Returned home on Tuesday 28th. Excellent hotel with good facilities. Don't be put off by the initial approach as the hotel looks a bit dated. Once you arrive the hotel itself is impressive. Take a walk around the main island and Makin island over the causeway before breakfast or in the evening at sunset. Sit out on the harbour wall near the cannons and have a cocktail We advise the Bellini and the Maistra House Long Drink. If you have the time you can relax in the spa or have a massage on the beach.
Staff were friendly and always willing to help. I would suggest that you learn some easy phrases as it opens a conversation and met with a smile.
Room was clean with an excellent view of the sea, which I am told can be seen from all the hotel rooms.
Meals are buffet style and cater for all tastes. Plenty of people choose Sprouts, chips and Peas for breakfast but if your like me i'm happy with orange juice, cereal and followed with pancakes and a coffee. If a full English is your bag then its there or you can choose fruit, yoghurt and an array of breads.
Evening meals offer a great choice and I would suggest you try the fish as there is always a different type and style on offer. Wine and beers are free with the evening meal. Beer is pretty good, White wine palatable and be warned the red wine is not for those of a nervous disposition as it takes the throat out of you. The burns unit inform me that my throat will be back to normal within a few weeks! (only joking) but try it and you will see what I mean
Take a casual stroll around rovinj and a trip up the bell tower is a must (But not at 12:00 midday) reviews from others explain why. The cobbled streets are slippy so take care.
Trip to Pula is excellent for sightseeing. Didnt have time to visit Plitvice lakes but heard that was breathtaking.
From a family perspective our son is 14 and had a great time. There are plenty of activities to become involved in and all are welcome.
First trip to Croatia for us and we will be going back to Rovinj again. Hope the review helps, including the light hearted bits
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- Also Known As:
- Istra Hotel Rovinj
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