Valamar Argosy Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Valamar Argosy Hotel Dubrovnik
Top 3 star Dubrovnik hotel !!!
We stayed at the Hotel Argosy for 1 week in Jun 2006. First impressions are not great when you arrive outside the bland concrete exterior but pleased to say that our opinions changed very quickly. The hotel offers basic accomadation that you would expect from a package 3 star hotel. We opted for a room (261) with balcony and view and given the slight extra in cost it was certainly worth the money. The views were amazing. Rooms and bathrooms were both large and very clean. A/C was a must in the summer. Staff couldn't be more friendly. Breakfast as discribed by previous reviews, was more than ample and a great start to the day. The average age of guests was 65+ and mostly from Germany and France (We are Brits in our 30's). This wasn't a problem and only provided a very relaxing and quiet hotel. Pool area great and very clean. The hotels accomadation is the major plus- in a lovely woodland area out of town near a local beach (Shingle at best) but within a few mins walk to a bus stop. Buses (try and get a 6A if you can) run every 15 mins and take 15 mins to get to the Old town. Would recommend sunset drinks at the neighbour hotel (Hotel President- 4 star). Over all would certainly recommend the hotel for a basic, value for money stay and would definatley return. The photos hopefully given an indication of how lovely the place is !!!
Basic, but good value and convenient
Stayed at the Argosy in April '06, first impressions were 1960's housing estate (internal balconies!!) but soon warmed to the place. Staff were always very attentive, good English and very hospitable. We'd upgraded to a room with balcony/sea view (not much more expensive than standard), and must say it didn't disappoint. Very modern, spacious (high, sloping ceilings) and comfortable with air con ( especially useful when the weather isn't so good and you need to use the "heat" setting!!). Breakfast in the huge dining room was good with a choice of Continental or cooked (although streaky instead of back bacon, frankfurters and not pork or beef sausages!), and you could go sit on the outside balcony and take in the lovely view.
Outside, the gardens were pleasant and led to some nice, quiet beaches (don't expect sand, though, it's shingle at best) - check out the exotically named "Copacabana"!!
As for connections to Dubrovnik, again faultless as the bus stop was a 2 minute walk, and the service runs every 10 minutes (journey time about 15 minutes). It's cheaper buying your tickets at the reception than from the driver ( a saving of 20p per journey!).
All in all, a very pleasant stay and I'd definitely stay there again.
Value for money
We considered this excellent value: a comfortable double room with 6' bed, seaview, sparkling bathroom, new TV, aircon and frig for £28 each. The buffet style supper was copious for £15, but we ate in much more comfort in the 4-star President next door (same Austrian management) for less, including wine. The Argosy was totally revamped in 2002, and is in a lovely quiet location near the sea. The bus to the old town leaves every 10 minutes, taking about 15 minutes.
Quiet - but lovely location
Just returned from Dubrovnik - one of the most stunning and beautiful places we have ever visited (and we have been to some lovely places in the world).
The Argosy may not be the nicest hotel we have stayed at but is was pleasant enough. We were put into a room overlooking the park (situated at the side of the Argosy) with no balcony, functional, clean but dark and disappointing. However, another couple we met there asked to be upgraded and commented their room was fantastic, light, airy, with a balcony overlooking the Adriatic with a backdrop of mountains - brilliant.
Breakfast was good, with both cold and hot choices. Evening dinner was good but not exceptional.
I do think the hotel should hold an 'employee of the week' competition which might improve the service!!!
The bar shuts at 12ish and they are reluctant to serve you after that time (and make it very clear) as do the bars in the cafes on the main road in Dubrovnik old town, to get a drink after that time you need to visit the bars in the side streets.
The swimming pool is a disappointment (under cover and freezing) but you are able to use the pool of any of the other hotels nearby, try the one in the Terini, fantastic. If you fancy being a bit active you can join in the aqua-aerobics, pilates or aerobics classes run throughout the day. There is a children's mini-club held in the local park and families with children (3-6) said the children had thoroughly enjoyed being involved with the club.
The hotel is situated in the Babankuk area of Dubrovnik. It is ideal for getting to the beaches and easy to get the local bus into Dubrovnik. If you are fit you can walk into Dubrovnik along the scenic path to Lapad (will take 1-1.5 hour).
Don't book on the boat trips with the reps at the hotel. Walk into Lapad and book outside the Hotel Lapad. This will cost you between 100-180 kunnar (depending on whether you want to eat) as opposed to 260-300 kunnar at the hotel! For 180 kunar you are taken around the three Islands and on the main Island taken to Peggy's restaurant for a fish or meat dinner (cooked on the barbi) with starter and sweet, plus drinks at the restaurant and on the boat!
I would certainly go back again (but will probably try the President Hotel next door).
FAIR TO MIDDLIN'
Good location, Clean, unfoitunately air conditioning did not work. food fair,
The hotel is very clean and I would agree it is uninspiring to look at (1970's style). I would recommend it for those who are looking for a peaceful location and not after 24hr entertainment.
There are a few shops, a bar, an ice-cream/pizza parlour and a restaurant on the complex. (We ate at the Restaurant Lindo a couple of times and it was very good).
We booked on a half board basis although we did not eat in the hotel every evening as I found the experience to be less than relaxing - not my idea of fun. On the whole the quality of the food in the hotel was average.
Tip: Head for the Hotel Neptune and find the coastal path which will take you along a very pretty walk into the town (takes approx 15-20 mins). There is a lovely cafe and a restaurant along the way and as you head into the town there are many more bars and restaurants to choose from.
There is a good bus service (buy tickets at the little shop in the hotel as they are cheaper than on the bus) which takes you through the new town and ends up outside the old town. The bus does get very crowded.
All in all we had an enjoyable holiday and hope to return to Croatia.
Not so good
me and my wife spent 1 week at this hotel thank god i didnt book 2 weeks. hotel pool was that cold no-one ever went in it.bar shut at twelve we stopped down talkin to some friends we ad made the staff turned the lights off and told us to go to bed as this is the rules of the hotel.ther is only 1 rest and 3 bars on complex beside other hotels food is good but was same every night needless to say i will not go to this hotel again.average age of tourist in the week i was there was 70-85 this caused the hotel to have no atmosphere.(thank god liverpool won)
Stayed here in June 2004 - great hotel for the price! Very clean. Food is average but I suppose you expect that with buffet style. When we first arrived in the evening we had been allocated the wrong room (definitely not the one we had paid for) which was not very nice at all. After spending a night in that room we were moved to our correct rroom and managed to negotiate a reduced rate for late check-out as compensation. Staff were very nice and friendly at all times.
Good value hotel
Stayed here in June 04, outside its uninspiring, but it's rooms are pleasant and have air-con. Provides a great base to explore this wonderful country. Bus into old town very near,cheap and regular. Pool is very nice, but attendent is a bit rude. Reccomend you take a massage, so relaxing ! Food is average for the price, but loads of good restaurants in old town, and nearby.
Soulless but has good facilities
We stayed here as part of the accommodation provided in the course of an organized package tour of Croatia. The hotel is large and seems to be geared to providing accommodation for tour groups such as the one we were part of. The hotel as such is rather bland and characterless. It is located on the Babin Kuk peninsula which is almost a 10 minute drive from the historic center of Dubrovnik. However, from the large dining room there are extensive views of the harbour. The room we had was most pleasant with good amenities. The service was variable in standard. In general staff needed to place a greater emphasis on being courteous rather than on being brusque and regulatory in their dealings with guests.
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