We visited Zardar for a wedding and having looked at the reviews on Trip Advisor and considered the location, we decided on the Hotel Bastion.
The hotel is in the old town and part of it is built into the old ramparts and hence the name. We loved the hotel. The staff could not have been more helpful and treated us as friends rather than customers. We arrived fairly late but the restaurant is open until midnight, and our introduction to the hotel was a delicious meal on the terrace, listening to the music of two people playing the Spanish guitar. Our room was lovely; beautifully decorated, with an extremely comfortable bed and a wonderful view over the harbour. I had particularly asked for a room at the front and was delighted the request had been met. I was a bit disappointed that there was no bath, only a shower, but very impressed with the towels; they looked as if they had purchased new ones every day, they were so thick, soft and fluffy. But on one of the evenings there was no hot water - rather a disappointment. Breakfast was good, with a buffet supplemented by a menu of cooked breakfasts on request - no extra charge for this.
The location of the hotel was ideal, as the wedding reception was held at the Arsenal, directly opposite. It was also ideal for sight-seeing as everything was within easy walking distance. We were only there for a short time, much of it taken up by the wedding celebrations, but nevertheless we managed to see the Franciscan monastery, the remains of the Roman forum, the church of St Donat's, the Archeological Museum, the sea organ, and of course the cathedral, where the wedding took place. The weather was very hot and it was a great pleasure to come back to our comfortable air-conditioned room.
There was one slightly sour note however, although it would perhaps be a bit mean to dock a rating for this. I booked the hotel a long time ago, through an internet hotel booking site as the link directly to the hotel did not work. When I checked the wedding web site, I saw that wedding guests were supposed to get a discount at the hotel. Naturally I contacted the hotel but was told the offer did not apply as I had booked through an internet booking agency. No doubt the booking agency takes a commission but I find it surprising that the hotel felt that it was worth the loss of goodwill by not offering the discount anyway, as it was hardly my fault in finding out about the discount too late.
But this would not be enough to put me off staying here again; indeed, when we were in Zadar a month later for a sailing holiday we brought several sailing friends with us to the hotel for lunch when we were seeing the sights in Zadar befre the sailing began, and were greeted like long lost friends.
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- Also Known As:
- Bastion Hotel Zadar