We stayed at an apartment for 3 people and in total we had a really nice holiday week. Here is a short list of the benefits of the hotel:
The resort is really at the top location of Vrsar and that's definitely the best feature! Everything (bars, market, beach) is within walking distance.
+ Modern rooms:
Our apartment appeared to be quite new and had a nice kitchenette with a micro and plenty of dishes, pots, glasses, etc.
The reception was really friendly, helpful and spoke several languages. Complaints where handled and solved immediately.
The resort has also a restaurant with moderate prices and excellent food. Due to one negative experience downtown, we basically always ate there. I can highly recommend the menus which are really worth the price!
+ Clear sea with plenty of fishes in the water
However, there are also several negative points which lead to the "satisfactory" rate:
- No Wifi, horrible expensive inet:
The inet access is ridiculously expansive: 4€ per half hour (!!!) for LAN connection. Even more annoying is that this problems exists across the complete village of Vrsar and we only found one (!) bar (Casanova bar after Montraker) which offers free Wifi ... but this was not working at all. I don't know what's the intention of this nuisance but it really spoiled my holiday since i would have really appreciated to check the news from time to time.
- General pricing:
If you plan to go to Vrsar, be sure to take plenty of Euros with you!!! Everything is really pricey and Croatia is definitely no holiday location for a cheap vacation. As you can see in the attached picture, a plastic beach lounger costs ~3.5€ per day! And due to the stone "beach" (also shown in the attachment) you'll need something soft to lie on. On the second day we bought inflatable mattresses which yet overpriced, really payed off. Sunshades would also cost extra but fortunately there a plenty of trees to lie under.
- Cleaning service:
When we came to our apartment, we wondered about the cleaning tools at our balcony... we soon found out, why they are necessary. For some strange reason, the Belvedere expects the guests to take over some cleaning efforts in your holiday (yeah, you read it right!). The maid only cleans your room if you deliberately (!) call for her. If you now believe of a nice feature (less disturbances), think again: The maids are no eager beavers and if you press the button to late during the day (later than 12am), the room stays undone. Then you'll soon end up with a trash bin as ours (see pic). Compared to this, the fungi in our bathroom is not such a big problem (see pic)
- Noisy kids:
I have to admit that this is not a problem of the resort, but still i would have appreciated it NOT to have an apartment below a family with a kiddo which plays basketball at 7am. Generally, 90% of the guests are families which yields that the pool is always occupied by them and so barely usable for other groups.
- The sea access:
You only have the choice between a small and pricey gravel beach and a stone pier where you'll have to lie on the dirty ground beneath the trees (see attachment). Both options are rather unsatisfactory and would be mitigated if the sun loungers would be for free.
- The parking mikado:
Not each apartment has a parking and the car park is filled by the "first-come-first-serve" principle. To avoid long walking distances everybody is very eager to find a spot near his room. So if anybody takes the car for a trip, he'll can might have to park outside the hotel area when he returns.
Finally there are some general tips if you're planning to go to Vrsar:
x Take plenty of € with you!
You can exchange them to kunas at fair rates in a bank downtown, but you can also exchange them almost everywhere in Croatia. At ATMs you'll get a much worse rate and credit cards also charge a handling fee.
x Don't forget your snorkeling equipment and bathing shoes!
As said before the Adriatic Sea is very clear and there are plenty of fishes to watch! Besides, it's the cheapest leisure activity... ;-). The bathing shoes are also necessary because the Croatian shore has rocks sharp as razor blades... and that's NOT exaggerated!
x All those small things...
Although the apartment is equipped with plenty of kitchen equipment, it lacks of all the very basic things like a sponge, dishwashing liquid or salt&pepper. Since Croatia is definitely not that cheap (especially in touristic regions!) any more, i would recommend to buy those at home.
x 2 beach towels and solid sun loungers
Simple reason: it is not allowed to take the towels from the room to the pool or beach. Although solid sun loungers would probably consume most of the space in your car, at least one would really be worth it: the wind in Vrsar can be very strong (we even had a storm) and inflatable mattresses can quickly be gone (due to the wind, NOT because of stealing) if you leave them at the beach.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on the hillside overlooking the Marina and 18 green islands in the background, Belvedere apartments are minutes away from Vrsar`s Old Town, with a natural beach right below. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Resort Belvedere Hotel Vrsar
- Belvedere Hotel Vrsar