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Remisens Hotel Albatros
Ranked #9 of 18 Hotels in Cavtat
Reviewed 22 October 2009

Having read some of the reviews on here, I was not sure what to expect - it seemed to be a pretty mixed bag! So I have to say I felt presently surprised!

We have just returned from a 7 night stay at Iberostar Albatros in Cavtat. This is a stunning little town a very short journey away from Dubrovnik airport. The staff all spoke perfect English, reception were friendly when we arrived and offered us a porter service for our luggage.

We had booked for a standard double room and hadn't paid the additional cost for a sea view. We found are room easily, and let ourselves in to a large triple room with a lovely little balcony that looked out over the mountain, the outdoor pools and the sea! The balconies are not big, and the wall between each one is very low, so do not expect privacy on your balcony!

The bathroom was also a good size with both a bath & shower. Our room was cleaned & tidied daily - although I'd recommend putting the "do not disturb" sign out the night before if you're not a morning bird. We didn't do this the first night and got a knock on the door from the chambermaid at 8am!

The breakfast is a good selection of hot foods (scrambled eggs, boiled eggs, bacon, beans, etc), omlettes cooked to order with your choice of filling, cereals, fruits, yogurts, breads, etc. I would recommend you cut your own bread though. They put out cut & uncut bread, but the cut bread appears to have been out some time and was always going stale. Dinners are not particularly exciting (we had paid for half board) - but they varied it each night and there was plenty of choice. We did pick up that it was cheaper to buy drinks at the lobby bar and taken them to dinner rather than order while we were down there.

The hotel is a short walk from Cavtat which is beautiful with a selection of restaurants and shops. You can get a bus directly from outside the hotel to Dubrovnik every day at 9:15 or 11, which costs 20kn. This was very useful. Also boats stop outside the hotel to take you to Dubrovnik. We booked an island boat tour through the tourist information in the hotel, which turned out to be a bit cheaper than the other operators.

The evening entertainment was terrible it has to be said! And at times was very very odd! Also I incorrectly assumed I would be able to access their gym for free as a guest, but there is a charge for each use!

If you are expecting a truly amazing hotel, the Albatros is not it. But it was very clean, with good size rooms, a lovely location and helpful staff.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 October 2009

My husband, 3 year old son and I stayed in the Iberostar Albatros, in Cavtat for 10 nights this month. We arrived after dark and admittedly the hotel did have a very Eastern Block feel to it. We first stayed in the B wing, which although very, very clean, does need a good deal of modernisation. Our safe wasn't working though and as they couldn't fix it, they said they'd move us. As it was our wedding anniversary, my husband asked about upgrading the room and they had a suite available the next day. We went to view it and decided to move as it gave us much more room with the extra bed. I do feel that for 10 nights it was well worth the extra, which in euro was approx 350 for the 8 remaining nights. We were half board, which was a good thing as the road into Cavtat in the dark wouldn't have suited us with a buggy and there are only a couple of restaurants in the immediate vicinity outside. Having said that, the town of Cavtat was stunning to go to for lunch and we did this everyday. I kept taking photos every time we went in and realised I'd taken the same ones over and over. It's that beautiful. We were very lucky with the weather too, considering it was October and the beach outside the hotel, although very stony, was a great facility. Our little man spent a good bit of time in the pool and sea with us. The outdoor pools were freezing but the indoor one was a good bit warmer. The hotel was extremely busy when we were there, mostly with retired people, and the queues in the evening, especially, for dinner were quite long. Having said that, the food was good and varied and we had no problems getting veg and healthy food for our son. Apparently the B block is being renovated this winter when the hotel closes and I'd be interested in seeing how that goes. We didn't regret the extra expense of the upgrade as it did give alot of comfort and we had spectacular views over the sea and onto Dubrovnik. I'd recommend the boat service outside the hotel as a means to get to Dubrovnik, breathtaking views as you arrive. All in all the staff were excellent and more than helpful. The hotel was immaculately clean, the beauty salon very good. We both had treatments there and everyone spoke very good English. It was alot cheaper than the other hotels we priced and although it's a bit tired, it was well worth the money. We'd definitely go back.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 October 2009

Everything was just OK. I have tried to bear in mind that this is an area recovering from a recent war and they need the money. But............... The hotel feels like an airport lounge, it is very impersonal with no ambience at all. Room adequate but A/C barely functions, light bulbs gone, tatty bedlinen, foul lumpy pillows, mould in bathroom and smell from drains, you get the drift. Every thing is designed to extract the maximum of money from you and the prices of water, coffee and drinks is very high.The food is pretty samey and just about edible, eurohash stuff and all far too salty.
Dubrovnik is a small city and to be honest there's not much to look at when compared with other 'famous' cities. You get there by boat (£10 return - ouch) or by bus after walking into Cavtat.
Seven days was far too long for us and although we enjoyed walking the coastline in some warm sunny weather, overall, there is no way we would ever want to return. The other Iberostar hotels looked pretty awful, one looked more like a disused Pontins in Blackpool!

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 September 2009

I stayed at this hotel as our flight was cancelled from Dubrovnik and the airline put us up for the night. It is a very basic and outdated hotel, which is close to the airport. It is a 2 star or 3 star hotel. It is very geared towards groups of tourists and you will find many Tour Operators in the hotel. On the night we arrived there was some live entertainment in an area just off the lobby, it seemed very tacky and outdated but again centreed towards entertaining groups. The breakfast buffet was excellent with a wide range of food. Overall I would not stay in this hotel as it was too outdated.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 September 2009

I stayed at this resort with my sister and friend, and we had a great time. We are aged 26 and 21 and we can recommend it for people who would like somewhere to stay and use it as a base from which to explore the area. We stayed there from 27th July – 9th August 2007, and flew out with Thomson. The transfer to the hotel from the airport only took 12 minutes which was great!

Check in – this was smooth and quick, we went straight up to our room and got ready to go to the pool while the porters brought our luggage up to our room.

Room: Our room was large and comfortable with two single beds and a small single fold away bed.

The bathroom was great with a powerful shower which always had plenty of hot water, but the shower head kept slipping out of the shower head holder, and so our bathroom floor kept becoming wet.

We also had safe in the room which was free of charge and we could put our money, passports, Ipods, cameras and phones in there safely.

Food and drink:
There was plenty of food at the buffet for the evening meal, but we found that there was not enough variety. Having said that, I have stayed in other Iberostar hotels where there has been a lot more variety. There is a special pasta station and another grilled meat and fish station. Desserts are a particular disappointment as they all taste exactly the same and the ice cream is no where near as good as the stuff that can be bought in Cavtat.

Thursday night at the hotel is Croatia night where speciality dishes from the country are served alongside the regular food like pasta. If you would like to try Croatian specialities this could be good but we found the food in Cavtat and Dubrovnik to be far nicer and a lot more variety!

At breakfast the buffet had plenty of choice, there was a fresh omelette and egg station, where a chef cooks in front of you, in the omelettes there is a good choice of fillings; onion, cheese, ham, tomatoes and mushrooms.

The drinks are good, but quite expensive, I particularly liked the Pina Colada and Tropicana cocktails. Caipirinhas, Frozen Daiquiris and non alcoholic cocktails could be bought. At breakfast, fruit juices, tea and coffee were all part of the Half Board package, but all other drinks had to be bought. A bottle of still mineral water cost 17 Kuna.

Sunbeds by the beach have to be snaped up early as we found out on our second day, people reserve beds from around 6.30 am and by 9 they have all been taken so it is best to reserve one first and then go to breakfast. Sunbeds on the beach cost 20 Kuna a day which is an added expense, and so it is best to reserve one early by the pool. I think the hotel management need to look at having extra sunbeds for guests during the busy peak season as this got tiresome after a few days.

Trips:
Dubrovnik - We managed to fit a lot into our two weeks, and went to the city of Dubrovnik twice. We went down to catch the ferry from outside the hotel which cost 80 Kuna return. The actual Ferry journey was roughly around 45 minutes and you get some great views of the area, seeing island along the way.

Once at Dubrovnik, we got to see a lot of the sights, we saw the Onofrio Fountain where you can fill up your bottle of water, the Franciscan Monastery (with a 14th Century Pharmacy). It was very hot outside both days we visited Dubrovnik and we had ice creams from the parlour on the Stradun (main shopping street). They had all sorts of different flavours such as Mojito and Pina Colada.

We later had lunch at Nishta’s restaurant the first day we went to Dubrovnik. This restaurant comes recommended in the Lonely Planet 2009 guide to Croatia, and is a 100% vegetarian restaurant and serves food from all around the world. I had a salad wrap which lovely and very fresh. The food was decently priced and we can thoroughly recommend it.

The second day we went along to Lokanda Peskarija which is another recommended restaurant found at the Harbour and specialises in seafood, We ordered a seafood risotto which was massive and so fresh!

Elaphiti Island Cruise - This was a daytrip booked through Thomson and we were picked up outside the hotel at 8.50 am. We were taken by coach to the Dubrovnik seaport where we boarded a Pirate Ship and were given a shot of Plum Brandy, and taken around the Elaphiti Islands. We had an English speaking guide, and were taken initially through breathtaking scenery to Kolocep Island which was twenty minutes away. We stopped here for around 30 minutes as it is the smallest and quietest inhabited island. We walked to the beach and had a paddle, when we boarded the boat again it was time to head off to another island called Sipan.

Sipan is home to some 15th century architecture, and we were taken on a guided tour of a late-Gothic Rector's Palace. This was interesting as we got to see the inside rooms of the house including the bedrooms and the kitchen. There are also some small shops on the island where we bought some ice creams.

We boarded the boat, and were served lunch which was some fresh mackerel and cabbage salad with crusty bread. This was lovely, and was washed down with some red wine and water or orange squash for kids.

We then sailed to Lopud island, which is well known for having a fine sandy beach which is rare in Croatia. We stayed on this island for about three hours and headed straight to the sandy beach. There is also a Franciscan Monastery on the island which we visited and several souvenir shops, bars and cafes. We were picked up at about 5.30 from the island and sailed straight back to Dubrovnik port and then picked up by coach and taken to the hotel.

This was a lovely day trip which I can recommend to everybody for a relaxing day seeing the beautiful islands off the coast.

Mostar (Bosnia Herzegovina) - This is a very long day but we thoroughly enjoyed it and can recommend it to other people who would like to explore some of the country of Bosnia. We had to get up very early and we were picked up outside the hotel at 7.50 am, we were taken in a coach outside Dubrovnik where we transferred to another coach with more English tourists from other hotels in the area.

As we were driving along mountainous roads on the way to the Bosnian border, out tour guide told us a big storm was on the way. We soon saw it for ourselves, it went dark very quickly and we had torrential rain along with thunder and lightning. The lightning was flashing across the sky and massive bolts of lightning were really close to us! As we went over the border, hail started to fall which was the marbles and the tour guide told us that the regular daytime temperature in Mostar for July is about 45 - 50°C, but on the day we visited the temperature had dropped down to 4°C. This storm lasted for about two hours, and we stopped on the way at a small town called Pocitelj where there is a small Mosque and various cafes. We stopped there for around 15 minutes and then drove on to Mostar. Luckily just as we arrived the storm stopped and luckily the sun came out within one hour.

When we arrived, we went into a typical Bosnian house where we had to take our shoes off before entering. We saw the bedroom, outside toilet, carved tables and the typical Bosnian clothing. Following this, we were taken to a Mosque where we went inside and saw the small school on the top floor.

Later, we all walked over the famous Stari Most bridge which was rebuilt and opened in 2004. We saw young men jumping into the Neretva River from the top of the bridge for money which is apparently no mean feat as the water is only about 5°C.

We were then left to have some lunch where we were shown to a recommended restaurant, we tried the local Bosnian Speciality Cevapcici which is small spicy sausages with cream cheese and a pitta bread style flat bread. This was very filling, delicious and cheap! While we were eating our lunch, we heard the calling to prayer coming from the Mosque which was fascinating.

Later, we had some time left to go shopping around some of the stalls selling handicrafts where jewellery made by local people and other things can be bought cheaply. Things can be bought in Kuna or the Bosnian Marka so currency doesn’t need to be changed. We then walked back to the coach where we were driven back to the hotel after a long but enjoyable day.

Cavtat - Cavtat is a short walk around the coastline from the hotel and has many places to see, restaurants, bars serving cocktails and an ice cream parlour. Restaurants there cater for every taste, pizzas are lovely, and seafood can be eaten at most places. Ice creams there cost 6 Kuna (about 50p) and you get a huge scoop in some lovely flavours.

There are jewellery shops, a Croatian product shop selling fresh sponges, Olive Oils and biscuits and also many traditional souvenir shops.

There are lots of different rocky coves from which you can swim where it is lovely and peaceful, and would also make some great snorkelling spots.

We went along to see Vlaho Bukovac’s house - a famous painter from Cavtat which was worth it and we also went to see the Mausoleum where there are spectacular views over Cavtat.

Lokrum Island - We went to Lokrum on one of the days we went to Dubrovnik, the ferry to the island takes just 10 minutes so is very quick. When we arrived we walked over to one of the beaches to have a swim and saw lots of baby peacocks on the way! There are also signs for a Naturist beach for people who like that.

The day we went the sea was quite rough, so we went off swimming in a small pool. I would recommend people to take shoes suitable for in the water as the area is quite rocky, and the walk to the water edge is rocky.

There is also a Monastery on the island which was closed off when we were there, and a Botanical Garden which had a lot of large Cacti which we had a quick look around. Near the ferry stop, there is also a café where you can have a cocktail or a non-alcoholic or ice cream and other treats. While we were waiting for a ferry, we saw an Octopus in the sea which was great to see!

Glass Bottom Boat - I cannot recommend the Glass Bottom Boat excursion to anyone from our experience. We caught the boat from the jetty in Cavtat and were taken out a few miles out to sea where we saw a couple of fish but we travelled far too fast to be able to see anything much. I felt sea sick along with a lot of other people, so if you do decide to go on this, take some sea sickness tablets along!

We thought that we would be given some information on the different sea life and fish that can be seen in the area but were given nothing so all in all it was a bit of a waste of a couple of hours on our last day.

Entertainment: The Star Friends team provides the entertainment , the night time shows were actually very poor in our first week, but during our second week, there seemed to be a lot more Star Friends, we think they must have been brought in from one of the Iberostar hotels up the road in Cavtat. During our second week we went along the Music Quiz night, a General Knowledge quiz night and the Miss Iberostar.

If anyone has any questions, send me a message and I’ll try to answer any that you might have. I would definitely recommend Cavtat and Croatia as a holiday destination as there is so much beautiful scenery and lots to do, but I cannot say I would recommend this hotel, it was great for what we wanted - a base from which to explore the area that was safe and clean, but I’m sure there are other hotels where better food and entertainment could be found. However, please do remember that Croatia is an Eastern European Country and so standards may not be the same as Western standards, go with an open mind and enjoy Croatia!

Stayed: July 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 August 2009

just returned from 2 wks at this hotel love it freedom to do what u want dont have to join in if u dont want. food plenty of choice and hot like all buffett style so much choice it does get repeated. hotel spotless .lovely location right on pebble beach sea lovely n clear.beautiful 20 min walk round coastline into cavtat. 11.00 pm all music switched off .so peaceful and relaxing .scenery beautiful and watching evening sunset is like being in paradise.one review says its noisy in evening but it is a family hotel with entertainment and we dont think 11.00 is an unreasonable time it has to cater for all ages. staff pleasant and reception helpful.the three bars on sea front are very good for food if you fancy being waited on for a change.ferry stop right in front of hotel for dubrovnik and other
trips.duty free get going out or off the plane coming back it is not cheap at dubrovnik airport and didnt find any duty free shops in cavtat.we love it here a lot of french people
stay most quite ignorant and no manners but u get that everywhere.this is our second visit to this hotel and resort we love the relaxed and peaceful atmosphere.being august
the pool was lovely and warm.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 July 2009

We stayed at this hotel in July for a week. The hotel and all the surrounding areas were very clean, the staff were very friendly and helpful at all times. The food was first class with plenty of choice at breakfast and dinner. Only 10 minutes walk to the town of Cavtat which is a beautiful little town. I cannot find any faults about the hotel so I do recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: Od Zala 1, Cavtat, Konavle 20210, Croatia
Region: Croatia > Dalmatia > Dubrovnik-Neretva County > Konavle > Cavtat
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#4 On the Beach Hotel in Cavtat
#4 Spa Hotel in Cavtat
Price Range: £77 - £426 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Remisens Hotel Albatros 4*
Number of rooms: 306
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Remisens Hotel Albatros (4*) is located right by the sea in the fantastic surroundings of the town of Cavtat. This four-star hotel, completely renovated in 2018, is the ideal choice for a quiet and fun family holiday by the sea. The newly refurbished rooms have been decorated with special attention to detail to guarantee a pleasant stay for guests. Some rooms offer an undisturbed view of the sea, others are located on the side of the building, and all offer the peace and quiet that you need. In addition to refurbished rooms, from 2018 the hotel also features communal areas that have been renovated, as have the restaurant, wellness centre, and indoor pool. ... more   less 
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