We had initially booked to stay at the Neptun Hotel taking up the option for a sea view room but on arrival were given a fab room (1307) in the neighbouring Ariston Hotel, which together with the Royal Palm and Royal Princess form part of the Importanne Resort.
The Ariston and Neptun share the same reception area, dining room/restaurant, bars, pools and beach so it's probably a matter of choice and view which one you plump for but the sea view is better than the car park.
The room was spacious and well equipped with a nice balcony area and the bathroom was clean and all in working order although the shower was a bit lively and the bath was the deepest I've seen. Maid service was daily and very thorough with clean towels etc.
The pool/beach area is quite tight and I can imagine it would be chockablock in the summer but the diving platforms and steps out of the sea make it worth a spin in the Adriatic if you don't fancy one of the fresh water pools.
We took the half board option and overall the food was very good. Breakfast offered the usual array of hot and cold buffet, fresh meat and bread, fresh fruit, cereals etc and its all help your self. Dinner had the staples - meat, chicken, fish, veg in different guises each night but generally very fresh and appetising and better than some of the limited local eateries (first time eating out I've been charged for condiments!)
Drinks are more expensive in the hotel than outside 30 kuna a pint and 36 kuna for a 150ml glass of wine. If you want a cheaper night out either jump on the bus to the Old City or take the scenic walk to Lapad which tales about 15 minutes. The bus costs 15 kuna each way and you can buy tickets for the bus and the 1, 3 or 7 day Dubrovnik card at the hotel reception.
Lovely place overall and I would definitely consider returning.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rising above the Adriatic Sea, Hotel Ariston 5* features 115 newly renovated rooms and a wide range of facilities which will spark the enthusiasm of any visitor, whether a holidaymaker or a business traveller. Minutes from the world-famous UNESCO site - Dubrovnik Old Town, enjoy the hotel's quiet and natural surroundings, expansive sea views and wake up to the sounds of waves. Charming, elegant and comfortable rooms will be your oasis to relax and unwind, in addition to multiple outdoor pools, a wellness zone and three restaurants with outdoor dining options. ... more less
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