Have stayed at the Ariston complex 10 times now I think. We usually stayed in the Importanne Suites which have been renamed and the Royal Princess is a new-build. The rooms look right over the ocean as does the whole complex. Plenty of wardrobe space so even us men don't have to keep our clothes in a suitcase on the balcony. 2 bathrooms. Living room. Massive bed (had to search for the wife in it during the night but she assures me she was there. And I truly believe her). I have serious back issues and normally all beds in all hotels kill me but these were just right.
There's a new gym and spa with pool downstairs to go with the existing ones in the Ariston and you can use either if you're staying in the Princess. We had a few deep massages and they were great. They've 3 types of saunas too! The inversion tables in the gym were great post-workout.
Everything has evolved so much since we first stayed here and its a credit to the owners that they continue to invest to make guests feel special. The GM, Kreso Tomic, and his staff are always professional and friendly (you'll get the odd grumpy waitress in the morning as you do in life) . Yes, the food isn't to everyone's taste at breakfast but that's because there are people from different continents who are being catered for. For example, my wife loves boiled carrots, broccolli and the small salami style sausages in the morning whereas I'm more fruit, eggs, meats. I think the food is great and varied. As someone said the hotel is a bit out from the Old Town and that's part of why it's so great. It's only 20 minutes in a bus yet you feel as if you are miles from anywhere it's so relaxing. You can also walk to the Lapad area via the coast walk. So relaxing. Mmmm.
There's nothing like having a cool beer at the "beach" bar overlooking the ocean with a warm breeze and the sun setting on the horizon. You really have to stop reading these reviews and just book the Royal Princess. 11th booking for us will be coming soon!
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