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“THE most accommodating host” 4 of 5 stars
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Korana 15, Plitvice Lakes National Park 53231, Croatia   |  
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“THE most accommodating host”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2011

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.

BOOKING

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.

PARKING

All cars are parked on the ground lot right in front the house; at no extra fee.

ROOM

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.

BREAKFAST

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.

OWNERS

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».

Recommended

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.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2011

My boyfriend and I had the pleasure of staying at San Korana last week and will certainly return again in the future. The room we stayed in was large, clean and had everything we needed (fridge, toaster). The setting was beautiful and quiet. Ivica and his family were lovely so sit and speak with and were so generous and kind our entire stay. Ivica gave us wondeful advice of what to see in the park, where to park our car, etc. and we had a lovely time touring Plitvice Lakes. Unfortunately, the river in front of their house had dried up this season (lack of rain this summer), but Ivica was kind enough to lend us bikes and tell us about a lovely place to swim a short bike ride away - it was one of the highlights of my trip. I would recommend this place to anyone wanting to stay in Plitvice Lakes - it is much nicer than staying in a hotel and the price can't be beat. Thank you to Ivica and his family for their generosity!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2011

We stayed here for 3 nights and had a fantastic time.

The location is great - quiet and idyllic. Our kids loved swimming in the river in front of the house as well as playing with the dog. And we spend hours talking with the owner Ivica - he knows all about the national park and the surrounding area and gladly talked about what it's like living in Croatia. Ivica and his family were extremely friedly and helpful and we felt very much at home there.

You can easily spend more than 3 nights here. One day to visit the park, a couple of days to exploring the area outside the park - fx upriver from San Karona and a couple of days to just hang out near the house!

No doubt we'll be back next time we visit Croatia.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kaiserslautern, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2011

Ivica made the visit a most memorable one! We had booked for one night but after meeting him and seeing the place we were lucky to get one more night. He gave us expert advice on touring the Lakes that matched our time frame and wishes perfectly.

The river that forms the Lakes runs past his house and you are able to swim in the beautiful clear azure blue waters. He and his family's hospitality and willingness to go out of their way to help was truly a joy!

As others have said you need a car and the village is tucked in a remote valley but the setting is beautiful and very peaceful. I would recommend a stay at San Korana to anyone.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2011

My husband and I wanted to stay at San Korana because of the good reviews on tripadvisor, but the host, Ivica, told me that he was already fully booked. He kindly arranged for us to stay in the house right next to his, which was very good value for money. When we arrived our host was not home yet, so Ivica made us Turkish coffee, gave us a map and (very handy) tips of where to go to in Plitvice Lakes. He also told us all about the recent war with Serbia in 1995. Although we stayed at his neighbours' home, Ivica was the perfect host and was very helpful. Breakfast is not included, as is the case everywhere in Croatia, except for hotels. The rooms are big, bathroom is nice, and it is very clean. I would definitely stay at San Korana or his neighbour's place again.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Oregon
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2011

We are so glad we could stay two nights at San Korana. I had done hours of internet investigation into lodging around Plitvice, and frankly was not sure what to pick. In driving around the area, I saw many nice-looking homes and I am sure staying there would be good too. But San Korana really hit the spot for us.

First, the owners are wonderful, and gave us a warm and friendly welcome. They custom designed a tour of the lakes for us so my pregnant wife would not have to walk quite as far. The sobe is located downstream from the lakes, and has its own waterfall literally 30 feet from the door. Breakfast was plentiful and great.

This sobe in not in realistic walking distance to the lakes, but I'm sure the host could help with trnasport if that was an issue. Rooms were very clean and comfortable.

We didn't want to leave, and encourage others to stay.

  • Stayed May 2011, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2011

This really is such a lovely place to stay. The owner could not have been nicer to us, showing us where was best to go with the time we had available and ensuring that we were happy and comfortable without being intrusive. The location is outwith the national park but still within the lakes which means that you can actually bathe in the lakes nearby which are even better than the real ones ...because it's so quiet and peaceful in a place of mass tourism this is a welcome and relaxing exception. The accommodation was comfortable and clean.

Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: Korana 15, Plitvice Lakes National Park 53231, Croatia
Location: Croatia > Central Croatia > Plitvice Lakes National Park
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 90 B&Bs / Inns in Plitvice Lakes National Park
Number of rooms: 15
Also Known As:
Sobe San Korana Hotel Plitvice Lakes National Park

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