This hotel is faultless, and would make a wonderful base for a quiet holiday enjoying sun and sea. It is the sort of place you will want to return to time after time.
The hotel is on the carless island of Krapanj, a short hop across the channel by the hotel's own launch, or the public ferry. The smallest inhabited island in the archipelago, Krapanj was a sponge-fishing centre, and this is referenced in the hotel's name, pictures on the walls, and the small diving museum. It also features a small, but deep, indoor pool, where diving courses are run.
Spongiola faces the sea, and has a private mooring and (gravel) beach, with loungers, showers and shades. There is a fitness suite and sauna and whirlpool. The restaurant, which serves a high standard of food, has a terrace above the main beachside walkway, where you can have breakfast in the sun, and sit in the cool in the evening. The reception staff are very good, with a special mention for Nino who never seems to sleep, and is über helpful, professional and pleasant.
I was there with a Swimtrek group, and the hotel was pretty busy, but everyone felt well-looked after, and the staff managed to provide the same level of high-quality service to each guest. My room faced south-east, had a massive double bed in a generous main room, a smaller side room with a respectable one-and-a-half bed, a big bathroom, loads of wardrobe space, a small balcony with sea and mountain views, and deliciously efficient air conditioning. All of it was kept beautifully clean, the bed was very comfortable, and the bathroom was kept well stocked with towels and the usual shower gels, shampoo etc. The room was quiet, and I had a lovely stay.
Everything was run very efficiently, with care and thought. This is clearly the sort of place, which, albeit small, takes a pride in delivering a very high standard of service to the customer. There's a "can do" attitude which prevails, and it's obvious that staff work together as a team.
If you've read any of my other reviews, you will know that I have pretty high expectations of the quality of service in a hotel, and am not shy about noting where these are not met. Everything about this hotel meets those standards. It is truly excellent. Full marks and heartfelt thanks to all the staff at Spongiola for making my stay so wonderful!
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