Location can’t be faulted - hidden away amongst a maze of narrow cobbled streets (although not that hidden that you can’t find it - head up the street to the left of the market, across Svalbe and turn right at the next junction and it is a few metres up on your left). Whole area pedestrianised which is lovely from the point of view of being very quiet at night time but does mean having to carry your bags from the nearest car parking area some 300m away or the bus station (even further).
The hotel appears to be two adjacent buildings joined at ground level one of which accommodates the four apartments (one of which we stayed in) and the other, I assume, containing the other rooms. The reception area and adjoining breakfast area are delightful - tastefully decorated and furnished.
The apartment was large, nicely furnished and for the most part well equipped with a separate bedroom and clean bathroom. There were some minor niggles considering that it is supposed to be suitable for self catering such as the lack of a cork screw (had to “borrow” one from the bar on ground floor), no kettle, despite advertising tea making facilities (saucepan sufficed), but more worryingly the state of the electrics in that a point in the bathroom was easily pulled out of the wall. It seemed more than coincidence that the first time my wife used her hair dryer in the room it burst into flames which was rather scary especially as it didn’t trip the fuse system!!
The bed was one of the most comfortable I have ever slept in but don’t expect too much of a view from the bedroom window where you over look the rear of the adjacent properties and the tatty area between below. At least at the front you look into the street although don’t make the mistake of standing there naked, as I did, as the bedroom windows opposite look directly into yours and only about 3 m away!! The apartment would accommodate four easily (sofa bed) in which would make it a bit more reasonably priced - it is expensive for two. Although we booked through booking.com you can book direct through the hotel’s own website. This has the advantage of being able to select which apartment you want based on the photo’s. You will note that apartment 4 has a bigger floor area but tiny windows as it is built into the eaves of the house.
The breakfast (0800 - 1200) is plentiful and the usual fare of cold meats, cheese, fruit, bread, pastries, cereals, etc.
Although the receptionist who greeted us on arrival was very pleasant and helpful she didn’t mention anything about the gym or guests’ cycles which the hotel’s own website refer to. Neither is this information available in the “pack” in the room. We stumbled across the gym by accident through a door marked private! Equipment (a few different machines and some free weights) looked hardly used.
There are a few DVD’s in reception available to borrow.
We were the only people staying in the apartments and from the fact that only two other tables were laid up for breakfast probably only 2 or 3 people staying in the rest of the place. We didn’t actually see anyone else. Possibly as a result of it being so quiet there were no staff present at night nor for long periods during the day (only really in the morning for breakfast and to service the rooms). We were merely told to ring the hotel number which would divert to one of their mobiles if we needed anything. This also meant having to lock the door after you as you left the place!
One thing to take into account is the cost of parking. The nearest is 5 Kuna an hour which would add up over 2-3 days. There is no obvious free parking nearby although the receptionist did suggest an area just up from the main harbour which was technically for residents only. She thought that with a locally registered car we wouldn’t have a problem there - which we didn’t - but she wouldn’t recommend it in the high season. There are NO concessions for hotel guests.
Rovinj old town is delightful - easy to spend hours wandering the cobbled streets, checking out the bars, cafes, art shops or just people watching from the numerous cafes along the harbour. Be warned though that many restaurants and bars places are closed on week days out of season. Spoilt for choice for seafood - prices tend to be similar - more a question of whatever place takes your fancy. You will get pestered by staff at the big restaurants by the harbour trying to entice you into their establishments. There are half a dozen locals’ bars within 2 minutes walk of the hotel which as you would expect are cheaper than the big tourist ones by the harbour. Our favourite, by far, was the Limbo Bar - only three tables and the lady who runs it plays big band and old jazz music. It was full with 8 people on our last night there!!
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