Hotel Croatia Cavtat
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Croatia Cavtat
Hotel need to be renovated - specially rooms.
New Year´s Dinner was great,...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Croatia Cavtat
Unique, creative and originally styled, the Hotel Croatia has a distinctive look, which we have never previously encountered. On entering the hotel, you would assume this to be the ground floor, but not here, it is below the 5th floor! Built into the steep rocky peninsula. You will be amazed, and slightly confused at first, at the bizarre plan of your hotel. There is an open top swimming pool half way up the hotel with snack bar and from reception you go down to further floors, including the restaurant for breakfast and evening buffet.
The food was always of a good standard, plenty to choose from, both hot and cold dishes available, international and local dishes on offer. Vegetarian options were adequate. There is a comprehensive wine menu with prices starting from 80 kunas(£8) per bottle.
Our room, on floor two, was spacious enough, had a comfortable double bed, small TV, compact en-suite bathroom, ample wardrobe space but best of all was the beautiful view out to sea which looked out on to a small island. The sunsets were stunning to sit and watch on your terrace.
As the hotel is on its own peninsula there are two beaches, North and South. The North beach is located at the bottom of 125 steps (we did not count, someone else did) in Cavtat bay. In our opinion the more natural of the beaches was the South. This is a rock beach, take a comfortable beach mat, you will need it as there are no sun lounges. You also have the option to go au-natural on one part of the beach, which proved to be very popular with all nationalities! By the way beaches are not sandy in this part of Croatia. Pebbles, rock and concreted flat areas are your only options.
Cavtat is very picturesque, with plenty of café-bars and restaurants along the harbour. There are a couple of pleasant walks around the peninsulas. Make the effort to walk up to the mausoleum it is worth the exertion, for both the views and the experience.
If you don't want to catch the tourist bus to Dubrovnik (£2 one way) at 9:00 am from outside the hotel, you can use the regular ferry boats at the harbour for around £5 single trip.
We would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel and their wonderful friendly staff and, of course, Cavtat to anyone wanting a little peace of paradise.
Croatia hotel wonderful
we spent the last week of september and first week of october in the hotel.
it is one of the best holidays we have had. the hotel was wonderful so were all the staff. it was very clean and lovely white towels and bedding. the food was very nice and was a very nice evening on the croation night . the area was very pretty and also the old town with the port. would recommend this to anyone.
Loved Hotel Croatia
Have just returned back 2 weeks ago from hotel croatia in Cavtat, lovely hotel. Staff very friendly and helpful, especially Anna in the piano bar and Lucy in the resturant. Great food, rooms not luxurios but nice and very clean,
very nice and helpful maid, towels changed daily, bed linen several times over the two weeks. Also very nice staff at the beach very attentive. Great service from the hotel to and from the airport. Great views from hotel, and in a lovely position.
Cavtat really beautiful for a quiet and relaxing holiday, gorgeous place, will certainly be going again.
We Agree with Previous Reviews
We spent the first two weeks of September at the Hotel Croatia and would agree with nearly all the comments of both your August reviews.We felt that the hotel was more 4plus stars rather than five.
We found the food to be varied, well cooked and well presented but the wines are very overpriced as are the bar drinks.On the subject of the bars we found that the staff and waiters were less than polite or helpful and in sharp contrast to the reception and restaurant staff .That said, a wonderful location and a fine hotel.
We stayed in this hotel last year (2004) and i have to say we had no real complaints. The only issue that i can think of is although it boasts a 5 star rating we were warned beforehand by the agent that it is more like a 4 star which turned out to realistic.
Room - cleaned everyday, nicely furnished, wasnt lacking anything although not too many english speaking TV channels (but who goes on holiday to watch TV anyway!!).
Breakfast is brilliant - we stocked up for the day at the buffet and the selection is massive. Caters for all tastes. Guaranteed.
We were on a half board basis and had dinner twice in the hotel.......selection is not as good as breakfast and wine etc. is quite expensive. We found much more value by taking a short walk down (millions of steps - ok 100 odd) to the village of Cavtat every night and sampling the different restaraunts there. All cuts of meat and fresh fish to be choosen from, and pizzarias etc.
Facilities - plenty of sunbeds and terraces to find a nice spot to sunbathe. The outdoor pool is great and the indoor one (which hardly anyone uses) is handy if you want some peace from the other bathers. Dont come to this hotel if you like sandy beaches. Not a grain of sand to be seen. Beaches are rocks with cement areas built on for bathing. But the water is great once you get in! WE got hooked on the casino (cause we managed to win loads on the first night) and its something different to do if you are not into Julio Iglesias Croatian style. Go crazy - its your holidays! Why not?
The best way to get to Dubrovnik is to get a water-taxi in Cavtat. Cheap, reliable and frequent (every hour or so). Gives you a chance to look at the coastline too. Dubrovnik is worth a few days touring. Some lovely restaraunts, bars etc along with the usual touristy city Walls, churches, ruins etc...
All in all, this hotel and area were perfect for relaxation, sunbathing and getting away from the hustle and bustle - just what we needed. we will definately be back again.
We have just arrived back from a wonderful week in Cavtat. Stayed at the HotelCroatia, food and hotel both excellent. The steps to the town could be a problem for anyone with impaired mobility. Had a trip to Dubrovnik but were pleased we chose to stay in Cavtat although it is a magnificent town. Croatians are really friendly and made us feel very welcome. Not a lot to do for teenagers. Would reccomend both the hotel and the town
We have just returned from a weeks holiday at the Croatia Hotel. We were allocated a room at Reception level overlooking the sea which, was clean comfortable and had a lovely view. The hotel facilities were good a decent sized pool (indoor and outdoor) with plenty of sun loungers around the pool and on the terrace. A disco and casino (we visited neither), piano bar and snack bars.
We were on a half board basis which isn't ideal as it is often nice to sample local fare. The tables in the main dining area are quite close together our group of 6 comprised of 3 couples which at times could be quite intrusive as you felt compelled to make conversation. The choice of food was good however, be prepared for it to be lukewarm! Very seldom did we eat anything boiling hot. Apart from this the food was acceptable and adequate for a week. The drinks in the hotel are expensive and we often walked to Cavtat village to pick up supplies of water and have an iced coffee or beer at a more reasonable cost. Be prepared for the walk to the village - walking down is not too bad but the 100 plus steps seem double the amount of the way back!
Cavtat itself is stunning. A small harbor area with several bars and restaurants. You can walk around the island and most of the walk is under trees and is fairly flat. A bar / restaurant can be found halfway round which has a beautiful view and provides a welcome stop to appreciate the scenery.
We took a bus to Dubrovnik which is about 20 minutes away (make sure you sit on the left hand side of the bus to enjoy the coast line). We took the bus to the main bus station and walked to the old town. Not sure if this is worth doing as there is not a lot to see until you reach the old town. Make sure you walk around the wall of the old town and I'd suggest doing this early in the day before the sun becomes too intense.
We caught a river taxi back to Cavtat at a cost of approx £5 each. Stops off at a couple of villages and takes no longer than 30 minutes.
If you want peace and relaxation I would highly recommend this hotel and area.
The Hotel Croatia is a large hotel, situated on a hill overlooking the picturesque village of Cavtat. For the less mobile, it should be noted that to reach Cavtat you have to decend 127 steps, and more importantly you have to climb them to return the hotel!
The hotel itself is large and it is easy to get lost! The hotel has excellent sports facilities including two tennis courts (managed by Marco who is very helpful and can provide equipment. There is also a gym, and two swimming pools one indoor and one outdoor, there is also a volleyball court and basketball court. These facilities are all provided free.
The food in the hotel is good with an excellent selection each night, breakfast and dinner in the main restaurant is buffet style, but there is the option of the a la carte restaurant.
The prices of the drinks in the bar are very expensive especially when compared to the price of drinks in Cavtat.
The hotel staff are all very friendly, and all speak very good English (much better than my attempts at Croatian!!)
Overall the hotel is a great place to spend a relaxing holiday. The Croatian Tourist's Board rating of the hotel is 5*, I would say it is closer to a 4*, but nonetheless a hotel I would certainly return to in a very picturesque location, also being close to the airport and to the historic city of Dubrovnik.
Very nice hotel
This is certainly a hotel that is worthy of over four stars and i would go back there for a few nights next time i'm in Croatia. The hotel is in a perfect location with fantastic sea views and a very well designed swimming pool (from what i remember there was an indoor swimming pool as well). The choice at breakfast was fantastic and the rooms were very clean and very luxurious compared to a lot of the other hotels that we have stayed at in Croatia. It is also in a perfect location if you have hired a car. Very close to the airport (yet you wouldn't know it) and perfect for visiting Dubrovnik and Montenegro (i recommend driving to the old city of Kotor and the Kotor fjord - great experience!). Very good if you enjoy quality accomodation and unusual sightseeing. Although quite a long drive of over two hours, the old bosnian city of Mostar is also worth visiting and possible to drive to in a day along the Neretva River Delta - beautiful (if you don't mind the roads which can get pretty bad at times!!)
Well hidden jewel
Although this five star hotel is already thirty years old and has undergone an extensive upgrading and renovation about six years ago, it is near impossible to find it on the usual Internet places.
I only knew what to look for because of my previous knowledge of this wonderful corner od Croatia's Adriatic coastline. We booked it following the contacts through dubrovnik-online.com
Cavtat is a small town between Dubrovnik and its airport, a former fishermen's village-turned-boutique-township in the most recent years. It has bus connections to the airport, to Dubrovnik and the villages of the Dubrovnik Riviera. Also several boat connections to nearby ports incl. Dubrovnik. Cavtat has many bars, coffee shops and small restaurants, a supermarket, bakery etc. A popular port for some magnificent yachts.
The sprawling hotel (nearly 500rooms) is built straddling a hiltop and overlooking the sea on one side and the immensely picturesque Cavtat Bay on the other. We chose the Parkview room (cheaper rates), a good size room, very quiet and with a hillside balcony. The bathroom was excellent. Surprisingly, disposable showercaps and tissues were not supplied. The hotel is a popular conference / convention venue. The views from most of the public rooms are magnificient. There are indoor and outdoor swimming pools and various resort-type facilities. The hotel has two "beaches", concrete platforms built on a rocky coastline on both foothills, with snack-bars and facillities. The main restaurant is very spacious with a large front balcony. The food variety of the breakfast buffet(incl.) is mind-boggling. There is a halfboard option available (@20 Euro pp dinner surcharge). The buffet dinners are also excellent. There is also a boutique restaurant. For a 5* hotel, its rates were quite reasonable, particularly outside the height of the season July-August.
We chose to dine in the village at several of the many sea-side restaurants and had only one dinner at the hotel, when the hotel had its regular "Croatian night"; an interesting entertainment by local musical and folklore groups; no extra cost.
The village seaside bars and restaurants as well as the hotel terraces offer the most amazing sunset views imaginable (incl the lights of Dubrovnik in the distance).
The hotel reception staff were a pleasure to deal with, informative, extremelly helpfull and speaking several foreign languages very well. The restaurant staff, unfortunately, were often grumpy and over-officious first thing in the morning, although considerably better at night. A few of the other bars' waiters should undetake a course on how to treat the guests correctly. Maybe they are trying to model themselves on the the infamous Italian waiters too much.
I would give a "four and half dots" rating to this hotel. Definitely a place to come back to.
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... just beside us so Dad ran in to get his beer and we were off again.
We met the lady who was lending us the boat and waited for her colleague to show us to the boat and take us through the boat's basics.
Half an hour latter we were off, listening to the man's clear instructions and going behind one of the peninsulas to avoid the rather choppy water. We made it round, but being Willis' we got bored of the gentle sea and headed straight ...
... to the cliff just above the sea. The town is surrounded by a huge wall with towers at all corners. Last night they had unexpectedly gone through an arch and found the harbour. This morning it was busy with people washing down tables and getting ready for the day. It is hard work running a cafe or restaurant in a tourist town.
They returned to the Villa for breakfast which was delightfully served buy ...
... Canadian inferiority complex, I have to say I had a proud Canuck moment when the local band playing in the town square covered Neil Young. That maddening, beautiful Dubrovnik crowd, made up of Croats, Italians, Brits, Americans, Russians and even the bloody Aussies sang together (well, sort of....):
I've been to Hollywood
I've been to Redwood
I crossed the ocean for a heart of gold...
Only Stompin' Tom's "Hockey Song" would have sounded ...
... two Learning your 7.5 times table ( just change to the euro please!!) The jumbo pizza or the super jumbo (both of which are the size of a dining room table) Finding your sunnies at sunset time Trying to avert your eyes when the next Croatian diva takes her bikini top off at the beach Actually averting your eyes when her mother take hers off too! Deciding which granny to follow home from the train / ferry station with the promise of a balcony home stay ...
... tons of little places to eat.
There was some good exercise involved with walking the circumference of the city walls...they meander up and down and along the ocean, and only provide one-way walking traffic. The walls are 3-19 feet thick and 6,200 feet long, so basically golf course length.
After our trek, we passed through the middle of old town to go back to Pile gate, and ran across on of the outdoor cafes to ...