Hotel Continental was built in 1888 in the centre of Rijeka, and is located in a classic architecture building next to the Delta by the Rijeka waterfront. That would seem to be the right set of ingredients for a classic hotel, but sadly the Continental falls short.
After suffering through the Tito-area Yugoslavia, the Continental was renovated in 2008. Indeed, the hotel rooms have very nice, modern bathrooms (though with tower bars inexplicably located above eye level) but it seems that the renovation only got halfway done.
The hallways and rooms themselves feel tired, as if still located behind the iron curtain. The hallway floors are tilted, not level, and there is a step down as you enter the room (or at least there was for our room). The dark furniture and curtains felt like s leftovers from 1970s Yugoslavia, too.
The breakfast is credible, but there are few tables so sharing of tables may be necessary, and the coffee quality was below part for Croatia. Service ... the staff at reception (which seems to be filled with piles of random papers and binders) were sometimes absent and other times less than attentive, focusing on their own conversations rather than any waiting customers.
If you do drive to the hotel, they do have a (single!) 30-minute parking spot available if you ask the reception, allowing you to unload luggage; after that, you'll need to park in the public parking lot in the nearby Delta.
Most people staying at the hotel appeared to be in Rijeka for work rather than pleasure, but that may say even more about Rijeka than about Hotel Continental. On the other hand, the price was less than EUR 100 for the night.
Still, with some additional work to complete the renovations and some staff training, the Continental has the potential to be a classic hotel. Unfortunately as of this writing (October 2012), it's not there yet.
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- Also Known As:
- Continental Hotel Rijeka