaper. His tour was very nice and he was very happy to answer questions and told us about the history and wildlife along the tour. After asking him the best place to wait for the bus he said to us that in a few hours time he was going back to Podgorica too and offered to take us, to which w gratefully accepted. He came and found us in the village and took us back. Whilst we were waiting he told us that we could walk up to a castles which you can see from the town and has great views of the lake. If we had not walked further down and left after our tour with hotel pelikan we would have never wanted to come back to Virpazar,but thanks to the lovely hospitality and pure kindness of the locals further down the road we will be going back very soon, but avoiding the pushy, rude and aggressive staff of hotel pelikan as we arrive. They really make a terrible impression of Montenegrin people but if you walk past them you will see what real hospitality is like.

Room Tip: Just don’t book here and you’ll have a great trip!
Stayed: April 2018, travelled as a couple
1  Thank john s
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Reviewed 8 April 2018

I stayed in the Hotel Pelican for 4 nights, upon arrival I was immediately welcomed by the charismatic owner, and welcomed to the bar for a free drink "a montenegrin custom". I was traveling by my own and, partially responding to this, was continually asked how I was getting on and what I was thinking of doing that day.
The rooms are basic but well equipped, and really the joy here is to be found outside venturing into the hills.
There are a range of activities that you can do throughout Lake Skadar, I would recommend hiring a bike for the day and traveling to some of the nearby villages, it is a bit of a steep climb at times but going at a reasonable pace and with reasonable fitness its not too much hassle.

  • Stayed: April 2018, travelled solo
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Thank WStringer
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

We went to Virpazar on a whim. The lady at Hotel Pelikan helped us with our day trip--boats, cabs and everything else (unfortunately we didn't catch her name but we're very thankful). We had a wavy day out on Lake Skadar and we loved it! I wish we had more time and surely we would've loved to stay longer at the Pelikan.

Stayed: March 2018, travelled with friends
Thank April M
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Reviewed 16 November 2017

Very good and clean rooms.
very friendly staff, clean and neat rooms. the lowest price of accommodation in this small village. The restaurant is also clean and meals are abundant and delicious.My recommendation

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled solo
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Thank KristijanS55
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Reviewed 15 November 2017 via mobile

Visited this restaurant with two work colleagues. We took a taxi from Podgorica (round trip €40) and at Virpazar were cajoled into a boat trip (€24 each) and lunch at the Pelican (approx €15 each). The boat trip was pleasant but at the end of the season there was little bird life to see. The food in the restaurant was very good local fare, mainly fish from the lake.

Stayed: November 2017, travelled with friends
Thank HerringGull
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