This hotel would get a full 5 star rating were it not for the fact that it is plagued by what I term "absentee lounger landlords", those selfish, mean spirited people who lay a towel, tee shirt, piece of fabric or even yesterday's newspaper on a lounger (I actually mean up to 8 loungers, I counted them - watched a guy do it two mornings in a row) at 6.10 am and then appear at them again at around noon, leave at 12.30 for a spot of lunch, back for a lie down at 3pm then off again for a cocktail at 4.30......so needless and lacking in decency. Why not just turn up looking for a lsunbed when you want to have a swim or a lie down with your book? There would be plenty for everyone if it weren't for this practice of selfish greediness. I do think hotel management could sort the problem but maybe they see no need......
Right that grouse aside I now turn to the many pluses of this hotel starting with the grub, buffet food that is not just edible, it is delicious and the Gala dinner was a special treat. I am not generally a fan of this type of spread but if you have to eat buffet food this is definitely the way to go, plenty of variety, choice and flavours. Wine was reasonably priced, only house wine was available in the buffet restaurant but at 110 kn per bottle it was excellent value and palatable enough. We took the rose most evenings. The food on offer included several fish dishes, trout, salmon, bream, shark cooked in various ways, at least two pasta dishes, 4 + meat dishes and vegetarian choices as well. Desserts were numerous and their pistacio ice cream was brilliant. 9/10 for food then in our view, a superb score!!
Our room overlooked the sea through a veil of pine trees, so whilst we didn't have a stunning view we did have privacy on our balcony with a scent of pine cones. The room was well apppointed with masses of hanging space which is a rarity these days, well stocked mini bar, TV (never switched on so can't comment), a HUGE comfy bed, bathroom with drench shower as well as the normal hand attachment, towelling bathrobes and slippers, lots of towels - I mean lots, at least 2 bath sheets, 2 bath towels, 4 hand towels, a foot mat and flannels....all changed for fresh ones every day.
I liked the public areas and the pools were delightful - one fresh water and the other sea water. Down steps and through a gate led you to the sea, bathing platforms as well as a shingle pebble beach. The whole set up was spotless. There was a pleasant circuit you could walk in the evening, through the pine trees along past the gistening sea passing two or three restaurants and bringing you back to the main hotel entrance.
Staff were pleasant enough, most spoke good if not excellent English, and what they may lack in humour they make up for in effiiciency.
We would stay there again definitely.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Istria and Porec are worth seeing at any time of the year, and whenever you come to Hotel Laguna Parentium you will find open doors, comfortable rooms and excellent service. Located on a green peninsula, it offers numerous amenities: two pools, wellness center, fitness, gourmet delicacies...The newly renovated Hotel Laguna Parentium offers through all the year a modern Mediterranean ambient for guests that are looking for special holidays. This hotel, with the longest tradition in the region, is located on a small green peninsula in fairy-tale natural surroundings, ideal for walks by the sea, tranquil lounging on the beach or sunbathing. Two new pools with massage and whirlpools in the terraces are exceptional experiences. You will be delighted by the variety and excellence of our gastronomic offer, which combined with SPA experiences, numerous sports and entertainment activities, will make your holidays unforgettable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Parentium Hotel Porec