Pleasant dancing music can be found at the following places:
- at the Amfora hotel, every night from 8 pm to midnight
- on the terrace of the Palace Hotel, every night from 8 pm to midnight
- on the dance terrace of the Slavija Hotel, every night from 8 pm to midnight
- on the dance terrace of the Tvr|ava restaurant from 8 pm to midnight
Strange travel protocol
We ate breakfast every morning of our stay at the Amfora Hotel because breakfast was included in the price of the room. On one of the mornings, we sat down and ordered our food. Even though the restaurant was half empty, two tourists came up to our table and ordered us to leave. We asked why and they said "You don't understand the right way to travel. This is OUR table and it will always be our table as long as we are here."
Now, if it were up to me, I would have refused to give up my territory, and would have eaten my breakfast with them, whether they liked it or not. My husband, ever the peacemaker, hauled me over to another empty table, and thus, an international incident was avoided. None at this hotel. Food was bland. Eat at one of the many outdoor cafes instead.
A lot to learn
My sister and I stayed at the Amfora for a week on their "sunsational" package, in June 2008. On the last day of our stay we spoke to the hotel manager to discuss / complain about the many issues we encountered. Below are some comments from the letter we sent to the hotel manager detailing these.
Firstly, thank you for the time you took to listen to us on Friday. Your attitude and attentiveness was very welcomed and professional. We very much appreciated the gesture of the complimentary massage.
To summarise the above (letter), service was inconsistent and sometimes rude. Many of the staff were very good (even those on their first day): waiters at the pool restaurant, the transfer staff and the concierge especially, but others made us feel an inconvience. Whilst we understand that things “go wrong” with a hotel of your size, staff should be able to respond in a friendly customer facing manner, and respect any complaint as a serious issue to address. The food offer with “sunsational” package at the Cascades restaurant was just terrible. We were so disappointed that this part of our package was not delivered any way near to our expectation. It felt that it was a guise to fill the restaurant as cheaply as possible, without much thought, and not reflective of the standard the hotel is clearly aspiring to.
The pool was not heated – it is advertised as so.
The pool garden area is still under construction - this was something we check on reservation and we were told that all construction was complete.
The marketing suggests there is a spa on site – there is not, and only limited services at Bonj les Bains.
The marketing also suggests that there is a hotel beach – but this is available to non residents and sunbeds have to be paid for.
As self paying guests, we felt second class citizens to the conference guests at the hotel. This needs to be addressed.
There are some areas that suffer from “style over substance”, such as the toilets (wood lid, uncomfortable seat), blinds that obstruct the view from the all glass windows, showers that leaked badly.
The breakfast buffet is fine but nothing to write home about.
On a positive note, the hotel has a beautiful position, the pool area is lovely (albeit with some finishing required), it is clean and stylish.
In conclusion our experience suggests Hotel Amfora has a lot to learn, and we did not feel that we had value for money from our week’s stay. If the hotel is aspiring to attract the likes of us – the discerning traveller, there needs to be many improvements to justify the room rate. With the high season (and high prices) just a few weeks away – good luck!
Nice Hotel, shame about the pool
The hotel is very nice, it looks actually brand new. The rooms are spaceous and of a modern design. Breakfast is very good and you have great views.
However the pool has not been finished and is expected to be completed in early 2008. By itself this was not a problem as the hotel allowed us to swim in the Pharos Hotel pool which is 400 meters from the Amfora.
I think that the Amfora is presently being used and tested for it systems. The price for a room is very resonable based on the luxury and design of the rooms. Free internet access is avialable from 2 terminals near the reception. The location of the hotel is a 10 minute walk from Hvar town.
They really made an effort - we're planning to return in a year or two.
We've just returned from a week's visit to Hvar, where we stayed at the Amfora. We really loved our experience in Croatia, which was greatly helped by the efforts made by the hotel.
As we wanted a hassle-free transfer, I emailed the hotel and they arranged for us to be picked up at the airport and taken to the terminal at Split, and also arranged for our return via the hotel's catamaran and minibus. it was a good option for any traveller unfamiliar with Croatia and just wanted an easy start and end to their holiday.
We were very keen on a good sea view from the hotel and made arrangements via Expedia to select a room that had one. When we arrived, we were given a room on a lower floor whose view was partially covered by shrubs. However once we requested a room change, they did it as soon as a room was available and transferred our luggage as well.
The rooms were very clean and of a modern design. Although the pool was incomplete, the hotel was right over the water and there were sun beds and cabanas to lounge in when you're done with dipping in the clear water. The hotel is also a quick walk away from Hvar town, which made it easy to pop in for dinner or drinks, or to get to excursions.
Breakfast was provided everyday - the usual american/continental breakfast which was uninspiring but hearty enough. Food at the hotel was just passable - but there's plenty of options in town to tempt your tastebuds.
We're definitely returning in a year or two when the pool is done!
Good, but false promises!
The interior of the Amfora is sparkling clean, well presented and thoughtfully decorated. However - there is currently no pool (either indoor or outdoor) and no gym - both of which are advertised on the website and all of their marketing material. When we arrived we complained about this as we had chosen the Amfora over other hotels in Hvar because of these facilities, and were told that the price we paid reflected that these facilities were not available yet. This should be made clear upon booking! We were not offered any alternative whatsoever (ie. free passes to the indoor pool in a sister hotel nearby).
Aside from this the Amfora is not as much of a concrete monstrosity as some would describe it, and Hvar is absolutely stunning. Its in a great location, although it is irritating you have to pay £7 a day for two sun loungers and an umbrella on the beach right outside the hotel. Breakfast is good, and the restaurant has stunning views across to nearby islands.
In a year I think the Amfora will be an amazing place to stay, until then if you aren't bothered about a pool or a gym and you want to stay in a larger hotel in Hvar I would recommend it despite our initial disappointments and their false advertising!
Nice Hotel but not a Beach Resort at all
We stayed at this hotel for 5 days and found the newly renovated place looks nice,fancy but the Superior rooms with sea view are clean, but too small for a couple traveling thru Croatia with luggage for two weeks. The rooms are very compact and way over priced. There is no place to store you luggage or the small closet is just big enough for one person. The walls between rooms are also very thin and outside in the hall every morning at 7:30am the maids would congregate and get really loud, I'd have to get out of bed and ask the to keep the noise down. You can hear everything outside in the Halls. The breakfast was ok, room for improvement especially if you are selling your hotel as a 5 star beach resort. The beach is a joke, there is no beach only a bay with tons of sun chairs lined up next to one another and you have to pay for them. The rest is all rock and with the bora bora blowing and the boats zooming back and forth, you won't be able to concentrate to read a book or swim in the turbulent water! The hotel has a Beach lounge area, like a boardwalk near the waterfront call "Les Bains" which is nice again fancy, but it costs close to $100.-USD per day to rent two sun chairs and an umbrella. So if you want to go to the beach plan on taking a taxi boat for 50kunas per person to the islands across from Hvar main land. They are SMALL bays too! If you are looking for nice long pebble beaches, the area Brela is better alterative destination then Hvar. Also, the night life in Hvar is great if you are a party animal. Restaurant tip try LUNA the best food in Hvar town! Have fun, Rob
I am traveling to Hvar, Croatia during the first week of August and trying to decide on a hotel. I typically prefer higher end hotels. I think I have narrowed down my choices between the Riva and Amfora properties both of which have had recent renovations. Has anyone stayed at either since the renovations and would you make a recommendation?
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I was last summer on the Hvar.
both hotels are excellent, i think hotel Riva is little quite,
front of hotel Amfora is beach.
Depend of what you want?
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Nice luxury hotel on the riva in Hvar is Adriana,it was completely renewed last summer.More info you can fimd on the web page of Suncani Hvar hotels which hold most of Hvar hotels. http://www.suncanihvar.com/adriana
Re: hotel advice
Nice luxury hotel on the riva in Hvar is Adriana,it was completely renewed last summer.More info you can find on the web page of Suncani Hvar hotels which hold most of Hvar hotels. http://www.suncanihvar.com/adriana
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I recently stayed at the Riva and can recommend it. My room was on the top floor. It was very small, but very smartly designed, and even had a nicely-sized balcony overlooking the water. A few quirks: the lighting in the room is insufficient, and the bathroom and shower are completely open to the rest of the room (and to people across the harbor, unless you pull the curtains). Also, the American-style breakfast (eggs, bacon, and sausage) was the worst I have ever had. I paid 125 Euro, which I think was reasonable. During the high season, it would obviously be much more; at that point, I'd probably be a bit more hesitant to recommend it.