We stayed at the Amfora in August 2011 with our three kids. We had a superior suite (cheaper than two rooms) with a sea view. The rooms were spacious enough and the view was magnificent out across the Adriatic with the ships and yachts coming and going right in front of us. Everything was clean and there were the usual cosmetics and bathrobes and so on. The bathroom needed a revamp, a bath with a fixed shower isn't what you expect for a couple of thousand euros, but it served fine and we didn't get the waterworks that some other reviewers seem to have had. That said, it was pretty expensive and in terms of value for money I'd say it was no more than so-so. The hotel itself is pretty big and souless - it's a bit like an upmarket Butlins, really, but it is in an excellent position, just a charming walk along the seashore to Hvar town which is picturesque but again is hugely touristified and overcrowded. Breakfast was genuinely excellent although the dining room had a bit of a canteen feel about it with hard plastic furniture in pale colours - a bit like school. However a lot of that is subjective - the really big drawbacks for us were the pool and sea bathing areas which are just far too small for the number of people that the hotel can accommodate. The pool area was absolutely packed out - every lounger taken and there were hundreds of people within a few yards of you. I think that some of the Mediterranean peoples may not have quite the same expectations of personal space as Americans and Northern Europeans (with all respect) and most of the particularly Italian guests seemed very happy to be cheek by jowl with the rest of the world. The press of people was bit like when you come out of a rugby match all at once. You are a lot better off walking round the corner and finding a spot on the rocks or, even better, hiring yourself a boat and going off into the islands to find a deserted spot (a decent boat will start from about 100 quid a day). I realise that you can't have the place to yourself in mid-August peak season but the sheer density of people in the recreational areas would put me off visiting the Amfora again. There have been some adverse comments about the staff posted on some reviews: our experience was that like almost all the other Croatians we met, they were charming despite the constant crowds of people.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked away in a tranquil bay, surrounded by a lush pine grove, and only a short ten minute walk from the historic city of Hvar, Amfora. Hvar grand beach resort is the most exciting beach resort in the Adriatic. Its contemporary designed rooms with breath-taking views of the Paklinski Islands, spectacular cascading pool with lounge area and diverse amenities such as state-of-the-art conference facilities make this unique self-contained destination resort ideal not only for couples, and family vacations but also for all your special business events from team building incentives, large meetings and conferences, banquets to workshops. The exclusive and luxurious beach club Bonj 'Les Bains' is located within the resort, with private cabanas, massages in the Sensori Spa wellness centre, sunbeds and a beach bar and restaurant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amfora Hotel Hvar