We are currently at the end of our stay at the Croatia Hotel in Cavtat and go home soon, after a stay of 11 nights. The hotel is really about 4 star and we have enjoyed our stay here. The staff, without exception, are very friendly and helpful and do their best to look after you. The rooms lack reasonable storage space so you need to work out of your suitcase a lot of the time and the cleaning is a bit hit and miss. For all that the rooms are adequate but more 3 star than 5. There are about 470 rooms all the same I was told. The decent views are only found on floor 5 or higher. Floor 3 looks out onto a pebbled roof for example. The drinks prices in the hotel are not too bad and you get a book of vouchers giving you 20% off drinks and other restaurants in the hotel. This quite frankly is silly because if you forget your vouchers you have to traipse up to your room, get your vouchers and then traipse back to get your 20% off. Ridiculous and to make it worse if you don’t fancy a walk to your room you can go to reception and get a new book. I did this once and they had run out so they phoned the bar to authorise the transaction. If they insist on this silly policy they should issue a simple discount card that would save them the cost of printing the vouchers and a lot of hassle for their guests. The food in the hotel is quite good but really lacks variety and is monotonously the same each day. At breakfast though you can get fresh eggs or an omelette cooked there and then. We thought half board was the best option and found eating in the town was not necessarily as good as the hotel but was more expensive. The hotel is situated above Cavtat and the harbour is easy to get to from the hotel. Getting back is not so easy and although the hotel provide a golf cart this has to be obtained by ringing reception from the Spinaker restaurant which is about a 400 yard extra walk from the bottom of the hill and if you do not rush back the 400 yards the buggy arrives before you and someone else grabs it. This means, as guests know only too well, a slog up the 130 or so steps going straight up about 100 yards. Not so bad in the morning but after a couple of pints at night it is more formidable. A simple routine of the buggy(s) leaving the hotel on the hour and on the half hour or some other regular time with a wait of 5 minutes at the bottom would work and guests would know to be there on time to save their legs. The town of Cavtat is small but nice and visitors use the 600 or so yards of waterfront where there are 20 or so restaurants and bars. Drinks in the town bars were about half the cost of the hotel even after the annoying discount voucher scheme. A pint of beer for example in the bars cost 20 kunas or £2.17p at current rates. Be wary of the restaurants in town, the first we tried gave us a welcome drink and then charged 10 kunas each on the bill for it. The bread is also provided and then charged for if you eat it. The Taverna Galija looked good but we thought overpriced and the steaks were like leather. The best bar we found was the Luna where the staff were very nice and before we left the other night gave us a drink each on the house.
So in summing up the hotel is not exceptional but is good we had problems getting sun beds and so spent a fair amount of time sunbathing on our balcony or walking. Everyone in the hotel goes out of their way to be friendly and helpful and after a number of holidays elsewhere this was a bonus.
- 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:
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