The Riviera is in a beautiful old building, gone to seed, which is unfortunately hidden now by trees so you can't see the façade well. Inside it is rather gloomy and has undergone seval make-unders since its Hapsburg heyday, resulting in a post-communist budget lodging. This also adds to its 'charm' but is probably not to everyone's taste. Our room was on the 4th floor and was very large and spacious. It had a view over the sea as requested and a lovely little balcony to sit out on. The beds were quite soft but comfy. The room had a fridge (useful for cooling drinks in the hot summer weather), a fan (necessary as there is no air con) and lots of wardrobe and storage space. We loved the mix of original Hapsburg era / Yugoslav era/ post communist era features which made it quirky and charming, but again this would not be to everyone's taste. The breakfast was quite good, with a range of fresh meats and cheeses, fruit, yoghurt, different breads and pastries. The juices and hot drinks we not so nice, but no worse than in the other budget hotels we have stayed at in Croatia. The wifi works well, but is only available on the ground floor (reception) and first floor (breakfast area) but there are loads of places to sit in order to use it. There is a useful mini supermarket, one minute up splitska street. Location is good, on the front, 2 minutes from the giant amphitheatre and about ten minutes walk into the centre of Pula. All the old blokes who work on reception spoke good English and appreciated my attempt at speaking Croatian! We were there for the Pula film festival and the town had a real buzz. Watching a Croatian film 'Simon čudotvorac' in the amphitheatre at night was a real highlight. If you want a clean, boring, bland plastic hotel don't stay here, but if you like a bit of character, it is good value for money and quite an experience.
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- Also Known As:
- Riviera Hotel Pula