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
- 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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