We regrettably spent 2 nights at Porta Antica 16-17 September 2009. It is too bad we have such a bad feeling about our stay because Rovinj itself is worth seeing. The spacious rooms and kunos prices advertised in the Rick Steves book and on the internet are not what you will get. Let me make this clear up-front, this is not a fault of Rick Steves. Two outrageous things occurred that require me to write my first totally negative review and warn travelers not to stay here. First, we were not placed in the advertised spacious rooms with sea view located over a restaurant. Instead, we were placed in a separate building which had been, we were told, recently acquired by the owners of Porta Antica. The room, using the term loosely, was tiny and crowded. The "sea view" was a glimpse over what appeared to be a location for storing trash for the entire building which was located below our second-floor window. I have been traveling in Europe for 10 years and have never experienced such a room nor did we elsewhere traveling throughout Croatia, Slovenia and Italy on this six-week trip. What also occurred and is totally outrageous is that Porta Antica is charging euros instead of advertised kunas (the official money of Croatia) for their room rates. An example is that instead of "n" kunos as advertised in Rick Steve's book, they are charging "n" euros. If it was 100 Kunos, it is now 100 euros which is quite a hefty jump in price. On checking out I refused to pay the euros price because I rented the room using the kunos rate advertised in Rick Steve's Croatia & Slovenia guide. Also, I would not pay the euros requested due to the switch and bait room we had been given.The Porta Antica representative tried to argue that they had the right to change rooms but relented after I raised the above issues in front of other customers and he made a phone call to his manager. I eventually paid the lesser amount equivalent of the advertised kunos in euros which even this was not really worth the room we were given.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We offer comfortable, air-conditioned apartments equipped with a TV set, situated in the center of the old town of Rovinj, just a few meters from the sea. ... more less
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