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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 ;)
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.
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.
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
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.
25-40 euros per person per night in a double room, half board
-beautiful, clean sea
-new outdoor swimming pool
22-28 euros per person per night in a double room, half board
-in the center of everything
-wooded area behind hotel
ZATON holiday village, category:***
53-77 euros for apartment with 2 beds, 72-98 (4 beds),87-120 (5 beds), one night, without meals.
MAKIJA hotel, PUNTA SKALA & PLANIKA apartments, category:**
16-32 euros per person per night in a double room, half board.
PHOTO: hotel MAKIJA
-outdoor swimming pool
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