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Review of Falkensteiner Club Funimation Borik

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Falkensteiner Club Funimation Borik
Ranked #5 of 21 Hotels in Zadar
Certificate of Excellence
Denmark
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Hotel for a very narrow group”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2008

Compared to the price, this is my worst hotel stay ever.

Service (one small story - I have plenty more):
We were two guys traveling together and had as such asked for twin beds, but to our surprise we were met by the sight of one double bed + a bunk bed. After telling our situation in the reception, they promised to fix it and exchange the double bed with twin beds. Here began an unbelievable evening, where nothing happened with the beds regardless of more kind reminders. At last our patience ran out and we had to ask in a more demanding tone since we did not find our request unreasonable. And finally something happened - we came up to our room and another bed had appeared! To our astonishment they had put bedsheets on the couch! Incredible, but after going down the reception once _again_ the guy there was total indifferent to our complaint - not a single sorry or compensation or anything. After some discussion, he just left with the words that we could talk to the manager tomorrow. The next day, we tried to contact the manager, but he was not there and they promised to make him call us, of course he never did..

About the food:
The buffet is the same day after day. Well, of course it is not, but it all taste the same and it is certain that they are going with quantity over quality. That might what some people prefer, but I do not.

Most wasted 240 euros/night double room for me..

Might be good for a family, but why sell it to someone who has requirement you cannot fulfill?

  • Liked — Cleanness
  • Disliked — Service
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled on business
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank DK-travel-review
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Lymington, Hampshire,England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2008

Stayed in the "Ariana" hotel part of the funimation club complex.

We breakfasted at the hotel but had to go to the main funimation complex for lunch and dinner. Breakfast superb - a quiet restauant with excellent buffet eithe inside or or the terrace outside. Main meals were all buffet but cast of thousands - lots of children.

Restaurant times and bar times were fixed and no late drinking.

Definitely a family holiday concept - not suitable for those who wished to party all hours.

The accommodation was superb - a sitting room partitioned off from a double bed room by a sliding screen. Good airconditioning (35 degrees C outside) . Nice bathroom and seperate shower.

For our purpose (was judging at a regatta) it was excellent.

No lifts - its a two storey building.

  • Liked — Size and quality
  • Disliked — Balcony a bit too small to sunbathe on
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank david-the-banker
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San Diego, California
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244 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2008

We stayed at the Flakensteiner Resort with friends and family for 7 days. We had kids ranging from 10 to 18 years of age and everybody had a good time. The all inclusive option works fine, the kids LOVED the buffets which are themed differently every night. There are plenty of activities offered on and off the property (scuba diving, jet ski, banana boat rides etc.) and the hotel is conveniently located with stores in walking distance and the city of Zadar just minutes away. The staff is O.K. but far from outstanding, a smile seems hard to come by in Croatia.
The rooms are simple but very well maintained and very clean. It is clearly a family resort and I would not recommend it for travellers without children. But even with sooo many kids at the hotel, I found the noise level very tolerable and everybody was quite disciplined.
The bar service and the quality of drinks in the evening hours were disappointing and the lack of WIFI was a surprise as well.

  • Liked — Family friendly, good location
  • Disliked — Evening entertainment, friendliness of staff
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank BigCityCowboy
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Budapest
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2008

I´ve spent a week in March in Falkenstener`s Funimation Club Hotel in Zadar with my 2 kids and my wife. I have choosen the hotel based on my excellent experience at other Funimation hotel in Katschberg (Austrtia).

I was very dissapointed with this hotel. There is no reason to call it a family hotel. The hotel has only one indoor pool, the water temp was 27-29 C, not warm enough for kids to stay in longer. The warm whirlpool (outdoor) is in the sauna area. Family hours: 14.00-16.00. After lunch, when the kids are sleeping... Fulkyland, the playground are functioning only in the summer high season. So, there is absolutely nothing for children. The hotel looks like operating for tourist groups of retaired Austrians whom stay there for 2-3 days. (we met some 200+)

The room (suite) was OK, but some renovation needed. The food was not bad, but we had beef soup for every day, and there was no children´ buffet. All inclusive means beside the restaurant a bar, which is the farest point of the hotel from anywhere else, and open 10.00-18.30. Good for the older Austrians beeing there and playing cards all afternoon.

To be fair, the hotel should be much lively and better in the high season, as it is directly on the seaside with its own small private (sandy!) beach, with outdoor pools and slides.

I would rather going somewhere else in the low season with kids.

  • Liked — It has a nice wellness area.
  • Disliked — There is nothing for children.
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Attila73
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Melbourne, Australia
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19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2008

My husband and I stayed here for one night driving through Croatia. It was in the middle of winter. It was cold and wet so we didn't want to look around Zedar therefore we were hotel bound. Being low season a most of the resort was closed.

We both felt that the staff in this hotel did everything in their power to make us feel unwelcome. This resort is clearly for families and they dont want any body else.

It must have been a holiday camp during the communist era and it looks as though it was been done up on a shoe string budget. The room that we stayed in, which was at the front, felt like it could have been in a private hospital. It was very sterile.

Our stay here, though short, was very ammusing. It felt as though we were staying in some sort of institution.

  • Liked — leaving
  • Disliked — reception
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank travel35
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chicago
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26 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2008

This place was great!

It's like a campus with several different hotels on the property. I stayed at Funimation, and thought the rooms were fantastic. The bathrooms had a bathtub and shower; the rooms had a living room, balcony, a queen bed and another room with twin beds. It would be great for singles or couples. The room isn't huge, but it definitely has everything you need.

The property is wonderful. It's right on the sea, with several pools and water slides. I was there in the winter, so I could only image how wonderful it would be with beach weather.

The Spa is the largest Acupura in the country, and I highly recommend it. The sauna area is free, and it has a sauna, steam room, cabana area, whirlpool and several different temperature wading pools. There's also a work out room.

I am usually not a fan of an inclusive meals, but the meals were very good, and there were so many options. Breakfast had several meats, three different kinds of eggs, fruit, cheeses, bread (the bread and cheese are amazing!). Dinner had pizza, pastas, several fish, pork, a salad bar, several vegetables and prepared salads, included beer, wine and soft drinks. Lots to chose from for the meat eater and vegetarian alike. While it is a self-serve buffet, it feels more like a restaurant than a cafeteria.

I thought the service was also excellent. The staff spoke English and were very helpful. It is on a bus route to town, and the downtown/old city of Zadar can be done in a day, I hope tone day go back in the summer.

  • Liked — service, ammenities
  • Disliked — nothing!
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank mollypants
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HUNGARY
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102 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2007

This was a family vacation with 3 young children (ages 4, 5 & 7). I should also state it was a return vacation having fully enjoyed the resort last year.

Short summary ... for an all-inclusive holiday with children (up to around 12) this is hard to beat.

Positives:
1) Resort ... well maintained, not too large so easy to watch the children, enough to keep you occupied for a week (but more than that could imagine you'd get bored).
2) Food ... excellent selection every meal/every day .. can't imagine any child not being satisfied. Pretty good for adults also.
3) Spa .. if you do get chance to use it, quite relaxing and prices reasonable.
4) Beach ... it is a public beach just outside the resort's "fenced area", but it's good sand and was never too busy during our stay. You could put your sunbeds in the hotel facility and simply watch the children on the beach directly. Easily accessible.
5) Pools ... indoor/outdoor .. never too busy, easy to enjoy with the children.
6) Rooms ... spacious and clean.

Negatives:
1) Reception ... check-in was a disaster (took 1hr!) due to believing we would accept 2 rooms in separate buildings (even though we needed adjacent rooms with 3 children which was clearly stated and communicated multiple times prior to arrival). Their attitude was amazing...took 1hr to finally get resolution.
2) Bar ... separate area for an evening cocktail, but service very slow (had 1 barstaff only) and cocktails very poor. Basically a waste of time/money.
3) Water in the pools not heated ... last year the water was warmer presumably due to the weather being better .. this year the outdoor pools felt much cooler and children preferred to spend time indoors or on the beach. Limits the activities and became bored before week had finished.

Stayed August 2007
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Property: Falkensteiner Club Funimation Borik
Address: Ulica Majstora Radovana 7, Zadar 23000, Croatia
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Region: Croatia > Dalmatia > Zadar County > Zadar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Zadar
#5 Luxury Hotel in Zadar
#5 Family Hotel in Zadar
#7 Romantic Hotel in Zadar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Falkensteiner Club Funimation Borik 4*
Number of rooms: 258
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Falkensteiner Club Funimation Borik in Zadar offers you sun, sea, lots of fun and the greatest spa and wellness facilities in this part of Europe, all amidst blossoming gardens.The club’s bedrooms are outstanding in terms of size and design and are dominated by Mediterranean colours. Spacious, modern bathrooms, air conditioning and balconies in nearly all bedrooms add to the comfort. ... more   less 
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