*Room - Spacious bedroom with modern decor. Large "spotless" bathroom with shower(adjustable)/tub combo and ammenities. Everything looked brand-new. Comes with white terry slippers for comfort. Not crazy about closet hangers that are permanently attached to the rod. Windows looked fairly new but the way they open is very tricky. It opens out at an angle first, then slides open sideways so you can go out to the balcony. It took us a while to figure it out. Wi-Fi works great in the property and you can get the access code from the front desk.
*Facility - Outside the building could use some updating/touch-ups. Property is well-maintained though. Lounging areas by the pool looked very cozy and inviting (though we didn't get to use much.) Going down the steps to the beach you can see stunning view of Adriatic Sea, but it might be a challange for guests with disability.
*Restaurant (Breakfast buffet) - Good selection of hot entrees(meet/egg/veggie), cold cuts & cheeses, fruits (fresh & compote), varieties of flavored yogurt, assortment of bread/pastries.
Would have loved to have some waffles but they were not offered. Selection of teas was good but "pineapple juice" I had tasted like slightly sweet water. Overall the buffet was very good value though.
*Front Desk - Multi-lingual staffs were very professional, polite and efficient. For some reason they want to hold on to your passort, instead of making a quick photo copy and give it back to you. Make sure you get your bus tickets there for 12kuna (as of Aug'12) instead of getting them from the bus driver for 15kuna. Only thing I was not happy about was that they charged 8 kuna per guest per night at check-out for "Tourist Tax." I travel a lot and stayed at many hotels in Europe, Asia, Central America & Caribbean but have never been charged "Tourist Tax" separately at check-out. Caught me off guard a bit.
*Location/Access - as others mentioned it is easily accessed from the city by bus #6, which runs very frequently. Busy route but since the hotel is at the starting point of #6 you hardly have to wait (a bus or two usually sitting there) and you can always get a seat on your way to the city, and you don't have to worry about where to get off coming from the city since it's the last stop.
I would stay at Ariston again when I'm in Dubrovnik.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rising above the Adriatic Sea, Hotel Ariston 5* features 115 newly renovated rooms and a wide range of facilities which will spark the enthusiasm of any visitor, whether a holidaymaker or a business traveller. Minutes from the world-famous UNESCO site - Dubrovnik Old Town, enjoy the hotel's quiet and natural surroundings, expansive sea views and wake up to the sounds of waves. Charming, elegant and comfortable rooms will be your oasis to relax and unwind, in addition to multiple outdoor pools, a wellness zone and three restaurants with outdoor dining options. ... more less
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