Travel Blogs from Dubrovnik
Three countries in one day! We left Ohrid after two days, didn't sample the trout because there is a ban on fishing, but of course the Albanians still do some poaching and probably the Macedonians as well. These fish, being eaten in restaurants, attract no attention from the police. The clear water under some moored boats in the marina and a nearby …
With time marching on we did the first big cheat of the trip and jumped on the train from Vienna in Austria and popped out at Rijeka at the top of Croatia. Very disappointed to miss out on riding Slovenia and seeing spots like Lake Bled (where my cuzzie just got engaged). However we had indulged in much scenery so far and we needed to catch up on our schedule. Our disappointment was about as short lived as a pair of euro bathers at a Croatian nudist camp as ...
... get some relief for the heat for a bit! Our room here has an absolutely amazing view, looking right out to the sea and back onto the Old Town. We finally ventured down the hill into town, where we first grabbed some lunch at the Ploce gate side at a place called Gusta me (great seafood). Then we started our walk into the Old Town – we didn't have a map or orientation, it couldn’t be that difficult, right? We first went for a walk around the outside, ...
... almost complete, as was our time in Croatia. It truly is an amazingly beautiful country. Everyone we met made us feel so welcome and were so passionate about their country. The coastline is stunning, on a par with the Amalfi Coast in Italy, but a lot quieter and a lot less expensive, plus they have Kunas (far more exciting to spend than the Euro!). I can not reccomend visiting enough, especially before what appears to be one of Europe's best kept secrets is out of the bag!
So, we have reached our furthest point away from home, and it is beautiful! Staying in a great apartment run by a lovely Croatian family with the most awesome view (see pics). After our dust bath at the campsite, it was amazing to get here and have a shower!
It is currently around 35 degrees here, and while we can just about cope with the heat, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik
Nous avons passé quatre nuits à l'hôtel Kompas. On nous a donné la chambre familiale idéale ; la chambre des enfants était séparée de la notre par un paravent. Elle était propre et possédait la climatisation, ce dont nous avions vraiment besoin ! La piscine était très jolie et le service était de bonne qualité. L'hôtel était idéalement situé pour une famille : la plage était au seuil de notre porte, la zone piétonne avec ses cafés et restaurants étaient juste à l'extérieur de l'entrée principale de l'hôtel et la Vieille Ville était à quelques minutes en bus. Les bus étaient très fréquents et à l'heure en plus d'offrir un service professionnel : nous avons trouvé cela avantageux plutôt que décevant. Le Kompas était l'un des hôtels qui offraient le meilleur rapport qualité/prix de ceux où nous avons séjourné en famille. Il était plutôt luxueux comparé au hôtel de même standing dans d'autres villes de Croatie.
Great location for a lovely break !
Had a lovely week at this friendly and well managed hotel. The location on the side of the bay was breathtaking and breakfast / dinner on the terrace was enchanting. The buffet was good and well presented - lots of choice and well replenished.
The room we had was at the back of the hotel and was very clean, roomy and quiet - we were grateful for the air conditioning.The staff were always friendly.
It was nice to be close to the Old Town by bus - but also to be away from the traffic at the Hotel - The walk along the promenade each night was a perfect end to the day . People watching from the swinging seats was a real treat.
We loved what we saw of Croatia and will return.
Booked a two week family holiday to unwind and relax. We paid extra for the sea view ....which was fabulous...HOWEVER the balcony overlooked the entertainment area at the front of the hotel and every night at 8.00pm the music started and went on until 11.30pm ...and it was LOUD. There was little or no point trying to have an evening meal in the hotel restaurant as you could not conduct a conversation over the noise and sleeping was not an option. Suggested to the management that if they cut the noise level in half it would not in anyway effect the enjoyment of the guests wanting to listen to the music and would enable those guests wanting to sleep the luxury of some peace - but we had no joy.
A great base to explore the Old Town
We stayed at the Kompas Hotel for 4 nights. We were given the perfect family room, with the childrens room separated from our room by a partition. It was clean and had great air conditioning which we badly needed! The pool was lovely and the service was good. The location was fine for a family - the beach was on our doorstep, the pedestrian area with its cafes and restaurants right outside the front door, and the old town a short bus ride away. The buses were very frequent and reliable and added to the experience - so we found this a plus rather than a disappointment. This was one of the best value hotels we have stayed in as a family - and positively luxurious compared to the standard of some of the other hotels elsewhere in Croatia!
The hotel Kompas is a great place to stay. The staff was wonderful and we enjoyed getting to know them. They have live entertainment every night, as well as World Cup matches on a big screen TV! It is a short bus ride to the old town-of which would be nice to stay in, but during the day it has become overrun with tourists. Therefore staying in Lapud was very enjoyable for us. The walk to Levanant Restaurant along the coast (which starts right beside Hotel Kompas) is very romantic, and we had dinner a few nights on the outdoor patio overlooking the sea. The rooms were very nice for a class 3 hotel in Croatia. The food that is included with the half-board was buffet, but it was really not bad. A fine selection of wine too! The hotel is great for families and we will certainly be returning when we have kids!
My husband, teenage son and I have just got back from a few pleasant days in the Hotel Kompas. We paid an average of £50 pppn for a double room and a double room for sole use. The (adjoining) rooms were on the eighth floor (reception is on the ninth) and were of a reasonable size and clean and comfortable. The bathrooms were OK but could have done with extractor fans.
This was the second worst hotel we have ever stayed in and we travel extensively for work and play. This hotel is located opposite a beach bar which has loud music that starts at 9am and goes on into the night. All the seaview rooms that you pay a premium for (and which we stayed in) overlook the bar, the restaurant (with constant smells) and pool. These rooms are also above the 'entertainment area' which is where they play very loud, cheesy live music EVERY night from 8ish onwards. The rooms have patio doors to the balconies that are not secured properly so through my earplugs, head under pillows ...I could still tell you what Eagles/Beatles/sad 70's song the group was playing. The rooms are very basic but clean, the food is fine but the service varies depending on where you sit or who you are dealing with. The view from these rooms is fabulous..if you are high enough to see the bay, we had to change rooms because they tried to fob us off with a pool view room for just under £1,000 for 8 nights..value for money? definately not, would we stay here again? absolutely, definately not!! save your money and stay in any other Lapad Penninsular hotel..the view is fabulous and you won't have the dreadful noise or smells we had to put up with. And a tip for Dubrovnik in general: if your idea of an ideal holiday is smoking, drinking and subathing, you will love it.
Kompas a solid 3-star close to the beach
The Hotel Kompas is in the suburb of Lapad where many other hotels are found in Dubrovnik. It is located on a small bay close to a pedestrian promenade. It has 8 floors, with the Reception located on the 9th floor. We paid extra for a seaview room, but we were disappointed as we were only 2 flights above ground level and we could not see the sea, but had a great view of the hotel pool! The location is great - you can easily access public transit to visit the old city, there are restaurants lining the promenade as well as bars and other small shops and if you walk along the peninsula you can access more secluded swimming locations. The breakfast was good and the service on the pool deck was superb. There is nightly entertainment on the street level terrace.
Quite awful (at first) then it improved.
Be very careful about this hotel, it is not suitable for single travellers - you will be placed in a very very small and unpleasant room which is what I experienced for 130 EUR per night.
Upon requesting to change rooms, I was met with a soviet style service that it wasn't possible as there were no spare rooms. At this point I decided to move hotels the next day.
It was only until I asked for the name of the manager, did the receptionist move me to a much more pleasant sea view room (they do exist). I was very unhappy however about being treated in this way.
The breakfast was quite basic and the hotel mainly catered for package holidays. I did enjoy the swimming pool and the beautiful view - but it was not worth the amount paid.
I recently had the opportunity to spend two days in Dubrovnik and thoroughly enjoyed my stay in part because of the Hotel Kompas. Being a medieval walled city, there are not many contemporary lodging opportunities available within old town Dubrovnik. In researching the area, it was clear that the city was surrounded by beaches and that a nearby hotel along the water would have me close to the city, but also give me the chance to soak up some of the Adriatic sunshine. The Kompas did just that. The bus stop to the city is down the street from the hotel, while the Hotel itself overlooks the beautiful blue Adriatic. My room was comfortable and modern with a fabulous balcony to sit and look out over the sea and hotel pool. The Hotel facilities were great and included a lobby bar, patio bar and restaurant, pool deck and access to the beach. The staff at the hotel were extremely courteous and helpful. Definitely consider Dubrovnik and the Hotel Kompas. I will definitely return.