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“Better than your average 4 star, but not 5 star”
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Ariston Hotel
Ranked #17 of 67 Hotels in Dubrovnik
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Pickering, United Kingdom
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“Better than your average 4 star, but not 5 star”
Reviewed 30 October 2010

Great hotel - modern and clean with views to die for.
Spacious and well equipped rooms - but no mini bar and no coffee making facilities. Huge, comfortable beds but air conditioning a bit underwhelming.
Great base for touring Dubrovnik - recommend the public transport bus which leaves every 15 minutes from a stop 150 yards from the hotel reception.
We went in October and the place had that awful out of season feeling you often get in parts of the med and the same was true of Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik is only good when the weather is fine and the weather was hit and miss for us. Also Dubrovnik is incredibly expensive for Brits given the poor exchange rate. Our daughter reckoned that restaurant food prices were higher than most parts of London and that's going some for food that is 20 notches below in terms of quality.
As for eating out, Dubrovnik was a huge disappointment, especially the vaunted Domino Steak House. It's all well and good serving a great steak, but when it is lukewarm along with the rest of the hideous meal components and the steak is overpowered by wretched sauces - we say avoid at all costs.
Recommend the Oliva Pizzeria - the closest thing to authentic italian and Strada.
We found that the best food was back in the hotel at the Restaurant Zoe - their 4 course set meal for 100 kuna (£12.50) was bargaintastic and excellent value. Well cooked using great ingredients and above all - piping hot. You can use the 10% off voucher available from the "Dubrovnik in Your Pocket" brochure near reception for a saving on both the food and the drinks.

Finally - despite what some reviewers have said, the buffet breakfast was reasonable, appetising and also extensive.

Overall, the hotel was the best thing about our stay

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 October 2010

This hotel is on a headland near the Lapad area. The sea views are magnificent. The Ariston is part of a 3 hotel complex. I booked separately, but it was clear that the hotel was used by coach tours on a regular basis. If you want boutique this is not for you. I had a corner room which meant a huge balcony, which I enjoyed. The room was clean. On arrival there was no kettle, but was produced quickly on request. Breakfast was adequate, but as usual when abroad the local fare was better than the "English breakfast". The restaurant was well staffed.
There is a bus which runs every 15 minutes from nearby the hotel to the old town. Buy your tickets at the hotel - cheaper and quicker than on the bus itself. And you get to see more of Dubrovnik than just the old town.
I did not use the restaurant in the evening. There is a coastal path to Lapad (15 mins walk) where there are many restaurants.
I was there for 4 days so hired a car for a few days. Easy to do. Most companies will allow an airport drop, which can work out cheaper than a taxi (the airport is 30km from the town).
I found the room rate high, given that there is a lot of competition for accommodation in Dubrovnik, and for that reason I would not stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 21 September 2010

stayed in a 2 bedroomed suite with a sea view,beautiful,2 bedrooms ensuite good living area with american kitchen ,also a shower room off living area,had moved from the Ariston hotel which is meant to be 5* no way.
On arrival,very dissapointed with main entrance to complex,did not realize how large (very) and spread out it was.Ate 1st night in the "zoe" restaurant,my husband given the wrong meal--we were the only couple in therestaurant--not a good sign
.breakfast,poor quality food,continually had to ask for a jug for milk,was given it in a tea pot also in a cup!!we feel that staff generally in croatia have a chip on their sholder.swimming area fine thought pool needs to be repainted,small,but the sea makes up for it!absolute heaven.we do not know why they have to have music " belting" out when one is trying to relax/talk to friends.hotel ( ariston ) is not 5*nor is the entire complex.its setting is its main redeemer!

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 August 2010

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

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 August 2010

When the taxi driver drove us to the hotel he said 'great hotel, fantastic views, quiet location'. We presumed this was the kind of thing he said to everyone - but once inside we completely agreed with him.

The purpose of our trip was a few days away somewhere where we could soak up the sun. The hotel had 3 pools & most impressive of all was the view of the sea (which you could also swim in via the various hotel steps). We were recommended a bar in the Old Town called Buza Bar which was supposed to have the best views in dubrovnik - we went there but felt it was no comparison to our hotel view. If your looking for a bar with a view try Giles - its quite expensive & a bit pretentious, but I would recommend you stop there for one cocktail just to soak up the view & admire the decor.

The rooms were clean & modern with A/C & nice outside patios. The food was ok - breakfast was a buffet & we only ate lunch which was pizza, salads etc. This hotel is about 15minutes from the Old Town by bus or taxi. If you take a trip into the Old Town we would recommend the Restoran Dubrovnik were we sat on a open terrace & had a 5 course meat/fish menu & wine for about £30 each. The food was good & service outstanding.

Our flight was cancelled on the way home so we had to stay for another night. The staff were fantastic and sorted it all out for us. We also had to check out at noon on our last day however our flight was not until a lot later. We stayed by the pool & then the hotel let us use the showers etc in the spa/gym area.

All four of us would go back there again without any hesitation. For the price we paid which was about £60 a night the whole experience was very good. I would recommend this to anyone.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with friends
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 August 2010

We returned from this hotel yesterday. I had originally booked a superior room at the hotel Neptune, but was placed in the Ariston which I believe is the better of the two. The room was clean, bright, perfect temperature and had a beautiful view over the Adriatic. We slept with our balcony door open, listening to the waves lapping up on the rocks. Lovely.

The hotel has 3 pools. 2 of which are sea water pools. These are located a little way down the steps away from the main hotel reception area. The benefit of this is that from our room, we couldn't hear a thing. Not even some of the banging trance music coming from the beach bar on occasion! The pools are located very close to the sea edge and the planning of sunbathing areas inbetween the rocks is very clever. It offers space and an element of privacy and gave me the opportunity to go uncharacteristically mad and launch myself into the sea from the rocks. Well, it had to be done...

The beach bar was great and a lovely place to chill out inbetween toasting ourselves.

There are 2 restaurants on site. One of them offers an evening buffet, which whilst ok (we tried it just the once when we arrived), was quite expensive for what it was. I would recommend bed & breakfast and then head out in the evening to the old town or on a stroll along the coast to the next bay where there are numerous bars/restaurants. I read another comment regarding unimaginative breakfast and couldn't agree more. Although it was decent enough and kept me going for quite some time, so can't grumble.

There is a lot of free space in certain areas, like the balcony by the Mediterraneo restaurant and I would thoroughly recommend they make use of these spots by putting in perhaps a pool table / air hockey etc. There is very little to do for kids. Although the little blighters seemed to find much amusement in running up and down the hotel corridors at night; possibly whilst their parents worked their way through the extensive cocktail menu at the beach bar. Bring your trip wire for additional amusement :)

All in all, a lovely hotel in a great location.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 July 2010

My wife and I really enjoyed this hotel. All staff but one (on lady at the front counter talked to us like we were a nuisance, but the others were great) were very friendly and were able to give us some helpful advice.

What was perfect was the location on the bus route path. The stop is a small walk, and it's the start of the route. this meant that you were first on the bus and generally got a seat, which I can't say for other stops as this bus fills up FAST. The other benefit to the route was that the old city is the last stop, perect for those of us who hate this part of any trip. The (nice) lady at the counter explained this to us and for about 30KN (I think) each, we got an all day pass (sold at the front desk). So basically we get into the city early at 8am (a must if you want to avoid the crowds), saw what we had to, left on the bus (which hadn't gotten crowded yet), and left back to the resort. We then swam, had a shower and set off back to the old city for dinner. The bus was very crowded at night both ways, but having the benefit of being the first on stop generally still saw us getting a seat. If the bus looked crowded we waited for the next and took a seat then.

Back to the resort.....swimming was excellent. There is no real beach (that I saw), there's a sun deck, and all through the rocky shore there is concrete patches leveling out the ground to allow for sun spots. This may sound odd, but it was perfect. The leveling out also applied to jump off spots into the sea. There are a lot of good spots and some high ones as well which was great for the brave. The water is deep immediately off the rocks so there is no worry of touching the bottom.

Rooms were perfect, we had a superior balcony ocean view and the view was amazing. The Ariston appears to be the newer of the Importanne resort so room and washroom seemed brand new. The only pain in the butt was the sliding door, which was very hard to get closed properly. You had to slam it shut at risk of doing some damage.

Parking for guests was first rate, the gents that receive you when ou get out of your car will take you to a designated spot, drop the barricade, and once you have parked, will put it up again. There is really no need for the car due to the bus, so leaveit there for your stay. This was no charge, and perfect!

We only ate at the restaurant for breakfast because the food in the old city is so amazing, but the free buffet was good enough. The buffet didn't have the typical North American food, but hey, your on vacation and there to experience new things. The food at the restaurant for dinner was a little $$, which makes going into the city even more appealing.

Finally, if you are visiting Dubrovnik, get a GPS, it'ssooooo worth it. The driving can be tight and figuring out where you are going is the last thing you want to be doing when the locals are driving like maniacs.

If I was to visit Dubrovnik again, this is the place i would stay, no questions.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Ariston Hotel
Address: Kardinala Stepinca 31, Dubrovnik 20000, Croatia
Region: Croatia > Dalmatia > Dubrovnik-Neretva County > Dubrovnik
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #17 of 67 Hotels in Dubrovnik
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Hotel Class:5 star — Ariston Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 115
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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