We spent a week here after an unfortunate experience in a neighbouring 4 star hotel. The owner Manager was extremely accommodating and very honest about his hotel. He described the overall resort as a good 4 star and the rooms in the Ariston as 5 star.
We had a seaview room in the Ariston - recently refurbished. Very comfortable, clean and spacious. Contrary to other reviews, we found the reception staff very helpful - organised a jetski outing for a birthday present. Two of the swimming pools were emptied every night and the pool/beach furniture was well maintained.
The food was good - the breakfast buffet was plentiful and frequently replenished. We did not book half board and there are so many great places to eat in Dubrovnik that I would not bother with half board - the menu looked quite limited and we enjoyed going out in the evenings.
The old town is a 15-20 minute bus ride from the hotel (tickets are cheaper purchased in advance from the hotel) In high season (when we were there), the buses are busy, not air conditioned and a bit of a bun fight , however they start from a stop near to the hotel, so we always got a seat on the outward journey and at the equivalent of £1 each way, it is pretty cheap. Old town is fabulous - very hot within the walls and lots going on until very late. Some lovely restaurants - we loved Poliksar (great pianist) and had a delicious celebratory meal at Gils (mixed reviews but we thought food was deliciious) Buza bar also a great find.
The alternative to the old town is a stroll from the hotel down to Lapad. The walk goes right past the beach front of the Ariston and although at night the path is not brilliantly lit all the way, it is a spectacular walk in parts and there are some lovely eating places - casa (on the harbour front ) was our favourite.
All in all a lovely holiday, we would return to Dubrovnik and the Ariston although next time, I would avoid peak season
- 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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