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“Relaxing hotel” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Island Hotel Istra
Ranked #5 of 23 Hotels in Rovinj
Certificate of Excellence
Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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116 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Relaxing hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2014

Weve visited three times now and continue to enjoy every stay. We had a lovely room overlooking the bay and small linked island. Views are tremendous from the island and because of island nature, feels relaxing and exclusive. The boat journey linking guests to the mainland is a pleasure in itself and it runs evry half hour from dawn til midnight allowing guests to have a night out in Rovinj. Rooms are pleasant with a tv if you need one! Nice to watch the BBC news before breakfast though. Meals are buffet style, slightly German orientated, but of a good standard. We ate out two nights as its such good value on the mainland and a lot more atmospheric than a hotel grand buffet. Wifi is free now in the lobby area. The only downside is if you want to eat lunch on the island and just fancy a sandwich, which most people do after a hearty breakfast, there is very limited choice. There is a pizza restaurant which is great, but if you want something simpler its a choice of cheese toasties or a ham baguette. Definitely room for improvement here, especially with a captured audience. Also, one small point, when asking about fillings at the sandwich bar, we were often given a grisly, thunder faced reception. This was noted by many guests. I know there sometimes can be a language communication issue, but there is no doubt that some personalities at the sandwich bar need softening a little. There was one exception, which was a small dark haired girl who smiled all the time.
Still, it fails to disappoint and succeeds in wanting you to return, year after year. We would recommend thoroughly.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Bamb41
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Maistra-Croatia, Public Relations Manager at Island Hotel Istra, responded to this review, 28 May 2014
Dear Jonathan A,

Thank you for such a nice review. It is truly rewarding to hear that you were able to enjoy our stunning location and that our attentive staff and services offered by the hotel have succeeded in inspiring you to return year after year. Your loyalty means a lot to us and serves as a best proof that we are heading in the right direction, motivating us to not only meet but exceed our guest’s expectations. That is why we take your lunch comment very serious and will look into possibilities of extending our offer in this particular area.
We regret to hear that a smiling girl was an exception among the unfriendly staff at the Sandwich bar. We sincerely hope that yours was an isolated case as we really strive to offer genuine and sincere hospitality to our guests. We will ensure that such experience is not repeated.

Thank you once again for taking the time to share your encouraging comments; we look forward to have you as our guest soon again.
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2014

We have been to the Hotel Istra for 3 years on the run and are going back again this year. the food is very good plenty of choice, Ok there can be sprouts at breakfast ,but you don,t have to eat them, but we have seen lots who do. The hotel and rooms are kept very clean. Staff are friendly and helpful. The wild life on the 2 islands is amazing. You can either just relax or join in the many activities its your choice. Rovinj is beautiful, plenty to see . the people are very friendly, the shop owners don,t hassel you to buy. Try a drink or ice cream at the out door cafe by the sailors memorial just sit and watch the world go by or walk up the cobble stone streets to the church whose inside is spectacular . or just site and watch the world go by We were at the hotel last September when there was a Thunder storm WHOOW , never seen a storm like it . We have seen many thunder storms when we have been in Florida but not like that. For us it is all and all a lovely place. roll on September

Room Tip: Quieter rooms are south facing. and you could catch the dolphin swimming in the bay
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank christine L
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Maistra-Croatia, Public Relations Manager at Island Hotel Istra, responded to this review, 28 May 2014
Dear christine L,

We would like to thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed and fantastic feedback following your stay at hotel Istra. There is no greater compliment than to hear from our returning guest that they had a great stay with us. We thank you so much for your loyalty and for sharing your positive experience with the rest of the Tripadvisor community. We look forward to your next stay with us this September
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Murska Sobota, Slovenia
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122 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014 via mobile

Before we came we read all the reviews on Tripadvisor. Most of them are down to the point and here are some my additional comments

1) great running is possible outdoors. One lap around the island is 3 km so its enough for occasional or advanced runners

2) food is okej and tasty. Problem is with ventilation. After the dinner there is a big chance your clothes will stink.

3) the ceramics on the floor (outside) are quite slippery when wet and dangerous. So be carefull!!!

4) the whole hotel was renovated a few years back. Unfortunetlly since then nobody touched this hotel. This can be seen is hotel rooms, walls, interior and facilities like wellness.

Stayed April 2014
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Maistra-Croatia, Public Relations Manager at Island Hotel Istra, responded to this review, 6 May 2014
Dear Iztok P,

We very much appreciate you taking the time to leave your impressions of hotel Istra following your recent stay with us. We are pleased to read that the reviews that members of the Trip Advisor community have left for us over the years gave you a good insight of our property and we thank you for adding your constructive feedback.

Your comment regarding our restaurant ventilation and slippery floor has already been addressed to our Maintenance Manager for further consideration. Thank you for bringing this to our attention, we are always looking for ways to improve our service.
We hope that overall you enjoyed your stay in hotel Istra and we look forward to your next stay with us.
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London
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2014 via mobile

We stayed at Hotel Istra for 2 weeks last September. Staff were friendly and helpful. Rooms were small but had everything that we needed. We would like to had a few more english speaking channels other than the news to keep me occupied whilst it rained. It did rain for couple of days and got quite cold in the evenings so would recommend bringing something warm to wear. I normally prefer the lying on the beach than pool side but I didn't like the stoney beach and the sea to cold for me but my boyfiend quite enjoyed it. Breakfast and dinner are a buffet style. Plenty of choices but got repetitive after a while. Evenings got bit boring. They had entertainment but its more like butlins than vegas. Most of guests were young families or people over the age of 50, which wasn't a problem for us but another couple did say it was like staying in old peoples home. Overall we had a lovely relaxing time at hotel but if I was to visit to rovinj again I would only stay for a week.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Maistra-Croatia, Public Relations Manager at Island Hotel Istra, responded to this review, 22 March 2014
Dear Reviewer,

Many thanks for your kind words about your stay at hotel Istra last September. As it seems you were able to enjoy your time at our property even though you were not as fortunate to have sunny weather throughout your entire stay. Septembers in Istria are usually still pretty warm, and if the weather is nice, the temperature of the sea remains around 21°C, which most of our guests still find warm enough to enjoy a swim.

Your comments about our evening program are most appreciated as it helps us to improve, and we will consider it when creating our entertainment plan for this year. We usually invite our guests to benefit of our amazing location, which allows you to visit numerous bars and restaurants in a short boat ride, or stay at island to relax in the peaceful surroundings and nature.

We hope we will have the pleasure to welcome you soon again to hotel Istra on your next visit to Croatia.
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Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2014 via mobile

An amazing hotel in a beautiful location! Set on an island near to the unspoilt town of Rovinj, it really is magnificent. You have to travel by boat to and from the island which doesn't take long and boat times are quite regular too. Hotel reception area is big and spacious and there's a nice bar. Breakfast is downstairs which is buffet (lovely but did get repetitive after a while). They were serving chips for breakfast... Still wondering how many people actually got some. There are plenty of swimming pools and places to sunbathe, but not forgetting this hotel is on an ISLAND - it has its own beach! There are also plenty of sports and activities to take part in. The hotel room was lovely and contemporary. Not very big but it had everything you needed. Take the time out to walk around the whole island because it is such a treat!

I actually stayed here all the way back in July 2011 - tripadvisor won't let me put that!

Stayed February 2014
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4 Thank rsks0
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Maistra-Croatia, Public Relations Manager at Island Hotel Istra, responded to this review, 26 February 2014
Dear Reviewer,

Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review here on TripAdvisor.

We are thrilled to read that your stay with us was so memorable that, with 3 years of distance, you still remember our unique location and the services and facilities offered.
It is really great that your overall stay was so enjoyable and I do hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back to hotel Istra on a future visit to Rovinj.
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2014

I've stayed at the Hotel Istra in October 2013 because of the dance weekend that kept place there. Because the hotel was full, they gave us a room in a building near the hotel, which was bran new. When we came into our room we were positively shocked, because it was a suite. With bedroom, living room, bathroom with both shower and bad, and a therase with an unbeliveable wiew to the other island st. Andrew's. It was marveolus. And for the same price as standard room.

There was a lot to choose from for breakfast and dinner for everybody. So I can defenitely say that meals are very rich and various.

We were very pleased and satisfied with the whole offer at the hotel and on the island, so we will most defenitely come back again.

Defenitely worth the money that we paid.

Room Tip: If you can afford to pay some extra money ask for a suite in a nearby building (I forgot how it is c...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank pavsic
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Maistra-Croatia, Public Relations Manager at Island Hotel Istra, responded to this review, 26 February 2014
Dear Reviewer ,

Thank you so much for your visit and the fantastic rating of our property. We are absolutely delighted to read that we have managed to positively shock you, in this case by providing you with an unexpected upgrade to our luxurious suites in the All Suite wing. All suite wing is located on the highest part of the Island of St. Andrew's allowing each suite a spectacular sea view, complemented with contemporary designed interior and high quality furnishings. We are trully glad you enyoyed it!

We hope that the fact that you enjoyed your time in Rovinj so much means that we will be seeing you back soon.
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Belgrade, Serbia
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10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2014

We were at Hotel Istra on a summer vacation in 2013. It was perfect! Beautiful island, great, modern hotel with excellent location - only 15 minutes from Rovinj and tourist crowd, and still you have a peace, nature, beaches...

We loved it! Room was small but with modern furniture, good bed and great view! We were very pleased with food (breakfast and dinner) at hotel restaurant and service was also very good. Hotel staff was very professional, kind and friendly.

Island nature is amazing with flowers, lavander & rosemary all around, with few different kinds of beaches (everybody can find the one that like the most), with seagulls and beautiful sea.

Really nice holiday! We will surely come again :)

Room Tip: Room with a view! Pay little more - you will not regret it!!! But than choose higher floor for even...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Bella011
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Maistra-Croatia, Public Relations Manager at Island Hotel Istra, responded to this review, 20 February 2014
Dear Reviewer,

Thank you for your summer visit to our hotel and your kind words about our Resort and its facilities and services. We are delighted to know that you have appreciated our accommodations and our unique location here on St. Andrew’s island.

Also, thank you for noticing our gardening and landscaping efforts as we do take pride in our hotel surrounding areas. Our hotel Company Maistra is investing a lot of attention in keeping our gardens filled with Mediterranean herbs and plants.

Thank you once again for your words of praise, it is the best encouragement and motivation for the whole of our team.
It has been our true pleasure to host you and we do look forward to your next stay with us.
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Property: Island Hotel Istra
Address: Crveni Otok 1 - St. Andrea, Rovinj 52210, Croatia
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Region: Croatia > Istria > Rovinj
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Rovinj
#5 Luxury Hotel in Rovinj
#6 Family Hotel in Rovinj
#8 Romantic Hotel in Rovinj
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Island Hotel Istra 4*
Number of rooms: 326
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Istra is an island of its own, a traffic free oasis of sea and sun, wonderful beaches and secluded spots, a ten minute boat ride from Rovinj. ... more   less 
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