I was on a tour of Croatia with Itaka, an awful Polish travel agency, so I was forced to stay in the worst "hotels", if you can call them that, in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. All the places where I stayed were awful, but this one was the worst. This place is unbelievably bad, like something out of a movie.
Apon arriving, I was greeted by a strong smell of cigarette smoke in the hot, not airconditioned lobby. After picking up a old fashioned room key, the metal thing that you have to place into the lock and turn, I started waiting for the elevator. More about those later. The line up was huge, so I grabbed my suitcases, and walked down the stairs.
The room was extremely dirty and uncomfortable. The was no soap or shampoo provided in the washroom, and the air conditioner did not do a good job of cooling the room. Since it was so hot, I decided to go down for a swim to cool off. Big mistake.
The hotel "beach" was just concrete from which you could enter the water. It was old and dirty, very unpleasant. But it was so hot I entered the water anyway. The water was dirty, with garbage floating, but it was so hot that I didn't care and actually enjoyed my swim. That is, until I got out of the water. My foot was dripping blood from a large cut in my foot. It was serious enough that I took a taxi to the emergency room, but they did practically nothing. The reception staff did not speak good English, were unfriendly, and did not care at all that I got a serious injury while using their beach. They did absolutely nothing, and did did not care at all.
As it became dark, that's when the real nightmare started. There are two discotheques, one on each side of the "hotel", each trying to be louder than the other. The paper thin walls did nothing to lessen the sound. That alone guaranteed a sleepless night, but that was not all that the hotel had in store for us. There was three of us in the room, so there were three one person beds. Normally there are two beds. Each bed had a different mattress, one extremely soft and one extremely hard. All of the mattresses were probably as old as the hotel. The beds squeaked extremely loudly if you moved even a tiny bit, and were the most uncomfortable beds I have ever seen. The pillows were even worse than the beds. They were these huge, hideous things that were impossible to sleep on. I just threw them on the ground and tried to sleep with no pillows. The earsplitting noise that passes for music in this place, extremely uncomfortable beds and pillows, the smell of cigarette smoke, and the hot room combined together make it impossible to sleep no matter how many sleeping pills you take. I was exhausted for a sleepless night the day before and a long day, but I didn't fall asleep until two am, and had to get up at 6.
After eating the awful breakfast, there was practically nothing to eat, I grabbed my suitcases, and started waiting for the elevator. After ten minutes of waiting, one of the two elevators finally arrived, but it was going in the wrong direction. Some people who had gotten tired of waiting got in anyway. I thought that they were being stupid, riding the elevator in the wrong direction, but I changed my mind when the same elevator with the same people inside arrived again in ten minutes, this time heading in the right direction. The elevator was filled over the max capacity with people and suitcases squeezed together. After waiting another ten minutes, another elevator arrived, with some room. I was able to squeeze my two heaviest suitcases in it, and carried the remaining suitcase up four flights of stairs to the lobby. I got there before the elevator did. It took people fourty, 40, minutes to ride the elevator. That's no exaggeration. Our tour ended up leaving an hour late.
I'm not sure who I could recommend this hotel to. Maybe it would appeal to druggies, who are looking for a place to get high. Any normal people who wants to sleep at night, stay away. This hotel is the sketchiest place I have ever seen. It was maybe nice 50 years ago, but in any civilized county it would have been demolished a long time ago. You want to be as far away as you can from this hotel, and this entire town too.
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