I visited Cavtat and stayed at the Iberostar Albatros for 6 nights. As a female solo traveler, I felt perfectly safe in this hotel and it is an affordable, convenient base for sightseeing. Croatia in general is a nice place for ladies on their own, as there are no hassles or men following you around on the beach. Yes, the hotel is a bit dated, (architecture and bright purple uniforms) but it is perfectly satisfactory for a no-frills sightseeing trip or family holiday. The staff were a bit reserved, but worked incredibly hard and were professional and pleasant at all times. The location is amazing; just 5 minutes from the airport by taxi (100 kunas/13 Euro approx.) and walking distance to the charming little village of Cavtat. You can also catch a ferry to Dubrovnik's old town directly at the back gate and it takes only 45 minutes each way. The hotel is a pickup point for all of the tour operators, so it's really easy to arrange tours to Montenegro, Mostar and the various islands.
The food was by no means gourmet, but well prepared and varied. I opted for half-board, which I would recommend at this particular hotel (unless you are a big drinker!). The waterfront restaurants in Cavtat were good for a change of scenery at lunch & I had the freshest grilled sea bass I've ever tasted. Vegetarians won't starve at this hotel- there was an aubergine choice (grilled, fried, ratatouille, etc.) every night, pasta, fried polenta, etc. and the salad bar was fresh and plentiful. The best way I can describe Croatian food is a fusion of Italian and Eastern European cuisine (pasta is common, but they also use a lot of paprika in goulash type dishes). Breakfast was good as well and I indulged in crepes with banana and nutella every morning! They also set up a little continental breakfast for late sleepers.
There was some entertainment in the evening- the shows with the animation team were a bit silly, but they made a good effort. The Croatian traditional music was really nice and the band strolled around the restaurant during dinner one night.
The room was purely functional, but spotless & housekeeping did an amazing job. The towels were new and white (not the scratchy, gray & threadbare ones you usually see at an all-inclusive resort!). My room was located in building A and the balcony was the perfect place to soak up some sun. The views are amazing- this hotel has a stunning location! The bed and pillows weren't the most comfortable, so that is an area for improvement.
Overall, I wouldn't hesitate for a moment to recommend this hotel. If you are looking for a luxurious holiday in the sun, go to the Maldives. But if you are keen on seeing this beautiful country and having a pleasant holiday without breaking the bank, then the Iberostar Albatros is a great choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Remisens Hotel Albatros (4*) is located right by the sea in the magnificent surroundings of the town of Cavtat, Croatia. This four-star hotel is the ideal choice for a relaxing and fun family holiday by the sea. The hotel is surrounded by lush parks where you can enjoy pleasant strolls, but at the same time is located close to the centre of Cavtat and just a few steps from the coast. The rooms are fully furnished and decorated with particular attention to detail in order to provide maximum comfort for guests. Some of the rooms offer direct sea views, while some are located at the side. However, they all provide the peace and quiet that you need on your holiday. Are you interested in organising congresses, conferences or other events? In Cavtat, guests can participate at professional meetings in a stress-free environment. If you are travelling on business, the Hotel Albatros is a great choice for your meeting, because it includes 3 conference rooms with all the necessary equipment and professional support from the members of the Group and Business Travel Department, who will make sure that your event runs as smoothly as possible. An internet connection is available in every room and also in the Internet Corner in the lobby, where you can enjoy all the advantages of the virtual world. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Iberostar Albatros Hotel Cavtat
- Iberostar Hotel Cavtat
- Iberostar Hotel Albatros