Travelled with Thomsons to the Hotel Istra and was delighted with this Hotel. Have been to Croatia 3 times now and this was by far the best hotel we have stayed in. Had been looking at these reviews with interest over the last month and can clarify a few queries
Hotel: Although looks a bit of a concrete jungle in fact once inside it is quite modern and spacious.
Staff: We found them very friendly and not at all like some of the previous reviews.
Location: Wonderful, could not fault the setting.
Rovinj: Very quaint, but be careful when its rains as the cobble stones could be very slippery,
Thomson excursions: Shop around for excursions. we paid 299 Kuna (£37) for the Venice Trip. Thomson were charging 399 (with 10% discount for imediate payment) Beware on the Venice trip they try to flog various bus trips, gondola rides ect. (on the boat) and quote how many people were lost in venice on the last trip!! We ignored all this as we dont like being herded awound like sheep, bought a map and found our way to St Marks Square quite easily.
Island Ferry: Be aware of sudden changes in Ferry as this confused us for a while.
Childrens activities: there was a wonderful area / room for children to play.
Evening entertainment: Not great, but as most people go to Rovinj in the evening acceptable,
Food: We found the food pretty good as there are so many different Nations in the Hotel. The free Wine / Beer at evening meal was a bonus which i certainly made use of.
An enjoyable Holiday and would definately stay at this Hotel again
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Smart Selection Hotel Istra (3*) Opatija provides seafront hotel accommodation along the Adriatic. A short walk down Opatija's main street will put you in the middle of the city center. The Lungomare, Opatija's famous 12 kilometer-long coastal promenade, also leads to the center and offers an up-close view of the Adriatic Sea. The hotel's location is ideal for the traveler who enjoys being close to the hustle and bustle of the city, but also likes the calm and privacy of a beach vacation. The private beach and indoor swimming pool with heated seawater belonging to this hotel in Opatija are major draws for the economy accommodation, which has 130 rooms. The balconies in Istra's superior rooms provide unmatched views of the sea, exactly what you would expect from a hotel built so close to the water. The beachside bistro and outdoor terrace supply perfect spots for casual dining or a place to get a cold drink. Local, fresh seafood and an extensive wine list highlight the menu. Again, the wondrous sights of the sea add a level of radiance to the experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Istra Hotel Opatija