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HOTEL "ARKADA" 268 soba 10 apartmana restaurant, kavana, taverna, aperativ bar, otvoreni bazen s morskom vodom, fitness studio, snack bar, slastičarna, zatvoreni bazen s grijanom morskom vodom, tv-salon, SATV, glazba za ples, plaža do hotela, mogućnost korištenja sportskog centra u blizini
Before booking this hotel for my summer vacation I knew that this is 2 star hotel and what to expect. I did not spend much time in my room so it didn't bother me the fact that room was simple and outdated. Price of room was obout 250 euros halfboard for seven days and that is very cheap accomodation ih high season. Majority of hotel stuff were very polite and helpfull and that was very big plus for me. Would I come again.... Well no...mostly because Starigrad is to quiet city for me but it is a very nice town for family vacation.
When you arrive with the ferry, it's the first hotel that you see in the distance. The beautiful arches/terace make way for fantastic views. At Arkada's prime in the 70's it was the top of the line hotel. The interior in the reception shows the style off very well.
Unfortunately, it has not kept up with the times and is in need of total renovations which are very costly. I've been coming to Stari Grad for 13 years now. I've spent many days in the area of Arkada.
I've never actually stayed in a room, but I've heard that they are rundown and very outdated without a/c.
The positives: If you think that you are on vacation and will spend the majority of your time seeing and doing things outside or in the town, the condition of the room might not matter to you that much.
I have eaten in the small restaurant and it was quite good during lunches. They have a special lunch menu 50-60 kuna for salad/soup, meat/fish and dessert.
The coffee bar has everything and fantastic huge pastries/desserts/ice cream. Sonja and Mirna who alternate between the morning or afternoon shift are very friendly!. Their English is good but please remember that it is not their native language.
There is a swimming pool with water aerobics. Sonja leads it every other morning at 10:30.
I've heard that this could be one of the last summers it will be open. I know it's needed but it's sad. My memories are fond.
This is one of those rare hotels I wouldn't want to stay in again even for free. It needs so much modernizing it is ridiculous. It has such a great potential that it makes you even more mad that someone doesn't invest in it.
First of all, for those who internet is a must-have, skip this hotel. Even though it states that hotel has internet it can be said that it doesn't have it. The signal is good, but there is so many people using it that you won't be able even to send messages, let alone make calls or view some social network. The only time you can do something is around 3-4 in the night when the late sleepers are in bad and early risers are in bed too. :D
The air condition on the side that views the sea is a must. We couldn't cool down the room even during the night. The fan is not helpful since it just stirs the warm air around. The showers have very bad pressure so it is impossible to rinse out your hair. The sheets and towels even though they don't smell have stains. Food is alright, there is enough choices. It is eatable, you won't starve, but it is not very enjoyable. Location is okay. To the center of the city you need about 20 minutes if you walk normal pace, but that is okay because there is taxi boats quite often and if you were more near to the city you are further from nice beaches.
I gave Arkada 2 stars just for nice beaches that are near and the potential it has, because I can see that once it was a great hotel. Regarding the beach, it is very nice. There's one with trees that offer good shade and one with larger sand that is suitable for children.
We were really keen to visit Hvar, but booked quite late so this was one of the only options available. I read a couple of negative reviews but decided to book anyway - the holiday was saved by the beautiful location, weather and the town of Stari Grad itself, but I'm afraid there's little positive to be said about the hotel. The reception staff were very sweet and helpful and seemed quite embarrassed by the state of the hotel. It's like stepping back into the 70s. There is no air conditioning and the bedrooms are small and very stuffy. ideally, you need to keep the balcony door and the room door open all the time to let in any air, but this is not really practical when you're asleep. I slept on the balcony on a lilo so that I could get at least a small amount of sleep. The whole place is very run down; worn out carpets, threadbare towels, a handheld shower, cracked toilet lid, only 2 electric sockets in the whole room (and one of those was in the bathroom!) No mattress protectors,,,, urggh. Very poor Wifi connection, better to assume you don't have it. The hotel is a square shape, so only one side gets nice views. We didn't! In the middle of the square is a very arid looking garden where a flock of peacocks lives. I felt rather sorry for them! They could be very loud at times, but I'd be complaining too if I lived there. You can book breakfast only or half board. I was very glad we went for the breakfast only option. Breakfast is pretty much the same each day, though one day there was tomato pasta, rather randomly. It's mainly sausage based, with slices of fairly tasteless ham and cheese. Lacking in fruit - there were halved oranges and apples, but this was about it, despite market stalls nearby groaning with delicious-looking fruit. The saving grace of this was ok bread with good butter. There's 1970s fake fruit juice if you're really going for the whole nostalgia trip. There's a remarkable lack of information for hotel guests. Nothing in the room to explain the local area/ bus times/ places of interest. Not even in Croatian. (I would have been fine with that, the reception staff speak excellent English and would have been happy to translate, I'm sure.) We only discovered that there was a lunch restaurant onsite on the 3rd day (!). We ate there a couple of times; the food was fine, but the service was dreadful, the waiters looked as though they would rather be anywhere else, and I don't think I saw either of them smile the entire time. We only discovered that there was a water taxi from the hotel to the town when we returned and read some more reviews!! (It's a 10-15 min walk into town, but it's much more pleasant in the evenings than in the midday sun!) The pool area is good, it's a salt water pool like most in the area. There is the usual issue of having to race to the pool at 7am to bag a sun lounger but it's too hot to stay in the bedroom after this, so you need to go somewhere! The location, as I've said before, is stunning, with a view across the bay and it's only 20m or so to the nearest beach. This is a rocky beach, you NEED those special shoes. The vast majority of the other guests were Croatian, so maybe I'm complaining about things that are perfectly acceptable to them, in which case Croatians please ignore this review! I think though that for most others, this hotel is sadly lacking in the amenities that would be expected elsewhere. A total refurbishment would be a good start!
Just come back from an absolutely amazing week in Stari Grad. The area is absolutely beautiful!
Arkada hotel is your standard hotel, it's nothing special but it serves its purpose. There's a taxi boat right outside that runs regular that takes you on a six minute journey to the harbour where all the bars and shops are and costs a little over £1. To walk to the town it's about 10 minutes but not an issue as it's a nice walk.
The hotel itself is nice but they have no air con. Normally I don't mind but the weather was in its 40's and I couldn't sleep the first two nights there. The food was terrible, now I don't normally moan about the food on holidays as it's not that important to me but as a veggie there was nothing apart from chips. They only served breakfast and evening meal and the choice even for meat eaters was not good.
I'm not a typical Brit holidaymaker but if you expect bacon eggs and toast you'd typically find elsewhere then you are out of luck.
The staff were very matter of fact. I wouldn't go as far to say that they were unfriendly but they were totally expressionless. It was almost as though they didn't want to be there, however I'm told that's just their way.
Overall the hotel was fine, it wouldn't be somewhere I'd return to but I'd certainly return to Croatia, particularly that area. The scenery and the architecture was breath taking.
Response from gannonmartin | Reviewed this property |
no the ferry arrival point is on the opposite side of the bay, technically you could walk the whole way but it would be well over an hour. The local bus waits for the ferry and will take you to Starigrad town, make sure you... More
no the ferry arrival point is on the opposite side of the bay, technically you could walk the whole way but it would be well over an hour. The local bus waits for the ferry and will take you to Starigrad town, make sure you get the right bus!! or you can get a taxi that will take you too the hotel. Please note the Arkada is not in the best of condition please read reviews, its location though is outstanding and Starigrad is a wonderful place for a holiday