Travel Blogs from Dubrovnik
... to much, so figuring that if I was going to be awake anyway I might as well explore the city I headed out. Luckily the rain had cleared up and the day was glorious, presenting the pearl of the Adriatic in all it's splendid glory. It truly is a beautiful city, surrounded by incredibly imposing walls and battlements and the terracotta roofed stone buildings split by incredibly narrow alleyways the radiate out from the main boulevard. It feels like you are in the game ...
... is in full swing. Main course, pasta, salad, bread and wine. Then finally dessert, the meal was lovely and the table company not to bad either. On the way back we again see the beautiful landscape of Croatia and the lovely coves where the water is so clear. Back at port and there are some souvenir stalls positioned very conveniently next to the ship, so of course we stop and purchase our magnet and support the local economy. 3.55pm and the ships horn is sounded and off we go to ...
... effort. After we have both had a couple of swims, we sit and dry off be because we don t have any towels and finally get dressed. We climb the stairs and look for a place to eat coz we are starving after the walk and swim. We choose a place and order a platter to share. Kerst chats up the waiter but before we know it we have enjoyed a seafood salad, two glasses of wine and a bill for over 300 Kumar Oh dear and this was the day we were going to start our budget. We'll ...
... age about 5 years at least, it was unfortunate. Had he been slightly older it really would have been perfect. I'm no twilight fan but this guy looked like Taylor Lautner). Our next day we got a decently early start and hit the fruit market for cherries- another thing I will definitely miss. We had planned to take a city tour but fortuitously ran into the wall tour and decided to take that instead. As it turns out it was actually the tour we had been thinking ...
... a cruise ship. I would never last anywhere during the in-season. The heat and the tourists would be unbearable. Why did it seem they were all going in the opposite direction? They weren't, they were everywhere!
I tried to escape them taking the small streets where the guide took us but there was no escape. I managed to take a couple of pictures but I quickly exited the Old Town at Gate Ploce. It was clear that this was not a good time to visit ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Lapad Dubrovnik
Don't do dinner at the lapad
I really wouldn't recommend a half board stay at hotel lapad, the rooms were clean, and it has a nice view over the harbour, but the food is very hit & miss. Breakfasts were okay, but dinners we're hurrendous. Dinner was only 20 euro extra for the week, but even at that it was a total waste, we had 2 dinners there and that was more than enough...anything we ate was seriously over cooked, or swimming in an oily/watery type substance, yuk...the reception staff at the hotel we're helpful, but the waiting staff (with the exception of one person) were bordering on rude. The trek from the hotel to the nearest bus stop is short enough (about 7 mins) but there is no real footpath along the waters edge, and at night time I found this alarming since the road is quite bendy and speeding cars/scooters don't have much regard for pedestrians. The other side of the Lapad peninsula looked like a better option for accomodation, and Cavtat at 30 mins away by bus, is where I would base myself in future.
The best & worst of the hotel lapad
the hotel lapad is okay for croatia but be warned that the bad bits are very bad, rooms 100 to 120 are appalling, 109 being the worst. The bathroom is 5" square & you will bang your toes on the shower basin or your foot will be in a drain pipe at the side of the toilet. This old part has no air con, and the water pipes supplying the toilet flush can be heard all night, 114, 115, 116, are above the restaurant and as it is cleaned and emptied during the night the racket will stop any sleep you think you may get. There are no restaurants nearby or any pubs, the bus service is good, the hotel boat does exist but is never available, the nearby beach quoted is at least a mile away, but is good. The staff are good to indifferent but the woman manager is a nasty piece of work. The nearby riva bistro is a student haunt but a nice cheap basic meal. All other places to eat are in the old city of dubrovnik, spaghetti toni's is very good the one chinese is okay but not a great amount of choice, the excursions are worthwhile, but do not go for the cheapest alternative as it is likely to be an old banger. montenegro via kotor is stunning but the bus drive is terrifying, the mountain very winding and high, find the nerve and go, croatia is beautiful but primitive.
nice room with balcony over looking harbour, brill shower, good breakfast kept us going most of the day, evening meal not so good all the meat was tough luke warm veg the salad bar was okour waiter never smiled once. so sort the kitchen out and this hotel would be a joy to stay in
Basic but adequate
We stayed in the old part of the building and is probably the worst accomodation we've stayed in. It was small, no air conditioning and a smelly shower curtain. Speaking to other guests the new part of the building sounded much better. The food in the hotel wasn't too great. Breakfast wasn't too imaginative and dinner was watery soup, the choice of 2 meat dishes, 1 fish and always an omlette. Dessert wasn't too bad. Evening entertainment varied each night from of a man playing a stereo, a woman singing, a magic show and a quiz night. But like the rest of the hotel was basic.
The hotel had a boat service which took you along the coast to a beach only used by hotel guests, and the locals and cost about 22kuna (about £2.20) each and left at 9.30am and came back 4 hours later. That was worth going on if you want a change of scenery, instead of sitting by the pool.
On one of the excursions we went on we went to 4star hotel, and that extra star certainly seemed to make all the difference. If you are looking for a cheap, basic holiday and not planning to spend a lot of time in the hotel then Hotel Lapad will meet your criteria but if your used to that little bit of luxury and want activities and places to visit close by I wolud recomend you look for a 4star hotel.
If you have any questions about Dubrovnik don't hesitate to email me and ask about places to eat, excursions to try and things to avoid!! We did have a good holiday, but 1 week was enough time to see the city and what it had to offer.
Excellent ! 1st time i've been somewhere 2 years running
i enjoyed the first time terribly that i decided to go again the following year. The service was good and the facilities standard. The location was perfect. near to Dubrovnik centre but not too near. The night time entertainment was quite over the top but fun for younger ages and those who enjoy that sort of thing. Food: the food was not great on our first year. There was a buffet salad and a menu for the rest. However, the next year it was great. I , myself am vegetarian and found it hard the first time but the next year a pleasent waitress would come and let us choose what we wanted each night. It was very flexible and I found that good in a big hotel like that. The rooms were clean. Not too big but some came with a balcony which was lovely.Prices are not brilliantly cheap but it was O.K .For someone fussy like me insects were a problem. Massive locusts were the worst of them with one managing to come into our hotel room! The terrace where lunch was available was nice. They really do try hard to make it as nice as possible for you. I for one am going back there again.This was the 1st time i had ever been somewhere 2 years running and thats saying something! I strongly reccomend this as a nice relaxing hotel good for all ages. Hope this helped.
Stay at Hotel Lapad
Lapad hotel is the perfect location for a hotel outside the city walls. It is right on the marina, you can look out at all the cruisers and yachts. Unlike other hotels that are too far away from the sea. A lovely walk into town (20 mins). or a bus which you can catch about two minutes walk away. Taxi boat right outside the door to take you across the marina. There is an old wing and a new wing. The old wing has no a/c, and is fairly small. the new wing is perfectly modern and has everything, balcony, a/c, tv satellite, huge bathrooms, sea views. Its up to you where you want to stay in the old or new wings. Breakfast is vast, every kind of meat, eggs, cheeses, breads, cereals, yoghurts fresh fruit, croissants, pastries, teas, coffees, juices vegetables, - it you think it is bland that's down to your own lack of imagination. In lapad the dinner is usually included in the price for tours (20 Euro per week per person). for this you get choice of three soups, gorgeous salads, (as much as you like). you get a choice of four main courses per night and a choice of four desserts - it's not five star food, but it is just as good as the food you would eat at a restaurant in your own hometown and not think twice about (unless you were going to a five star restaurant every night of your life). Consider that all this costs approx. 3 euro per night and you will not complain. If your dinners are not included in the package then it will cost you 92 kuna per night per person - approx 13 Euro - still excellent value. Try it one night and I bet you come back. Staff are very friendly and helpful. There is a mixture of people that stay in the hotel, from young couples, to families with kids and older people who come on tours. I would not stay anywhere else in Dubrovnik when I go there - it is my second time there and think it is the best situated hotel, compared to the business of the old city, and the hotels outside the city which doesn't come close to Lapad with its lovely walk to town and the marina on its doorstep.
Big tourist hotel, but reasonably good
Lots of big hotels seem to be in the Lapad district - to get to the old city you need to take a bus - too far to walk. However, the hotel is at least on the edge of the new harbour which is nice to wander around. However, the hotel is basically in existence for the summer tourist trade. Service was average. My girlfriend arrived 1 night before me - she was given a really small single room. When I arrived and we switched to a double room, the quality of the room improved dramatically - girlfriend thinks this is because this was a different wing of the hotel. Don't bother with the food at the Hotel Lapad - it's uninspiring, and you can get much better in town - breakfast was bland. Pool is nice to hang around though. Having said all that, if you want to stay in Dubronik in peak season, this place is more than good enough
Good for the money
We had a 2 week holiday here and had a lovely time. Staff were pleasant. Food was fine - fairly basic but we were expecting that and it was so cheap to eat out anyway it didn't really matter. Convenient location - bus stop outside to go straight to the old town, although it could be walked to in around 20 minutes. Beaches/ swimming areas all within easy reach. Croatia is a fab place for a holiday and this hotel is just fine so long as youa re not expecting 5* luxury!
Old world service at modern day prices
Apart from one helpful gentleman, the staff were of little help and are in need of intensive PR training. This place is 30 years behind and given the distance this hotel is from the old city and that newer hotels are springing up right next door to its gates, it'll be out of business in 10 years.
A bit of the new, a lot of the old.....
Hotel Lapad is a lot like the majority of its guests... Old, and in need of a makeover. The rooms are probably still containing the Tito-era furniture and decor, but were comfortable. The bathrooms very well renovated. The restaurant is a bit dodgy, and the staff not the most helpful. The hotel location is a bit of a hike to the bus station, and there are not many bars/restaurants to choose from. If you are looking for excitement, take a tip, and stay near the old city.