We visited the Valamar Argosy Hotel at the end of September.
The Argosy Hotel is located on the Babin Kuk peninsula, at the opposite end of Dubrovnik to the Old City. It is surrounded by 4 other Valamar hotels and has an old shopping centre attached to one side. It is set in lovely gardens and has some great views across the sea from some parts of the public areas and swimming pool. We arrived by car and there were good signposts from Dubrovnik, giving directions to the hotel. There was enough car parking near to the hotel, although at weekends this can get very busy. There was a bus stop a few minutes walk away with buses to Dubrovnik and the Old City every 10~15 minutes during most of the day.
We had paid extra for a sea view room with a balcony, and I was really very glad we had done so. It was very nice to wake up in the morning and have lovely sea views from our bed, and to sit on the balcony in the evening watching the sun go down. There are a lot of quite large trees and bushes in the garden, very close to the rooms, and some of the lower rooms must have been a bit dark and not very nice. Our room had wood laminate flooring, reasonable beds, and a clean, and functional bathroom. although reading some of the previous reviews, not everyone has been so lucky.
We found the restaurant staff very friendly and helpful, and the food available at the breakfast and evening buffets were generally very good. The bar staff were very sow and a bit grumpy most of the time, and I had to wait a long time to be served on a number of occasions. The evening entertainment was sometimes good, especially the Bulgarian Tenor, who had a really wonderful voice, although he did say it was the last night of his hotel contract and he was then going to the UK to further his career.
The pool is freshwater and was quite cold in September, as it is in a shaded location so doesn't get the sun warming it up much. The hotel provide towels for use around the pool, but these should not be taken to the beach. if you ask in the Argosy, they tell you to turn right and use the two public beaches a short walk away These are quite nice with bar/restaurant and you have to pay for the sun beds, umbrellas etc.However, the nearby Valamar 4* President hotel is the only hotel to have a beach (pebbles) with very nice swimming areas. I believe that all of the beaches in Croatia have to have public access, and as many local families do at weekends, it is possible to walk into this beach from the other side of The President to the Argosy (on the Argosy side there is a fence and gate). If you want to be very naughty, you can take your towels from the Argosy pool and use then on the President beach (they are identical towels) This way you don't need to pay for the sunbeds.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Romantic garden paradise in Dubrovnik's green oasis Set in the picturesque and peaceful Babin Kuk peninsula, the Valamar Argosy Hotel welcomes you as a newly refurbished and upgraded 4* hotel. Its stunning landscaped gardens, stylish rooms, infinity pool and wellbeing area, all set the scene for an ideal relaxing and romantic getaway. With the old town of Dubrovnik just 15 minutes away and a selection of beaches at your fingertips, you can mix and match the activities you love to create your own unforgettable Croatian holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Argosy Hotel Dubrovnik
- Argosy Dubrovnik
- Hotel Argosy Dubrovnik