Stayed at the Istra for 2 weeks in September on a Thomson package. Stay started badly with a room mix up caused it seems by another guest with a surname starting with same letter - this was quickly sorted out with reception, but not before we had seen the rooms with a sea view, which are somewhat larger than the 'standard' rooms, so we quickly decided to pay a little extra and moved again.
The hotel is in a great location and has good facilities, but it was getting late in the season so not everything was open. The rooms are fine, great views, perhaps a bit dated, but very clean. We liked the spa, and although the gym is not wonderfully modern but it all works well enough. The location is fantastic on its own island, with great walks. We eat at the Pizza restaurant a few times which served pretty good pizza at reasonable prices. We also occasionally had a pleasant lunchtime snack in the bar near reception, served by very friendly staff.
We were on half board so had breakfast and dinner in the main buffet restaurant, generally lots of variety for both but very poor quality, breakfasts were a better bet, but all too often the hot options were at best luke warm, and included some very odd options (sprouts) . Dinner quickly turned into a bit of a trial, I appreciate the difficulties in catering for a large international clientele and perhaps British tastes have changed significantly in the last decade, but both of us really struggled to find anything particularly nice to eat. There is complimentary beer and wine, perhaps they should consider stopping this and spending more money on the food. Eat at the hotels A La Carte restaurant on the last night and in contrast the food was excellent.
Rovinj is a picturesque and historic town, although there isn't a great deal to do there, especially at the end of September.
Special mention for the Thomson rep Gian Carlo who is excellent.
- 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