Choosing an overnight accommodation near the Plitvitse Lakes, we’ve considered many options. Hotels in the National Park looked somewhat depressive; those in Rakovica were slightly further than we would want to be, so we researched private houses in the area around the lakes. San Korana seemed to respond to our needs just fine.
Fast and easy: sent a request via their web-site and received a prompt e-mail from the owner, Ivica. We were offered a double room with own bathroom for EUR 17 per person per night in early October. Unlike some other places we’ve contacted, no advance deposit or credit card details were required here.
LOCATION AND HOUSE
Korana is a tiny village situated in the canyon below Karlovac-Udbina road. San Korana is a three-storey house in stone and wood, at the near edge of the village, by the paved road.
Have to confess, one of the reasons for choosing it was an opportunity to stay by the river. The pictures looked inviting, and the reviews mentioning possibility to swim were promising. So I was fairly disappointed to discover upon arrival that the river has dried up, carrying certain charm away from the place.
The surrounding scenery was nevertheless wonderful. But without the river there is nearly nothing to do in the village. I enjoyed a short climb up the hill for the view of the canyon at sunset, and a walk along the river bed to finally find where some water still was.
All cars are parked on the ground lot right in front the house; at no extra fee.
Our room was situated on the top floor, under the roof. It was rather basic, but looked lovely and was warm as we arrived. Nicely illuminated and naturally heated by the setting sun.
Wooden walls keep warmth perfectly, and for those loving it hot, there was also an electric heater in the corner and extra blankets available in the wardrobe. But we like cold, and opened all three windows. It got much colder at night, so we had to eventually shut them.
The room was spacious enough. There were two beds moved together in the centre and an extra one by the opposite wall; also a dining table and some chairs. It was equipped with a fridge, a microwave (that we were happy to use), a CD player (sadly not always functioning smoothly), a toaster and a set of dishes and cutlery. Everything was clean and ready to be used.
The bed was comfy, mattresses and pillows were good, and the sleep promised to be perfect. Sadly, there was something disturbing for the dog during the night as it kept barking loudly for a long while, having wakened us up.
The bathroom had a toilette, a sink, a water-heater and a shower tube; all clean and functioning properly.
Not included into the room rate, cost EUR 5 per person and had to be agreed on its timing.
When we got downstairs the next morning, there was no one around. We waited for a while, and soon Ivica appeared to let us know that the breakfast has already been served behind the house, where we didn’t look. There was some juice, muesli and crunches, milk and yogurt, selection of jam and honey and bread, tea bags and instant coffee. Soon Ivica re-appeared with hot meals and kept asking if we wanted anything else.
It was cold and windy to eat outdoors early in the morning in October, but the thoughtfully provided shawls really helped.
I can’t praise them enough! Ivica was truly the most accommodating host I’ve ever met.
Say, we asked to e-mail us driving directions from Zagreb, but eventually made it from the opposite way and failed to find our turn off the road. After some phone guidance, Ivica was kind enough to drive up to the road, meet us there and escort right to his house.
He seemed to be ready to make just whatever the guests may fancy to ask for and never stopped asking if there was anything else he could do. Communicative, helpful and attentive; speaks very good English.
The owners are also animal-lovers. They keep a dog, a cat and - since recently - even a cute pony. All animals are very friendly, curious and «sociable».
I can recommend this place as a very good overnight base to explore Plitvitse Lakes. But it’s best to have a car if you consider staying here. The Lakes are in a short drive away.
- Also Known As:
- Sobe San Korana Hotel Plitvice Lakes National Park