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Valamar Argosy Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Iva Dulcica 140 | Babin Kuk, Dubrovnik 20000, Croatia   |  
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Ranked #24 of 68 Hotels in Dubrovnik
Dunblane
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“Great food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

WE stayed here in October and thoroughly enjoyed our break. The hotel was well served by a bus into the old city. There was also a coastal walk to the old city with a great bar to stop off at if you enjoy a short walk. The rooms are due for refurbishment this Autumn but were perfectly OK. The food was fantastic and after dinner entertainment was provided every evening. All in all a good reasonable hotel serving great food.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Josip_Konjevod, General Manager at Valamar Argosy Hotel, responded to this review, October 19, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for sharing your feedback on tripadvisor.
We are pleased to hear that you had enjoyed your time at Argosy hotel and that you were satisfied with our services and facilities.
Hopefully Dubrovnik will be your travel destination once again and hotel Argosy your selected hotel.
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Josip Konjevod-General Manager
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  • Rooms
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

We were on a Riviera Travel package - a two-centre touring holiday. The second half (4 nights) used The Argosy. This is a large hotel with many amenities. The buffet restaurant had an excellent choice of food, especially for dinner. We had a large room with a balcony overlooking the gardens and with a sea-view just visible. There was musical entertainment in the lobby bar each night, which was pitched just right to give ambience without being obtrusive. Bar prices were very reasonable - a bottle of their house wine was around £6.50 in the restaurant or the bar. We had no time to use the pool, which was outdoors and looked quiet and relaxing. There is sea-bathing available, but it is 5-10 minutes walk down a path at the back of the hotel. Like most bathing in the area it is off of a rocky outcrop rather than a proper beach. We enjoyed this hotel and found that all the staff were helpful and courteous. A bus goes from very near the hotel to Dubrovnik Old Town. They run about every 10 minutes and take 15 minutes, with each way being about £1.20. Would recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Josip_Konjevod, General Manager at Valamar Argosy Hotel, responded to this review, October 17, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking time to put your impressions in writing on Trip advisor.
It was a pleasure for us to read your positive comments about our hotel. Thank you very much!
I am happy to read that you have had a pleasant vacation in Dubrovnik and that you have enjoyed at hotel Argosy.
Thank you for recommendation and I truly hope we will have the pleasure of seeing you back soon.

Best regards from Dubrovnik,

Josip Konjevod-General Manager
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

You have to hand it to the Argosy - it tries hard. Our first impression when shown to our room was, 'help'. Four whitewashed walls, two hard beds, a pair of green plastic chairs (funky, according to the wife) an antique TV and a smattering of flat-pack furnishings do not a palace make. However, we decided to soldier on and advanced on the dining room for the first meal. This vast space resembles an industrial canteen somewhere in the north of England, circa the 1960s. And the noise! Imagine St Trinians meets the combined bands of the Brigade of Guards in full swing and there you have it. The food? Plentiful though plain with a tendency to repeat on you, night after night after night. As it is largely self-service, it was hard to guage the efficacy of the staff but 'Ivan the egg man' was a positive ray of sunshine at breakfrast, which is admittedly, a slightly less hectic experience. The three barmen who appear to work all hours God sent to man the lobby bar, are great. Ignore those who criticise these gentlemen's sometimes sour dispositions - they have a great deal to put up with and they cope magnificantly. Public areas are clean and always tidy, the pool and gardens exemplary and the reception helpful and pleasant. Two major drawbacks are the distance from central Dubrovenic (though a very efficient, ifquite expensive bus service runs virtually from the doors) and the prevalance of tour bus groups who descend on this large establishment like hordes of locusts, hoovering up the buffet and monopolising seats in the bar area while nursing tiny cups of coffee into the wee, small hours.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Josip_Konjevod, General Manager at Valamar Argosy Hotel, responded to this review, October 17, 2012
Dear Guest,
Dear Guest,
Thank you for choosing hotel Argosy for your vacation in Dubrovnik and also I would like to thank you for taking the time to put your impressions in writing on Trip advisor.
In accordance your comments we acquire complete picture of the quality level of our services, and they are great help in achieving improvements.
We were delighted to read word of praise for some members of our staff, and they will be glad to hear it.
They work hard so it’s always nice to read that their effort is recognized.
We hope we will have pleasure to host you again in the future,
Till then best regards from Dubrovnik,
Josip Konjevod-General Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

Thank you for a very comfortable night in your hotel. I stayed with a group from South Africa for one night on the the Monday, the 8th October. When I arrived home I unfortunately found I had lost an item I bought whilst on Pilgrimage in Medjugorje and was wondering if I left it at the hotel. It was a picture that was in a cardboard cylinder, I could have left it in the room, 208 or in the foyer, I would be very grateful if you could investigate for me. I have tried to find a number to phone you but could not locate one.
Many thanks

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Josip_Konjevod, General Manager at Valamar Argosy Hotel, responded to this review, October 14, 2012
Dear Guest,
We have good news! We have found your picture. I would kindly ask you to contact my assistant Mr. Matko Marić at the e-mail : matko.maric@babinkuk.com regarding shipping it back, or you may contact our front office desk. Telephone number is +385 20 44 61 00.
Also I would like to thank you for choosing hotel argosy for your short stay in Dubrovnik and I'm very glad you like it.
I'm sure you will like it even more if your travel plans brings you again, hopefully for some longer period.
Greetings form Dubrovnik to RSA!
Josip Konjevod-General Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

i spent 8 days at the argosy hotel end of september and i must say it was great. the location, the crue (except the barmen who should learn to smile) were just fine. to improve the wifi in the room too weak...anyway i will come back for sure

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Josip_Konjevod, General Manager at Valamar Argosy Hotel, responded to this review, October 14, 2012
Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for choosing hotel Argosy for your vacation. I am delightful to hear that you will come again for sure and that you found most of our staff fine. Also I am sorry to hear that some of the crue were not at same level. I believe that it was not their intention to be unfriendly and I am certain that they will be smiling next time you visit us.
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Josip Konjevod – General Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Hotel located on peninsula clustered with four other Valmar group hotels. They are well spread and not overcrowded. You have the opportunity of easily walking between the hotels and using the facilities, you can try the bars and entertainment at each and all prices are the same ( enjoyed trying the various versions of mojito's. we chose to watch the sun setting from the President hotel outside bar area. You can also use the President hotel beach area and hire parasol/chairs ( they are free of charge at the Argosy pool area) all pools are 'bracing' not heated.

On arrival reception was good and service quick. On getting to our room we discovered it was next to a playground and fairly noisy . We asked to move and this was done without fuss resulting in a better sea view ground floor room (143). Room was a comfortable double, room bar, good air on, etc. bathroom in good condition, most Importantly we had excellent sleep each night.

For transport you can catch the local bus and buy tickets from hotel shop. Bus is caught from in front of President (2 minutes from argosy) runs every two minutes and is first/last stop - couldn't be easier.

You can buy the Dubrovnik card in 1'3 pr 7 day form.this includes bus travel, access to 5 museums, 2 galaries, city walls. Good value but note the following :

2 of the attractions are closed on Monday's
The cable car and museum are not included
If you walk the city walls avoid time when cruise ship is in town if you can and buy an audio tour (70 kuna) - a tip just hire one and share it - easily done and is fun!

We went on 2 organised trips - Korcula and the countryside visit. Korcula was lovely as is the entire area(truly a string of pearls in he Adriatic!) guide was ok but could have been better.pick up and drop off was well organised. Country side trip was great, I would highly recommend, wine, licquer, cheese tasting, seeing how traditional wine growing and press worked, some local dancing and crafts. Guide was very good.

Would recommend walking along the seashore path that runs from past the President, past in front of hotel Neptune . It's well lit at night , well paved and has some great bars. Right on the waters edge - good for watching the sun go down ( you can see where we spent our early evenings). I can recommend the total More sea Fron bar which is literally on the waters edge. Good cocktails too.

The Argosy has a very good breakfast which is buffet style. Good variety and quality. Minor point to note - fresh squeezed orange juice is 27 kuna per glass (large) extra - this is a 3 star and nice to have the option, the standard ' juice' is lightly flavoured water!

Dinner is plentiful buffet and was always tasty with food freshly made. One downside is that it can become very busy with coach trips etc and can be a bit frantic. It lacks any real ambience - more an atmosphere of competition and challenge :-) again it's 3 star and therefore lacks a separate option to pay more for table service. It would good to see an option to be bale to use one of the other higher star hotels at a charge but it was unclear , not advertised . The sharing of they different hotels was not promoted and perhaps is not encouraged - having said that there's nothing stopping the more adventurous simply JDI. You can opt for a packed lunch if you wish we we did and eat out in the old city twice.

Beaches - president beach is les than 5 minutes walk - access it via the hotel lift! Alternatives are cava and copacabana beaches - again all within 5 minutes. All are pebble beaches so don't expect white sandy beaches! At all the beaches you can hire boats and there are water sports.

Overall we have an excellent stay, comfortable, clean, good service, good food, great location and we used the valamar hotels and explored and used options available including using each pool!

It was a lovely stay, good value and I would highly recommend. My advice would be to be clear n your expectation of a 3 star, opt for one of the four star valamar hotels if you can't abide the buffet only dinner! Architecture of Argosy and indeed President is a little dated and minor points of maintenance/grounds maintenance but I must stress this is a strong 3 star (European standards). Thanks to all the very hard working staff especially those in the restaurant .

PS the Argosy Mojito took the award for best Mojito , ahead of President and Lacroma! All were conservative in their rum measures !

Room Tip: Try for a room facing the sea and not inland or overlooking atrium/garden/bar. Personally preferred...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Josip_Konjevod, General Manager at Valamar Argosy Hotel, responded to this review, October 12, 2012
Dear Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to post your review on Tripadvisor.
I am pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you were overall happy with the services provided by my colleagues.. Your positive comment about our service and facilities is highly appreciated and I have shared your feedback with the team and they are very happy to learn that you had a nice holiday with us. I am very glad that you had time to explore around our peninsula and enjoy at our sister hotels Valamar Lacroma and Valamar President.
Thank you for all your “tips” regarding trips to Mostar and Korčula. I believe it would be great help for our next visitors. All other comments regarding hotel were noted and we are grateful for that, as well.
We are delightful to see that we won award for best Mojito, our bartenders would be proud. With hopes that “Mojito competition” will become annual with you as main judge roll,

Best regards from Dubrovnik!

Josip Konjevod-General Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

We visited the Valamar Argosy Hotel at the end of September.
The Argosy Hotel is located on the Babin Kuk peninsula, at the opposite end of Dubrovnik to the Old City. It is surrounded by 4 other Valamar hotels and has an old shopping centre attached to one side. It is set in lovely gardens and has some great views across the sea from some parts of the public areas and swimming pool. We arrived by car and there were good signposts from Dubrovnik, giving directions to the hotel. There was enough car parking near to the hotel, although at weekends this can get very busy. There was a bus stop a few minutes walk away with buses to Dubrovnik and the Old City every 10~15 minutes during most of the day.
We had paid extra for a sea view room with a balcony, and I was really very glad we had done so. It was very nice to wake up in the morning and have lovely sea views from our bed, and to sit on the balcony in the evening watching the sun go down. There are a lot of quite large trees and bushes in the garden, very close to the rooms, and some of the lower rooms must have been a bit dark and not very nice. Our room had wood laminate flooring, reasonable beds, and a clean, and functional bathroom. although reading some of the previous reviews, not everyone has been so lucky.
We found the restaurant staff very friendly and helpful, and the food available at the breakfast and evening buffets were generally very good. The bar staff were very sow and a bit grumpy most of the time, and I had to wait a long time to be served on a number of occasions. The evening entertainment was sometimes good, especially the Bulgarian Tenor, who had a really wonderful voice, although he did say it was the last night of his hotel contract and he was then going to the UK to further his career.
The pool is freshwater and was quite cold in September, as it is in a shaded location so doesn't get the sun warming it up much. The hotel provide towels for use around the pool, but these should not be taken to the beach. if you ask in the Argosy, they tell you to turn right and use the two public beaches a short walk away These are quite nice with bar/restaurant and you have to pay for the sun beds, umbrellas etc.However, the nearby Valamar 4* President hotel is the only hotel to have a beach (pebbles) with very nice swimming areas. I believe that all of the beaches in Croatia have to have public access, and as many local families do at weekends, it is possible to walk into this beach from the other side of The President to the Argosy (on the Argosy side there is a fence and gate). If you want to be very naughty, you can take your towels from the Argosy pool and use then on the President beach (they are identical towels) This way you don't need to pay for the sunbeds.

Room Tip: Pay extra for a sea view!! It's worth it.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Josip_Konjevod, General Manager at Valamar Argosy Hotel, responded to this review, October 12, 2012
Dear Guests,
Thank you for choosing hotel Argosy for your stay in Dubrovnik and for taking time to share your impressions with tripadvisor community.
We are very glad you had enjoyable vacation in our hotel and that we met your expectations. Thank you for complementing our sea view room, food, and our restaurant staff. We feel sorry that bar staff was exception, but we are grateful for pointing us that. We took this really seriously and it will be immediately added into our training-program in order to develop our service quality.
In the end we must say that our tenor is not Bulgarian. He is local Dubrovnik artist called Markos. We are glad that you found him quite good and hope audience in U.K. will find it too.
Best regards,
Josip Konjevod-General Manager
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Address: Iva Dulcica 140 | Babin Kuk, Dubrovnik 20000, Croatia
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Location: Croatia > Dalmatia > Dubrovnik-Neretva County > Dubrovnik
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#16 On the Beach Hotel in Dubrovnik
#17 Family Hotel in Dubrovnik
#20 Luxury Hotel in Dubrovnik
#22 Romantic Hotel in Dubrovnik
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Hotel Class:4 star — Valamar Argosy Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 308
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in the picturesque and peaceful Babin Kuk peninsula, the Valamar Argosy Hotel welcomes you in 2014 as a newly refurbished and upgraded 4* hotel. Its stunning landscaped gardens, stylish rooms, brand new infinity pool and one more great novelty - wellbeing area, all set the scene for an ideal relaxing and romantic getaway. With the old town of Dubrovnik just minutes away and a selection of beaches at your fingertips, you can mix and match the activities you love to create your own unforgettable Croatian holiday. ... more   less 
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