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“AMAZING hotel, GREAT staff, EXCELLENT food”
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Villa Magdalena
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Reviewed 11 June 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights. From the arrival to departure, we had the most amazing time. The staff did EVERYTHING and more to make our stay joyful and memorable.

We booked a 2 bedroom apartment, which was furnished with great, modern style and had a jacuzzi in the living room! Of course, the water in the whole hotel was thermal water (they have their own pipe directly from the ground), and thus, the water for the jacuzzi was thermal. The master bedroom had a large double/king bed, and the second room, 2 single beds. They were very comfortable. Bathroom was modern, and had a great shower; rain shower with 8 jets. The living room had a nice table, sofa, kitchenette (even with a kettle, where, by being British, with a love of tea, was welcome, and not many countries have electric kettles!), and large flat screen TV. We also had a balcony with table, chairs and lounger.

Throughout the hotel, there were some great paintings, abstract/Jackson Pollock style. We mentioned that we loved them,and is there a place where we could purchase them. The artist a (?retired) Doctor at the hospital lived locally, and the hotel called him, we went to his house, and we comissioned him to paint us some paintings! The hotel arranged this all, and is indicative of their customer service. Nothing is too much for them, and they bent over backwards to make our stay fabulous.

We chose half board, which was brilliant value. Breakfast had many options, juices, cereals, cheese and cold cuts of ham etc, fruit, hot items and they make fresh omlets, scrambled eggs, boiled eggs to order. The villa Magdalena omlet was memorable, so yummy! With smoked ham and chestnuts. The dinner is 5 courses, and the food was the most innovative we have ever had. There is huge emphasis on local produce, and they bake their own bread, make their own cheese etc too. We really loved the pumpkin seed oil used in many of the dishes, so much so that we asked where we could purchase some to take home. Again, nothing is too much for them, and they rang the producer down the road, and next morning he deliverd right to the hotel! We have ate at many good restaurants around the world, and can safely say, the food here is as good as any of them, definitely haute cuisine. Everything was made with love and the chef, whom introduced himself that first evening clearly has huge passion for making great food. Also, anything you don't like, would like something different, or would like more of, they would cater for this, by making something different, or second helpings! All the food was freshly prepared, and the presentation was lovely.

Brankica, our waitress was excellent, efficient, extremely friendly, and a joy to see every evening. She also rang the oil producer, and helped arrange us to meet and go to the artist's house. Above and beyond.

Mariana was also brilliant, and helped with our contact, and translate between us and the artist.

Brankica and Mariana are a CREDIT to the hotel. ALL the staff we met were incredible.

Upstairs is the wellness centre, with a large jacuzzi with many jets that you can change the settings of, a sauna, and an infrared sauna. They also have some comfortable loungers.

There are a few 'Termes' in the area, all having various sized, and different temperature swimming pools, with bubble beds, jets, jacuzzis, and loungers. They also have separate areas (with additional charge) that include many different saunas, steam rooms, jacuzzis, and relax areas. The 2 we went to were Terme Jezercica and Terme Tuhelj. Both were great, howeved We preferred Terme Tuhelj. The sauna world at Tuhelj was incredible. Huge. Around 18 different saunas, steam rooms, jacuzzis, 4 relax areas/rooms including waterbeds, and loungers attached with ropes to the ceiling, kind of like a hammock, which rock, very relaxing. Very 'zen' like, quiet and great place to recharge your batteries. Depending on how many hours you want to go for, swimming at the pools can be anything from 4-8 euros and the sauna areas, 10-14 euros.

So in conclusion, Villa Magdelena, is an AMAZING hotel. Thanks to ALL the staff for making our stay absolutely brilliant!

Room Tip: We chose the 2 bed apartment which had ample room, very nicely furnished
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

Spent 3 days with wife here , and plan on coming back as long as I can drive :-) Superb private hotel , rooms are spacious and cozy , and having a large jacuzzi with thermal water in your room doesn't hurt either .SPA is small , but has 2 saunas and jacuzzi , and massages offered were performed well and reasonably priced . Everyone was very pleasant and helpful , from first e-mail exchange to departure , you could feel that all want to make your stay memorable . But ( and this is a good but ) , Chef Mislav is not from this world . I have traveled all over the world and he was first Chef to ask what do I don't eat ahead of the meal ...Every single dish was prepared with precision and taste , and I cant remember last time I have had 3 hour dinner and did not feel bored . That does not happen here . We cleaned all our plates spotless . Also , breakfast served in our room was superb and plentiful . View is pleasant , with hills and small valleys , and major shopping centers are near Zagreb , only 20 minutes away by car - WESTGATE and Roses in Zacretje . Not much to do around Villa itself , but with service and accommodation like this , we didn't feel the need . Definitely recommending for couples or just singles who like good food . Vine list was sufficient , and prices for drinks and meals were another surprise , being more than reasonable . Go , enjoy , relax

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank vroc
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Reviewed 23 January 2013

The hotel is very romatic, expecially in winter when you can enjoy in the snow-view from the balcony. The food is very interesting. It is perfect for couples who want to be alone and enjoy having time for each other. The staff is friendly and everything is just fine. I would like to visit villa Magdalena again!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 January 2013

We stayed for weekends and it was very comfortable.
- Room is absolutely well equipped and very clean with in-room jacuzzi and unlimited use of sauna in top floor. The balcony is very relaxing and nice view but it was a pity that the weather was cold so we couldn't stay much time there.
- Super nice dinning. Compliments to the chef that every course he prepared was exiquisite! Dinner was 5 courses and with assorted wines to select. Breakfast was buffet, many selections of different food and it's no less than 5-star hotel. The home-made bread was delicious.
- Nice service. The staff were hospitable and kind. Special thanks to a lady name "Brankica" who served us with very much detailed consideration and kindness. It made our stay joyful.
- We get "welcome wine" and "free massage for 2 people".
- There is a very small swimming pool outside the restaurant however it's closed for winter.
- Only the wifi was not so well connected and in-room cable internet was not working. We stayed in room No. 31 and it doesn't have any signal. However in reception area the signal was stronger. So I stayed some time everyday in the reception to get wifi connection.

We would come back again to this nice cozy hotel.

Room Tip: Rooms near reception desk have better wifi connection.
  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank WangXiaoTing
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Reviewed 24 December 2012

My family and I were there yesterday after balet "Nutcracker" in HNK!
The food is brilliant and the stuff pleasant( girl showed us rooms with the jacuzzi!) ! it is expensive but for a reason! Atmosphere is great and quiet so you can enjoy family visit!
All in all, worth of visiting.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Thank KristinaG95
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Reviewed 12 November 2012

Staying in this hotel has been one of more pleasent experiances and I will surely be back! We didn't go to hotel spa because we had our own circular jacuzzi hot tub in room!
The food was also a huge plus and staff was more then helpful! Highly recommended hotel!

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Ivan M
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

It is a small hotel/villa. I was there just for short time, but experience was perfect.
Very nice apartments, nice view and private jacuzzi in living room.
Staff is very polite and make you feel very comfortably.
There is not much to say accept perfect and unique place for spending time with your wife/girlfriend.

Room Tip: If you can choose Junior apartment.
  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Tomas B
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Additional Information about Villa Magdalena

Address: Mirna Ulica 1, Krapinske Toplice 49217, Croatia
Region: Croatia > Central Croatia > Krapina-Zagorje County > Krapinske Toplice
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Krapinske Toplice
Price Range: £123 - £142 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Magdalena 4*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
First 4-stars small exclusive wellness hotel with most suites located in famous thermal and spa city Krapinske Toplice, only 45 km distanced from capital Zagreb.The hotel was awared as best boutique hotel of the continential part of Croatia in 2012. Hotel restaurant recieved many domesting and international awards, including GaultMillau. ... more   less 
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