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“Well run hotel” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Valamar Argosy Hotel

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Valamar Argosy Hotel
Ranked #19 of 66 Hotels in Dubrovnik
Certificate of Excellence
Edinburgh
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23 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Well run hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2009

Not long back from a week at the Argosy. This is a very well run hotel so any criticism applies to the infrastructure rather than the service. We were on the highest floor on the central block, which unfortunately is an "open" atrium so noise from reception area rises easily and when that area is busy with people this noise permeates the bedrooms. Also the sun bed area is too small for this size of a hotel. The restaurant is a bit like a school dining hall - but fortunately there is a marvellous terrace area where guests can dine al fresco (as long as it doesn't rain). Also, the terrace is large and there is usually no problem getting a table - even at the height of the dinner serving.
The staff, meanwhile, were both very helpful and polite and the establishment gave the impression of functioning very efficiently. Therefore, I'd have no hesitation in recommending Argosy (though don't get lumbered with a room above the car park - we did on the first night but they agreed to move us after that).

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Valamar, Online Community Manager at Valamar Argosy Hotel, responded to this review, 25 August 2009
Dear Valeman, thank you for your review and recommendations. We are glad that the Agrosy Hotel staff met your expectations. We hope to see you again. Best regards to Edinburgh from Dubrovnik
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2009

We have just spent an excellent week at this hotel, the service was very efficient and friendly. The room was comfortable with aircon, tv, hairdrier. Breakfast was varied, cannot comment on dinner as we went to the old town or the local bars to eat. The pool bar does a limited range of snacks at lunchtime, go to the shopping centre ( a few minutes walk) if you want more choice.
10 kunars on the bus to the old town but buy your tickets in the hotel shop and it is only 8 kunars, bus stop is only a short walk from hotel. Dubrovnik is a wonderfull old city and a walk around the walls is a must, but do it late in the day or it is too hot. We did a 3 island boat trip and one to cavtat which were both very good.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Valamar, Online Community Manager at Valamar Argosy Hotel, responded to this review, 25 August 2009
Dear PortsmouthPesty, thank you for the review and positive comments. We are happy that you have been exploring Dubrovnik and its surroundings, as we most certainly recommend. It is really worth a while. Visit us at the Adriatic again. Best regards to Portsmouth.
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2009

This is a lovely hotel in beautiful grounds with fantastic views over the Babin Kuk Peninsula. The staff cant do enough for you & I totally disagree with other reviews I've read that say the Croatian people are miserable & abrupt. We didn't find this at all. Everywhere we went we received a warm welcome & great friendly service.

The food at the hotel was amazing. Loads of choice - different every day - & nothing was left hanging around. Lots of fresh, nicely cooked fish, meats, veggies & salads. Always plenty of fruit & lovely puds - the best blancmange!!

I cant say enough good things about this hotel - you have to go & see for yourself.

The only downside to our holiday was the weather but instead of staying by the pool all week we had to go sightseeing & I'm so glad we did - Croatia is stunning!

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
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Valamar, Online Community Manager at Valamar Argosy Hotel, responded to this review, 25 August 2009
Dear Lazybag, thank you for this review and extremely positive comments. We hope the weather serves you better next time. We are happy that you enjoyed an active holiday and exploring our country. Most kind regards to London from Dubrovnik. See you next year.
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2009

The Argosy is a really good three star hotel. It doesn't have the fancy trimmings that come with the pricier hotels, but the rooms are clean, comfortable and spacious. We stayed half board and could not fault the food. Plenty of choice and lots of healthy options too.

Free pool towels are available, which saves valuable space in the suitcase. And our rep - Elmir - was really great. Lots of handy hints and tips about dubrovnik - like using the entrance by the harbour to start the walk around the fortress wall in dubrovnik, much fewer steps and means that you don't have a big long climb at the end, when you are hot and tired!! And buying your bus tickets in the hotel to receive a discount on the price.

The hotel is part of a larger complex with three other hotels - all of which were more expensive than the argosy. After having a sneaky look around them all, I think the Argosy definitely represented the best value.

Don't be fooled though, croatia isn't as cheap as you may think - average price of a beer is about £3 and soft drinks £2, and wine is also relatively expensive (even the local stuff!). Would really recomend visiting cafe buza (check out the other reviews on site for buza - is well worth seeking out the one without the railings for a really relaxing drink, good music and great scenery!)

If we go back to dubrovnik in the future we will definitely be staying at the Argosy.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank MrsA2
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Valamar, Online Community Manager at Valamar Argosy Hotel, responded to this review, 25 August 2009
Dear MrsA2, thank you for the review and positive comments. We are glad that you chose Dubrovnik for your holiday. We will pass on your compliments to Elmir. Visit us at the Adriatic again. Kind regards to London.
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Yeovil, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2009

Recently returned from the wonderful city of Dubrovnik and we spent a week at the Argosy. The hotel is nice, clean and fairly modern. The food was fantastic on the whole with a good range and excellent staff in the dining area, the wine however was very expensive throughout the complex. We were woke up some mornings by building work of a new construction opposite but the main complaint would be the lack of entertainment at the hotel and surrounding area.
To get a bus into town was easy enough but could be very hot and crowded during the day.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank EnglishAshman
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Valamar, Online Community Manager at Valamar Argosy Hotel, responded to this review, 25 August 2009
Dear EnglishAshman, thank you for the review. We are glad that, apart from enjoying the holiday, you enjoyed our food as well. We are happy that you found Dubrovnik fascinating. Visit us at the Adriatic again. Best regards to SW England.
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Edinburgh
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2009

My fiance and I have just returned from a one week stay at the Argosy and found it to be an excellent hotel in a great city. We booked a sea view room with balcony (on the 4th floor) – if you can afford to upgrade to this I would thoroughly recommend it, the view from the balcony was fantastic! The room was very good, everything seemed to be quite new and the bathroom was very spacious. The room was also very clean, the maids seemed very friendly and were happy to leave your room until you had taken down the 'do not disturb sign'. In fact, all the hotel staff were very helpful and friendly, as were Croatians in general.

The pool was also good, there never seemed to be an issue getting a free sunlounger and the pool side bar provided salads/sandwiches for lunch and drinks. A trip to the nearby Copacabana beach (only 10 mins walk) was well worth it as well.

We were only bed and breakfast so can't comment on dinner but the food at breakfast was good with a varied selection.

There are only a couple of restaurants nearby, these are located in the 'shopping centre' which is only a 5 minute walk away and were cheap and cheerful! We found a great little bar in the centre with a fountain beside which was only 15 kuna for a small beer or wine (around half the price of the bars in the old town).

Most nights we went into the old town for dinner (using the number 6 bus, which took approx 20 mins and cost 10 kuna). There was a lot of choice here and it was nice to sit in the bars on the pavement and soak up the atmosphere.

As for daytime activities, we walked around the city walls one day, which is thoroughly recommended (but perhaps not at 12 noon when we did it as it was extremely hot!). We also did day trips to both Mostar and Montenegro, which we booked through the 'hospitality desk' at the hotel. Both these trips were excellent and interesting but if you were only able to do one I would recommend Mostar – it was a very interesting place which was very different from Croatia.

So overall, I would say we loved the hotel, the city and the country. We will definitely return to Dubrovnik and will most probably stay at Argosy again.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Keith_and_Fiona
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Valamar, Online Community Manager at Valamar Argosy Hotel, responded to this review, 25 August 2009
Dear Keith_and_Fiona, thank you for this review, extremely positive comments and photographs you decided to share with the Tripadvisor community. Such impressions are always nice to hear, and they encourage us to become even better. We are glad that you decided to explore Dubrovnik and take trips to the neighbouring regions. It is really worth a while. We are looking forward to seeing you again. Best regards to you, your fiancé and, of course, to Edinburgh.
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2009

My daughter & myself have just returned back from Dubrovnik after staying at the Hotel Argosy. We can't fault the hotel service and accomodation, the food was excellent and the service spot on . The only problem is the lack of entertainment in the Hotel, as there is nothing in the local area & you have to go into the town centre for any kind of entertainment.

The bus service is brill and is cheap into Dubrovnik , it only cost's 10 Kuna to travel into town & the journey is enjoyable.

  • Stayed June 2009
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Valamar, Online Community Manager at Valamar Argosy Hotel, responded to this review, 25 August 2009
Dear Loz811, thank you for the review and positive comments. We are glad that you chose Dubrovnik and Argosy Hotel for your holiday. Visit us at the Adriatic again. Best regards to you, your daughter and Newcastle upon Tyne.
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Property: Valamar Argosy Hotel
Address: Iva Dulcica 140 | Babin Kuk, Dubrovnik 20000, Croatia
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Region: Croatia > Dalmatia > Dubrovnik-Neretva County > Dubrovnik
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 On the Beach Hotel in Dubrovnik
#18 Luxury Hotel in Dubrovnik
#19 Romantic Hotel in Dubrovnik
#20 Family Hotel in Dubrovnik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Valamar Argosy Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 308
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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