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“retro feeling”
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Hotel Croatia
Ranked #12 of 19 Pula B&B and Inns
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“retro feeling”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2013

We selected the hotel based on the following conditions: wi-fi, parking, close to the beach, 3 stars. Seems to be excellent by pictures on site, so we sent reservation for sea view room.

We arrived at 18:00 and went to recption. Fisrt we got a room with hillside view (opposite side of building compare to sea) fully with trash (pet bottles, cigarettes etc.), so went back to reception where they said no rooms with see view. After some negotiation that I booked a room with see view etc.... finally they offered to wait a room for cleaning, at the end I got my room 2 hours later at 20:00 p.m.

Advertised wifi does not exist, never has been. The only PC for private using was out of order, without network connection. (Mobile network doesn't know edge or fast connection in this area, such as mobile internet was not an option).

3-star hotel, but there was no fridge in the room.
Pool only 1, on side of building near to forest. Beach only 200 meters wide and 10 meter deep which was not enough for people from 800 rooms of this hotel + people from apartments nearby + local residents. My feeling was there is more space for canned herring in a tin.

The whole hotel area is covered by garbage, especially the beach. Everywhere used cigarette stubs, pet bottles and other debris, even collected plant waste in big clump in all side of park.

All inclusive food selection was good, but there was not so many variant of meals during 1 week.
Staff could not handle the crowd which came into that a small restaurant during lunch or dinner time. Because of the odd arrangement of desks, several chairs near to the walls were not covered. So many people was not able to take a seat.
Meals were presented on desks in stupid lines. Took lot of place from seats and even big place from restaurant, but was not able to pass. If you wanted only main meals, you have to wait in the line and pass also salads, side dishes first. Like 30 years ago in old socialist countries in kitchens in schools or kitchens at work places. Very old style, wasting of time, making angry people. So fully retro feeling.
Used plates were not collected in time, so they were left behind for the following people. There was no place to put or collect it. Had to leave on desk, but noone comes and take it. Also big fault of managment not to see this problem, even they were standing at kitchen door during all dinner time.
It was a regular sight; people eating dinner or lunch around the reception, because there was not enough space in the restaurant. Strange that this problem was not a problem for staff, just for visitors.
So easy to see staff is low paid, without competition and responsibility. Managment is totally out of this business.

Recommend for:
those who like years '80 and retro feeling of hotels. (Funny was to see more call boxes for interurban phone calls, near to reception, meanwhile everybody was using on IPhone or Androids in their hands.)
those who likes standing in lines half and hour for meals.
competition and fighting for food and place at lunch or dinner and place at the beach.
who does not want to go out of the hotel for a week, because the next city is not even close (Pula approx 20km).
who is on vacation without e-mail and telephone access and enjoy it

Not recommend for who:
doesnt like to see garbage on the beach and in the park of hotel
who can not accept that; every room is smoking room,
who wants to check some mails or keep connection with workplace or friends on internet during holiday
who doesnt like fully crowded beach
who doesnt like to stand in line and wait for hours for free places during lunch time,
who wants to walk in the evenings on plage and try various restaurants, ice cream, pubs (there is nothing like this)


This is a type of a hotel what you visit only 1 time and never come again.
Typical same impressions like 30-40 years ago in any socialist country, just here the time was stopped.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2013

We stayed at Croatia hotel twice and we will certainly do it again. first time we choose july (half board), second june (all inc lusive). Recomendation is second, cause indoor pool is open in june (in case that its raining outside), which was both times 2 out of 10 days :( and cause we spent less money second time. It was one of the best vacations. It was not crowded, noisy... the only thing we did not like was that there is no free internet access

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Additional Information about Hotel Croatia

Property: Hotel Croatia
Address: Duga Uvala, Pula 52208, Croatia
Region: Croatia > Istria > Pula
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Pula
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Croatia 3*
Number of rooms: 241
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