Well, here it goes, my long overdue review of the Hotel Monte Mulini. We stayed at this hotel while we visited Croatia for a few days after taking the short day cruise over from Venice, Italy. It was easy to get from Venice to Rovinj. Once we arrived in Rovinj we took a 5 minute taxi ride from the dock to the Monte Mulini. The Monte Mulini is a newly built resort, and as far as I know the only hotel that would be considered a 5 star hotel in Rovinj. In fact we had a taxi driver show us around, and I don't think anything comes even close to this hotel. That being said, I still think it was overpriced considering we stayed at similar quality hotels in many areas all over the place and didn't pay as much as we paid for our two view rooms overlooking Zlatni rt park and the Adriatic Sea.
The premium level hotel rooms were opulent and everything felt luxurious and expensive, from the linens on the beds to the flawless oversized towels. The amenities were plenty, and they welcomed us with gifts and platters of food.
The restaurants at the hotel offered gourmet meals. So it wasn't the easiest place for children but the wait staff and the chef aimed to please our finicky eaters. They improvised and made some meals that my kids enjoyed.
The view was quite stunning and I will always have lovely memories of it, I was glad we chose to get a view room. It was equally lovely on the hotel grounds. My kids enjoyed the glamorous art deco pools with sprouting water fountains and curving yet clean lines. It truly was a unique work of art, made to show the shape of the surrounding area. You could sit in the lounge chairs built into the pool. A bit hard to explain but this was one of the most unique and luxurious pools I have ever seen. It wasn't huge, but it was very classy, and dreamy overlooking Lone Bay.
The beach below was charming. The sandy although open to the public felt private. The hotel offered bicycles to the guests to borrow at no cost. They even had bikes with baby seats and I was brave enough to take my toddler for a short spin around the slightly rocky bike path, as she really wanted to give it a whirl. It was so fun and it was one of my favorite memories of our whole vacation.
So.. the bad. Not too much. However, the other hotels in the area are half the price and less. If we go back to Rovinj I would stay downtown near the wharf where we came in on the cruise. This is where we wound up going for most of our stay. It's at least 5 minutes or so by cab to town, so I would have rather been in town, and saved the money for other things.
But, since we did stay at the resort, we did take advantage of the spa and they had really great spa treatments.
The buffet breakfast was the best of our whole vacation and that was included in the price, so that helped add value. Views from the breakfast too.
I suppose if money is absolutely no issue, then this would be the best place to stay, but if you don't mind something 3 star I would stay in town. There were a few other resort type hotels right near the Monte Mulini, but they looked really worn down, 60's style, so I wouldn't pick those, I would stay in town for the charm and the culture if you don't mind vintage places that are a little more rough around the edges. Personally I prefer the historic hotels but the small ones in town do not offer the spas and pools, and beachfront etc. So .. it's all about what you are looking for. At this point in our trip, the kids needed a cold swim. It was hot there! So we appreciated the luxurious respite.
Also of note, the main street downtown where the cruises come into town is sadly lined with tacky, tacky, tacky tourist shops all down the street, selling nearly the identical "stuff". Who wants a Justin Beiber t-shirt? Yikes, not me, but obviously someone is buying this stuff. Sad.
Last little tip.. do not use the concierge or front desk to book your taxi. On 2 separate occasions the taxis that the hotel were calling was one and a half times or more than calling the local taxi ourselves.
Aside from the taxi "up-charge" the service was first class, and worth the 5 star rating that it boasts, but for me.. it was just worth 4 points for comparison sake on TripAdvisor and for the value. Our rate was about 900 Euros per night for the 2 bedrooms connecting. Really pricy compared to the rest of our hotel stays on this trip to Europe.
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The view of Zlatni rt park premium family rooms were gorgeous.
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