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Hotel Kastil
Ranked #8 of 12 Hotels in Bol
Certificate of Excellence
Norwich
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15 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“What a fantastic holiday!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2008

We booked a week in Bol (on the Island of Brac) via "Holiday Options" because the price for this week (£578 for the two of us) was half for the week after. We flew from Gatwick to Split. It turned out that this was the first flight of the season and was half empty. Split is on the mainland and we were transferred from the airport to the (large) ferry via coach (40 mins), there was a 30 minute wait to get on the Ferry and the journey to the Island of Brac takes about 40mins (a lovely relaxing ride as it turned out on a lovely sunny day), the ferry is a huge car / passenger ferry about the size of cross channel ferries and had bars, lots of seats and so on so we enjoyed beers in the sun deck. The Ferry ends up in the attractive harbour town of Supetar on the North of Brac which is followed by another 40 minute coach ride (33km) to Bol on the South of the Island. I don't quite understand why the coach that took us from the airport did not get in the Ferry ? Instead the luggage was unloaded from the coach moved to the ferry and reloaded onto another coach at the other end? Curious, but all quite smooth. We learned later that there is a hydrofoil direct from split to Bol, but this runs only twice a day, but only takes an hour! much better than the 3+ hours via the route we took.

Bol is small, quite picturesque and had few tourists (probably because it was the 1st flight of the season). It was nice to hear mainly local voices and see the local culture working rather than millions of tourists.

It has a few restaurants and coffee bars (22 I think) which were all good. The prices were about the same as the UK with beer being slightly cheaper (about £1.80 for about a pint).

The hotel Kastil was excellent, the triple room we had (room 202) had a balcony that overlooked the Bol harbour and an outside cocktail bar. The room was reminiscent of a premier travel inn in decor, but that is not a critisism as such as it was quite adequate, it had a TV and about 15 channels but only CNN and BBC world that I could understand. The bathroom (shower room) was also very well fitted out. Everything was clean and neat and well looked after. I liked the built in electronic digital safe as well, very useful.

We were booked for B&B. The breakfast was very good with a good variety of food and a fantastic sunny veranda / terrace to eat it on if the weather was OK and an adequate indoor room next to reception if it was cold. All OK with nothing that niggled us. There is no lounge as such, but there were various attractive and quiet 'mini lounges' (a few seats) on the stairs where you could read a book. The lack of a lounge was not an issue as the hotel in right in the middle of the town so it a couple to minutes walk to everywhere for a beer or a coffee. The cocktail bar that ajoined the Hotel was good as its also by the small harbour and was quite 'cool', plush and more expensive than elsewhere (£2.70 for a bottle of Corona). It also played soporific music through an enormous, high quality, but very quiet and moody sound system.

The main beach in Bol is about 3/4 of a mile along a marble paved (very attractive) tree lined footpath and was not very populated when we were there. The beach is pebbles rather than sand but that didn't put off the sunbathers. The coast is quite windy and attracts a lot of surfers with massive kites doing amazing ariel tricks. There is a fantastic bar hidden halfway along the path next to the sea under some trees, it was very quiet and very relaxing and amazingly scenery. We were the only people in it whenever we went.

There is a peak (Vidova Gora) overlooking Bol (758m) which you can clamber walk up via an ancient stoney path if you are energetic (its 3.6 miles from Bol to the top). This took us about 3 hours with some rests. It passes some good climbing routes near the top and passes at points through trees and at other times past rocky vine fields and at the start a load of abandonned rusty vehicles and other peices of equipment. When we got to the top it turned out you can drive up the back of the hill. There is a rustic restaurant at the top with an open fire (even on a sunny day!?).

There were many typically unoccupied beaches on either side of Bol town, these were also pebbly rather than sandy. But the sea is beutifully clear and greeny blue with loads of fish.

We hired a 500cc motorcycle for day (£55) and visited every town on Brac (110miles all in all i.e. we travelled 98% of the major roads on the island within that). All the towns have lovely harbours with doznes of species of fish in them, smattering of expensive yachts and a generally quite and peiceful air about them.

In fact all in all I would say Brac is ideal for older people because it is so peacefull and there is an absence of facilites for younger people (like nightclubs).

Finally I would not bother taking much money as there are three ATMs in Bol about 30 feet from the harbour. If you have a debit card like mine you get cash out exactly as at home. It was about 9.2 Kunas to the pound for me.

  • Liked — Central location and clean with a good breakfast
  • Disliked — No lift (if you have heavy bags)
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Elgin, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2007

Touring by car, it was tricky getting parked near the hotel. Or let's be honest - finding the hotel. That done, we parked on a quayside for five days, and had a brilliant time here afdter 10 days on the road across Eastern Europe. Location is ideal - our room overlooked the harbour, and aside from drunken yaught parties in the early hours (close the window) no problem. Breakfast on the terrace not bad either.

  • Liked — Quality and location
  • Disliked — A touch pricey
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
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New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2007

After reading some of the reviews on this site for Hotel Kastil in Bol, I was skeptical about staying there, but had a difficult time finding another hotel close to the center of town at similar rates.

Bottom line- Our double room on the top floor was nothing fancy. Clean, comfortable, safe, and ideally located. The staff was friendly, the view of the sea and the Island of Hvar was incredible, and we were relieved once we arrived that it was not dirty and loud (as some other posts suggest).

We really enjoyed Konoba Gust, a restaurant directly behind the hotel- make a reservation. The hotel is a ten/fiteen minute walk along a beautiful public promenade to Zlatni Rat (water taxis also available right outside the hotel). The breakfast in the morning was nice, but bland (usual Croatian spread- cold cuts, rolls, pastries, yogurt, fruit, eggs, juice, and capuccino).

We walked throughout the hills around Bol during our visit, and we saw Hotel Ivan. It is SO FAR from the beach and the town. I wouldn't want to have to deal with the walks up the steep hills of Bol to get to town/the beach.

We would stay at Kastil again. Safe Travels ...

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — No elevator- stairs up to the 4th floor were a workout
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2007

Fabulous hotel - beautiful rooms, great service - the ladies on the front desk we so helpful and spoke excellent english. The views from the rooms were amazing and it's in a great location. Breakfast on the terrace was a pleasure.
From reading the other reviews I can see that some people had a problem with the noise - we went in mid-may before the main tourist season, so we had no problems of this nature at all. I would most definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed May 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Kastil
Address: Ulica Frane Radica 1, Bol, Brac Island 21420, Croatia
Location: Croatia > Dalmatia > Split-Dalmatia County > Brac Island > Bol
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Bol
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Kastil 2*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Kastil is located within a baroque fortress which formerly belonged to the aristocratic Vusio family of Brac. Only five meters from the coast,Hotel Kastil is the ideal location for rest and relaxation. In addition to the sea, all the recreational and cultural offerings are in the immediate vicinity of the hotel. Your stay at Hotel Kastil will provide you with the best that Bol has to offer. ... more   less 
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Hotel Kastil Bol, Croatia - Brac Island

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