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“Great Location, Superb service, Excellent value”
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Island Hotel Istra
Ranked #5 of 23 Hotels in Rovinj
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 23 June 2009

Stayed for 10 days. The hotel had the wow factor on arrival by boat, which continued throughout the stay. The hotel was maintained very well and was very clean and white. The room was spacious with modern design and a spacious balcony. All rooms have a sea view because the hotel is situated on a small island. The breakfast was amazing with such a variety of different types of food that you could not possibly be bored by the end of the stay. When only booked b/b but changed to half-board during the stay because the dinner buffet was so good and reasonably priced - it even incuded limitless wine and beer! After dinner you can take the free ferry to town and have a stroll, a drink or ice-cream. There's a food market near the ferry stop where you can buy drinks and fruit etc - it's cheaper than buying in the hotel.

The hotel has indoor and outdoor pools and a wellness area for massage and sauna etc. We mostly swam in the sea on the adjoining Maskin island which can be reached in five minutes across the man-made walkway. To swim in the sea you need sea shoes with rubber soles because the sea shore is rocky. The shoes can be bought in the hotel shop or cheaper on the stall next to the ferry stop. On Maskin island there's clothing-optional areas for the naturist or brave adventurist! In the c/o areas 95% of people are naked so there's no embarrassing first few minutes wondering if anyone's watching!

In addition to the main buffet restaurant there's an A la carte restaurant in a converted church next to the hotel. The food and service is very good. So good in fact that residents on the mainland take the trip to the island just for the restaurant. Finally (nearly) the sunsets are amazing so take your camera. And finally it was so good we have just booked to go again this year.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 June 2009

Having read the review about gluten-free problems (Oct 2008), I thought I wouldn't be able to eat much at the Istra. They do, however, willingly bring (very nice) gluten-free bread if you ask for it. Soya milk is also on display every day. The choice of food, both at breakfast and dinner, is wide enough to mean you won't go hungry if gluten-free or dairy-free. Certainly it would be extra-special to have just some thing as a gluten-free cake or pudding, especially as those for 'normal' people look so great with a huge choice for them. But at least the basics are there now.

The hotel itself is in a wonderful position - agree with others about the boat to Rovinj, and the islands. It's immaculately clean and we found all the staff very pleasant and helpful. Many can get by in 5 languages (Croatian, Italian, English, German, and French) - how many UK residents can do that?

An extra bonus for birdwatchers is the martins, swifts and swallows outside your balcony - very evocative.

The hotel was a great experience. Only slight downside is that elderly/disabled people who can't manage lots of steps have to do a big detour right round the building, in order to get to the pool. There is no lift access down outside of breakfast/dinner times, and this could be so easily solved by not locking access at these times. But this is nitpicking for a great hotel experience.

Go before the really pleasant locals get fed up with us horrible foreign tourists!

  • Stayed: June 2009
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Reviewed 20 June 2009

Fabulous location and views, clean modern hotel with lots of food choice and reasonable food quality - all staff were friendly and happy, as indeed were most people we met. The add on freebie's offered by the hotel are good and the regular free boat service made Rovinj easily accessable - Rovinj by the way is also fabulous.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 May 2009

What a location! The hotel owns two islands and all room has a sea view. 360 degree of sea, so you can pick your own beach although some parts are very rocky and can be seriously dangerous. The hotel seems to be catered mainly for the Germans, so yes, you have to get up early to reserve your sun beds. Many women remove their upper bikini even around the hotel swimming pool area so may not really be suited for a family with children of sensitive ages. You can have nice evening walks around the main island or you can swim or jog around the adjoining nudist island with nothing on during the day.

Absolutely beautiful sea... You can see the bottom of the sea even if you swim away from the island. Lots of rich people park their boats being naked on their deck around this island. Hotel provides drinks for free with evening meals so it was nice, however their food was much worse than our canteen food served at British universities (have I put you off enough now?). Breakfast was even worse... horrible... I have never seen deep fried eggs in my life...

Their Spa ad gym areas were really lovely. We spent a lot of money to get massages.

I must warn you that things are actually more expensive at the main town, Rovinj, than in London and locals are getting more and more greedy (said by local people). They were charing 1 pound for a bottle of little mineral water at KIOSK. A glass of alcoholic drink in bars was around 5 pounds. I feel sorry that Western tourism affected how people live in this pretty old town.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 January 2009

My boyfriend and I wanted to visit somewhere in Europe that was a bit different to all holidays we had previously had. Croatia & Rovinj seemed like the ideal place for us so we jetted off for a week in August. When we arrived we were not disapointed with scenery, food, people and the hotel.

We normally go on self catering holidays so were pleasently surprised with the food on offer in the hotel, although we did eat out three nights to sample the local restaurants. All the food on offer was as you would get in other european countries, but it was of a higer standard. An evening meal costs about £50 a couple, including wine and we thought this was a very good price, in view of the food we were served. Some of the resturants on the hill to the left as you step off the boat have amazing views and sunsets while you eat.

The hotel was clean, tidy and as expected. Being on its own island made it feel more special, there are no shops however so if you want to pop out for something you are restricted.

Rovinj is a beautifal place and gives many parts of Italy a run for its money. I would definaltey recommend this area and hotel to anyone if you want somehing a bit different.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 January 2009

A good hotel in a pretty unique location - on an island just outside Rovinj - gives a choice of holiday styles: pop into town on the free ferry shuttle any time, or just realax at the hotel. Or to toally chill out, walk across the causeway to the other part of the island, strip off and get an all-over tan. This part of the island is all clothes free FKK but the main hotel area is not, so the hotel is a good choice for a family or group with some naturists and some prudes!
There's a good choice of decent food, and overall it is very a nice hotel, even if it is a little bit 'uninspiring'.

  • Stayed: August 2006, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 January 2009

We spent a week here and were unexpectedly pleased after a short boat ride from Rovinj as from outside it looks a little like an office block spread out over the island. However inside is clean, contemporary decor and friendly staff who were only too pleased to provide an excellent service.Bedrooms have all mod cons, brilliantly clean although the air con did have its moments and took at least 4 hours to reduce the temperature in the room on the hottest day.Fantastic location, we loved the boat to get to rovinj which is a pretty and lively little town with lots of options for eating out . We also loved walking around the island and the adjoining islet watching the sunsets.However the only down side was the horrendous white, bland school dining room which echoed unpleasantly and felt very much like a refectory. What a shame, it always felt rushed and noisy when we dined there although the food was pretty good buffet style. We preferred the attached restaurant on the island which was in an original old ex chapel, very pretty with marvellous food and a warm ambience.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled with friends
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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 Luxury Hotel in Rovinj
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Rovinj
#6 Family Hotel in Rovinj
#8 Romantic Hotel in Rovinj
Price Range: £63 - £216 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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