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... a cup of juice out to drown them didn't seem to keep up. It was back into the water for a reprieve. We spent the next few hours swimming and relaxing on li-lo's while the mild current drifted us towards shore. The small amount of cloud cover today made a nice change from the scorching heat of the past few days. Our last official lunch on the boat was a massive buffet of Croatian-style food and dessert mixed down with a few ciders to celebrate.
By early afternoon ...
... a tad quicker.
As soon as we left the jet set behind in Hvar, we entered what felt like a completely different island. A recurring theme of the Dalmatian story is the parade of civilizations that have laid claim to these sun-kissed islands at one point or the other over the past three millennia. Within 5 km, we were high above the coastline, looking across miles of desolate-looking fields checkerboarded with stone walls. How many man-hours were devoted ...
... It was our turn to cook and on the menu was spaghetti bolognase . Nothing too flash but the kitchen that we had to cook in was enough of a challenge. After much thought about the islands and from what we heard from mum about her experience on the islands, we decided to go to Brac to stay a night and give Hvar a miss. We caught the 9am ferry yesterday morning from Makarska to Brac arriving at Sumartin. Needing to to get around the island further to a town called Bol, ...
... a minibus for transfer to the hotel. After cheque in, with passport details, we finally got to our room at 4am. Problem was that our connecting flight was at 8am so we needed to be up at 6am. That's right......in two hours. We had time for a shower and a quick nap. Ever tried to sleep under pressure......when you know that this is your last chance but the alarm is due to go off soon??? We dragged ourselves downstairs, grabbed a cup ...
... We docked at 5pm so we didn’t have too much time before the sun set. So it was a quick wander, dinner and then back to the boat to get ready to go out. We all headed to a bar in town called, actually I can’t remember the name, sorry. It was a tiny little bar and when you crammed all 4 boats in there with some locals it was a little sweat box. People were literally dripping with sweat, it was gross but you were all in the same boat (pun not intended J ) so it ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Meteor Makarska
Great hotel but only geared for the over 60s
We stayed in the Meteor at the end of a 2 week trip travelling round various Croatian resorts.
The hotel itself is great-rooms modern and well equipped, the breakfast selection was brilliant (although the system of sitting at the table allocated to your room number was never followed!)
On the whole though we did stick out like a sore thumb being 23 and 26, where the vast majority of the guests are on a SAGA package. This to us was not a problem, as we didn't spend that much time at the hotel anyway, but it did spoil things somewhat when the pool area was always so quiet and any fun we tried to have was frowned upon. For example, my boyfriend jumped in the pool and was tutted at by two older ladies who were nowhere near him.
We were paying perfectly good money to stay there too, and it annoyed me that our fellow guests felt they were superior.
None of this is down to the hotel though obviously!
As for dinner options, we chose not to eat in the hotel as we were keen to explore what the town had to offer and there are loads of great places to have a cheap but lovely dinner.
Excellent stay in Meteor Makarska
I've just returned from a week's break with my husband at the Hotel Meteor on the Makarska Riveria. The hotel was clean and well run. Our room had a side-sea view on the top floor and gave us a fantastic vista of both the sea, the island of Brac and the Biokovo mountain behind. Better than a full sea view I would say.
The room was quite small but had everything including a modern bath suite and minibar.
We went B&B and ate well at breakfast from a substantial choice.
We took day trips to Dubrovnik and Split as well as a boat trip out to Kortula and Miljet which we thoroughly enjoyed. The boat trip was quite overpriced and next time I would probably go out to the harbour and book a trip with a local operator to Hvar instead.
The only reservation I had was that the hotel is used by SAGA and so had a significant over-60's feel and focus. In our mid-30's we stuck out like a sore thumb!
Value for Money.
Four of us (two couples) returned on the 24/9/05 after spending two weeks at this hotel. Without exception we found it to be very clean, the service was very good, it was in an ideal location and the food was excellent.
Breakfast was buffet style with a good choice of cereals, breads, meats etc., but the only cooked offerings were cold mini hard boiled eggs, streaky bacon (very tasty and ideal for bacon sarnies) and mashed up omelet - so don't expect a cooked English breakfast.
Dinner was 4 star standard with buffet service for starters (very good soups, salads and pastas), waiter service for the main course (good choice from the menu), and then buffet service for sweets/fruit/cheeses. Recommended red wine - Hotel Meteor house wine, approx £7 a bottle. Try it.
If you give 24 hrs notice you can even swap the next day's evening meal for a full blown 3 or 4 course lunch. Again, all prepared to a very high standard and infinitely better than the usual packed lunch alternative from most holiday hotels.
If you are going to Makarksa go to the Meteor. Recommended.
Just returned from a weeks holiday at Hotel Meteor, Makarska but wish we had stayed for 2 weeks!
The acccommodation was outstanding and exceeded our expectations, the rooms were of high standard and we had a side sea view.
There was a wide range of choice at breakfast (and plenty of it) from fresh fruit to scrambled egg and bacon.
The pool area was clean as was all the public areas of the hotel.
The resort itself was outstanding with ample choice of restaurants and coffee bars and not a hint of an English bar, restaurant or any chavs (thank goodness). Prices in the resort were very reasonable - there is an excellent pizzeria in the resort - 2 pizzas, side salad, vodka and beer came to £14.00 and was first class.
The Croatians are really good hosts and seemed genuinely happy to see UK people in their country - even at passport control they thanked us for visiting and asked us to return again!!!
I would definately visit Croatia again and would certainly stay at Hotel Meteor.
An Excellent Croatian Hotel
Alike another reviewer I too read a poor review posted in May and travelled with apprehension. This needs rebalance. I was delighted at our thoughtful and likehearted reception at 4am in the morning ! That set the trend for our experience with the 100% pleasant and thoughtful staff in the Meteor, indeed in Croatia.
The Hotel is clean, bright, well maintained and well run, in my opinion. Its location is excellent. The public areas are well used and maintained accordingly. The bars, pools and leisure facilities are excellent. The entertainment staff are keen, genuinely work hard, are most pleasant but get a poor response from the guests!
The indoor pool and leisure facilities are 110%, and under used.
The rooms are good, well maintained in what is a busy hotel. The ensuite bathroom, towels etc were well serviced.
The dining room is a very active and busy place. My family's half board costs where not significant and thus I underestimated what we were to get. The food was as you might expect in a tourist, package hotel in 2005 ! The food was always fresh, well presented, varied and adequate. Breakfast was very acceptable indeed. The evening meal was perfectly adequate, but clearly not of restaurant level. We had not paid for that and did not expect it.
Overall the Meteor was an excellent experience -I'd happily go back!
A Carefull Reviewer.
We have recently returned from a weeks holiday at the Hotel Meteor in Makarska, Croatia. After reading a rather negative review from one traveller shortly before we left, I was feeling rather apprehensive about our holiday. What a pleasant surprise, the hotel was very good, we had a very spacious room bright and modern, not a marvellous outlook I have to say (we did have a sea view but unfortunately not a very nice outlook to the right of us). The bathroom looked brand new and everywhere was spotlessly clean. The general areas of the hotel were also very clean and bright but sadly the dining room and food were a big let down. We were also squashed on to a table with two other couples, not much room. Breakfast was adequate but not exciting and I'm afraid the evening meals were very poor. Consequently we ate out 4 nights out of the 7 we were there. Our rep told us that the swimming pool and dining room were being refurbished in the winter months. Incidentally the swimming pool had no toddlers pool.
The resort of Makarska is wonderful, a lovely atmosphere in the evenings and the restaurants are excellent with very warm and welcoming staff who really are glad to serve you.
To sum up, a very pleasant holiday in a beautiful country. If Hotel Meteor can improve their food and modernise the dining room, it will be first class. I would definitely go back to Croatia and maybe try another resort next time.
Just returned from two weeks at the Meteor. The majority of the hotel is very good but the outdoor pool area and the dining room let it down. We had a warm welcome and the standard of the room ws very good (unfortunately we were overlooking the building site next door) but this still didn't spoil the sea view as luckily we were on a high floor. The dining room was not adequate for the number of guests at the hotel and in the evening all food was taken away promptly at 9.00 p.m.! and we even had the lights switched off at 9.20 p.m. Food was ok but not of the standard we have experienced in other Croatian hotels we have visited. The pool area we had been told was going to be refurbished this winter and needed it. Having said all of this there was a beautiful indoor pool which we visited often. Makarska harbour is outstanding and lovely promenade in both directions from the hotel. Visited both Baska Voda and Tucepi on the local buses but beware of the timetables which do not always represent a true picture. Must do the Fish Picnic with the local boats from the harbour to Hvar and Brac very good value but long days. Split is 1½ hours away by car and well worth a visit to the Palace also Trogir which we stayed at for one night is outstanding. Food and drink are cheap large beer between £1- £1.50. and the bars are plentiful good ambience. Overall we had a wonderful holiday and this area of Croatia lived up to all our expectations.
Not our idea of a 4 star hotel
We stayed at the Hotel Meteor from 7th to 14th May 2005. Whilst the location at Makarska was ideal with glorious walks and lovely scenery, we found the hotel itself somewhat lacking. Maybe we were unfortunate in that the clientele was SAGA dominated, even to the extent that their holidaymakers had their own separate lounge and balcony areas. We felt this was somewhat discriminatory. The indoor pool facility was excellent. The outdoor pool area was shabby, with broken paving stone and weeds growing through the cracks. The so-called nightclub was in fact a lap and pole dancing club which mercifully was closed. During our stay there was only one bar open, which shut very promptly at 11.00 p.m.
Although we were booked on a half-board basis, we only had dinner on two occasions, the second time just to make sure that it was as bad as the first night. Breakfast was unexceptional but adequate and plentiful.
Although this hotel has undergone refurbishment, it is still vaguely shabby and a bit unloved. We doubt whether the less mobile could actually get into the baths and the towels were designed for toddlers!
I regret that this review is negative. Croatia is a beautiful country, with charming people and certainly eating out in Makarska would not break the even the tightest budget.
Spent two weeks at this hotel back in September 2004. It was absolutely fantastic. Hotel very clean and hotel staff excellent. We booked on a half board basis ( breakfasts and evening meal ) but to be honest, we only used the hotel for breakfast. The town of Malarska is stunning, so we ate each night in the port. Very cheap!!! ( Sorry cant comment on the hotel food as we didnt sample, but breakfast we fab! We did hear form other guests though that the evening food could have been a little better)The Hotel is located right on the beach. From the beach location you can walk along the sea front to the town. A leisurly 10 minute stroll. Back to the hotel, again what can i say, Wonderful! Very helpful staff, extremely clean and spacious rooms. and splendid pool area. This hotel appears to be the biggest in the resort and worth every penny. Tip!! go for a stroll into the port on a sunday morning. All the local fishermen have returned with their catch and the locals are there buying from them. Fantastic.
As you can probably guess I found the hotel and resort stunning. I would definately recommend Makarska. Oh, easy access to other islands from the boats in the port, again very reasonable prices.
Just returned from a weeks holiday in the beautiful resort of Makarska, Croatia. Hotel Meteor was just 10 minutes walk from the centre of Makarska and was located on the beach! The hotel has just had a make-over and it's fabulous! The staff were very friendly, the food choice was extensive (separate choices for vegetarians too!) and the room was luxurious! I couldn't fault the holiday, resort or people! Spent our days sunbathing on the pebbly beach, went on a speed boat trip, visited 2 islands (Bol and Hvar) and went by public bus to Dubrovnik - very easily done and half price compared to our tour operator! Can't wait to go back to this breautiful unspoilt part of the world!