I have been in two minds whether to write this review but purely for somewhat selfish reasons. My wife and I loved our stay at Hotel Maestral on the island of Prvic and part of me wants to keep it our little secret. A relaxing, car-free oasis is a perfect antithesis to our daily lives in London and this is what this little island offers, while the staff at the hotel complement this with their professionalism and quiet efficiency. We first found out about Hotel Maestral two years ago and stayed there for four nights in July 2005. Even though it was its first full season in operation we were so pleased with our stay that when we decided to visit Croatian coast again this year, we chose to spend our holidays at Hotel Maestral. Our stay this time was for 6 nights at the beginning of July 2007. While I think more than half of hotel’s rooms have great views of the harbour, we actually chose a room facing a narrow side street as it is a little quieter and because we didn’t spend much time in our room and instead enjoyed the same great views from the restaurant terrace every morning over breakfast.
Our room was of good size and we liked the décor – the contrast between the modern, minimalist furniture and the original stone walls of the building work really well. The bathroom could perhaps have been a little bit bigger, but overall, the quality was at the very top of what can be expected from 3* accommodation. Air-conditioning is standard in all rooms – particularly useful this year (July 2007) with the temperatures constantly above 30C during the day.
The room was cleaned daily and we found fresh towels every day upon our return from the beach.
We chose to stay on a room and breakfast basis as we wanted to be able to sample the food from all the restaurants on the island – not as difficult as it sounds since the island has 6 or 7 restaurants, including the hotel’s restaurant. This isn’t to say that we didn’t eat at the hotel. We had two dinners there on this visit and thoroughly enjoyed them. The hotel restaurant is actually better known for its ‘peka’ meat dishes (veal, suckling pig, lamb) which are cooked in a ceramic pot under hot coals. All I can say is that the veal was excellent.
Finally, our comments regarding the service at the hotel – courteous, friendly and professional.
Filip Horvat, the owner, personally contacted us before our first visit to provide us with information on the best way to get to the island (we drove to Croatia that year) and in fact organised transport from a nearby town (there are boats that run regularly from Sibenik aand Vodice however).
Oh, and for those who just can’t live without their Internet access (I resisted until the last day), the hotel now has a broadband connection with Wi-Fi connectivity for the guests.
- Also Known As:
- Maestral Hotel Prvic Luka
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Maestral is a small, family run hotel on a quiet island Prvic near the town of Sibenik in Dalmatia, Croatia. There are no cars on the island but there is a secure parking for our guests on the mainland. Island is very peaceful with two small fishing villages and lots of Mediterranean herbs and plants. Hotel is located in a former school house building that was fully reconstructed and turned into hotel in 2004. ... more less
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