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“Perfect island hotel”
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Hotel Spongiola
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Brodarica
Wales
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
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“Perfect island hotel”
Reviewed July 12, 2013

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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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

Just leaving hotel after an amazing week with Swim Trek. Hotel staff very friendly and helpful, food lovely and location perfect as a base for exploring the surrounding islands. Would definitely recommend and return if I can - the swims with Swim Trek were fantastic and visit to Sibenik memorable

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Zagreb, Croatia
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

I've introduced Hotel Spongiola for the first time when I was appointed to organize regional conference for group of my collleagues form BASF Construction Chemilcals team in June 2007. 24 of us spent affordable working and relaxing time in Spongiola and from that time me and my collleagues have visited Spongiola very offten.
Equiped with all you need, supported by high professional, very polite team with a small personal touch, located on a small island without traffic but only 365 m from the coast (in case you miss civilisation) it is perfect choice for peacefull vacation for families, bussines people (particularly out of main touristic seasone) as well as perfect location for events (conferences, seminars etc) for small professional groups (up to 25 people).
Spending your time in Spongiola you can enjoy peaceful relax, swim on the beach direct in front od the hotel, you can dive (hotel is equiped with all equipment you need for diving), sail, use wellnes, fitnes or swiming pool. You can enjoy in a good food for a reasonable price in the hotel restaurant but also in some nice small restaurants on the island as well as on the coast (I can recommend Restorant "Zlatna ribica" in Brodarica just oposite of the hotel Spongiola where you can have excellent fresh fish and shells).
If you like to introduce surrounding and wider area you can use Spongiola as a base for numerous nice trips and visit National park Krka, National park Kornati, Šibenik, Split, Zadar, Trogir, country side etc.
Hotel shutle boat is on your service 24//7 free of charge.
Ones you spend few days in Spongiola most probably you will fill it as your alternative home and will come back fom time to time like almost all guests are doing.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

I stayed last week as part of a Strel swimming holiday.

Thank you Nino and Diana for providing a wonderful base for us to return to after our swimming adventures. You and your team did a great job of looking after us, and you provided a very high level of flexibility and a wonderful personal touch. I was so grateful to Diana for taking me to the pharmacy to replace some of the medicine I'd left at the airport. The massages were just what I needed at the end of the day, and the food was delicious (especially the grilled fish). I know my fellow swimmer was also very touched with her birthday gifts.

Thank you so much. I'd love to return.

Room Tip: I was lucky to have a balcony with a lovely view of the sea
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Surrey UK
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

I recently returned from a week at the Hotel Spongiola and just read the previous review posted by Helen from London. I agree with everything she wrote about this hotel. It was a delight to stay there and enjoy all that it had to offer. Many thanks to the very gracious, hard working staff members.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
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Reviewed September 11, 2012

I liked this hotel so much, I decided not to bother heading to Hvar as planned after a week-long swimming holiday but to stay an extra two nights. Krapanj Island is tiny but beautiful. If you are looking for nightclubs etc, it's not for you. If you want to relax and enjoy stunning scenery, excellent swimming in crystal clear waters and some delicious but unpretentious and reasonably-priced food - all away from the usual hustle and bustle of tourist resorts, it really is perfect. The Hotel Spongiola is very clean, well-equipped and brilliant value for money. The breakfasts were better than I have had in hotels that charge twice as much - scrambled eggs or omelette (by request), melon and other fresh fruit, cheese, ham, mortadella, Italian-style brioche (sweet croissants), yoghurt, cereal - and the view from the breakfast terrace is wonderful. The staff, though fairly reserved, were polite, attentive and helpful. The group I was travelling with asked respectively for lower pillows, help with the air-con, help with the shutters (which guarantee a great night's sleep), help working the heated towel rail. Within moments someone from reception was there with what we needed. Because I extended my stay, I slept in two different rooms. Both were clean, spacious and had sea views - one had a balcony. If I had to make one small criticism, it would be that the hotel restaurant is not brilliant - definitely not bad and very reasonably-priced, but a bit hit and miss (lovely soups and desserts, overcooked vegetables). There are, however, other good restaurants on the island and the hotel has a free boat-taxi that will (with 5 minutes notice) ferry you across the 500m of water that separates Krapanj from Brodarica, which has even more good restaurants - including an excellent and rather posh (but still affordable) fish restaurant directly opposite the hotel. I would definitely stay here again. As well as being a perfect beach retreat, the island is a good base for exploring other islands and visiting the Krka National Park. It also has an indoor pool and spa/'wellness centre' and can organise massage on request.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

This excellent hotel is situated on the waterfront of Krapanj Island, with a magnificent view over the 400m wide channel to the mainland and the mountains beyond. It has a good swimming beach in front of the hotel, and is a 200m walk along the waterfront to the island's restaurants and main ferry landing. The ferry landing is largely academic, however, as the hotel has its own ferry that it uses to shuttle guests direct to the hotel - notify the hotel of your arrival time in advance to minimize the wait at the wharf in Broderica. Rooms are well fitted out and spacious in this 7 year old hotel, many have balconies, although views are along the waterfront rather than over the water itself. There is free wifi in the lobby and restaurant, where a good solid breakfast is served to guests each morning. The island is a treat, being only 3km around, a mixture of pine forest and village. Situated in some of the most beautiful waters across the whole Adriatic, this hotel is the base for Strel Swimming's activites in the Sibernik.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Hotel Spongiola
Address: Obala I br.58 | Krapanj, Brodarica 22010, Croatia
Location: Croatia > Dalmatia > Sibenik-Knin County > Brodarica
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Brodarica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Spongiola 4*
Number of rooms: 23
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