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Island Hotel Istra
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Crveni Otok 1 - St. Andrea, Rovinj 52210, Croatia   |  
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Ranked #7 of 23 Hotels in Rovinj
London, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Wow - 2 years running and I still love it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2010

Ths was our 3rd visit to Rovinj and our 2nd to Hotel Istra. We love it here! It is a large hotel on a island (only 15 mins away from the mainland) but it feels so personal. The room was airy and always immaculately clean. So were the communual areas. We had a balcony with a sea view (this was standard booked via Thomson). The room was snug as our 10 year old was on a pull out bed/armchair but we all fitted! The a/c worked wonders and we emptied the mini bar to put our own bits in - no problems. All the staff were very polite and spoke excellent english.

It is a family hotel, although another english couple said that all the children were well behaved and were no trouble. There is no loud disco - yippee! There was nightly entertainment - singers, music (non cheesy, if you know what I mean). Drinking cocktails whilst the sun went down was my favourite. We were at the front of the hotel and if we sat on our balcony we could hear the music but it wasn't overpowering. Once the balcony doors were closed, you couldn't hear anything! The free ferry ran every hour from 6am to 1am and so you could always go to the mainland for the evening.

The Animation team made it for us. They were fantastic. THe hotel provided a free Baby Club (0-4yrs); Mini Club (5-12 years) and a Teen Club (13 years+). The teenagers all seemed to enjoy themselves with various activities laid on each day. Last year our daughter joined in with Mini Club but this year just dipped in and out. The adults could also enjoy daily activities such as Air Pistol and Air Rifle shooting; archery; water polo; pool games; aqua aerobics; painting on silk; dancing lessons. Sounds busy but it wasn't in your face!

There was an outdoors children's play area (areial runway; swings; giant chess board; an indoor ball pit;; SPA and gym.

Pools were all clean and well looked after and being on an island the beach was a hop over the wall.

Our daughter learnt to scuba dive after a free taster in the pool and then went in the sea. There was windsurfing but we didn't try it.

Food was excellent but after two weeks a little repetative. A buffet to suit all tastes - great for picky eaters and of course complimentary wine; beer & soft drinks.

We loved the place and on our recommendation, parents and in-laws have been to stay.
Looking forward to our next stay.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2010

Returned home on Tuesday 28th. Excellent hotel with good facilities. Don't be put off by the initial approach as the hotel looks a bit dated. Once you arrive the hotel itself is impressive. Take a walk around the main island and Makin island over the causeway before breakfast or in the evening at sunset. Sit out on the harbour wall near the cannons and have a cocktail We advise the Bellini and the Maistra House Long Drink. If you have the time you can relax in the spa or have a massage on the beach.
Staff were friendly and always willing to help. I would suggest that you learn some easy phrases as it opens a conversation and met with a smile.
Room was clean with an excellent view of the sea, which I am told can be seen from all the hotel rooms.
Meals are buffet style and cater for all tastes. Plenty of people choose Sprouts, chips and Peas for breakfast but if your like me i'm happy with orange juice, cereal and followed with pancakes and a coffee. If a full English is your bag then its there or you can choose fruit, yoghurt and an array of breads.
Evening meals offer a great choice and I would suggest you try the fish as there is always a different type and style on offer. Wine and beers are free with the evening meal. Beer is pretty good, White wine palatable and be warned the red wine is not for those of a nervous disposition as it takes the throat out of you. The burns unit inform me that my throat will be back to normal within a few weeks! (only joking) but try it and you will see what I mean
Take a casual stroll around rovinj and a trip up the bell tower is a must (But not at 12:00 midday) reviews from others explain why. The cobbled streets are slippy so take care.
Trip to Pula is excellent for sightseeing. Didnt have time to visit Plitvice lakes but heard that was breathtaking.
From a family perspective our son is 14 and had a great time. There are plenty of activities to become involved in and all are welcome.
First trip to Croatia for us and we will be going back to Rovinj again. Hope the review helps, including the light hearted bits

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bishops Stortford
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2010

My girlfriend and i have just got back fron the Hotel Istra which we booked flights through Ryanair and hotel through Expedia only 4 weeks ago. We took the B&B option which worked well for us as it made us explore the town of Rovinj which is a safe and clean town. The town has plenty of places to eat and the prices are reasonable, 2 steaks, 0.5ltr wine a coke and 1 coffee £25 also the food was superb. The boat trip back and forth was great but we are still suffering from sea legs a couple of days later. The hotel is clean, comfortable and well run, the staff are efficient. some of the comments that I have read about rudeness was unfounded and of course people will write only negative review as a bi****ing platform, however if you treat them as you wish to be treated, with courtesy and respect and remember the poor wages that the staff receive and the long hours they work, they will be pleasant and attentive but more importantly, not all over you like a rash. The room we stayed in was clean and well maintained and the mini bar prices were the same as the bar, most surprising not like most other hotels. I would certainly recommend this hotel as a great place to stay. Don’t miss the view from the tower on the island, just breathtaking.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sheffield
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2010

Went with five adults and four children on 6th July and had a fantastic holiday. There were plenty of sunbeds every day and the pools were clean and warm. Having read the reviews for the people who went later in July realised we went at the best time before the school holidays. The food was reasonable, at times it was very good. The free drinks with the evening meal were a bonus. Rooms clean and towels and sheets changed regularly,air conditioning poor. Dining room was very hot. Half board was good so didn't go into Rovinj in the evening to eat but went on a few trips there in the day. Been to Rovinj before and think it is lovely although when busy it loses some of its charm. Would recommend this hotel but not at the height of the season. Going back with my husband mid September enjoyed it and going to relax..

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Scotland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2010

Booked early with Thomson and got a really good price for 2 weeks half board. Had read on Trip Advisor about the wait for the boat to the island but felt the rep should have told us about it. Room was always very clean - towels and sheets changed regularly only gripe would have been that the air con didn't work very efficiently (although it was mid 30s outside.) Yes, the food is a buffet and yes, it can be busy but we chose to eat in the smaller room which was much quieter. The quality of the food was excellent we looked forward to every meal. Our deal included free soft drinks, water, wine and beer at the evening meal which really adds to the value. The boat to Rovinj always ran on time and it was a pleasant town to wander through both at day and at night. We booked a day trip to Venice through Thomson and whilst it was a long, busy, hot day we thoroughly enjoyed it. The organisation and tour manager were excellent (despite his aged rock-star appearance!) We also hired bikes and cycled down the coast. We enjoyed the fact it was on an island as it was something a bit different but if you don't want to be restricted to getting boats to go out for meals then this isn't for you.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Coleraine, Northern Ireland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2010

Just back from two wonderful weeks. The setting is superb, beautiful island, fabulous climate (a few storms but they added to the fun) and a lovely hotel.

The food was reasonable, it could be a little better, the fruit was often second class and desserts tended to be stodgy. Usually we could put together a good meal however, even the fussy teenagers!. As mentioned elsewhere, many of the German/Russian guests seem to have difficulty understanding aspects of common courtesy and don't improve the experience. Breakfasts were nice though.

Sadly all of the Med is now dying and the underwater life is disappointing everywhere. The sea itself however is as clean as anywhere else in the Med. The pools and shore were pleasant but it was often hard to get a space by the pool. We're not big pool people anyway so that wasn't much of an issue. The hotel was clean. The shops could be a little better given that you had to take a ferry to get into town with a 1-2 hour turnaround. We couldn't get 2 AA batteries for my daughter's camera. The islands were beautifull and we really enjoyed our evening walks.

Rovinj and the area were really beautifull and we loved visiting the town.

It has been mentioned elsewhere that the staff were unfriendly. We didn't find them actually rude but they really could do with some attitude training. You felt as if they had better things to do than deal with you but when they did it was done efficiently. There were some exceptions and some staff members were wonderful.

Overall though the holiday was great and we were very sad leaving. I would happily recommend this hotel to a friend.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Liverpool
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45 reviews 45 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2010

Service: Staff were actually ok.. most were helpful although there seemed to be a lack of them during the day. For example, one day my partner and I wanted to get away from the children running around all over the place so went in the indoor pool which is for adults only and there are yet MORE children diving in, screaming and shouting. Whilst I dont dislike children, when Thomson advise in their brochure that the hotel is ideal for couples I didnt imagine having to compete for a place to swim in the pool with a child!!!
Room was fine... it was really clean and of average size. Very modren and the view from the room was stunning. The maids clean the room everyday so that was a bonus.
Pools were a joke. Went down to the pool several times around 830 to find all of the sun beds taken. Again, think hotel could do more to police this as it isnt fair on other guests. When there werent any loungers available, you could go and find a bed on the beach or around the island, so as long as you like the sea this is fine..otherwise its quite a walk back to the pool!
Food was really nice - not sure why people are complaining. Lots of choice although restaurant was always really hectic with people pushing and shoving.... think this is due to the guests the hotel attracts and not so much the hotel itself though!
Entertainment was pretty rubbish. Something you'd expect in a 2* hotel in Benidorm...again all aimed for children. Silly dances and games .. which is fine but when you're being charged and arm and a leg for drink you expect decent entertainment.
Rovinj itself is pretty tacky - loads of shops selling junk - fake football kits, fake hello kitty bags... the usual rubbish you find in resorts. The food in rovinj is also horrible. if you like grease then you'll be ok but we werent impressed at all. if you eat anything there - stick to pizza and avoid meat as it seems to be cheap fatty meat with loads of grissle.
Wouldnt go back to rovinj as thought it has sold out and the people (tourists not locals) are all rude arrogant.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Crveni Otok 1 - St. Andrea, Rovinj 52210, Croatia
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Location: Croatia > Istria > Rovinj
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Rovinj
#4 Family Hotel in Rovinj
#5 Luxury Hotel in Rovinj
#5 Romantic Hotel in Rovinj
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Island Hotel Istra 4*
Number of rooms: 326
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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