We have just returned from a very enjoyable holiday, staying 7 nights in Hotel Istra. The hotel is quite ugly from the outside, but inside it is very clean and mostly modern. Rooms are a little small, but have all you need for a decent stay. The buffet restaurant is ok, a good variety of food, but the self-service wine kept running out! The restaurant is not very atmospheric, and is a little clinical feeling, with bright white lights and basic tables.
The swimming pool is great, at a good temperature and filled with fresh water - so no chlorine, which is really nice. Loungers get snapped up and reserved from 8am, which is something the hotel should try to tackle as we saw plenty of people that couldnt get loungers, as others leave them unattended but with towels on them,
The beach is small but nice, although you have to pay for loungers. Or, there lots of little coves around the island where you can sunbathe and swim. The island itself is a great unique aspect to staying at this hotel - you have woodland to stroll in, plus rocky coves where you can spot crabs and shellfish, and its not difficult to find peace and quiet if you want it. The ferry ride over to the island is great, and adds a bit of fun to the stay. Rovinj is well worth exploring, it is very picturesque and has lots of restaurants and bars.
Our only complaint for this hotel was the service at the a la Carte restaurant, (Lanterna). We were sat down at a table that had not been cleaned since the last occupants. This was ok, as we expected that they would clean it asap. However, it took 10 minutes before anyone took away the dirty napkins (without a word to us). After 15 minutes of no-one speaking to us, or giving us a menu, or wiping the tablecloth, we walked out and did not go back there all holiday.
We had a bite to eat at the Captains Club bar instead, which was lovely food, and a great atmosphere.
All in all, we really enjoyed our holiday and would recommend it to others. However, the hotel needs to improve a few things to really earn the 4 star status that it /Thomson markets it as.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Istra Hotel Rovinj
- Hotel Istra Rovinj