We stayed here as a couple in July 13. We when booked we read the reviews and decided that it sounded cheap and cheerful and for us this is exactly what it is. We were in the main hotel block overlooking the sea, we had paid extra for a sea view and were very glad we had. The top floor rooms are definitely the best - the trees have grown so high in front of the hotel, the lower floors must have their views obscured as they are so dense - one couple we spoke to said that the tree outside their room was on their balcony! The rooms are clean and basic and I would say typically 3 star, I do think people need to remember what they are paying for. We had twin beds, the rooms have basic TVs, air conditioning and very clean and totally acceptable bathrooms. There are no tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms so take a travel kettle and supplies if you like a cuppa when you wake up first thing. Sadly our air con was faulty & leaked all over the floor. We explained this to reception and they moved us when it was realised that it couldn't be fixed. The second room we were given was virtually identical to the first, although the carpet was newer in the second room so there are obviously on going upgrades going on. There are no safes in the bedrooms, these are available in the main reception area. The main restaurant was on the ground floor of this block, surrounded by trees & with a nice out door dining area. The ladies running the restaurant were lovely and really helpful. This is a buffet and there was always loads of choice available, particularly main courses. We really enjoyed the food in the evenings. The breakfasts were perfectly acceptable too. There is a bar/café at the pool area that did a fairly basic menu at lunchtimes again although the food wasn't exciting it was perfectly acceptable - lovely seafood salads and quite reasonably priced. One of the young guys seemed to work every waking hour here and was always efficient and helpful. The pool has stunning views overlooking the bay and it was clean & tidy. The sunbeds are plentiful but uncomfortable as they are just plastic (3 star!) cushions would have been a good addition. There were less umbrellas and on some occasions the staff took them down due to the wind which was a bit frustrating but understandable. As the pool area overlooks the sea it is fairly exposed but as the temperature was in the 30s the wind was nice. There are stunning views up and down the coast from the hotel. The staff were friendly and accommodating and always helpful. Personally I thought that the evening 'entertainment' was excruciating and we would have been happier without it, but many people obviously enjoyed it and danced around the pool area. So, the downsides - the whole complex is made up of the hotel, apartments blocks, a beach bar, 'a la carte' restaurant, pool & pool bar spread over quite a large area, with a main reception area, a couple of shops & a separate area we understood was for all inclusive guests only in the middle of it all. In between some of these areas the land is unkempt & there are what can only be described as derelict buildings. It is a real shame as Croatia is a stunning country and where this hotel is, it feels totally run down by comparison. Some of the garden areas are maintained and yet between the shops and the hotel there is another area that has been totally left so is completely run down. Smoking is acceptable in the main reception area so it is smelly, combine that with the fact that there is a lot of dark wood and it means the main reception feels mediocre. If the whole site was looked after as well as some of it, it would feel completely different. Down by the a la carte restaurant there is a jetty where boats come in daily and you can go to various other places along the coast - do take a boat, the coast is beautiful and you will appreciate just how good this site could be if it were all cared for equally well. We stayed half board and the a la carte restaurant is not included, but we went and paid one evening, it has really old fashioned lovely service that I remember from the 80's, with flambé puddings - lovely, with a view to die for. The other really important thing - this hotel is advertised as Mlini by the tour operator we went with - it is NOT in Mlini. There is one other restaurant nearly at the top of the hill and that is it. There is nothing else to do in Plat - the only thing there is the hotel, pool & boats to other places. Hello to the lovely couple from up north, who without we would have been bored senseless during the evenings, but as it happened meant we had a good laugh about the lack of other things in Plat. They walked for miles. We got on boats, walked to the top of the hill and caught a bus, booked trips and hired a car. If all you want is a cheap, cheerful hotel with a nice pool and nothing else then this is the place for you. If you want some other bars/restaurants at night within walking distance, go to Cavtat or Mlini for real where there are both. The bus service to Cavtat is good both daytime & evening it will cost you 35 kuna per person each way, the staff on reception will give you a timetable. The boat from the hotel also goes to Cavtat regularly - again you can book this from reception. The same applies to the daytime - there is nothing to do except sit by the pool, go to the beach or go to other places. I can't give this 4 out of 5 as it wasn't 'really good' but I do think that most of it was better than average. The grounds just spoilt it for us. We hired a car from the shop on site - it was really easy and definitely cheaper than I'd found online before we went. We drove to Montenegro - this is even more stunning that Croatia in my opinion. Do be prepared for a wait at the border though - there was a long queue! Dubrovnik is extremely pretty and there are buses there every day from the hotel too. Cavtat is the next resort along the coast - it's bigger with a port, some shops, restaurants and bars and has a completely different feel to it. I must point out here, we are not huge shoppers or want to party every night - we just like things to do!
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