We stayed at the Cavtat for the last week of the season in October and enjoyed our stay. First the hotel is a three star and so never sugests it is luxurious. We hd emailed ahead for a front facing sea room but on arrival were given a side facing room near reception that we thought would be noisy. We went back to reception with our email and the lady quickly gave us a better sea view room. I'd say we got the second best sea view as whilst very nice, there were other rooms with a more direct view accross the bay that to be honest we would have preferred. However, I'm not sure how much Cosmos pay for their 'sea view' rooms compared to the other operator Thomson. The 2nd room was however a good (not large) size and was comfortable. The whole hotel is spotlessly clean, for example the toilets near the restaurant sparkled every day and had fresh flowers in them. Also, as others have said, the staff are very friendly and helpful. It was a shame they were being laid off for the winter and I hope the manager re-employs them all next year as the team is a credit to her.
Overall we thought the food was good and didn't struggle for choices on most nights. I think they had a new chef and you could tell they had made an effort. The down side was that the bain-maries struggled to keep the food hot unless you removed the lids and went for the food in the centre or waited for fresh supplies to come out. I saw the chef doing some temp checks and it was only just hitting 59c when really food should be kept over 65c minimum. Overall we were happy though. The restraunt has lovely views over the bay. Drinks wih meals were priced okay. The bottles of beer (375ml) were about £2 equiv but wine seemed expensive at about £15-20 per bottle. We bought some quite nice local red wine from a supermarket for £1.50 per litre so would recommend the hotel reduces its prices and would therefore sell more.
Don't forget the rooftop terrace for sunbeds and a great view over the resort and bay - really nice on a sunny day and plenty of beds/chairs/parasols. We didn't go swimming in the sea but it looked very clean and was still warm ish in late Oct.
The boat to dubroknik is great. Instead of going to Cavtat harbour, turn right out of the hotel bottom entrance and walk towards the Albatros hotel. After 6-7 mins you get to a stall and boat jetty where the chap sells rtn tickets for 60kn instead of 80kn from Cavtat - and it's the same boat and same company. Boats are every hour and more frequent 0900-1100 out and 1500-1730 back. Overall much better than the bus if the sea isn't rough.
Do go on the trips to Mostar, Montenegro and Korcula with Gulliver travel- all 11-12 hour trips and great value. We booked in advance through Thomson's website (Gulliver is their local supplier) and whilst we paid a little more than other suppliers, the trips were better than those described by others. Going into Bosnia is something I never thought I'd do and is a really nice country - as is the whole area which is filled with natural beauty and history. Croatia is by far our favourite med destination after this trip.
Overall Crotia is safe, very clean and tidy and well appointed. Most people speak great English and prices are quite cheap if you eat like the italians - coffee, icecream, pizza and pasta dishes were excellent quality and very cheap - a 22 inch freshly made pizza is enough for lunch for two and costs £5 equiv. Beer was typically £2.20 per half litre and good quality cappucino was about £1.20 in a harbour facing bar/cafe. If you want a beach day, go to Dubrovnik on the boat, leave the old town through the gate on the right of the harbour as you come in and there is a private sandy beach with showers, bar and all facilities after 6-7 min walk up the hill. I think it was about £4 for a sunbed for the day.
Water - the water in Croatia is not only safe to drink, it is considerably better tasting than in the UK. We drank tap water all week and it was lovely. In Dubrovnik, you can fill up bottles at the big fountain which is a spring outlet and again is excellent quality and safe. Also, the water in the airport loo basins can be used to fill up empty bottles (so take one through security for this purpose). We were glad we did as our Monarch flight was delayed 23 hours! seven hours of which we spent in the airport. At 12.30am we ended up at the Hotel Croatia for the night which I have to say was very nice. I believe you can go in there to use their pools for 10-15kn each but they are both sea water and were not that well heated - nice facilities though and an option instead of the Cavtat hotel's lido area.
Therefore - if you want luxury and high prices, go to the Hotel Croatia. If you want a good three-star, stay at Hotel Cavtat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Cavtat in Cavtat, Croatia, situated in the Tiha Bay, on the shores of the Adriatic Sea is the perfect place for your holiday.Experience leisure, rest and full relaxation during your stay with us, our friendly staff will make sure you will want to come back years to come, great number of our guests already return every year to their favorite room.The Hotel is three star facility open from April to October, offers numerous services that ensure your holidays will be more comfortable, such as car parking, wireless Internet access in public areas, satellite TV and laundry service. Currency exchange and car hire, along with other services you might need, are available at our reception desk. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Iberostar Cavtat