We stayed here for 1 week at the hotel Adria. If I could leave 3.5 rating I probably would have done.
Clean hotel which was pristine on arrival to both our room, and the hotel in general. The pool area, both indoor and outdoor, are equally clean and well maintained. The hotel has beautiful views across Dubrovnik which are unrivalled by many other hotels, as it is so high up. Staff are excellent: friendly, welcoming and cannot do enough for you - cannot praise the staff enough. In terms of location and transportation, the hotel is ok. It offers a shuttle service for 15 kuna per person to anywhere in the Dubrovnik area. This is great as it can be reserved for whatever time you fancy and doesn't run to a timetable. It can also be used on demand if it is available, without being booked in advance. This is done at the hotel which is very convenient. Buses are ok: the number 3 runs every 30 mins and stops outside the hotel (ish). BEWARE: the bus stop is on a 70km/h road which has a tiny footpath and no lighting on a night time! Would recommend taking the bus back to the hotel from Pile (old town) but not taking the bus from the hotel. If you get on at the hotel you then have to wait 25 mins at the next stop as this is a terminus. The bus then sets off after the driver has eaten his dinner and had a cigarette! Make sure you buy a day travel card if you plan on taking more than 2 buses per day as it works out much cheaper.
The big let down for the hotel is the food. I'm not a fussy eater by any stretch but found it difficult to eat anything in the hotel. We paid for half board and I felt entirely ripped off as we had to eat out for 4 of the 7 nights which used up a lot of our spending money. Much of the food at breakfast was greasy and looked like it had been standing a while. Much of the available food at breakfast was a variety of pig and not much else! 'Cold milk' for cereals was UHT out of a packet and was never cold in the 7 days I ate breakfast. Toast had to be requested separately which was a pain as it often took a while to arrive. Evening meals were bland and greasy. As someone who enjoys trying cuisines of different countries, I looked forward to trying the local dishes: they disappointed me massively! The most annoying part about the hotel is that it is in a beautiful setting and as another reviewer said, it has SO MUCH potential. It must up its game and offer better quality food and a bigger variety. Only other point to note is that there are some little extras which could make a stay more pleasant: tea and coffee facilities, toiletries in the bathroom, an iron - the usual conveniences, of which there were none.
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