Having come just the night before from a "Best Western" in Italy, to a hotel in a fairly unknown place in Croatia - we weren't exactly expecting what we found when we entered our hotel room. It was run down, cracks on the ceiling, two twins that were essentially pushed together (which defeats the purpose of having two separate twins, but this is not the hotel's fault, it's just a strange European thing), the bathroom had no window, and the ambiance of the room was dreary and grey. However, once we opened our balcony door, we discovered probably the most incredible hotel room view either of us has ever encountered. We did manage to book a sea-room view, and we both agreed this is where our dollar was spent. The room itself was not worth what we paid (which was 146 euro for 2 people/2 nights), but the view definitely was! It was a small, dirty balcony, but again, the view made up for all of that.
The hotel itself was a little spooky - very large, bigger than any hotel I've ever stayed in - and it had the sense of the "Shining" in some ways, because of how empty and ominous it was.
There was a swimming pool though, and while it looked nothing like what the pictures on their websites had - it was still rather large, and not at all bad. Again, very eastern European with its design, e.g. not terribly shiny (giving you the clean feeling, though it was), not a lot of light, and no color in the swimming pool area - almost communist in its theme.
There was no hairdryer in the room, and when I called down to the front desk to inquire if they had one he said yes. I asked if he would bring it to my room, and he said, "I'm sorry - but we don't offer that service." Indicating, that they do not come to your room for any type of service.
Parking was not free, and we had to pay a daily fee to keep our car there - not included, surprisingly enough, in the price of the room. Parking was probably the worst part of our stay there! Not only did they charge us, but there was also nowhere to park, so we had to become imaginative. It was a hassle and a half trying to park up a hill, that we could barely turn around to get out of, and actually finding the hotel parking lot was a difficulty to begin with, as the signs were not clearly marked at all.
The staff was so-so. Typical for what you would expect in eastern Europe; Friendly enough that you were spending money there, but rude enough that when we checked out they wanted nothing to do with us.
Internet was not free, that was also something that was available in the hotel lobby but you had to pay per hour - and it was not cheap.
Breakfast was included, and this was a very generous meal. They had scrambled eggs, different sausages, breads, jams, milk, cereals, fruits and some vegetables, also. They had a juice machine - and I would highly recommend this (even though it wasn't the best in the world) over the coffee, which will make one gag. It should not even be called coffee, as that is an offense to the drink.
They spoke English at the hotel, but only at the front desk. They did not speak English in the breakfast lounge, nor in the bar where you can buy drinks and cigarettes. It's "Universal sign language" all the way.
Overall it wasn't a bad stay. There were a few luxuries that us westerners are used to that weren't there, but in the scheme of things you will be hard pressed to find a hotel on any riviera with clean rooms, good food and a magnificent view as we had for less than we paid.
Even so, look around before booking here. There were a lot of other hotels nearby that seemed more modern and recently renovated more so than this one. But if you do choose this hotel, I also highly recommend that you book a sea-view room. Otherwise, the room is NOT worth the price. Be forewarned about that.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Opatija, just a few steps from the Lungomare seaside promenade, this hotel offers an unforgettable stay at an excellent price/performance ratio. On the hotel terrace, one of the largest and most beautiful in Opatija, surrounded by oasis of greenery, the guest can enjoy an unforgettable combination of Mediterranean flair and refreshing delicacies. The Hotel Opatija’s sports and leisure offer includes: own tennis courts, indoor swimming pool, sauna and massages. ... more less
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