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Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera
Ranked #1 of 21 Hotels in Zadar
Certificate of Excellence
London, England, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Can't say anything negative”
Reviewed 25 October 2012

Perfect location. Relaxed a lot.
Brilliant stuff. Very helpful and welcoming. They made everything easy.
Amazing rooms, view, sea. I felt I was in heaven.
Excellent facilities. Didn't want to come back.
Thoughtful details. I felt at home.
Luckily we had amazing weather and I had a little swim.
Thank you everybody who made our October break unforgettable.

Room Tip: Have a sea view room. You wont regret.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 October 2012

All is made so you feel in a boat.
If you like theme parks, you will enjoy this hotel.
Room size is very good and the sea views are fantastic ! However, everything is BLUE.
Staff is very friendly and common areas are great.
Spa is very large but treatments are not very professional. We had better elsewhere. For example, they sell you a "taylor Made" massage but never ask you what you want or which areas to work on so it is not very taylor made...
Food on the other hand is cheap. Again the staff is friendly and multilingual but the quality of the food is average.
If you HAVE to go to this area, I recommend it. Otherwise, try other areas of Croatia.

Room Tip: If you are looking for the toilets, they are located behind a door similar to the cupboard !
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 September 2012

Recently opened resort hotel, with all facilities. Nice gym and spa area. Breakfast buffet and service were very good.
Prices were however high (maybe reflecting my personal lack of experience of this type of resorts!)

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled on business
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Belgrade, Serbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2012

What can we say about this hotel that you do not already know or read about? We highly recommend it since it is incredible in so many ways! It has amazingly polite staff, ready to jump and serve you in a blink of an eye; clean and bright, modern rooms with edgy but comfortable design; several pools (including the one with salty water and Jacuzzi pool with warm water); costly but nice and relaxing massages, gym and spa treatments (which we enjoyed in for an entire day); delicious food which was in the form of buffet and which was that rich that we tried some things we have never had before in our lives (with lots of cooked meals, on-the-spot meals, desserts, fruits, yoghurts and drinks); amazing view from the room balcony and terrace one can only give himself/herself to, and amenities and surroundings which leave you nothing but in real zest!
However, this beautiful hotel has its shortcomings as well - it is quite distant from Zadar (you need some 15 to 20mins to reach the city by car) which can be a small constraint if you like to be close to urban surroundings and if you need something other than hotel services, but again lots of people love to be isolated from the city rush and Petrcane offers exactly that; the other thing which bothered me was very rocky approach to the sea...the hotel itself is on the island and it offers number of services which one can only imagine but again, my opinion is that one should not go to the sea and swim only in pools - there is nothing better when you dive yourself into frisky sea-salty water! You need to go along causeways which circle the hotel in order to reach the accessible part to the sea, which was quite far from at least our hotel and also very rocky and slippery, practically impossible to go into...they could have built some proper access to the sea, some pier or something so that parents with small children could at least give their little ones the insight into a real beauty and benefits of salty water... I repeat again that their pools are nice and clean and children-friendly but for the ones who want to feel sea water and swim in it, quite an effort shall be applied in order that a real place for sea-swimming is discovered on this gem of an island...

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 September 2012

We spent 6 days last summer with our 3 Kids in Hotel. Perfect. Beautyfull location, nice service, beautyfull pools and wellness. Our kids could go to the nearby Falkensteiner Hotel with all the animation they needed. The quality of swimming is very good.
We definitly can recomand this place.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2012

Hard writing this review some parts of this hotel are superb and yet more is poor especially at these prices.
Last year we stayed at the Kempinski in Istria and it was better, felt more permanent and had more staff especially when the staff numbers dropped sharply one Monday when all the students went back to college etc ...
We stayed for 11 nights and at no stage did the "meet and greet" manager ever speak to us or even show any inclination to do so, whereas the German speaking contingent didnt have this issue.
Be under no illusions this is an Austrian hotel aimed at German speakers the television has precisely three channels in English - all business related ( so much for relaxation ...) there are no English newspapers however spare a thought for the Russian visitors who didnt even get the menu's in Russian despite there being a lot of them at the hotel....
The bathrooms are wierd - the toilet is in a cupboard and an "Ikea" one at that and the curtain instead of wall to cover the bathroom doesnt really work and the only seating in the room was a temporary bed against the wall where the tv is and the bed, but then perhaps they know the tv isnt worth watching ...
The entertainment was decent quality but got instrusive and tedious every night and often ended after 23:00.
The food when it was good was superb especially the "egg chef" at breakfast but there were too many times when it was of inconsistent quality even at the same serving and the half board forces you to eat in one restuarant but not in the beach bar; which is just silly and reinforces my view the hotel is run for itself and not customer convenience.
The good parts : the beach and the pools are immaculate and not crowded and simply very relaxing. The free iced coffee and fruit that was brought around was a treat but the absence of staff meaning we had to go to order food / drinks isnt 5 star. However Croatia was experiencing water shortages and we saw bush fires less than 30km from our hotel, so the waste of water from the swimming pools was unacceptable - hotels need to be good citizens as well.
But escape from the hotel and take a walk down the coast road to the village of Petrcane and eat there and you wont be disappointed, although you are some way from Zadar (but then you knew that !) its worth going and then take a ferry to the islands but do not expect to go to salt lake on Dugi Otok and find yourself all alone - you wont be, as at least 5 boats were there when we were - dont bother walking down once in through the gate to the donkey sanctuary stop and sit beside the shoreline in splendid isolation.
Overall had this hotel not self - proclaimed itself a 5 Star and thus charged lower prices; we would have been very satisfied but a 5 star hotel is concierge level of service and the decor felt temporary and in places, admittedly outside the hotel, unfinished; this hotel is a long way from that.

Room Tip: further away from the "centre" of the horseshoe - less noise, better views but a longer wa...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Paris, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2012

This was a divine place. When you arrive they have prosecco or a non-alcoholic drink for you, and quickly and pleasantly check you in (while you have your drink and maybe sit on a comfy white sofa in the foyer). The rooms are beachy-contemporary, bright, spacious and super comfortable. Bathrooms have special spa soaps and amenities, and there is both a shower and a separate bath tub. Rooms have huge balconies with gorgeous sea views. The hotel is very large, and the property has lovely beaches (clean water) with chaise longues, discretely placed outdoor showers, and hammocks. There is so much space you have tremendous privacy and peace if you like. There is also a beautiful outdoor pool with stunning views, and ample sunning and relaxing space next to it and sprawling around it and down the paths to the hotel's own beaches. There seemed to be many spa features (which we walked past but did not use) and another glamorous indoor-outdoor pool. The restaurant bar by the pool has an almost California feel to it: it's contemporary, stylish and relaxed, and the lunch we had was great. We selected a fish to be grilled, and made a plate from the high-quality salad bar. They had all the touches, including fine olive oils and special mixes by the chef. You can have a healthy and delicious lunch in a gorgeous environment and really relax and enjoy the views.
Dinner downstairs was a treat with outdoor terrace seating, an enormous and good buffet and live music perfect for watching the sun set. It was a sparkling experience. Breakfast was another good meal with an extraordinarily large selection of food including a chef making to-order eggs and omelettes. The hotel is on a large property a bit away from Zadar, but perfect for a beautiful contemporary resort experience with plenty of spa amenities/options, good food and excellent service. The guests were varied: some "beautiful people" types of all ages, executives, honeymooners and families with adult children. (I saw only one family with young children, possibly because they have another property nearby which is designed as a "family" resort.) A note: there are long wide hallways and if you do not want to do a lot of walking to get to your room, make sure to tell the staff when you check in. I could imagine for some that might be a consideration. We would love to return to this hotel for a special treat to relax and swim and eat well and enjoy the atmosphere!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera
Address: Punta Skala BB, Zadar 23231, Croatia
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Region: Croatia > Dalmatia > Zadar County > Zadar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Zadar
#1 Luxury Hotel in Zadar
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Zadar
#2 Romantic Hotel in Zadar
#3 Family Hotel in Zadar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera 5*
Number of rooms: 210
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera is the first and currently only 5 star hotel in Zadar, Croatia. The hotel offers 210 rooms, multiple meeting rooms and 6,000 square meters of wellness surfaces. ... more   less 
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