My trip was virtually a last-minute effort so I did not have much time to really explore the reviews of the hotel. Basically, Hotel Orphee is in the village of Plat and is about 20 mins drive from the airport via private transfer (I used 'Sun Transfers' who were fine). The hotel is surrounded by several other hotels, but some of them are still in ruin from the war! At first I was a bit alarmed by this, but once I knew more about the area and had started exploring, I was fascinated by the history of these hotels and the horrific looting that went on during the war.
Room: My room was okay, but despite its 'sea view status', I had a wall of huge trees in front of it, so I had no view at all! The room was small but clean, but be warned - the noise from the sea at night can be quite overwhelming, especially when the wind blows! Bathroom was fine, but the bath itself was tiny! And I am not a big person!
Restaurant: I had half-board status, but had to prove this on numerous occasions! The food was generally good and the variety diverse. Food was very European, which was a shame as they did not venture more into the local cuisine. The lady running the restaurant is pleasant and welcoming ("You're the best customers I've ever had" she will say - to everyone!). Sitting outside is pleasant when it's not windy, but be aware of the feral cats that live in the area. They can be quite brazen (but harmless). The waiters are often shoo-ing them away!
Hotel: The pool area is very pleasant and the bar's prices not too bad. The views over the sea in the evening are STUNNING! The deck chairs/umbrellas are a little tired but functional. The staff are generally polite, although I did find the dark-haired receptionist a little curt in her conversation. A smile costs nothing! There is a tiny store on-site, but it has very limited produce and is very expensive. The village doesn't offer much either, so a visit to the surrounding towns to get your own food is required. There are lots of little pathways so be prepared to get a bit lost on your first day! Unless you have a car (there's plenty of parking), you have to walk up the very steep hill to get to the main road where you can get a bus to the other towns/cities. A bus ride to Dubrovnik was about 15 kuna (£1.50) one way for a 30-min ride. The hotel offers a limited free shuttle to & from Dubrovnik, but book early to avoid disappointment.
Area: Nice to explore when sunny, with plenty of pebbled beaches, coastal walks and boat trips, but if it rains there is little to do, so bring music/books/tablet to keep you entertained. Nearby Cavtat (pronounced tsav-tat) is very pretty and well-worth a visit for its leisurely walks, colourful cafés and scenic vistas. Of course, wonderful Dubrovnik deserves at least two day-trips to see the major sights. Care-hire in Cavtat can easily (and affordably) take you into neighbouring Montenegro. Other villages along the coast (Mlini & Srebreno) are interesting, but getting to them is dicey if you walk as you can only get to them along the very busy coastal road. There are no pavements and the drivers are hellish! Get the bus instead!
As mentioned before the scars of the civil war are still very prominent. It is nothing to walk past a beautiful modern building only to see one in total ruin beside it pock-marked with bullet holes. The haunting 'Bay of Abandoned Hotels' in Kupari is fascinating! I managed to strike up a conversation with one of the concierges who has worked there for forty years and was deeply moved by her experiences of the area in the early 1990s.
I was not really prepared for what I experienced on this trip, but initial concerns aside, I thoroughly enjoyed it and, in retrospect, I would definitely visit here in again!
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