My wife and I stayed here for a week 18th July 2012 on our first visit to Croatia. The hotel is set in a beautiful location on the Red Island just a short ferry ride over from the pretty town of Rovinj and the regular ferry service is an excellent one which runs hourly from 6.00 am to midnight so you don't have any worries about being stuck on the Mainland. The island is small enough to walk round in an hour a nd you can also walk over to the adjoining quieter Maskin Island for a bit more exploration. This used to be a naturist island and you can stillcome accross the odd naturist which didn't bother us but watch out if you are a bit prudish. The hotel is spotlessly clean and rooms are excellent. We had a lovely sea view and didn't have to pay anything extra for this . ( maybe because it was late in the season). The only real dissappointment was the standard of the food which although had plenty of choices was below average for a 4 star hotel.The free wine and beer with the evening meal on our half board deal did help to make up for this a little though. Entertainment was average too but I have seen worse. The service from most of the staff was friendly and efficient apart from the senior waiter in the bar area who it appeared only wanted to serve our German friends despite repeatedly being called over to us when we wanted to buy a drink.We were totally ignored on a number of occasions. Fortunately his younger colleagues made up for his behaviour. The views from the island and around the area in general are well worth seeing as was our day trip to Slovenia to see the caves and the Lippizana horses. Well worth the money. Look out too for Elvis the coaches tour guide- a real character if a slghtly aquired taste. We loved him though!
- Also Known As:
- Istra Hotel Rovinj
- Hotel Istra Rovinj
- Istra Hotel
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- Hotel Istra is an island of its own, a traffic free oasis of sea and sun, private beaches and secluded spots, a ten minute boat ride from Rovinj. ... more less
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