We've just returned from a 7 night stay at hotel Istra........amazing! The hotel is fabulous. Wonderful location on its own island "Red Island" which is serviced by a ferry boat that is free for hotel guests. The ferry runs hourly on the hour from the hotel and hourly on the half hour from the ports in Rovinj. The ferry is always on time and only takes less than 15 minutes for the crossing.
The views from all around the Red Island are stunning! There's even an observation tower within the hotel grounds that you can climb and provides absolutely breathtaking views of the island, the mainland and surrounding islands.
The pool area is clean, always plenty of sun beds available and close to the main hotel amenities. Sun beds and parasols are free of charge, however the towels can be hired for 20kn (Croatian kuna) each and a refundable deposit of 100kn per towel. Be careful if you want a fresh towel each day though as you'll be charged 20kn each time you change it.
The pools are great, one being normal and one being saltwater. I usually hate saltwater pools but this one wasn't that bad. My advice would be to have a shower (which is right next to the pool) after swimming in it to avoid being itchy from the salt once you're dry!!
The food at the hotel is great, especially in the Lanterna a la carte restaurant (which isn't included in your package but not expensive). The buffet restaurant is lovely, light and airy and the food is delicious. There's a great range of choice each day at dinner; breakfast tends to be the same but that didn't bother me at all....breakfast is breakfast!
Drinks are also included in the restaurant which is brilliant value for money! water (still and sparkling) orange, apple and lemon juice, cola, beer and white and red wine are available on tap! I think this is a real plus of the hotel.
We had a standard double room with shower and really liked it. The bed was comfortable and was an actual double bed as opposed to two singles pushed together! The shower was powerful and lovely. The hair dryer is rubbish so I'd advise to take your own! I forgot mine and regretted it. The room was cleaned daily to a high standard and was linen and towels were changed regularly.
Drinks from the bar were not expensive in my opinion. A coke was 19kn (about £2) and a beer or cider was approx 32kn (about £3.50)
The staff were helpful and friendly and did very well with languages.
Overall, the hotel was fantastic and we'll definitely be returning!!!
- Also Known As:
- Istra Hotel Rovinj
- Hotel Istra Rovinj
- Istra Hotel
- 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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