This is a very elegant hotel which is easy to find on the main busy street in the center of Opatija. If arriving by car, there is no designated area for stopping in front of the hotel, so one is obligated to temporarily park in a yellow lined area. The hotel will provide a temporary parking card to put on the dashboard of your car, to avoid ticketing while going through the checkin process. Our room had an excellent ocean view and a balcony. The room was not large, but very adequate. The room was nicely decorated with pleasant dual earthtone colors on the walls, and plenty of crown molding throughout the room, adding an elegant touch. The bathroom was completely marble and glitzy clean, with great lighting, an exhaust fan, a wall phone, magnifying mirror and a good grade and assortment of toiletries. The bathtub/shower had great water pressure and hot water was instant. The room has airconditioning, which worked excellently. Power to the room is controlled by inserting your room key into a slot near the room door. There was plenty of closet space, desk area, and lamps for good lighting. Power outlets are also generously positioned throughout the room, and on both sides of the bed. We had a large comfortable double bed (not two beds joined together). The TV was the older tube type but worked fine, with numerous English channels. The balcony has a double glass door which helps to buffer the outside noise. Internet was included in our rate, and the front desk provided us with a 24hr ticket, renewable with a new one upon expiration. The internet connection speed was amazingly excellent and stable! Breakfast was included in our rate, and it was outstanding, exceeding our expectations! There were multiple selections of eggs in various fashions - simple scrambled, scrambled with plenty of veggies and ham, hard boiled, or made to order. Bacon, sausages, hams, cheeses, cereals, etc. Freshly cut fruit salad was also excellent, surrounded by a broad selection of breakfast desserts. The dining area is one floor above ground level, and it is large with tables nicely spaced to avoid a cramped feeling. Windows surround the dining area on 3 sides, and provide a nice view and great natural lighting.
With the hotel being located in the center of Opatija, its an easy walk to virtually any part of Opatija from this location. There is a park in front of the hotel, so it is a very short walk down to the seaside promenade. There are terrific restaurants, pharmacy, bakeries, coffee shops, and stores close to the Bristol. We ate at a small Italian restuarant called Roko, which was only about a block or so from the hotel, and the food was extremely good, and reasonably priced. Hotel parking is only on the street, very limited spaces, and costs 10euros per day. This was the only drawback during our stay. My car would not fit into the last remaining parallel parking space because another customer had double parked. The front desk made an earnest but unsuccessful attempt to contact the owner. We arrived on a very busy weekend, so free parking around the hotel was impossible. The front desk ultimately recommended that we park at the Grand Hotel parking garage, which was two blocks east of the Bristol. We parked there for one night (90kunas), and the next day moved our car to a free space on the hill next to our hotel. The front of the hotel facing the main street has a generously large indoor and outdoor sitting area with a coffee shop, which is great for people watching, relaxing and enjoying internet. The entire staff at the hotel was always friendly and helpful. We would not hesitate to return to this hotel.
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