I took my nine year old son to Croatia this Summer and it was the first time we had ever been. We chose the Orphee because it looked picturesque on the websites we checked, was within our budget and was in a great location for moving around the Dalmation coast and what Croatians call their Riviera. Whilst there are a couple of things about this hotel that I thought could do with a revamp, it almost seems unfair to mention them (though I will at the end), because the people who worked at the hotel were so brilliantly lovely and attentive, and the hotel has bags of charm.
On our arrival, we were greeted by Stijepo, who I assume was the manager. Stijepo defined our stay for us, and made our week at the Orphee absolutely spectacular. Nothing was too much trouble and everything was done with a warm smile and with ease and grace. That ethos ran through the entire hotel, from the way the rooms were kept, to the service at the hotel.
Our room was D7 - it had a beautiful sea view, and though compact, was comfortable. The room was kept spotlessly clean, another theme that ran throughout the hotel - everything was spotless (except the Dalmatians we saw from time to time in the village). The bathroom was modest but possessed an incredibly powerful shower; which was gorgeous to use after a day of swimming. The urban legend about the solo power socket is true.... but you can get around that as one Trip Advisor mentioned, by bringing your own multi plug thingy.
The rest of the hotel was charming; from the outdoor grove-style patio overlooking the sea, where you had your meals, to the glorious swimming pool also overlooking the sea, the location of the hotel was fabulous, and great for travelling to and from places like Dubrovnik, the Elaphite islands and Cavtat, all within easy reach from Plat, by sea taxi. I thought it was the perfect base. It was also only ten minutes away from the airport, but I never heard a plane overhead, as it seemed not to be on the flight path.
The food at the hotel was an earnest labour of love. The chefs would put the meals out with care and would tend to the buffet plates to keep them looking nice. I thought that was incredibly lovely and seemed to indicate a genuine care and attention to their cooking. The food on offer was varied, there was something for everyone, including national dishes for you to try, and on the whole it was fresh and interesting. Watch out for the warm caster-sugar dusted croissants in the morning and the moules mariniere dish at dinner..... well worth a try. More than once.
Whilst the hotel itself was charming, and has enormous potential to become even more so, the people at the hotel were very special. From Jelena and Tereza at reception, who were incredibly kind to my son and I, to Vlaho and Jadre who managed the bar, all with a brilliant sense of humour and attentive warmth, to the young guys who worked at the pool and Nikola, who was hugely informative and offered us tips for the best places to go around Plat, our stay was magical, thanks to them.
My only criticisms about the hotel relate to the mattresses in the room and the pillows; they could do with getting new ones of each, ones with better springs and plumper pillows. The only other thought related to the pool - it is only open from 10am until 7pm, and that is a real shame as the pool is one of its greatest assets. It could really do with being open for longer, and people did linger past 7pm, reluctantly getting out when they felt they had to.
Hotel Orphee is a comfortable, practical, magical place to stay and offers the perfect base for travelling around. Stijepo is a very skilled hotelier, and with time, this hotel will, I think, become a jewel in Croatia's crown.
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