We read about Brela in Lonely Planet and once we arrived, decided to stay two nights instead of island hopping to Hvar as the town is lovely and quaint, not too big and the beach is one of the best on the coast. We used Booking.com mobile app to find a place to stay and chose Villa Dalmatino based on its modern clean look and price. When we arrived in Brela we called the number on the sign outside the apartment and asked if they had any vacancies (we knew there was space via booking.com). The polite and helpful manager advised by phone that they didn't have any vacancies but when I mentioned booking.com he explained they couldn't sell us that room as it was exclusive to the reservation system. I suggested that perhaps I could I book it on my mobile and he agreed. It was a strange way to acquire a room but it worked!
We booked a one bedroom apartment on the ground floor for $59 euros per night. It was perfect! Modern, clean and all the amenities. Two lovely Croatian ladies arrived minutes after we completed the booking online and helped us with the paperwork and keys and although neither spoke English it all worked out great. We were provided the parking spot right beside our unit which was really nice as it has been mention parking is very difficult in Brela.
All in all a wonderful experience. Booking an apartment instead of a hotel room was a different experience, but was handled very professionally by the staff.
Only complaint is that free wifi is advertised but it is actually accessible in the cute cafe above the apartment. Coffee in the morning overlooking the sea and checking email was not a real inconvienence however.
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