The Miramar is a wonderful hotel in a quiet seaside location, with marvellous food and very friendly and helpful staff.
The facilities are extensive, with a good size indoor/outdoor pool and sauna, a gym and plenty of sun beds in different places around the grounds. There is strong promotion of various “wellbeing” activities, some of which are free, but the specialist treatments are quite expensive. The “private beach” is a small rocky area reached from the hotel grounds, where there are sun beds and access to a roped-off sea bathing area.
The hotel is mainly aimed at adult guests, most of whom were well into the 50+ group at the time of our visit (mid-September).
The Lungomare seaside promenade passes in front of the hotel; it takes you into the town centre in about 20 minutes, and carries on for around six miles to Lovran. The walk is well worth doing and would take under two hours non stop, or as long as you like lingering at the shady benches and bars en route. You can also get to the pretty harbour village of Volosko in about ten minutes in the other direction from the hotel.
The rooms are set out in five blocks, with the most expensive in the old building directly on the sea, and the others set out beside and around it. Because the hotel is set into the hillside there are quite a few steps - something not mentioned in some brochures.
The hotel’s best feature is the restaurant, which has a magnificent sea view. Breakfast has generous hours and a wide range of hot and cold food. Dinner is served from 6 pm and if you want a seat on the main terrace, be there by 6.15 latest (or after eight, when seaside diners start to leave). This isn’t really a problem, though, as the remainder of the restaurant is beautifully furnished, with plenty of cozy areas to sit in. The terrace and interior restaurant are all non-smoking.
Dinner consists of four waiter-served courses, all with choices, plus a salad bar and a wide selection of cheese, breads and grapes. Everything was of superb quality, and service was leisurely, giving plenty of time to enjoy your meal.
Our only disappointment was our room - if you pay for de luxe, don’t expect extra comfort.
What we got was a large room with a nice bathroom and a good sea view, but it was sparsely fitted with cheap chipboard furniture, plus a small basic couch and chair. The “double bed” was two singles loosely pushed together, with single duvets which just had a large cover thrown over them. No attempt was made to conceal the ugly coils of wire and extension leads dangling down behind the worktops, and the plain woodblock floor added to the bare and comfortless feel of the room.
The room was certainly spacious and clean, but completely lacked any sense of effort or imagination , which was puzzling in view of the lavish attention to décor in the public parts of the hotel.
So, we would highly recommend the Miramar and definitely would stay there again, but we wouldn’t spend our money on the de luxe supplement.
As a resort, Opatia has lots of charm and is largely free of tacky tourist shops. The only thing it lacks is a beach - you have to go a little way down the coast for that. For marvellous cakes and ice creams, try the Café Wagner’s seaside terrace - opposite the Tourist Information in the town centre.
Visit Opatija soon, before it gets over-developed.
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- Also Known As:
- Miramar Hotel Opatija