Our holiday started with a short transfer from the small Pula airport. Typical drinks on arrival but also with music being played by Danny (of DNA Danny and Alex, the local music entertainment duo - they do a wonderful job and with a few external acts to deliver a low key/easy listening evening's entertainment). Our whole coach was for Park Plaza Medulin, which was a surprise, but check in was without a proportional delay. The room was a large king size double; it may have been two large singles but had a king size memory foam (?) topper that meant there was no middle gap to fall into and we both had a great night’s sleep every night. Aircon seemed a little weak as we got warm in the night, but coming back to the room (north/reception side) was welcoming as it had stayed cool during the day. Of course the down side of that was no sun on the balcony, but we didn’t miss that as we’d stay in the pool area till gone 6pm anyway. Bathroom nice and clean, with a large walk-in shower. Shower gel, shampoo, soap and mouthwash provided throughout the 2 week stay. What a joy to wake up naturally at around 9 and find plenty of sunbeds around the pool and gardens! Plenty of parasols, although some had seen better days and had a manual (rather than winding) opening requirement and some looked a little wobbly. In the gardens trees provided additional shade. The pool (salt water) was cool, and very refreshing. Beanbag lilos are available to float around on which is a nice touch. Pool towels (or double towelling sheet, if you go for one of the many double mattresses in the garden) are provided daily in exchange for your ‘towel tickets’. The sea, in view of the pool and access via a gate (remember to take your key card to get back in!), is a 2 minute walk to the local beach (if you walk slowly). Billed as a nice 1Km sandy beach, I have to say I think we are spoiled by some of our UK sandy beaches. However the advantage of warm water and sunny days make this beach a haven for the local camp sites, locals and southern Europeans (we noticed mostly Austrian, some Italian and some Slovak registrations). That was quite different from the (unusual) around 98% English guests in this TUI couples hotel. As a 4* and our first visit to a Park Plaza, we were impressed. Used to having to get our own drinks at dinner, it was nice to have waiter/ess service. The staff, in reception, dining room and bar were without fault, all friendly and it definitely made the stay one to remember. We drank mostly coke zero, beer, wine (red and white both nice) and latte/cappuccino – from the bar, from a self service station in the hotel or garden ‘bar’ (not for the wasp-phobic), or delivered to the table inside or out on the terrace – very satisfactory! Food was well cooked from the breakfast omelette to the al-a-carte steak (one free visit per stop - and very nice, 'you shouldn't miss it'). Soup always piping hot, 3 or 4 meats and a fish every day, load of salad, canapés, sandwiches, ice cream – probably everything except fish and chips (only saw chips twice in two weeks), so if you are die hard ‘English cuisine’ you’ll suffer! We found the food one of the best we’d encountered lately. The rooms were cleaned quickly and efficiently, if sometimes a little patchy in replenishment of the room coffee etc (yes, coffee facilities, fridge and safe all included at no cost), but never caused us a problem and we felt that had we needed more of anything, we’d only need ask. Free wifi was useful and for 20kuna you could use one of the 2 PC’s for 30 mins. A small hotel shop was fairly priced and a (mini) supermarket not far away. Bus stop to Pula was 5 minutes (max) away and 15 Kuna each way, is definitely worth a visit, but try and avoid the busy times as the bus was often packed! Pula was good value for drinks, cakes and ice-cream and has some interesting sites to visit. However this review is for Park Plaza Medulin and we finish by saying, what great hotel with great food and wonderful staff.
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