had a excellent stay . friendly & helpful staff . modern & spacious rooms .free city map of all the sites inside the old town . advice on tours & ability to arrange for you ...also organized for myself to be collected from & brought to the airport plus its right in the heart of the old town 3 mins walk from the pile gate ...
its an old building which keeps its charms & decor despite the fact its been modernized plus its right in the heart of the old town near all the sights & sounds ,atmosphere & enjoyment its just on a side street so noise is no issue plus there is a quite & lovely wine bar right next door .price is very reasonable for this type of accommodation with its great location & access to the unesco site that is the old town dubrovnik
We went there for a weekend. We had an apartmant, the price is good because it is not peak of season. We came there by boat ( the hotel has its own moorings). it was a nice weather, nice place for running and beeing in the nature.
Hotel has its own moorings with water and electricity, good restaurant, nice walking area.
A great place for relax. Nice owners, clean accomodation, well equipped kitchen. Unbelievable fresh air.
The Hotel still has the atmosphere of the former Socialist Regime. The staff rarely smile in this large sprawling building with dormitory style rooms. Well our room was a bit like that...chilly and small. To be fair the heaters were off but the coolness was a little late in the year.
Some luckier folk on the upper floor had rooms more like apartments...must have been for the important Soviet officials.
The hotel is still run by the government....wages are paid regardless of performance and this may account for the attitude problem.
We were told it was the best of the three hotels in the park.
And there was an internet modem in our room.
But to visit the lakes it is the place to stay and it really was OK.
There are three sections for accommodation....red, green , and blue which are indicated by coloured lights. We wondered what was in the red light section!
Food was OK. Fish the first night quite good. Coffee yuk for my taste.
Twin beds a little firm but we slept.
Think the cost was reasonable but we were on a tour and all prepaid.
We never did explore the rest of the hotels many rooms and floors.
The location is perfect. Perched on the corner of Trg bana Jelacica, within walking distance of the Old town, numerous restaurants, cafes, pubs, the market and tram.
Hearty breakfast is included in the rate and served in the resturant downstairs. Great selection of both cold and hot items.
Rooms are basic but clean and comfortable. Some rooms face the square.
Service is brisk and to the point. Very Croatian.
Serge and Annette are delightful hosts. They greeted us when we arrived late at night, helped us with our bags and explained where all the good restaurants and diners are, especially the ones where the locals eat. Serge runs a boating business and can take you fishing or even scuba diving if you like.
Large rooms, with ceiling fans, a very cozy bathroom. Huge balcony. Daily housekeeping.
This is a really nice resort with rooms from 35 m2 to 500m2.
Perfect for a holiday with your family.
Most of the rooms/villas has nice view to the adriatic sea.
Poolarea has alot of water games for the kids and a poolfront bar for the adults.
The resort is guarded 24 hrs so the area is safe.
The restaurant should have a star in michelin guide.....
A lovingly restored and beautifully apponted house in Veli Varos has become the superb Zephyrus B&B. A glowing report here on VT sent me checking their website and making a booking - and everything both the review and their publicity promised was delivered. From the moment we stepped inside the door to a warm welcome from the young Australian couple running the place to the moment we said goodbye at the airport we just loved everything about it.
Stylish, spotless and well fitted rooms with everything needed for a relaxed and comfortable stay were just the beginning. With a sunny courtyard where breakfast is served, access on to two streets for easy coming and going and rooftop views of the old houses all around, no more than 5 minutes walk from the busy Riva and yet quiet and peaceful in itself, it was just what we wanted and, having become regular visitors to Split, we'll certainly be staying again.
I'm really not sure that I want to spread the word about this little Dubrovnik apartment too far and wide - it could mean I might find it booked next time I want to stay there! It's not big, it's not luxurious, it hasn't got a view - in fact, calling it an apartment is really a misnomer - it's nothing more than a awkwardly shaped long narrow room with a tiny bathroom and a little "kitchen" nook in one corner, simply furnished and basically equipped. It's very clean and quiet and its location, within the walls of Dubrovnik, about half way betweent the Pile Gate and the main square, up a steep flight of steps and just two streets over from the Stradun is no better or worse than many similar rooms in Dubrovnik.
So what makes this apartment so different from all the others?
Take a look at the photo here. Do you see the square of green right in the middle? That's the vine-hung and bougainvillia-bright terrace of the family compound that includes this little apartment in one of its houses. Look at the photo again and you'll realise how special this is - in fact, the owners say no other house within the walls has such a large garden and no other holiday apartment can offer anything comparable.
The terrace is huge. Spread over different levels, a beautiful stone arch divides the entrance level from the larger inner areas. The apartment's windows open onto this first area where loungers and chairs around a large table are the perfect place to start the day with an al fresco breakfast, spread out a feast of local ham, cheese, tomatoes and fruit for a lazy lunch break, to sit and relax with a book and a bottle of wine when the day is done. Guests are welcome to make themselves at home anywhere in the garden that takes their fancy - maybe you'll find the outer wall with its view over the Franciscan church to the mountain behind the city does it for you.
The stone flags of the terrace hide the secret to maintaining this green oasis - a 16th century cistern that keeps the garden lush and green throughout Dubrovnik's long hot summer. That charming old well isn't just there as a pretty garden feature.
Thanks are due to fellow VTer, JLBG, for the recommendation of Zadar's Niko Hotel.
Although 2009 saw the opening of the first (and VERY expensive) hotel within the ancient walls of Zadar, his review of the hotel and the promise of one of Zadar's best restaurants, was the prompt that had us booking a room for the one night we were to spend in the city. Next time we'll make it longer.
A huge room with a wonderfully comfortable bed and spotless bathroom, the balcony with a view across the harbour to the walls and spires of the old city and very welcoming and friendly staff in both the hotel and the restaurant (it's a family enterprise)were just the start. Dinner was excellent, and the restaurant's wide terrace was the perfect place to spend the first part of the evening before taking a bottle of wine out onto the room's balcony to enjoy the view and a chat about the day's doings for another hour or so. Breakfast next morning was fantastic, just about the best we've had anywhere in Croatia - a great start to the day.
Typically of Croatian hotels of this size, rooms are on the two floors above the restaurant, there is no lift but the staff were quick to grab our bags and carry them up for us. The red, cream and gold decor is a bit formal for such a lovely waterside setting for my personal taste but the comfort of the room makes that a minor niggle.
Arriving by car it took us little while to locate the hotel as the sign is set back from the road in the car park. The receptionist gave us very clear instructions for driving back into the city and, most importantly, where to park - like many of Croatia's walled cities, cars are no-no within the walls and parking near the main gates is nigh-on impossible.
We detoured off the Split-Dubrovnik road to visit Ston, a walled town about 60km north of Dubrovnik on the Peljesac Peninsula famed for its long history of salt production and its miles of city walls - far longer than those of Dubrovnik. They're still producing salt at Ston but the area is more famed these days for the oysters of nearby Mali Ston. We'd already had lunch and it was too early for dinner so, on our first visit, we decided the oysters would have to wait but we would return another year and stay at one of the two small hotels sitting by the small harbour - it all looked so peaceful and a million miles from the tourist hordes of Dubrovnik.
What a good decision! Our choice, the Hotel Ostrea. proved to be every bit as charming as it appeared at that first sighting. A family-run hotel with just 9 rooms and one suite, it has been the family home of the owners for generations and so fits perfectly into the surrounding townscape of old stone buildings that occupy the lower slope of the high hill between Ston and Mali Ston. The whole town is a listed monument and the Kralj family pride themselves on the way their hotel and restaurant has added to the amenities of the of the town - people travel for miles to eat at the renowned restaurant - without in any way intruding on the harmonious ensemble.
Being on the top floor - once the attics of the house, our corner room did have rather a low ceiling but it was big, extremely comfortable and well furnished with a delightful view over the harbourfront from the green-shuttered windows.
Dinner in the Kapetanova kuca (the Captain's house) restaurant - also owned by the Kralj family - was as good as we had anticipated it would be and when it began to pour with rain just as we were leaving, the sheltering umbrella proffered by the maitre d' was just what we needed for the quick dash back to the hotel's cosy lounge. We were glad of the hotel's thick stone walls as the rain turned into a savage storm later that night and delighted to wake to a bright sunny morning and to find a copious breakfast served in the downstairs hotel restaurant - both were just what we needed to set ourselves up for walking the walls of Ston before a little later in the day.
2011 update - we stayed at the Ostrea again in June this year, just for one night. Another delicious meal, the same comfortable room, breakfast under the arches of the large loggia this time - how nice to find everything just as charming and the welcome just as warm as our first visit.
We stayed at Garden Apartments for 1 night after arriving in the evening in Split. We were warmly welcomed by Nicola's parents who despite limited English were very kind and helpful. We had arrived without any Euros and had not been able to exchange/ draw any Kuna so we were facing an evening with no cash and therefor no dinner. They very kindly helped us out and advised us on a great restaurant just down the hill, which was our best seafood meal in the 2 weeks we spent in Croatia. Later that night Nicola helped my parents park their rental car (they arrived even later than us!) and the next morning helped us get around town to get to the ferry.
We were in a 3 bed 1 room apartment and my parents and sister stayed in a 2 + 1 room, both were very comfortable with clean kitchen and bathroom.
We were rather sad that we could not spend longer and would whole heartedly recommend it to other people.
We found directions very easy to follow from the airport bus drop off point. we trundled our wheelie bags along and were quickly there but my parents battled with the directions for driving and luckily stumbled across us walking back after our wonderful meal. it is near the hotel Marjan but up the hill up some steps. what caused confusion was all the other signs for the Marjan proper that they were following. the other confusion was that the sign outside the gate did not say garden apartments but another name.
wonderful warm welcome
Charming accommodation and clean facilities
Easy access to Riva (promenade) of Split
Zaton Holiday Village Camp is an ideal spot for a family vacation and entertainment. The camp is situated in the shade of pine trees surrounded by a Mediterranean ambience where everyone can find a place for themselves.
Bouth camp ground for rullotes and tents us well us accommodation units for 3 and 4 *.
I would like to take a few minutes to discuss my experience with Porta Antica. My husband and I traveled to Croatia to celebrate our honeymoon in July 2009. We spent a lot of time researching locations and places to stay in Rovinj. My husband and I decided to "splurge," or spend more money then we usually do for our stay in Rovinj. We specifically chose Porta Antica because it was located on the small peninsula and it had sea front views.
When we arrived on July 7, 2009, we located Porta Antica as seen on the Internet and as advertised in our Rick Steve's travel guide. My husband and I were both very excited about our stay at Porta Antica. Then, much to our surprise, we were escorted off the peninsula area and into another building that did not have sea front views. I later learned that this was La Carera and not Porta Antica.
The hallway leading to the stairwell, had a nauseating odor from the trash bins, and we had to plug our noses and run for the stairs every time we accessed our room. The second morning of our stay I took a cold shower, and had to use my personal tissues as we had run out of toilet paper, and the apartments do not get serviced. By the time we checked out, I was absolutely in tears, and could not believe that we had paid 100 Euros a night for a room that I would barely pay 50 Euros for.
When we checked out, we discussed our displeasure with the Porta Antica clerk. Since this was not the owner, I waited until we returned from our trip to get the issue resolved. I was told in an e-mail that there was nothing they could do because I did not discuss the issues when we were there.
I feel like we were completely mislead as I had specifically requested a room in Porta Antica and not La Carera. I did review their website when I returned home, and there is a lot of writing in small print about how they can change rooms/locations without notice.
Based on our experiences, I would definitely NOT recommend reserving a room with Porta Antica.
Three of us booked an apartment for our weekend stay at Ragusa B&B in May 2009. The owner was very responsive and sent an email, suggested a nice apartment with two bedrooms (4 beds), balcony, separate living room, 2 WC, kitchen and TV/SAT at 90 EUR/day. We confirmed and arrived as scheduled. The house is placed in the steep sideway street, some 50 stairs up from the main pedestrian zone in the Old town. We walked into the hallway so narrow and steep, and climb 65 stairs to reach the top two rooms. The rooms were connected with a tiny 10 sq feet front area, where the stove and fridge were squeezed in. Each room had a WC. And that was it. We didn’t get what we paid for. We did discover, however, that an apartment No 10 was the one we booked and paid for and it was vacant. We complained to an owner the next day, and she said apartment 10 had some problems with water supply (?!) so she had to move us elsewhere (?!). Something she forgot to mention. She also said the price for the two rooms we’ve got was the same as for the apartment, so no money return/price adjustment. Icing on a cake was when she said she will give us a discount next time we visit (?!).
We will never go back to Ragusa B&B at Zamanjina Street again.
Besides, the hallway has a strange stench, and we found it very nauseating every time we had to leave the room.
I found a jar of jam covered with mold on a breakfast table.
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