Walking into the Park Hotel, Rovinj and I thought I'd inadvertantly found myself in 1980s Miami. The only thing missing was Scarface's Tony Montana. This is because the hotel lobby has a glamourous, decadent feel to it which immediately puts one in the holiday mood. The rest of the hotel looks a bit like a stranded cruise liner ... not sure if it were designed like this on purpose but the external architecture is definitely a bit eccentric.
This doesn't matter though, as the views from the hotel are magical and the bedrooms are extremely clean. The positioning of the hotel, for me, worked too. It was far away enough from town to feel slightly exclusive/peaceful, but in reality it's a few minutes walk away from the centre.
I had several massages in the beauty salon and one in the actual massage room. Both were excellent and deserve a mention as highly recommended. There is a great indoor swimming pool and I swam a few lengths in the outdoor pool too but, in May, it was still a bit chilly.
Food at the hotel is self service, and at times I found the dining room a bit noisy and crowded. However, the food itself was great. There's a huge range of high quality grub. Although my preference is to be healthy, the delicious chocolate pancakes and waffles were too hard to resist. Only complaint was the coffee which isn't up to UK standards yet.
Rovinj itself is fairytale gorgeous. Take a sunset trip on Gordon's boat 'la Mare'. You can't miss it - it's the one blasting out jazz as you walk into town. The glass bottomed boat trip is great too. And Sante Croce restaurant does incredible steaks, in a beautiful & elegant setting. Croation ice cream is renowned and it was my experience that any random kiosk, from the many that were in the town, could be guaranteed to sell sensational ice cream.
The only other thing to mention about the Park was the rubbish wi-fi. If you are hoping to get away from your smart device, then this is definitely the place to do it. However, if you want to keep connected, then don't rely on the Park.
All in all, it was an enjoyable stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Offering a lively atmosphere and relaxing privacy with a great view of the Old town, Hotel Park sits right above the seaside promenade, between the Marina on one side and the centennial forest park on the other. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Park Hotel Rovinj
- Hotel Park Rovinj