We spent a few days at the Epidaurus after booking through an online agent. Although we had paid to have sea view I wasn't sure if that included a balcony, so emailed the hotel to check, and was pleasantly surprised when they answered almost immediately informing me that although our booking hadn't included a balcony I could upgrade and pay the difference on arrival. I replied saying I would like to do that and once again got an immediate confirmation of that. So my impressions were good before we arrived.
We had arranged a transfer service, but with hindsight I would suggest to anyone that you don't need to do this, just get a taxi from the airport, it really is a short 15 minute drive and is a fixed price fare.
Check-in was easy and pleasant, the reception staff all speak very good English. We were given our room key but then discovered to get to our room we had to go up a short flight of stairs (no lift) then up one floor in a lift, then up to the next level by stairs. Our room was very clean and more than adequate. The beds were comfy with a sheet and blanket but only had one pillow each, although I did ask at reception and get another one. Because it was July the air con was on - and as it was 37 degrees the week we went it was very welcome. Often rooms have a system where everything turns off when you leave the room, but this is not the case here, so we left the air con on the whole time so the room was cool when we got back in.
The balcony was small and had two elderly chairs and no table or lighting, but was still worth paying the extra cost for the amazing views and sunsets. There are wooden shutters on the balcony doors as well as the glass doors, and we often just used those (there is a lock) and left the glass ones inside open.
The bathroom was fine, although the shower curtain didn't quite reach the bottom so often there was water on the bathroom floor, we just used a handtowel as a spare shower mat and that solved the problem. Do take your own toiletries though and don't rely on the hotel ones.
Sadly, although the majority of the hotel was very clean, the stairwells in our block (b) had an accumulation of glasses and jugs and plates that had been left there - and they remained there for most of our stay. It was only on our last day they were finally removed.
On our first night we were amazed to see people going down about midnight and putting towels on the sunbeds for the next day. However we soon learned that unless you went out at the crack of dawn with towels that by breakfast time you had no chance of getting a sunbed. That is one thing that really irritates me, if everyone just used the sunbeds as and when they needed them, there would be more than enough for everyone. There were no signs whatsoever of staff removing any of the towels. Often during the day there were several hundred sunbeds with towels on, but only about a quarter of those had people too. The sea is very pebbly and stony, and if you do want to go in the sea I would advise you buy aqua socks before you go. We got some on ebay and that was cheaper than buying them locally at the hotel. The sea is very steep as you first get in, waist height within a few steps, but then flattens out and is fairly level for a way out.
The food was not bad at all. Plenty of choice, and what we did eat was very enjoyable. One small complaint though - every meal has some food cooked fresh, pancakes and eggs in the morning, and meat and fish later in the day, but the queue for the buffet is made longer as everyone is in the same queue even if you don't require the fresh cooked food. Note to the management - is it possible to have one person cooking the food and another person serving it as it may speed things up a little bit?
The all inclusive drinks were in a machine - and you help yourselves. The choices are red wine, white wine, beer, orangeade, cola, iced tea, still water, fizzy water and orange juice. Nothing amazing, but they were drinkable.
The hotel pools and entertainment were more aimed at the children than the adults - but looked perfectly adequate and the entertainment staff always appeared really hardworking and friendly.
The 'prom' to Cavtat isn't really a prom as we know them, but more a path along the sea with several other bars and hotels on the way. Several people say it is a 15 minute walk, but I am not a fast walker, although not a slow one either, and I found it took us at least half an hour to 40 minutes. Cavtat is a nice little place with a lovely harbour and few shops including a small supermarket that sold all sorts and banks.
There are lots of boat trips available, and the boat over to Dubrovnik leaves from just outside the hotel. A lovely trip over, although on the way back they didn't stop there as the sea was a bit choppy so we got landed in Cavtat which was a bit annoying as then had a long walk back after a hot day out! The bus to Dubrovnik leaves from Cavtat about every half hour, and does get very busy!! All part of the experience though!
One downside was the noise level at night when you have your doors or windows open. Not from the hotel, but from the bar along the prom - and it carried on till about 3 am.
Just outside the hotel is a little bar called Bar Evie which was nice in the evening to sit next to the sea with a 'real' drink - and it was not expensive at all - beer and a cocktail were under a fiver!
The day we left we asked reception to ring our transfer company and check the times for us. Catarina on reception was really helpful, but after making several calls to several people (thank goodness we asked her as my Croatian is not that good!) it turned out our transfer company had no record of us at all. Resort Hoppa are fairly well known, so I was surprised about it, but nevertheless we decided to get a taxi in case they really did not turn up.
To sum it up - a nice enough hotel, very clean (apart from the stairwells!), good food, pleasant helpful staff, amazing views (make sure you pay extra for a balcony if you can and sea views, it is worth it), and easy enough to get into Dubrovnik without actually staying in the centre of town.
To sum it up, yes, I liked the hotel, a good three star.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Remisens Hotel Epidaurus (3*) (the former Smart Selection Hotel Epidaurus All Inclusive) is located next to the beach in beautiful Tiha Cove and offers spectacular views of the crystal clear sea of the Dubrovnik Riviera. It lies just one kilometre from the medieval old town of Cavtat, which makes it an ideal choice for guests looking for peace and relaxation but who do not want to be too far from the attractions of a town. From 2017, the Remisens Hotel Epidaurus will be offering high-quality services and facilities guaranteed by the Remisens brand. The hotel's 312 rooms and bathrooms, lobby, reception area, restaurant and surroundings have been completely refurbished. The hotel offers different room types depending on the individual needs of each guest. All rooms are fully equipped to make sure guests feel comfortable and at home. There are spacious rooms particularly suitable for families with children. The hotel is the perfect choice for a peaceful, relaxing holiday where the entire family can enjoy the benefits of the beautiful natural surroundings of Tiha Cove. Our attentive staff will make sure that the quality of service is always impeccable and that you have an unforgettable holiday in Cavtat, Croatia. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Iberostar Epidaurus Hotel Cavtat
- Iberostar Hotel Cavtat
- Iberostar Hotel Epidaurus