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“The Hotel Uvala is OK, but itsn't a 4 start hotel!!”
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Hotel Uvala
Ranked #32 of 68 Hotels in Dubrovnik
Reviewed 20 October 2010

I have been there on Sept. 2010. The Hotel is a 3 start hotel, never a 4 start hotel.

When we just arrived we didn't have towels in our room, I asked the receptcion, I went to the 'concret' beach that is in front of the hotel, came back to my room and still we didn't have the towels. She said that she was alone and couldn't leave the reception.

They had to change our bed because the first night we couldn't sleep of the noises that the bed was making. At least that was quick, and it worked out.

The hotel has their own PC, but you have to pay for it. I have been in several hotels and now a days you don't have to pay anymore for 30 min. of internet!! Please!!! that happens just in a hostel, no in a "4 star hotel"

We had just breaksfasts there. The breaksfast was OK., ALTOUGH if you want a fresh orange juice you have to pay AS WELL!!!! and if you arrive at 9.45am the menu will be really poor.

For a 3 start hotel is fine, but when you pay a 4 start hotel you receive something much much better.

About the location, if have to go again to Dubrovnik I would go to the Old town, I know..it's more expensive..but you don't have anything in the Lapad area..we went to the Old town twice a day..that was a waste of time and money.

Good luck!

Mariana.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 October 2010

We stayed for a week on a Thomson package.
First impressions were excellent. Loved the quirky reception area - tiny shoes set under glass in the floor. We had booked a sea view room, and it didn't disappoint. Views across the bay and out to the islands. Fascinating watching all the liners passing.
Room was large with lots of hanging space for a holiday hotel. Bathroom was clean and had bath with shower over. The balcony was big. with table and chairs and a useful clothes airer. Only minuses were smokers on both adjoining balconies made it a bit fumey at times. (rooms were non-smoking) and the balconies faced north, so never really in the sun.
The restaurant was a bit souless and could be improved by more mellow lighting at night. There was a good choice, although after 7 dinners it was beginning to feel a bit repetative. There was always a new salad choice or soup, followed by meat, fish, vegetables, potatoes, rice, pasta etc. Unusual breakfast choices - stuffed peppers and cheesey aubergines sometimes. The bread at breakfast was delicious. Staff were helpful and wine reasonable.
I used the pools. The indoor one was OK, but the outdoor one was freezing. There weren't quite enough sunbeds in the somewhat limited sunny area by the pool.
Location was good, with buses to the Old Town right outside. We were the second stop so always got a seat, but it was a bit of a melee coming back.
Recommend:-
Trip to Mostar - what a contrast to Croatia. Crowded and noisy but fascinating
Lokrum - easy boat trip and lovely walks
Cavtat - went by small boat - the sea had looked calm, but the boats are small so it was very rough, with waves soaking some of the passengers. Cavtat was a beautiful little place.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank worthingwanderer
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Reviewed 1 October 2010

room is clean and nice; staff is helpful and nice. had a massage in their wellness center. other facilities are very nice too. room is a bit small and it would have been perfect it's closer to the old town.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 12 September 2010

Having just returned from a week at the Uvala, and having read some orf the other reviews, I think there are some truths that need to be said about the Lapad area and the city of Dubrovnik. Certainly there is nothing wrong with the hotel Uvala, it is comfortable, and clean with friendly staff and excellent buffet breakfasts but the area of Lapad leaves much to be desired. The so called beach consists of two small stretches of pebbles separated by areas of concrete. We found the place to be incredibly over crowded, noisy, dirty, simply a fairly awful experience. Certainly in the surrounding area there are plenty of restaurants but they all serve a standard tourist fare, plain and uninspiring, over priced and over cooked.
The buses to Dubrovnik old town are frequent but they are also very over crowded. The locals do not have any culture of queueing and you will often end up standing. The old town itself is certainly beautiful but the tourist hordes spoil the experience. At times in the narrow streets it was almost impossible to move and we saw long queues to walk around the walls, an experience which has to be paid for. Although we some had some decent food, Sesame and Mea Culpa are recommended, most of the meals were poor value for money. It is easily possible to pay £70 for two courses with wine for the sort of food that that you would send back to the kitchen if served at home. I suppose it comes from being so long a tourist magnet but there was an air of being constantly fleeced in Dubrovnik, starting with the journey from the airport which cost £ 35 for a 25 minute ride. A boat trip to a 'sandy beach' was similarly disappointing. We were taken to two small islands first, then served an over cooked fish picnic and then to Lopod, where we had 2 hours. We were not told that the sandy beach was a 20 minute walk over the hill to the other side of the island, a journey that virtually nobody on the trip bothered with.
Certainly Dubrovnik is an amazing place but there is nothing there of particular visitor merit other than the place itself. I would recommend combining a visit with somewhere else, and I would give the Lapad bay area a very wide berth indeed!

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank pault27
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Reviewed 22 August 2010

What a wonderful find. A beautiful spacious room with a great view and huge balcony, warm and welcoming staff, great food, lovely pool - couldn't fault this place.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 August 2010

This was our first holiday in Croatia and would seriously recommend this hotel to anyone wanting a relaxing holiday in a first rate hotel. I can be very hard to please but couldn't fault this hotel on its service and cleanliness. Hotel staff are very helpful and its the first time in 22 yrs of overseas travel I have been welcomed by the hotel manager and shown around the restaurant enabling us to feel at home straight away. We paid a little extra for a sea view room and was lucky to get a 4th floor room with a spacious balcony and glorious views of Lapad bay. The room was spotlessly clean and the maids do a very good job to keep this standard up throughout your stay. Our bathroom was a good size with a very powerful shower which again was spotless. My only grip would be that as previously stated on a review the hotel does not make enough of the lovely veranda area overlooking the sea, this would be a great setting for outdoor meals and pre-dinner drinks. Also the pool area although well laid out was not tidied after each day and by the end of our stay there was litter still by the beds which I had noticed at the start of our week, also the some of the loungers need replacing.
Please take note Uvala this does not look good!!
In my view Lapad bay is a much too quiet for teenagers and I must admit I got a little bored after a few nights. Although Dubrovnik old town is only a short bus ride away and well worth a visit day or night.
We travelled with Thomsons and did Mostar and Korcula trips with them, with hindsight it would probably have been better value to hire a car and explore the area at leisure.
All in all an excellent hotel and holiday.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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1  Thank littleridingstar
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Reviewed 16 August 2010

From the moment we stepped through the door we were made welcome. On entering our seaview room, we were thrilled - bathroom was great. King size double bed was really comfortable.

Location was ideal with the regular bus service tot eh Old Town a real boon. Sometimes the buses are like cattle trucks as they cram everybody in.

Old Town is delightful. In two weeks, we did not cover everything. We had a fascinating walking tour looking at the impact of the 1991 War on Dubrovnik. The guide had lived through it and made it really come alive.

Went on a superb visit to Mostar - beware it is always hot there. Also went to Montengro. On both trips suffered long delays at the border. Border guards seem to work at ultra slow pace.

Three islands tour was excellent with a superb lunch with wine on board our boat. The Island of Lockrum was well worth a visit.

The food in the hotel was acceptable. Breakfasts were excellent. Wine a little pricey One evening we really enjoyed have a meal in Dubrovnik one night - the atmosphere was brilliant.

The staff ot the hotel were outstanding. The reception staff knew their stuff. Our room was spotless. Clean towels every day. The restaurant staff were outstanding. On day one the Manager met us as we walked into the restaurant, wlecomed us and explained how the meals worked. During our stay the waiters could not do enough for us.

Dubrovnik has a great range of concerts.. We attended an outstanding Guitar concert.

One minor nigggle is the TV package available. Germans, Italians, Russians, Croatins are all well catered for. The Brits only had BBC World and CNN. Both cover the same news storeis and neither cover what is happening in the UK. Why o why do hotels not take Sky News.

Overall one of our best ever holidays helped by the staff and the hotel. When we left the staff waved us off.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: Masarykov Put 6, Dubrovnik 20000, Croatia
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Region: Croatia > Dalmatia > Dubrovnik-Neretva County > Dubrovnik
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#19 Spa Hotel in Dubrovnik
#19 Family Hotel in Dubrovnik
#26 Luxury Hotel in Dubrovnik
#29 Romantic Hotel in Dubrovnik
Price Range: £54 - £174 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Uvala 4*
Number of rooms: 51
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This modern 4 star hotel is located in Lapad Bay, a quiet area dominated by the clear blue sea and shady green pine forrests, only a short bus ride from the Old town. A spirit of well-being is present throughout the Uvala hotel – from the beautifully designed, non-smoking air-conditoned rooms with balconies overlooking the Petka Hill or Lapad Bay and the excellent spa facilities to the various selection of menues offered at the Mantala restaurant. Enjoy your complimentary breakfast at the summer terrace with magnificent views of the whole bay and the Elafiti archipelago. The Rozolin Bar is an inviting place to sip a coctail in the afternoon or enjoy your coffe in the morning. Uvala's Wellness centre offers complimentary use of both indoor and outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre as well as discounts on all other services. ... more   less 
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