The most outstanding feature of this very good hotel is the staff who mange it. Not just the executives who are always available, especially Titania, but right through the spectrum of those with whom you may come in contact with.
The location is excellent on the Lapad peninsula. Excellent views out across the sea to some islands and the main estusry into Dubrovnik port. There are numerous places, oftrn seculded, where you can jsut turn off on sunbeds. Apart from the two pools you can swim in a protected sea ares. Being on a rock coat, facilities, such as bars & restaurants, are on a number of level. All are linked by lifts. The room we had was superb with a large balcony/terrace, bathroom with bath/shower and bidet although we are aware others were not so well furnished. Fridge/Minibar prices were the lowest we have ever found. The Ariston is part of a complex of three hotels aqnd you can use all three hotels charging sny expenses directly to your room.
The one downside to the hotel we felt was dining. Breakfasts were generally very good with a wide variety of items from which to choose. However if you are there for more that a day you will notice some inconsistency. A juicing machine and fruit were available for the beginning of out stay but this disappeared half way through - the machine had broken and they didn't have another one; on one day they had run out of butter; the toaster - there was only one- was incredibly slow and rather than toast the bread it just warmed it up. On the whole though breakfasts were very good and you never left hungry. The Zoe restaurant was the all day dining facility and while the quality of the food was good, and not expensive, it was not really exciting. Burgers, pizza, salads etc.The Mediterano Restaurant - in the same area as breakfast is served.- is both inside and on a very large terrace overlooking the sea. However the one meal we had there was very disappointing. It is buffet style and we found the cooked items to be rather mediocre; rubbery turkey kebabs, warm vegetables etc. This we feel is something the hotel need to improve. Also available in the adjacent hotel is the Castile Restaurant but that looked like a much more limited menu.
Fortunatly opposite the hotel is a beautiful little park within which is a wonderful restaurant, aptly named 'Komin'. The food here is excellent, very reasonably priced and a beautiful open area to spend the evening under the trees. At the other side of the park, 10 minutes walk, is a small shopping precinct with further restaurants.
Within 3 minutes of the hotel is the terminus of bus route 6 which takes you right into the main gate to the old city. The is very fortunate as you will always get a seat on a bus that fills up after one or two stops.
All in all a very enjoyable stay.
- 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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