Two couples spending two nights in Sarajevo and one in Mostar at the end of September. Looking online and at Rick's book (new edition is not yet released) and feeling a bit overwhelmed. Beyond the obvious (clean, central location, comfortable) we are partial to both modern architecture and well-cared for classic hotels. For us, hotels are not just a place to sleep but part of the pleasure of travel. As for budget, seems like prices are far below most places in Western Europe, so mid to high end for the area is fine. Thanks for suggestions.
Our RS tour stayed at the Hotel Almira in Mostar last fall.
I absolutely agree on lodging being part of the experience. That being said, I spent one night at Hotel Divani. villadivani.ba It was about an 8-9 min walk from the bridge, small hotel (but not small room), very nice and modern, several parking places, run by a lovely family (I met mother and son). I would call it inexpensive; but it doesn’t have the perks AMann described. For my 3 nights in September, I am feeling lucky to have gotten the last room at Muslibegovic House http://www.muslibegovichouse.com/, which is exactly the sort of “experience” I look for. A couple of people here recommended it.
Edit: Forgot Sarajevo since I haven’t been, but I am also really excited about my upcoming 4 nights there in Isa Begov Hamam i Hotel. Just something not run-of-the-mill.