The Ifka is a modern hotel on the Lapad Peninsula, approximately 10 minutes by bus from Dubrovnik Old Town. It fronts onto a busy road and has no grounds/gardens apart from a small terrace with tables and chairs facing the road. There is some seating in the entrance lounge/foyer, which also has a bar, but there is no residents' lounge or other public accommodation.
We found our twin room to be very clean and of a reasonable size, with ensuite wc and shower (no bathtub). Facilities included multi-channel television, air-con, telephone and room safe (key obtainable from reception) but no fridge/mini-bar or welcome tray. Beds were comfortable, although perhaps on the soft side for some. There was a small balcony with chairs for enjoying the balmy evenings.
Staff were friendly, helpful, and spoke good English; but the hotel boasted only one laptop in the 'computer corner' and usage rates were high.
The restaurant was clean and light, although rather lacking in atmosphere. The buffet breakfast was reasonable for a three-star hotel: sausage, scrambled or fried eggs (but no boiled ones!), fried ham and very streaky bacon. Cold offerings included cold meats and cheese, cereals, drinking yoghurts, bread rolls/croissants/pain au chocolat and fresh fruit. There was a choice of rather weak fruit juices, fruit teas and coffee.
The restaurant also offered daily and a la carte dinner menus at reasonable cost when compared with the indifferent eating to be found in the tourist traps of the Old Town. A number of good, reasonably-priced restaurants could also be found within easy walking distance of the hotel.
Although the frequent bus service (about 5 minutes walk to the bus stops) was convenient, the busy road was potentially very dangerous for children or the elderly; there was no pedestrian pavement for part of the way in either direction and parked cars forced walkers out into the traffic lane. So the weakenss of the Ifka for non-motorists is its location. At certain times of the day buses were very crowded and seating was at a premium!
Although we had no criticism of the hotel apart from location, it is probable that similarly priced accommodation could be found in more attractive locations - such as overlooking the Lapad beaches.
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- Hotel Ivka ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ivka Hotel Dubrovnik