- Reviews: 1283
Apartments Forum: Excellent value, centrally located apartment
I stayed at Apartments Forum with my fiancee and her parents for 3 nights during a visit to Zadar at Easter weekend in April 2014.
We booked our stay through www.booking.com and paid €153 for 3 nights in a "Comfort Two Bedroom Apartment". This was excellent value for money; less than €13 per person, per night for a very centrally located apartment in the heart of Zadar old town.
We paid our bill in cash upon arrival. We were informed in advance that if paying by cash then Euros were the preferred currency as the booking was made in Euros and this would avoid any exchange rate issues. This was fine by us.
After I had made the booking, I received an email from one of the apartment's owners, Andrej. He included lots of useful information, including an interactive map with sights and restaurants marked on it, as well as his mobile phone number and an offer of any help in planning our trip if we required it. The communication from Andrej was excellent. We exchanged a few emails prior to our visit and, after I had explained that we would take either a bus or taxi from the airport to the apartment, Andrej replied with all the information (prices, journey times, bus stop locations etc.) that I needed. After I decided that a taxi would be the best option, Andrej arranged for a taxi (from the local firm Lulic Taxis) to meet us at the airport.
I arranged to send Andrej a text as we were leaving the airport so that he could arrange for somebody to meet us (at the pre-arranged location outside "Caffe Bar Riva") with the keys to the apartment. He replied promptly to confirm that "Mario, a tall dark guy" would meet us and show us to the apartment. We arrived at the cafe and saw several men who fitted the tall, dark description! We decided to stand still outside the cafe – it was more likely that Mario would spot us (4 English tourists with small suitcases) than us spot him! Sure enough, after a few minutes, a smiling tall, dark-haired Croatian man came over to us and introduced himself and walked us to the nearby apartment.
I understand that Apartments Forum consists of several apartments, but all are close to each other.
Our apartment was located on the 2nd floor of a residential building at number 4 Ulica Grgura Mrganića – just a minute's walk from Caffe Bar Riva where we had met Mario.
The apartment's location was excellent. Immediately upon exiting the building we found ourselves on the Roman Forum, just a couple of minutes walk from St Donatus Church and a few minutes further from the centre of Zadar old town with its numerous restaurants, cafes and shops.
In the other direction, we were just a minute's walk from the seafront and about 3 minutes walk from two of Zadar's main sights: the Sea Organ and the Greeting to the Sun.
We were able to walk to the waterfront on the other side of the peninsular, where the ferries depart for the nearby islands and the airport bus stops, in a little over 5 minutes.
Our journey from Zadar airport, by taxi, took around 15 minutes at a steady pace on a quiet Friday lunchtime. The taxi fare, as stated that it would be by Andrej, was 110 Kn (approx. £11). This was only slightly more expensive than it would have cost for the four of us to catch the airport bus into Zadar.
Our apartment consisted of 2 bedrooms, a lounge area, a fully fitted kitchenette with dining table, an en-suite shower room, a separate toilet room and a small balcony overlooking the neighbours' gardens.
One of the bedrooms (the one that Emma and I stayed in) had a double bed, while the other had two single beds. Both rooms were spacious and had an abundance of cupboard and drawer space. Our room contained a huge wardrobe, 2 sets of drawers and bedside cabinets on either side of the bed. The other room contained a large unit against the wall with lots of cupboards and drawers.
There was plenty of spare bedding (clean sheets, blankets, duvets and pillows) in both rooms had we been staying for longer and needed to change the bedding.
The lounge area contained a small 2 seater sofa, an armchair, a dining chair, a coffee table, a TV and a music system.
We struggled to get the TV working properly. Even when we did manage to press the right buttons to get a picture we discovered that it only picked up a handful of channels. As we scrolled through the 12 numbered channels, only half of those actually picked anything up and none of them were English language channels.
Free wi-fi was available throughout the apartment. Mario gave us a piece of paper with the password written on it when we arrived at the apartment and it worked well (reasonably fast and generally reliable) for most of our stay, only deteriorating in performance a little on our final evening.
The kitchen featured a dining table and chairs, a cooker, a fridge/freezer, a dishwasher, a coffee maker and a kettle. It didn't include a microwave or a toaster. Plenty of cooking utensils, cutlery, crockery and cleaning items (dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid, dishcloths, sponges, tea towels) were provided.
The en-suite shower room, located at the end of a short hallway which included the separate toilet closet, included a shower cubicle, a washbasin, a washing machine and lots more cupboard space.
There was always plenty of hot water when either of us took a shower. In fact, the water was very hot. Turning the temperature dial even a fraction beyond the midway point led to near scalding water.
We found a number of towels of various sizes in cupboards and drawers throughout the apartment when we first arrived. They were adequate for our 3 night stay. Other supplies (such as toilet rolls) were also stocked in adequate quantities.
The apartment had an aircon/heating system, as well as radiators in the bedrooms, but we didn't need to make use of it during our stay.
There was sufficient lighting throughout the apartment. The main light in our bedroom didn't work (even when we changed the bulb for one that worked fine in the lounge), but we managed ok with just the bedside lamps. Andrej had told us to contact him if we had any issues with the apartment, and had we done so he would probably have arranged for it to be fixed, but we didn't bother him with it.
There were plenty of (European-style 2 round pin) electrical sockets and adapters in all the rooms. We had no problems recharging several electrical items overnight.
It is important to note that this is an apartment, in a residential building, and not a hotel. This was made explicitly clear to us both before and after booking. This means that there is no hotel reception desk, or other such facilities, and if guests turn up unannounced there will be nobody there to meet them. Therefore, it is essential to communicate with the apartment's owners before your trip to arrange an arrival procedure.
As has often been the case when we have stayed in apartments, particularly in eastern Europe, the external appearance of the apartment block belies the quality of the apartment within. While the building may look a bit dated and run down, and the communal staircase may look a bit drab and smell a bit musty, the apartment itself is much more spacious, bright and modern than you might imagine.
There is a five digit pin code to enter the building and the apartment door is fitted with a solid lock and bolt.
There is no lift in the building, so it is necessary to climb the stairs up to the second floor. This was no problem for us as we were travelling without large, heavy luggage.
At the end of our stay, as instructed, we deposited the apartment's keys in the mail box on the ground floor of the building.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay at Apartments Forum. The communication that we received from Andrej before, during and after our stay was first class. This is important when staying in a private apartment. The location was perfect – just a few minutes walk from all of the sights and amenities of Zadar old town. The bedrooms were spacious and comfortable and the lounge and kitchen areas contained everything that we needed for a short stay. Would happily recommend and stay there again if we ever return to Zadar!
- Reviews: 202
Spare Room in a family home ~
Staying in the Old Town doesn't have to be expensive. An early sail the following day meant I needed to be close to the ferry terminal. I noticed a 'Room' sign and was about to investigate when a lady returning to the house appeared. (Timing is everything!) She informed me her rooms were full but after a quick telephone call a man from the next house appeared and offered me a room in his family home. The room locked and the sharing the family bathroom was fine. I had a comfortable nights stay in this interesting authentic house in central Zadar .. at a bargain price. .. no 'room to let' sign and no booking agent taking their cut .. that's the way I like it.
- Reviews: 2365
Three Wells Apartments - Studio: Reasonable price for Old Town Apartment
I booked this through www.booking.com for its location and price (421.40 Euros/£352.85/$569.84/3,209.14 Croatian kunas for 7 nights in September 2013)
Initially, I'd booked similar accommodation 20 minutes from the Old Town, but we decided that as this was our first visit to Zadar, that we'd rather stay in the Old Town for its atmosphere and convenience.
I'd intended picking up a town map from the Information desk at the airport, but as the bus was waiting, we decided to jump on.(25 Kunas ( approx £2.50) one way, about 20 minutes to the Old Town bus stop, with a stop off at the main bus station)
Arriving inside the town walls, I realised that my 'phone wasn't displaying the map. Luckily, Anamarija came and rescued us! - we weren't too far from 'The Three Wells'
We had booked a Studio, which was located in a residential block, off one of the main streets - there are about 4 apartments/studios under the Three Wells name, but I'm not sure where the others are located.
From the outside, the building looked quite austere, but inside, the studio was spotlessly clean and brightly furnished.
Anamarija showed us the studio, recommended a few restaurants that served local cuisine, and fetched us a town map. She also gave me her contact details.
We paid for the room in Kunas (Euros are also accepted, but not cards) There are plenty of ATM's/exchange Bureau and banks within a few metres of the studio.
I wish that we'd known to ask how to use the hob, but we eventually sussed it out. There was an instruction booklet in many languages except English, and I think this was mainly for instillation of the job, rather than instructions for use)
Two Single beds, Wardrobe space, bedside cabinets with table lamp, armchair, table and chairs, Flat screen TV, free WIFI ( the password was stuck to the fridge door) Air con.
Bathroom with shower, wash basin, WC. Shower gel, loo rolls, towels etc.
Kitchenette - Ceramic hob, fridge, sink, sandwich toaster/grill
Plenty of pots & pans, crockery, cutlery etc. Washing up liquid, tea towels, kitchen roll. Also a few essentials left by previous occupants - tea bags, rice, herbs etc.
( we left some stuff such as sugar, butter, tea bags)
Clothes line and pegs
Plenty of cleaning equipment etc.
The only thing missing was a full length mirror, it would have been handy, but this is just a minor quibble.
We were very pleased with our 'home for the week' and would hope to stay here again.
I'd recommend it for a couple or two friends, who wanted to be close to the attractions, and wanted a clean place to stay.
Link to Booking.com Three Wells
Great location - Within a few minutes walk from the airport bus stop, located between two parallel pedestrianised streets
- The right hand street (looking straight ahead out of the studio) leads to St Anastasia's Cathedral and Campanile, St Donatus church and the Forum, which are all within a couple of minutes walk. Also, plenty of bars, cafes, banks, shops etc.
The left hand street has a small 'locals' bar on the corner, which was quiet and closed around 2200 hours. Heading down this street leads to the Sea Gate (off to the left) and the ferry port, excursion boats, airport bus stop etc. Continue along and you'll pass the open air market and a large Konzum supermarket (open 07.00-21.00 M-Sat 0700-12.00 Sundays/Public Holidays),again, off to the left - look for the Relay bar, then if you continue ahead You arrive at The Captains Tower/ St Simeon's Church.
The Sea Organ and Greeting to The Sun are also about 5 minutes walk away.
Opposite the apartment is a hall, where we heard choirs practising a couple of evenings during our stay - a particularly enjoyable memory.
- Reviews: 379
Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera: Zadar's Spa Hotel
Part of a larger Falkensteiner complex (next to Diadora), Iadera is the newest (opened in summer 2011) and the only 5* hotel around Zadar, situated as it is in Punta Skala (Petrcane). This was our choice for the August 2011 Bank holiday trip from the UK.
While location is a bit out of the way if you like to be in the thick of things, the hotel more than makes up for it in amenities. Sports, health & beauty centre, a small shop, library, several swimming pools, sauna and hamam, as well as excellent service .
Keep in mind:
- The hotel is popular with young families so there will be quite a few kids around, especially during holiday time
- If you want to leave a tip, you can't add it to the bill, it has to be cash
- Because the hotel is so new, it does not yet come up on SatNav systems
Things we loved:
-The service - nothing was too much trouble, even getting the hairdresser to open 3 hours earlier than scheduled!
- The balcony - about 900sq. ft. and facing the sea. You could sunbathe there if you did not feel like venturing out of the room
- Health & beauty services - the spa had Anne Semonin treatments, with numerous choices available. Also, the place has one of the best hotel hairdressers I can recall
- Choice of food - pizzas were excellent, reflecting the proximity to Italy I guess. My favourite one was mushrooms & ham, while the other half went for the spicier version. For breakfast, great choice of healthy foods (loved yoghurts with fresh fruit - made a nice change from pots usually served in hotels), as well as some delicious but naughtier alternatives.
- Reviews: 3595
Villa Benelix: Villa on the Harbor Street
It was a very pleasant place to stay, and away from the tourist activity close in to the old town, but close enough to walk if you like. It is about a one mile walk to Zadar old district. The apartment was small, but useful. There is a kitchen and bath separate from the sleeping area.
The owner lives on the ground floor and is a very kind and helpful person. He speaks Croat, Dutch/Belgium, English fairly well, and some German to boot. They offer a welcome drink and also will give many tips of what to see in the town. It is a family affair.
ONe thing they did not tell us is the street to access is one way heading toward the old town. So you need to take the next street up called Put Dikla and then drop down to the villa about at Puntamika
- Reviews: 2924
This is a good option, Apartments. I found this one very close to the old city of Zadar, about five minutes walking with a courtyard for the car. The one we rented was for four people (although we were just two), and we paid 70,00 euros/night.
- Reviews: 1237
at seaside of zadar: villa ivana
Villa Ivana is situated in Zadar, in the tourist area named Puntamika. The villa is placed near the very seashore, where is also to be found a large beach.
very nice room - beautiful quiet location straight at the beach..
surely one of the best places in zadar..maybe in whole croatia
- Reviews: 2815
"Desanka" in Diklo near Zadar: The most wonderful terrace.. and the worst bed!
For our stay in Zadar we had booked a holiday apartment in Diklo for two nights because we fell in love with its location. The house is located right at the sea, our terrace was not 10 metres away from the waves. The garden is full of beautiful flowers, palm trees and banana leafs. All this was wonderful! We sat on the terrace most of the time while we were here and I haven't read so much in ages!
The apartment is fully equipped with a kitchen, a living room, a bathroom with shower and the bed is in the living room. There also is satellite TV but it attracts the wrong satellite, all we could watch was French shopping channels and Arab sex channels...
From the house's location in Diklo you are in Zadar in no time by car. There's also a bus station outside the house but we couldn't find a timetable. A lot of big supermarkets are also close to "Desanka", not to mention the big camp ground and the beaches of Diklo.
We enjoyed our stay here, mostly because of the location, but I have to warn you about a few things:
Firstly we had booked this place via an agency in Split. To secure the room we needed to transfer our deposit onto a Croatian bank account. Considering the fee to do so we could have almost stayed in a **** hotel. The fee was definitely higher than the deposit.
The lady who rents out the holiday apartments in her house didn't speak very good English or German. It was hard to communicate with her at all, we used sign language most of the time. Apparently her son speaks English but we have never met him. We found it a bit strange how anybody not speaking at least English can start a business in tourism...
The next problem was the bed which wasn't really comfortable. It was quite old I assume and tourists must have stayed in it already in Tito's times. My back hurt every morning when getting up there. Plus we couldn't sleep very well because the walls are thin and every lorry or car passing by sounded like driving through our living room.
We paid 46 EUR per night for the apartment. Not included the bank fee ;)
- Reviews: 16
"Place to sleep": Accomodation
Actually its not even BB hehe, but its cheap and downtown, during the winter period only possibility. Well, if you are rich then it isnt but generally speaking... So its not quite easy to find it... ill upload map asap, i promise.
What you get is: small room with wc, shower and 2 beds in. No breakfast, but its only 250 Kunas witch is not really bad, a lil expensive for what you get but...
During the winter period, if you have no much money its only option.
- Reviews: 6088
Hotel Restaurant Niko: Hotel Restaurant Niko
Hotel Restaurant Niko stands in Puntamika, close to the beach. Though the entrance is in a small alley, almost hidden in the restaurant, it is surprisingly comfortable and quiet. They have only 7 rooms, a small private parking. However, what is the most valuable is that there is a boat shuttle at half past, every other hour, leaving from the marina, 200 meters from the hotel and going directly to the old city of Zadar. The return shuttle is every other hour sharp and the last return is at 8:00 PM. The price is 20 kn, one way.
- Reviews: 1426
this pic not represent the youth hostel.. but i want to describe it
Once you take floor at bus station you have to go out just straight ahead and go to local bus line stop ...The youth hostel is 10 min far away by bus but its a luck that the stop is nearly in front of the promenade where YH is
Ask to people or take the bus nº5 ..it rides straight ahead and dont hop off till it turns to left and go straigh to the sea ...just at the end of this long and sloping down street you have to get off ..and walk 2 min on the left side
tickets are sold into the bus
- Reviews: 14
holliday for whole familly
near Zadar there are lots of private small hotels and pansions.and that is the best way to be in peace, origin nature and to be near town.
- Reviews: 317
25-40 euros per person per night in a double room, half board
-beautiful, clean sea
-new outdoor swimming pool
- Reviews: 317
ILIRIJA, category:**: ILIRIJA, category:**
22-28 euros per person per night in a double room, half board
-in the center of everything
-wooded area behind hotel
- Reviews: 317
ZATON holiday village,...
ZATON holiday village, category:***
53-77 euros for apartment with 2 beds, 72-98 (4 beds),87-120 (5 beds), one night, without meals.
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