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Valamar Club Dubrovnik
Ranked #27 of 68 Hotels in Dubrovnik
Reviewed 2 March 2010

We stayed for a week at the Valamar Club Dubrovnik during the first week of May 2009, and traveled with Thomson - well recommended. Flight and transfer went very smoothly and Thomson reps were very helpful. My husband and I traveled with our 4 year old son. We went on an all inclusive basis, but it was full board with drinks included with meals. We found it very good value. We were very lucky with the weather and only had a couple of showers over the week. It was pleasantly warm and neared 25degrees on some days, and was a lot warmer that we had anticipated.

The hotel is situated a few miles outside Dubrovnik city and is situated by the sea. It was lovely to see cruise liners passing through into Dubrovnik harbor. It has a lovely outlook over trees, hotel grounds out to the islands, sea and mountains. We paid extra for a sea view, and it was worth every penny. The best view I have experienced from a hotel. The sunsets over the mountains were breathtaking. Our room was on the small side but had modern furnishings and a small but modern bathroom with an excellent shower, no bath, but this wasn't a problem. The room was on the small side but was fine for what we used it for. The breathtaking view more than made up for it. As it was early in the season the pool water was very cold, but it didn't stop my son having a dip and he loved it. Also excellent playground for kids and a mini club, plus plenty of activities going on for all the family if you wanted to join in, but there was not pressure and we pleased ourselves. There was nightly entertainment for those who wanted to have a drink in the bar, but we tended to have a stroll around the hotel after dinner. We slept very well during our stay.

The nearby beach Copacabana was disappointing. Its a few minutes walk from the hotel. It was some sort of rough gravel and very uncomfortable to walk on. We walked to the Lapad beach which is a nice walk along a tree lined path which starts near the Dubrovnik Palace hotel. It must be a couple of miles about 15 minutes walk from the Valamar Club. We had trouble trying to find the path to begin with, but asked for directions. We stopped on the way and had a coffee in a cafe which has lovely views over the sea. The Lapad area has a promenade and has restaurants and a park and some amusements for kids, its was a nice change. The beach has fine pebbles, but the water is lovely and clear. But it was a little cold for early May. It was generally quiet because it was early in the season but Dubrovnik was much busier as there are daily visits from the cruise liners.

There are a few shops and cafes near the hotel - souvenir, groceries mainly. We went into Dubrovnik twice on the public bus which was convenient but gets very busy. The bus starts at the Dubrovnik Palace Hotel. Tickets can be bought at the shop at the hotel for a few pounds each. We loved Dubrovnik. The city is a nice size so you can get around easily. We walked around the city walls and I think it’s a must. The views are breathtaking and there's something magical about it all. We found it clean and safe to walk around. Lovely ice cream too! We also took a trip out to Lokrum island. You can get a ferry from the harbor which was less than £10 return each, and I think free for under 5’s. It was well worth it. The island is beautiful and highly recommended. It has a botanical garden, fortress and has a natural pool and children's park and you can also swim in the sea. Also lots of birds, especially peacocks which are charming. It's tranquil and its cool in the shades areas. Very idyllic and restful.

Food at the hotel was lovely, lots of choice. It was very good value. Drinks were ok for the price paid. We also liked the option of ordering a picnic for lunch, you had to order before a time on the previous day. But it was very nice and convenient if you wanted to go out for the day.

Overall, we had a lovely holiday and would have liked to have stayed for longer. I would go back, but we like to visit different places and are thinking of taking a holiday in the Istrian region of Croatia this year, and staying in another Valamar hotel in the town of Porec. The standard and quality of the hotel was very good and we have been impressed with the Valamar hotel chain and with Croatia, it really is a lovely country.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 October 2009

travelled to dubrovnic on oct 4th.weather was fanastic,staff were very helpful and pleasant.hotel was very nice and rooms were very clean although a little on the small side.very good and clean shower,
Food in hotel was very nice and plenty of choice,
Good size swimming pool and i had a massage while there and it was wonderful.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank linles
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Reviewed 13 October 2009

Nice family oriented hotel with a large pool, lots of activities and animation. Also good location near a beach and good views.

Stayed: August 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 September 2009

Having read some of the reveiws from earlier in the year i was a liitle un sure as what to expect from the Hotel / area. As you can see from my Title we had a great time. As with every where you cant please everybody, but a always work on the basis that you are on holiday and make the most of them. Firstly the Hotel on first impression from outside isnt the Ritz but having seen pics on here easnt a surprise to me at all, once inside and beyond that "perfect". i earlier read a reccomendation to book a sea veiw this is a must as it adds to the size of the rooms, and the endless stream of boats and cruise liners passing by becomes part of your holiday. The pool area is spotless, as was most of the hotel on our visit, The staff both on reception and in the Restaurant were most helpfull, and at most very curtious..which we found very surpriseing again having read earlier reviews.The near by beach, again came up trumps with a couple of well stocked bars to help with the hot waether which was excellent. I saw a note earlier about the beach being small, but if you move round the bay a little you will find a bit more room rather than just pitching at the first point you see!! Ther hotel is also in a great spot to get to other resorts notibily lapad which is around 10/15 min wak, and Dubrovnik which is a lovely city around 20 min bus ride at acot of 10k each way. There is also am independent agent desk at reception which organises day trips to which we found were at least half price from what our tour company was offering.......all in all a great base in a lovely holiday location.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 August 2009

Stayed at the Valamar Club Dubrovnik in August 2009 with my husband and 10 year old daughter. Room was a bit small but clean and this was more than compensated for by the fantastic sea view of passing liners/boats and fabulous mountains. The pool and enterainment team were without fault with aqua aerobics every morning which I enjoyed. Also message's and facials at the pool very good given by qualified physiotherapists, excellent.Food was very varied and tasty and we all thoroughly enjoyed every meal. Dubrovnik people can be a bit cranky and intollerant but I found the staff at the Valamar in general very friendly especially the reception staff, extremely helpful. I would recommend the Valamar and would certainly return again.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with family
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Thank elgan
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Reviewed 20 August 2009

The hotel is in a fantastic location a stones through from the beach. It was always being cleaned throughout our stay and was spotless, the chambermaids were very good especially as we requested extra towels every day. The rooms are a bit on the small side but as we weren't in them very long this wasn't a problem.
There are steep steps down to the pool but there is another way round for pushchairs/wheelchairs. The pool area has amble sun beds and unbrellas; you can get towels from the pool office and you can pick up a beach towel token from the main reception. The beach is behind the pool and easy to get to but the beach is quite small and not sandy.
The food was good quality, plentiful with plenty of variety. One of my family members is lactose intolerent and another vegetarian but this didn't present any problems at meal times due to the wide range of foods available.
The staff were all very friendly and spoke excellent English. The animators (entertainers) worked really hard and there were plenty of poolside activities and entertainment. There were various different bands and shows in in the evening, something for everyone!
There are shops nearby but if you need a chemist - the midges are a problem - you have to take the bus into the nearest town. The buses run frequently and tickets can be purchased from the hotel. Bite cream is quite expensive so take some with you along with repellent.
Dubrovnick town is beautiful and the walk along the city walls is well worth doing. The cafes and bars within the city walls are more expensive than the ones a short walk outside the main gates.
The whole area is beautiful, the sea crystal clear and the people friendly.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 July 2009

Spent one week at Valamar Club, room was not ready on arrival 3pm in the afternoon. Hotel was clean, excellent location, room was small had to remove a table and chair so we could move around the bed. Balcony view was worth the extra money. Animation team was excellent. Unfortunately meal times were too restrictive, if you did not get there at least 15 mins before meal times closed staff were clearing away, restaurant staff very unfriendly, restaurant was noisy. Meals very repetitive potatoes, pasta, fish meat every night. Had to wait at the Grill for food to be cooked along with everybody else. Lots of steps from hotel to pool not practical with a pushchair so we went out of the hotel in the evening as entertainment was by the pool unless we did not take the buggy (hard work). Drinks in the hotel expensive outside of mealtimes, drinks with meals not same quality as the hotel drinks you could buy!! Close to Old Town Dubrovnik which was lovely, like a little venice. This hotel could easily become a 4* but I do not think they can be bothered, would gladly pay extra on holiday price for soft drinks to be included all day. Not the AI you think, been to a lot better. Air conditioning in room set at 24C no lower so was difficult to sleep at night as too hot and could not leave balcony doors open for fear of being bitten alive by knats which were plentiful. Overall disappointed but one off the list for croatia.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with family
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Address: Iva Dulcica 38 | on the Babin Kuk peninsula, Dubrovnik 20000, Croatia
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Region: Croatia > Dalmatia > Dubrovnik-Neretva County > Dubrovnik
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#18 On the Beach Hotel in Dubrovnik
Price Range: £96 - £436 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Valamar Club Dubrovnik 3*
Number of rooms: 338
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Spend an action-packed, fun holiday in Dubrovnik's only family hotel! The only family oriented hotel in Dubrovnik, located on the shores of the scenic Babin Kuk peninsula and just minutes away from the old town, puts the spotlight on your family's needs. All inclusive light service and interconnected rooms are all designed for your peace of mind. You can relax by the spacious outdoor pool with a view of the sea or on the nearby attractive pebbly beach. Imaginative activities at the Maro Club, children's restaurant corner and an incredible range of sports and entertainment activities for adults make this hotel a firm family favourite in Dubrovnik. ... more   less 
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