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Brioni Hotel
Ranked #16 of 31 Hotels in Pula
Bucharest, Romania
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“excellent hotel”
Reviewed February 22, 2014

we were there for 4 nights. it's easy to get there, you have a bus that drives you to the city center. the hotel is excellent except the air conditioning - and we need it for we had 2 days of 40 degrees celsius outside. we had breakfast and dinner and it was a variety of food (at dinner we had all sorts of meat - fish, chicken, pork and veal every night and like 4-5 variety of vegetables and salads) like in 4 stars hotels including drinks at your discretion. the pool is great and the place for having swimming in the sea it was ok. carefull of the rocks in the sea, but many places are this way you need shoes to go into the water. the sea is clear and nice colour. Lovely view and nice resort complex verudela. Very nice stuff and helpfull. The rooms are clean and nice and we had a balcony to view the sea... it was amazing. Very good value for money and a nice place to stay away from the center city and all the noise. Worth trying!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Arenaturist, Management at Brioni Hotel, responded to this review, March 4, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for choosing hotel Brioni for your holidays.
We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the hotel's location, our gastronomic offer and the helpfulness of our staff. Your remarks about the air conditioning will be forwarded to our Maintenance & Support team. If your travel brings you back to Croatia, please contact our team at booking@arenaturist.hr and they'll help you with your reservation.
Looking forward to welcome you anytime soon in Brioni hotel!

Kind Regards,
The Hotel Management
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

We stayed at Brioni for a week in august 2013, and it was great time spent in there! We picked that hotel after reading dozens of reviews.. and I gotta say we didnt regret even for a minute! Stuff is really welcoming, friendly and helpful! Food is nice, rooms are clean.. no aircon wasnt been a big deal because we came not for staying in the room 24/7. Bus station is few minutes waling, though its easy to get to the centre by foot, takes just 25 minutes walking. Wifi is avaliable at reception, kinda slow, but always working. Swimming pool with sea water for those who dont like sea swimming. In general we had a pleasant stay for real.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Arenaturist, Management at Brioni Hotel, responded to this review, September 23, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our hotel and that you found our staff welcoming and helpful. Providing excellent customer service is our top priority and we are happy to know that our efforts were recognized.
We hope to welcome you soon for another pleasant stay!

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed September 3, 2013

We stayed at Hotel Brioni on the night of the 2nd September after it being recommended from a tourist office in Pula center.

We had a nightmare experience in an apartment in Pula center, so forfeited the rest of our stay in search of something better.

A 20 minute bus ride from Pula center on the 2A line, and we were there. Staff were immediately a refreshing change, friendly and helpful. The hotel is located in Verudela resort complex, right on the sea. There are lovely views, a few shops, supermarket, and restaurants and other hotels and pools in the resort.

The hotel was clean yet it obviously is dated. I personally found this very interesting, I imagined what the world was like 30 years ago and really enjoyed it. Small strange things one would probably never experience first-hand these days - the intercom near the bed, the decor and design.

The room was basic, but clean and with a wonderful sea view from the terrace. No WIFI in the room, but it's free in the lobby. Who really wants to sit on a laptop on Facebook when you could be out on the beach or walking in the nearby pine forest; 2 or 3 times a day in the lobby was enough. We went when the temperature was around 25deg, so the lack of air-con or fridge wasn't a big issue, but I can imagine this could be a problem in the very hot months.

A jet-ski rental, para-sail and various other things are available at the beach and there is another beach 2 mins away with other offers.

The buffet in the morning was adequate, and lots of choice, better than a lot of places. There was no room service available, but there is a dinner buffet in the hotel, and restaurants nearby. We chose the pizza place about 5min away which was cheap and friendly. There is a fish restaurant 15min walk along the entrance road on the right, and another with a lovely terrace (although I thought a bit pricey) on the left about 5min walk (still in the complex).

The staff ordered a taxi for us to the airport, which arrived 10mins late, but it was a lovely drive and we had the time to spare. 200 Kuna quoted from the front desk, and the driver didn't charge a Lipa extra.

Lovely overall, Hotel Brioni, your location and amazing staff turned our experience of Pula from a medium one, into a good one.

Room Tip: Choose a sea-view room if you can, on the 2nd floor
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Arenaturist, Management at Brioni Hotel, responded to this review, September 9, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for choosing our hotel Brioni for your stay. We are happy to hear that we were able to transform your Croatian experience from medium to a good one.
Knowing that you appreciate the cleanliness of our hotel as well as the wonderful view from our hotel is our great satisfaction. If you plan a return visit, please do reach our team at: booking@arenaturist.hr and we'll be more than happy to help you with your reservation.
We wish you all the best and look forward to welcome you anytime soon!

Kind Regards,
The Hotel Management
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London
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

I stayed at The Brioni Hotel for a week at the beginning of August.
Prior to booking, I looked over almost all of the Trip Advisor comments (!) to get an idea of the hotel's standards and was well aware that there was no air con in any rooms or reception.
However, nothing can quite prepare you for the 24/7 heat! it was relentless, especially at night. I had to stand in the supermarket just to cool down (one of the only places with air con!)

Aside from this one point, the hotel was fine. The evening food was delicious, with a selection of salads, bread rolls, cheese, meats, assorted pasta dishes to choose from, as well as hot food such as chicken, fish, curries, spagetti, roast dinners. There was also a selection of soft drinks, red/ white wine (which was actually surprising decent if you only had one glass, after that it tastes a bit like its burning!) and draft beer.

Its true that the beach consists of just rocks and concrete, but the sea is so refreshing and clear- you can see fish swin underneath your feet.
There are also a number of other hotels on the complex, and you can go to their "beaches" or pools if you're not a fan of the area surrounding Brioni Hotel.

There is a bus stop on the complex, and it takes about 10-15 mins to get into Pula town, depending on the traffic. There's also bike hire on site, which is a nice alternative to get around.

If you are not on a family holiday, I would recommend going out to Pula in the evening, as the hotel complex can be a bit family orientated.
The staff at hotel reception are helpful with planning and booking excursions, and there's quite a selection to choose from.

I booked this trip with teletext holidays, and was not expecting a 5 star luxury resort- as I didn't pay for that! What I got was (aside from air con) a functioning hotel, with friendly staff, nice food, and a place to crash at night so that I could explore Pula. Perfect!
This hotel is surrounded by beautiful scenery, and probably the one and only thing I would want to improve is the lack of air con.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Arenaturist, Management at Brioni Hotel, responded to this review, August 29, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your recent stay and for taking the time to write a review. We are happy to hear that you found the hotel functional, staff friendly and our food nice. Providing excellent customer service is our main priority and we are happy to hear that you notice our efforts. On a more negative note, we are sad to hear that the lack of the air conditioning made you feel uncomfortable during your stay. If you plan a return visit to our city, please do contact us at: booking@arenaturist.hr. Our team will be more than happy to assist you with your inquiries.
Looking forward to welcome you in the nearest future!

Kind Regards,
The Hotel Management
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Arundel, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed August 9, 2013

Is now somewhat dated. The staff are friendly and helpful, the rooms clean and food is tasty and filling. The hotel does need a total refurb tho. There is no air con,which in 30 degrees is drastically needed. The WiFi is only available in reception area and even that is weak. The hotel may have been you notch 30 years ago but today is somewhat dated and poor in comparrison to others. There is no beach here, there are only volcanic rocks into the sea. The Adriatic is calm and safe to swim in and there is a hotel water sports provision. A number of local cycled or walked in for the day to enjoy the sun and facilities so it can't be too bad

Room Tip: Some rooms overlook the sea and get the heat of the afternoon. If you want a cooler room at bedtime...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Arenaturist, Management at Brioni Hotel, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing your impressions about your recent stay with us. We are glad to hear that you found our staff friendly and helpful, the rooms clean and the food tasty and filling. On a more negative note, we are sorry to hear that you found our hotel dated and poor in comparison to other hotels. We hope you will give us another opportunity to serve you in Hotel Brioni or in any other hotel of our portfolio that would better suit your need.

Kind Regards,
The Hotel Management
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed July 26, 2013

We have read many reviews on trip advisor and have noticed many people tend to over react sometimes to minor things.

When we walked into our hotel room it was old, dirty stained furniture, door handles were rusty and not to mentioned that there was no aircon in the room which was immediately noticable. Especially when we checked in was slightly after midnight - We struggled to sleep as it was super hot and feet were hanging over a springy bed. also - the outdoor pool is not for adults but there is an indoor pool if you like to swim indoors in summer.

The buffet breakfast was average at best..

We are writing this less than 24 hours after we have checked in and off a computer in the reception which you must pay 20 kuna for 30 minute as there is wifi in the rooms either. wifi only avalable in the lobby.

Location is good if you want to miss out on all the historic and transportation as croatia is heavily geared to its bus transportation which is the best and cheapest way to get around. in saying that taxis are the only transportation around from this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank sonny s
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Arenaturist, Management at Brioni Hotel, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review even though your experience wasn't among the best ones. We are sad to hear that you were completely unsatisfied with the services and the overall hotel. All of your kind remarks will be taken in consideration and discuss within the management team. In regards to the local bus, please note that at the entrance of the resort (5 min walking distance from the hotel) there is a bus stop. It has several bus lines connecting the city centre and the Pula surroundings with the resort.
That being said, we send you our warmest regards and look forward to see you in the future for a hopefully more enjoyable stay!

Kind Regards,
The Hotel Management
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

...understand that you could build a hotel and offer guests rooms without air conditioning. It can't be a surprise that it is well above 30 degrees C during the summer. We wherealso surprised buy the promise that the hotel was 
surrounded by beaches...These beaches was made out of concrete and not very pleasant.
As one former person mentioned, the furniture in the room, was very old fashioned and stained.The cleaning was, however, very good.
The outdoors pool is not swimable for an adult.

The most positive about the hotel was the friendly and service minded staff at the reception desk who always smiled and always answered your questions and queries. What was surprising though is that the exchange ( of money) service just worked one-way; you could change from Euro to Kuna, but not the other way around...

Will we go back? Definitely when there is AC and the refurbishing is completed.

Room Tip: Ask for a seaview or for a room facing the entrance. A "parkview", that stunds promising h...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Arenaturist, Management at Brioni Hotel, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your recent stay in Hotel Brioni, Pula. We are happy to hear that you found our staff friendly and service minded. On the other hand, we are sorry that the surroundings and internal decorations were not to your liking. Those being said, please note that we have in plan to provide AC to all the rooms in the nearest future.

We wish you all the best and look forward to see you anytime soon!

Kind Regards,
The Hotel Management
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Property: Brioni Hotel
Address: Ulica Verudella 16, Pula 52100, Croatia
Location: Croatia > Istria > Pula
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #16 of 31 Hotels in Pula
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Hotel Class:2 star — Brioni Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 222
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