Despite apprehension about adjacent building works, right up to the last minute, we were delighted to have not acted in haste to change hotels. The Eden was really lovely and the building work has stopped until the end of September. The gardens were a delight for a quiet afternoon siesta, with plenty of sunbeds; the surrounding grounds and woods gave an ample variety of opportunities for gentle walks with picturesque coves and views around almost every turn. For cyclists, the landscape was ideal for long easy rides along the coastal or wooded pathways with many places hiring bikes at 20kn. for an hour. The swimming pool is huge and was never crowded.
Rovinj Old Town is an easy 20 minute or so stroll along the flat waterfront and is a maze of interesting narrow, cobbled streets, fascinating to explore, leading uphill to the Basiica. For the more adventurous, a climb up some 188 wooden steps to the top of the 60m. high Bell Tower of the Basilica provides wonderful panoramic views........ and weak knees! Not for the faint-hearted or vertigo sufferers!
The hotel was immaculate - cleanliness and hygiene were paramount. The staff was helpful, pleasant and very efficient without being overbearing or intrusive. Food choice was varied and plentiful with daily changes. Each Monday an Istrian evening with Istrian cuisine and local musicians provided a cultural experience.
Most evenings there was some form of musical entertainment on the outside terrace.
Trips were quite expensive, but one not to be missed is the 'Best of Istria' tour to Pula and inland to Groznjan for a taste of the famous truffles in that area.
There are lots of boat trips on offer and the coastline is dotted with islands. It is a delightful area with a pleasant warm and sunny climate, though thunderstorms can be a quite regular event.
We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 week stay this year. Having said that, it may be a different story next year as the Hotel Lone will be built and sharing the hotel facilities. It will have larger conference facilities, but will also be a holiday venue, so what is now an uncrowded pool and garden area may well be more populated next year or whenever the Lone is completed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A hotel of a unique position, premium service and rich tradition. Situated in the shade of the centuries-old Park Forest Zlatni Rt. The bay and beach are accessible through abundant greenery, a luscious lawn and beautiful outdoor swimming pools. Hotel Eden provides its guests with the opportunity to enjoy the all-round peace and relaxed atmosphere. It is characterized by exceptional quality and rich equipment of the rooms, ample and pleasant public areas, and terraces offering spectacular views. The hotel was last renovated in 2006 (halls and accommodation units). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Eden Hotel Rovinj
- Hotel Eden Rovinj