Great Hotel, shame about the noise!
Just landed back from our week in Croatia at the Hotel Fortuna today. The hotel is great, a lovely setting on the island with wonderful views of the harbour. Food was good, both at breakfast and dinner, with a fair, if not brilliant standard and selection. The hotel is clean, good size bedrooms and bathrooms look like they have been updated recently, although exterior is in need of a lick of paint!!!
The boat across to the island was very reliable, although it is worthwhile checking the next boat back is actually when you would expect it to be. The boat could do with an organised queuing system; Germans/Italians do not understand the concept of the word 'queue'. That being said, the boat can fit a lot more people on than it seems and no one was ever left behind.
The downside to our week was the two nightclubs. One is visible from sea view rooms, and noise from music/revellers can be heard until 4 in the morning. However, on three nights there was a far louder nightclub, apparently slightly further up the coast, which was of a deafening volume. The bass rocked the hotel and could still be heard even after we transferred to one of the rooms on the back of the hotel.
Even though we are a young couple (both 27) we found this noise kept us awake on most nights of our 'peaceful' break from work. We did not expect noise to be an issue on a hotel on an island, but it was worse than Kavos, San Antonio or Magaluf. We will be complaining to Thomson that we were not made aware of this issue, as the hotel and the rep were both fully aware when we raised it with them.
Besides that, Croatia is a beautiful lush country, and there is plenty to do. We hired bikes, went for walks, and took the boat over to Venice, which is a wonderful experience. We would definitely go back to the area and, should the nightclubs be shut down, the hotel Fortuna.
Not so sure
The noise! is a big problem from the club across the water, if you have a sea side view it's worse. Apart from that it's ok. Food lots of variety. Pool small. And no sand on the beaches. I wouldnt say it was amazing, just ok. Rooms are dates, beds are hard and if you cant sleep until five am well thats not much of a holiday is it. But view and prettiness of island is fab.
What a setting!
just got back from fortuna, had a lovely fornight. agree with previous guests that the outside of the building needs a facelift, but don't let it put you off. the interior is ok but could do with modernising. we were also troubled by the noise from loud music from the mainland which is a shame as porec is a beautiful town steeped in sunshine. as the travel company charges extra for sea view rooms we feel they should address the noise issue and install sound proof windows as the trip boats also make a loud noise when they set of 7-8am! but the view across to the harbour is wonderful and the dinning room looks as though it has recently had a new outdoor verander added and sitting outside of an evening overlooking the harbour whilst enjoying the lovely food and free wine is a wonderful end to a relaxing day. we found the pool area noisy and prefered to go to the rocks on the back of the island, (airbeds are cheap in the supermarket next door to the hotel porec on the mainand)so we got our moneys worth from them and then gave them to other guests on departure. the rocks are interesting to explore and you can buy soft fabric shoes from the supermarket for £4 as the rocks are sharp in places. altogether we found porec and fortuna delightful place and as there is very little for children and teenagers it is a nice place for couples. the sunrise(only saw it once when we were up early to go to venice) and sunsets and fantastic
"NO AIR CON ANYWHERE ON THE ISLAND, NO FRIDGE IN ANY ROOMS, AGHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Listen, if you have booked here, swap hotels immediately for one that at least has air con - the noise over the water is deafening (we are only young also).
The island is fine but you can use it if you want by booking in over the water and taking a taxi boat (as most Germans and Italians seem to). The room service is 0, far too hot and noisy to sleep - the staff are exhausted and we seriously were going to check out after a week. All amenities are really to be found on beautiful Porec.
The wine in the canteen is awful, the cantine is a cattlemart - positively the worst hotel I have ever been to. The hotel appears to live off returning customers (in their sixties) and reputation. They have to modernise this hole if they ever want to move on. Sorry for the review but it is honest.
OK Hotel - no a/c...
we just returned from the hotel -- no a/c was the biggest issue...it was VERY hot...and not all rooms are created equal. first room was TINY and no air...2nd room was more like a suite w/harbor view - room 201 - much nicer and more air. we had no problem w/noise.
they will rent you a fan for a small daily fee. i think htl is scheduled to be renovated next year. very tired. desk personnel very helpful. someone's husband drove us around to sightsee for an entire day for reasonable fee. get to "beach" early to get a chair. b'fast was fine. hotel diament is 3km away and i think has a/c. may be worth checking out - but it may not have "beach". water to swim in at fortuna was great. once renovated, it would be a great place. we enjoyed the town. be sure not to miss medieval section which is all the way to the left around the bend after you exit boat.
We rely on the reviews of trip advisor for every holiday and hotel we book and up to now have not had any problems. We thought the trip advisor reviews of this hotel were well worth taking the chance of booking a 3 star but unfortunately on this occasion we were wrong to do so. We do normally go 4 or 5 star. This hotel is in much need of modernisation. It looks like alcatraz and badly needs a lick of paint . The hotel sea view was fantastic, the island is very beautiful but is desolate, with lots of run down empty villas around the back of the island. There is a little boat that ferries back and to to the centre which at first is a novelty and seems a lovely little trip but when everyone is clambering to get a seat then it can get a bit frustrating. Plus the waiting around is a pain every time you want to go over to the centre. We arrived in the evening staff and Croatian people were lovely. The heat in the hotel hits you when you walk in as there is no air conditioning. We asked for a fan and were told there would be one in the room the next morning for £2 per day charge. The fan was not very good at all. We swealtered all night and were kept awake with the boom boom noise from a very late night club nearby. We had decided we would ask for a move at the welcome meeting at 11 the next day and opted to get a sunbed around the pool after breakfast. The white plastic sunbeds had no mattresses - you had to put your towel on and lay on the hard beds all day. Hubby had not had much sleep and fancied an umbrella - none available all gone. When we looked around there were many available anyway. The next day at 9 am the queue for the sunbeds was amazing - although there were plenty of beds the wait was for the umbrellas. People were tipping the pool attendant and he was putting towels on the beds and reserving umbrellas before he opened the gate. By 9.05 they had all gone. We were very lucky and rang up another Thomson hotel - upgraded and moved. Our holiday then began. We had a lovely time in the Diamante fully air conditioned plenty of sunbeds and unbrellas, food good, much worth the extra. In July and August you most definitely need the air conditioning and a decent sunbed. Apparantly the hotel is being renovated in 2009.
Somewhere in between...
Have just got back from a week at the Hotel Fortuna in Porec. It's not a bad 3 star hotel, I think you need to remember that you are visiting a country (no disrespect intended to any Croatian readers) which is not as affluent/developed as the UK/US/Ireland etc. The other thing I think some of your reviewers don't appreciate, you are sharing this hotel with people from different countries, they have different cultures which can appear rude. The Croats don't really do happiness and "have a nice day". The Germans confusion with queuing etiquette is well documented. The Italians and Croats don't do personal space, there were times when sunbathing that I thought people were going to sit on top of me (and not in a nice way).
The main problems with the hotel have already been mentioned on this site, no air con, no room fridges and noise. Noise/heat is a bit of a double edged sword, we were allocated a room on the 3rd floor at the front, the 3rd floor is like a sauna (it was 35 degrees on a few days) so we opened the windows at night and were blasted with hits of the 80's from across the water. The noise really carries, not just music but boats, mopeds etc. I am a light sleeper so brought ear plugs and managed to sleep without much problems. I was occasionally woken by YMCA around 4am. My wife had no problems sleeping, she likes the Village People. On the third day we asked for a change of rooms and the Bonnie Tyler look alike on reception got us a room on the second floor at the back. It was very quiet and (useful tip) the second floor is no where near as hot as the third (it's still "sleep naked on top of the sheets with a fan" warm though). The food is fine, not quite Gordon Ramseys but it hit the spot. You're not obliged to eat in the canteen, dinner in one of Porec's many restaurants is quite cheap (about £6-8 for a main course). The wine in the canteen isn't great but the beer is nice. The staff were very friendly and helpful (especially compared to restaurant staff in Porcec!). Some useful tips, bring a pool towel! It might sound obvious but we presumed they would be provided and had to buy one (like we don't have enough towels already). Buy some diver type shoes (can be bought in Porcec for around £10) for entering the water, the shoreline is rocky, I bounded in to the sea Zola Budd like and ended up looking like I'd been nailed to a cross. Thankfully there were no sharks in the vicinity. There is a supermarket next to the casino (near the main pier) - buy bottles of water, we kept running out and ended up buying them at double the price in the bar. If you go to the beach you have to hire sun loungers - this was no problem except on Sundays when hordes of geriatric Germans/Italians and Croats descended on the island. Finally, when boarding the ferry, don't expect a nice orderly queue, my advice to you is to join in the fun, sharpen your elbows and get on that boat! Except when an angry looking man is on duty, no one dared storm the boat on his watch. I heard lots of English visitors complaining about the queue manners of other countries, but if you saw the scrum at Pula Airport when our Ryanair flight to London was called - the words "pot" "kettle" and "black" come to mind. Overall it was a very enjoyable week.
HOTEL FORTUNA POREC
HI. WE ARE GOING TO THE ABOVE HOTEL IN jUNE FOR TWO WEEKS AND JUST WONDERING IF ANYONE HAS BEEN TO STAY THERE RECENTLY, HAVE READ MIXED REVIEWS OF HOTEL AND JUST GETTING A LITTLE WORRIED. ANY IFO WOULD BE GOOD.
RE: HOTEL FORTUNA POREC
Try to found private accomodation in Porec, you can choose room or appartment.
You will save a lot of money and enjoy feeling like at home. Also meet lot of local people probably some friend for life time.