This was our first trip to Croatia. We chose Cavtat after readng many reviews as to how pretty and relaxing it is - we were not disappointed. Cavtat is one of the prettiest places we have stayed - a fantastic place and very easy to go exploring from, Dubrovnik, Elafiti Islands etc were all within very easy (and reasonably priced) reach.
Hotel Croatia is very impressive. Large, clean, light, airy. Good sized, modern rooms, good air con (very quiet) and fantastic black out curtains.
The downsides to our stay were: very, very, very, rude guests indeed. I have never experienced such pushing and shoving during mealtimes in my life. There is one buffet-style sitting for both breakfast and dinner and its like these people haven't got a minute to live and have never eaten in their lives. Granted, the British can be too polite, forming an orderly queue and apolgising for other people's mistakes and rudeness however these people have no manners whatsoever and the British need to give them a taste of their own medicine (although its not in our make-up!). I cannot be doing with this type of hassle and stress on my holidays. The same issues occur at the lifts. You call a lift, you wait then all of a sudden someone comes up behind you, barges in, the door closes, the lift moves off and you are still standing there wondering what just happened!
The pool area is far too small for the size of the hotel and whilst there is a sign stating no reservations one has to get up very early indeed to secure a sunbed. They were all taken with towels, books and umbrellas at some ridiculous hour. Again, not something we want to be doing on our holidays, fighting for somewhere to sit.
I have read many other reviews saying that the staff were wonderful, friendly, helpful and couldn't do enough. Yes there were a couple of friendly staff in the restaurant but generally I thought they were miserable and quite 'aloof'. There was always something missing from our table - sugar, glasses, a fork - its the little touches that count and these things are extremely noticable. Its all a bit 'sloppy' - the staff really need to be on top of their game - perhaps its because there were so many people staying at the hotel at the time but at the end of the day this shouldn't matter. The overall service was not as 'sharp' as we have experienced on our other holidays.
The rooms were 'cleaned' every day - well flicked round - again there were things missing on occassions like the bath mat, the glasses weren't replaced/washed etc. The maid left our balcony door open one day so when we got back to the room it was absolutely scorching. Again its the little things that count.
Drinks at the hotel are very expensive - we went into Cavtat every evening and the drinks including nice wines and cocktails were reasonable. There are plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from although I have to say the food (after doing battle for it!) was very nice at the hotel with something for everyone and a good choice.
There are 125 steps from the hotel down to the town, its not a walk for the faint hearted but it does keep you fit and there is a free shuttle service if you really cant manage the walk.
On the whole, we both had a very nice time indeed. If you ignore the rude guests, dont mind where you sit to sunbathe, ask for replacement items on your table (which was sometimes frowned upon I have to say and you felt like a bit of a nuisance) and dont mind the smoking at mealtimes on the terrace (yes I agree its outdoors but the tables are really close together) its the place for you. I'd definitely say, looking at the rest of the accommodation on offer in Cavtat that the Croatia is the best place to stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Croatia is among the leading five-star hotels on the Adriatic. It is the ideal base for exploring Dubrovnik, whether you are here for leisure or business. Hotel Croatia offers private beaches both on the open water and a protected bay, indoor and outdoor pools, hiking trails, state of the art wellness center and award-winning dining facilities. Located between International Airport and Dubrovnik, Cavtat is the perfect location for holiday or business trip. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Croatia Hotel Cavtat
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