From booking the trip, we were clearly instructed to check-in at the Zagreb Hotel. Using ID Riva Tours, their host was also at our service.
Reception was very helpful when it came to service, however when we asked for toilet paper we had ran out of, we were told we had to buy it ourselves (there is a small supermarket right next to the hotel, but I can imagine the prices there to be slightly higher than your average supermarket in Croatia). Though it was not to expensive at about £1, this is why I thought it should have been an included service.
When we booked apartments, we had already decided that we didn't want an all-inclusive stay, freedom to eat and go about however we pleased. We also knew that services would be limited as it is NOT an hotel, you are choosing apartments -- a bit of independence. Prior to our travel we were already advised to bring extra towels if we so pleased. Upon arrival in the appartments, there was a clear explainatory leaflet stating the towels would be refresed every 3 days, bed linnen every week, the apartments were cleaned upon arrival of new guests (so yes, no cleaning). We had brought 2 extra towels each, which -for us- was exactly enough to cover those 3 days.
The interior was indeed dated and basic, but very clean upon arrival. The kitchen was very small and I wouldn't want to cook there, but that was not the plan for us anyway. I have not checked out the kitchenware, as we did not need it, but I imagine it to be basic as well. The double bed room was fairly sized inclusive of plenty of storage space. Though we found the matrass too hard and the pillows were of an uncomfortable size (too big) and fabric. But that's very personal. The bathroom was of a fair size as well, but you cannot lock the door. We didn't need to as we never lock the door at home either.
The hotel, very near the apartments (<5 min walk), provides all sorts of conveniences - there is free Wi-Fi, a bar, a buffet-restaurant, a excursion desk and a kiosk where you can buy your chocolate and paper.
Food is cheaper if you go out and find a place downtown. Breakfast and dinner are not included when booking apartments (naturally) - breakfast goes at 40kn (~£5) per person and dinner is 100kn (~£12.50) per person (exclusive of drinks). Drinks are slightly overpriced. We wanted to enjoy a cheese platter at the bar one day at 25kn (~£3.50), which should have included 4 kinds of cheeses, however this one had only 3. Not being upset with this, we notified our waiter of this and he apoligized for the inconvenience - providing us with an additional platter, 4 kindes of cheeses this time. However, after this occurance, this waiter did not return to the level of service he had provided prior. We had to order at the bar and bring it to our table ourselves - which was just weird.
All and all, I found this stay comfortable but interesting.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Apartments in Poreč for the right blend of affordable price and great comfort. Situated in the beautiful Mediterranean landscape, Pical apartments offer spacious apartments with balconies at an affordable price making them a great choice for younger guests. Poreč sites and nightlife are only a short stroll away while the beach is just down the road. For a carefree stay, guests can use all of the restaurant and animation programs of the Valamar Zagreb Hotel. More active guests can enjoy the facilities of the sports centre nearby. ... more less
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