We have just returned from a week staying at the Medena Hotel in Trogir. Having travelled a lot, sometimes in challenging and developing countries such as India and I can honestly say that this is the worst hotel we have ever stayed in. From the outset, at check-in, the staff were rude, distinterested and could barely be bothered to give anything but monosyllabic responses to simple questions. They also held our passports ransom and didn't want to return them to us.
The room itself was very scruffy and poor. Only the bedside lamps were working. We couldn't get any other lights to work which made reading impossible. The television wouldn't work and there was only one electrical socket which was operational. The room smelt terrible but although it was shabby and had seen better days, it was clean in a basic kind of way. We also found, on returning from a day out, that the room had been left unlocked by the cleaner.
If you are a Health & Safety Representative, this place would be your worst nightmare. In some places, there were only wall brackets where the fire extinguishers should be and some of the "break glass" fire buttons had been broken. It is a massive hotel so a fire here could potentially be a very serious matter. The balconies have quite rickety and dangerous railings and the hotel has many floors (the ground is a long way down) so this is not the place to go with children.
One of the pleasures of being on holiday is to have a leaisurely breakfast but after the first day in the dining room we gave up on this idea. Not even any toast! Most hotels can get breakfast right but not here. There was stale bread, sour tasting scrambled eggs and the whole atmosphere was awful. We witnessed some very dubious hygiene practices which involved a member of staff dipping a bedsheet into the metal container under the boiled eggs and using the hot water from there to clean down all the surfaces (meat to non-meat) with the sheet.
We had booked half-board and went down to the restaurant for the evening meal but soon decided we would eat out. This leads me onto the more positive side which is that althougn the hotel itself is beyond terrible, the promenade has lots of bars and retsaurants where it is possible to get nice fresh food reasonably cheaply.
The best thing about the Medena is its location. For 25kuna (return) we took a boat each day into Trogir which is beautiful and has a lot of interesting things to see. These boats run every twenty minutes or so which means that you don't feel isolated and have easy access to Trogir itself. The boats run until 23:30 each evening and so we opted most days to go into Trogir and explore there.
If you are looking for a holiday to remind you of the Eastern Bloc circa 1980, with poor facilities, terrible food and surly staff, this is the place to go. It is such a shame that a hotel with a great location is so run down and unable to provide a relaxing holiday experience and I am sorry to say it has put us off going to croatia again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Medena is located in Seget Donji near to Trogir and Split in the centre of the former Trogir Riviera (Trogir - Seget - Marina - Okrug)Mild Adriatic climate, lush subtropical and Mediterranean vegetation, the archipelago of picturesque islands and islets hiding quiet fishing and farming villages in their coves, hidden rocky and pebble beaches, the beauty and diversity of folklore, picturesque rural architecture, modern tourism facilities perfect for your vacation, entertainment and recreation both summer and winter, traditional hospitality, Dalmatian delicacies, fishing and joyous fishermen's nights, classical music in the medieval city ambient…The hotel is divided into two main buildings, and two pavilions which are located on the hotel beach, only 150 metres from the hotel.Hotel Medena has a total of 630 rooms: superior***/+, standard*** and tourist class**.We also offer 8 modernly equipped and air-conditioned hotel suites. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Medena Hotel Seget Donji Vranjic