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Pical Apartments
Ranked #30 of 33 Hotels in Porec
Reviewed 20 May 2010

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.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 June 2008

We got a fantastic deal on this apartment, paying only 22euros per night, so we were expecting basic. To be honest basic is what we got, but were pleasantly surprised to find the apartment spotlessly clean, the beds were really comfy with fresh white linen, the shower was powerful and hot and everything worked! The bath was rather small, but was adequate, and the kitchen comprised of a fridge with small freezer compartment and a 2 ring hob. If you intend to cater for yourselves I doubt this is the apartment for you, however if like us you like to eat out, the fridge and ability to make tea and coffee were more than adequate. The apartments are part of the Hotel Zagreb, which has a nice pool area with lots of beds and brollies, and a pool bar and restaurant which serves nice fresh well cooked food. The complex is approximately 15 minutes walk or a 5 minute cycle from the town centre and only about 100 meters from the sea. The decor in the apartments is dated and basic (see pics), but if all you want is a base to explore in a nice location then you really can't beat them. If however you want a bit of luxury give them a miss!

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled with family
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4  Thank elsiebird
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Reviewed 31 August 2007

Not sure who previous review writer booked with but we had no problems at all. We booked with valamar.com( they own the apartments and hotel chain) . we had a private transfer to and from the apartments which was free from valamar- excellent service. we knew to check in at hotel zagreb and the staff were always very polite and friendly. full use of all the hotel facilities included. The position of the apartments is excellent- near the beach and a short stroll to the town centre of porec. The apartments were very clean on arrival and all beds were made up. we had a 2 bedroomed apartment which also had a sitting area, terrace and a small kitchen. The apartments are in need of modernisation but i think the decor reflects the croatian way of life. There are so many excellent restaurants in porec we didnt cook in the place - mainly used the fridge. . if you want a resort which is full of english people and english bars then porec is not for you. Porec is a beatiful, safe place which attracts mainly families and couples of all ages. it was our second time to porec and can't wait to go again.

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled with family
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3  Thank DerbyshireMoom
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Reviewed 8 August 2007

on arrival,it was not clear where to check in. No mention of having to go to hotel next door.
The hotel staff were not very helpful or friendly.
On viewing our apartment which was booked for two adults and two teenages.We found it very small ,dated and not even basic. No kettle ,toaster ,microwave or tv . The furniture is in desperate need of updating.Beds were not even made up.
I complained to the hotel and was given the option of paying extra and having a slightly larger apartment but this was of a similar standard.We decided to make the best of a bad lot.
The apartment was not cleaned once during our 7 night stay .We did have a change of towels once.
There were no british people at the apartments. We had use of the pool at the hotel next door however towels were put on the loungers at midnight !!!!!
Overall the staff were very unfriendly.
The entertainment was dire to say the least.
Porec's beach was grit .The sea was however very clean.
Porec is quite expensive and commercialised
We did the one day trip to venice which was fab but beware the food and boat trip they offer are a rip off.
We enjoyed croatia and would return but to a different resort.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled with family
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2  Thank location125
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Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 August 2017
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Stayed: August 2017
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Additional Information about Pical Apartments

Address: Borik bb, Porec 52440, Croatia
Region: Croatia > Istria > Porec
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#25 On the Beach Hotel in Porec
Price Range: £41 - £123 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Pical Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 110
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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