Fully agree with the previous review. We stayed there end of August too, having booked a room for a family of 4 (2 adults with 2 small kids). Our ups and downs in order of appearance:
- check-in: slow and stiff. But OK, this is a hostel, not a 4* hotel. Reception shares the same 'tabletop' as the bar - a fantastic idea! Very welcoming.
- overall design: thrilling! One of the very best we have seen so far. No room numbers, just jolly stories with room names typed on the floor. No keys, just pin numbers. Overall an intoxicating design!
- the room: the first dissapointment. We reserved a family room for 4 and got in return a standard db room with a loft (or mezzanine). The loft was accessible only by climbing up a ca 3 meter high ladder, which was disturbing as the staff knew we were coming with small kids (we had to safeguard our kids every time they climbed up or came down the ladder, also during the night). Our second concern was the temperature up on the loft - there was no ac unit mounted in the loft and the room aircon was not able to reach upstairs. The difference in temperature in the same room was HUGE! While we were freezing in the room, our kids were sweating and unable to sleep upstairs in the loft! We were supposed to have a room with a glimpse of the sea, but got one with a full view of a neighbouring wall. Otherwise the room was OK, with lots of small design details (like little allegories printed on the floor, showing where the bathroom or cabinet was) - unfortunately from our point of view made totally no difference.
- breakfast: a second dissapointment! A few slices of bread and cheese + small pate with jam, with JUST ONE cup of coffee or tee. I was asked to pay for the second cup of coffee I wanted to order. No fruits (in August!) or seasonals, no dairies. Nothing. And we had to wait for 30 minutes to get this served. Sic! Oh, the wifi was free, though.
- check please: oh no! A third dissapointment! All this for almost EUR 200 / night. I am not willing to pay that for an eye feast only and expect to have at least my taste satisfied during breakfasts, too.
Generally, this hostel makes a great, terrific impression during check-in (although the service could be more friendly, though). The further one goes, the more of it dissapears. In the end, we were left feeling hungry and having paid too much for the quality of stay offered. 3* for the design only, otherwise would rate it as a max 2* facility. And would definitely not recommend to families with small kids.
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- So, you decided to check out Croatia this year? Small country in the southeast corner of Europe, with the cleanest sea, thousand islands scattered across the horizon, great sunsets, great food and wine and friendly people everybody was telling you about?So, it is decided. All you need now is a place to stay. Place where you can feel at home, from which you can go up and down the coast as you like and then come back to cool down within thick walls of an ancient Roman city.Why don't you try the second best hostel in the world? Leaning on a thick wall of palace it used to be a warehouse in the 16th century. At some point it's interior space was converted to a shopping mall and that is when we decided to make it into a hostel... ... more less
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