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Falkensteiner Club Funimation Borik
Ranked #6 of 21 Hotels in Zadar
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Munich, Germany
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“great spa”
Reviewed June 25, 2012

i spend a really great vacation there during my few days that i stayed in that hotel...spa center is really great,only minus goes to only having one pool and one jacuzzi...relax zone is really great,loads of fruit,tea,coffe and very suptile and quite staff that knows their jobs...restaurant and food was also great...

all in all,a really great value for your money...for around 150€ night we had a all inclusive package in restaurant and hotel bars and also great spa and wellness center...will definitely come back this october

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Senica, Trnava, Slovakia
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Reviewed June 25, 2012

I stayed in Falkensteiner Hotel Borik with my family (Wife + 2 kids – 4 and 2 years old). I must say that we have already tried 3 hotels of the Falkensteiner brand and therefore our expectations were pretty high.

I was really surprised for the first time at our arrival. The hotel had orientation tables even 17 km ahead of Zadar. It was really good to know that we were on the right track. The second surprise was at the reception. I was told that as the result of the Falkensteiner Hotel Bonus Club, our room was upgraded free of charge and we could immediately move in (We arrived at 11.00 am and the check-in time is at 2.00 pm.). We received roof apartment with sea view. In the apartment, there was bottle of red wine (local Merlot) and basket of fruits waiting for us. Again, it was very nice to know that they care.

The room, apartment better to say, was spacious with two balconies so a lot of place. The only minus were beds for kids. The whole hotel uses bunk beds for kids. It is nice use of space, but even my 4 years old son was afraid to sleep on top (160cm from the ground). Short visit of reception helped us, because the room service brought us some sort of barriers that he could not fell down.

Beach
There is a beach, that is a fact, but this is not private beach as you could expect but it is PUBLIC beach. It means that other people can enter the beach from other hotels and even local teenagers. All services provided on the beach are provided by third parties and therefore you have to pay overpriced services (jet-ski rent 100 EUR per hour, jet-boat rent 200 Eur per hour, … try to look somewhere else - serious boat for whole day cost around 200 Eur and not for 1 hour).
The sand is also another issue. Is it a sandy beach? If you dream of nice ”Caribbean” sandy beach, no, this not the place what you are looking for. If you know Croatia and its beaches then yes, this is sandy beach – it is mixture of sand, mud and small stones but you can walk with bare feet. The water is nice and clean and if you and your kids are into fishing, you can catch few small fishes there.

Any minuses?
Yes, there were few small things that can be little bit annoying if you are into details oriented ☺
The room service usually starts at 8.00 am. So if you are on vacation and the room services rushes into you room at 8.30 a.m. you may not like it. There is always a night program that usually takes place in the yard (next to swimming pools) and includes loud music until 11.00 pm. If you have small children and would like them to sleep ask for room without sea view. There were many small examples that the attention to detail is lacking.

If you are on a vacation with children like mine ”here the catastrophe comes” you do not care about details, you just want them to be happy and this place is real kids’ paradise.

To put my review into few words would be:
This is great hotel for vacation with kids but with few constrains. In a fact it is not real 4 star hotel compared to other 4 star hotels, I would say it is 3,5 due to lacking attention to details but with all the features for kids I can add additional half of a star. It is great vacation resort but if you are going for business trip go somewhere else (Try Iadera in Petrcane – more oriented on Adults).

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria
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Reviewed March 25, 2012

Very nice, orderly and clean ( reason -I think the owners are from Austria ! ) hotel beside the sea, very good food, very friendly staff, nice clean room, wonderful, really wonderful SPA, in my opinion this is the best SPA in Croatia, the only problem is the internet, because you have to reconnect every time and old small TV in room.
This is certainly one of the best hotels in Croatia. I really like this SPA in Falkensteiner Club Funimation Borik.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed November 12, 2011

We have stayed here 5 days in october. Our room was on top floor with magic ocean view and a lovely balcony. It was absolutely magical to sit on the balcony early morning or at sunset - it was so peaceful! And the view - wow! It is worth to pay a few dollars more for the room with balcony and ocean view, you will enjoy it for sure. Room was great, big and bright, with lots of storage space and a very comfortable bed. Bathroom was on the small side but big enough for 2 people. Everything was clean and room service excellent. Reception staff was very friendly, always smiling and helping whenever they could. We had all-inclusive which was worth every cent. Meals were all buffet style, with huge selection of hot and cold food,everything very tasty and fresh. Included were also all drinks ( house wine, beer, soft drinks, tea, coffee ). From the bar next to the restaurant you can get free drinks all day long so we didn't have to spend any extra money on anything ( except shopping, of course! ). Service everywhere was great, after couple of days some staff already knew us by our names which was really nice and we felt welcome and almost "at home"! We had a great time and will come back to this lovely hotel again for sure.

Room Tip: Make sure you get a room on high floor with ocean view and balcony - you won't regret it!
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Bungay, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 1, 2011

We spent four nights in October half term here, having got very cheap Ryanair flights to Zadar. The weather was pretty awful for a couple of days and we really appreciated the indoor pool and spa which was immaculate and fragrant (good opening hours 7am to 10 pm). Shame about the no swimming costumes rule in the sauna - we're too shy - so didn't use it (but plenty of Germans did). The hotel is well run and immaculately clean. Room was well appointed with good shower room, but bed was extremely hard. Food was varied and plentiful. Staff all very helpful and pleasant. Quite a distance from the town centre but very pleasant walk along the coast road or easy bus trip (No 5 or 8).

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 28, 2011

We stayed at the Funimation for 2 nights as we were in Zadar for the weekend. Got absolute bargain flights on Ryanair at a cost of £17.95 per return ticket. Before choosing the Funimation, we explored all other options, but decided that all-inclusive would be best since we were travelling with a 3 year old. We pre-booked a taxi from the airport with Lulic Taxi. This cost 150kn…about £18. Upon arrival, the taxi was in the arrivals area waiting patiently. The drive to the Funimation took about 15 mins.

Upon entry, the hotel’s lobby has the wow factor. Check-in was swift. We were given our all inclusive wristbands, and a sheet detailing breakfast, lunch, dinner times etc. We had reserved a mini-family room, and were given one which faced the courtyard. The size of the room was ample. However, the décor of the room was somewhat dated. Old styled TV and uncomfortable pillows…however these shouldn’t affect your holiday too much. There’s a mini fridge, but there are no coffee and tea facilities. There is no kettle for making tea in case you’re travelling with a young child. However, I think the reception provides a ‘baby pack’ which you can rent for a price. Also, you’re provided with beach slippers and bath robes. Please be advised that if you use these bathrobes, you’ll be charged about £1.50 (cleaning fee) for the pleasure. My main issue with the room was access to the balcony. There was an issue with the balcony door. It couldn’t be opened. It appeared as if someone had broken the other side of the balcony door, and that side had been boarded up. Clearly this room should not have been made available to guests.

The hotel’s main restaurant was buffet styled. The selection was ample but may not be to everyone’s palette. On the first night, they had rice with cucumber. Maybe it’s a Med dish. It’s safe to say that a lot of the food on offer was definitely geared towards a certain nationality. However, as mentioned by others…the pizzas are absolutely delicious – definitely try these. The food got progressively better as the days went by. The drinks which were offered weren’t very good. The orange juice was drinkable but the apple juice was absolutely awful. Additionally, the wines were either too watered down, or you just couldn’t manage to drink it. The desserts however were very tasty, always with a wide selection.

The hotel’s outside pool wasn’t heated, and it remained empty daily. There was also a large water slide which again went unused. There is a kids play area which was very nice. My 3 year old enjoyed playing there. There were slides, swings, see-saws, and a mini playhouse. Enough to keep kids occupied and content! Borik beach consists of pebbles. There’s no sand, so please don’t go with the expectation of a beautiful sandy beach.

The spa at the Funimation is gorgeous. The entire layout is geared towards extreme relaxation. I had one treatment done which was eyebrow shaping. The price was about £5. Free use of the sauna etc is included in your all inclusive price.

There’s a supermarket located directly across the street should you feel the need to stock up. The attitude of the ladies at the checkout counter leaves a lot to be desired. However, this may be a Croatian thing. There’s an excursion office located in the hotel with reasonable tour prices.

The official check-out time is 10am. However, we had a late afternoon flight and needed to check out at 1. I inquired at reception, and it was no problem at all. We were able to have late checkout free of cost. Something that’s very rare at many hotels.
Overall, the Funimation is a good functional hotel. You won’t regret your stay should you decide to stay there. However, on my next visit, I’ll certainly book their sister hotel, the Diadora which has recently opened.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Zagreb, Croatia
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Reviewed October 10, 2011

We stayed here for 5-6 days in June 2011, with spuse and 2 kids, 3&5 yo.
Apart from the lobby, decorated more like Kenya or Tanzania (at least that's what I imagine Africa would look like) instead of Mediterrane, everything else is nice: plenty of pools, everything is clean, everyone is nice, polite and smiling... Food was rather ok (I strongly recommend everyone to taste their pizza - the best pastry ever!), very wide choice, either meat or fish, even vegetarian corner...
However, the best part of the hotel staff was children animation team. I admired their effort, their will and their approach to the kids, all on 5-6 languages, for all the age groups (above 3). It was the only way to have a moment or two for ourselves, to enjoy a cup of coffee, newspaper and leisure.
Thanks Monca, Florijan, Ema, Anamarija, Lea, Marko and others, you were great!!

Room Tip: If you don't long for sea view, any room is good. Try to avoid the mini family suite, I think th...
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Falkensteiner Club Funimation Borik
Address: Ulica Majstora Radovana 7, Zadar 23000, Croatia
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Location: Croatia > Dalmatia > Zadar County > Zadar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Zadar
#5 Family Hotel in Zadar
#5 Luxury Hotel in Zadar
#7 Romantic Hotel in Zadar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Falkensteiner Club Funimation Borik 4*
Number of rooms: 258
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Falkensteiner Club Funimation Borik in Zadar offers you sun, sea, lots of fun and the greatest spa and wellness facilities in this part of Europe, all amidst blossoming gardens.The club’s bedrooms are outstanding in terms of size and design and are dominated by Mediterranean colours. Spacious, modern bathrooms, air conditioning and balconies in nearly all bedrooms add to the comfort. ... more   less 
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