I stayed at The Brioni Hotel for a week at the beginning of August.
Prior to booking, I looked over almost all of the Trip Advisor comments (!) to get an idea of the hotel's standards and was well aware that there was no air con in any rooms or reception.
However, nothing can quite prepare you for the 24/7 heat! it was relentless, especially at night. I had to stand in the supermarket just to cool down (one of the only places with air con!)
Aside from this one point, the hotel was fine. The evening food was delicious, with a selection of salads, bread rolls, cheese, meats, assorted pasta dishes to choose from, as well as hot food such as chicken, fish, curries, spagetti, roast dinners. There was also a selection of soft drinks, red/ white wine (which was actually surprising decent if you only had one glass, after that it tastes a bit like its burning!) and draft beer.
Its true that the beach consists of just rocks and concrete, but the sea is so refreshing and clear- you can see fish swin underneath your feet.
There are also a number of other hotels on the complex, and you can go to their "beaches" or pools if you're not a fan of the area surrounding Brioni Hotel.
There is a bus stop on the complex, and it takes about 10-15 mins to get into Pula town, depending on the traffic. There's also bike hire on site, which is a nice alternative to get around.
If you are not on a family holiday, I would recommend going out to Pula in the evening, as the hotel complex can be a bit family orientated.
The staff at hotel reception are helpful with planning and booking excursions, and there's quite a selection to choose from.
I booked this trip with teletext holidays, and was not expecting a 5 star luxury resort- as I didn't pay for that! What I got was (aside from air con) a functioning hotel, with friendly staff, nice food, and a place to crash at night so that I could explore Pula. Perfect!
This hotel is surrounded by beautiful scenery, and probably the one and only thing I would want to improve is the lack of air con.
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- Also Known As:
- Brioni Hotel Pula, Croatia - Istria