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Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort
Ranked #4 of 16 Hotels in Hvar
Reviewed August 18, 2011

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.

Room Tip: Some of the internal rooms were small - sea views are worth it.
  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 12, 2011

We stayed for two nights at Amfora at it was worth every cent! Fantastic location, incredible choice of bars, restaurants and activities. The pool was incredibly relaxing and a fantastic size for the amount of guests - beach was also close-by The staff were incredibly helpful - we arrived a few hours before check-in, but they allocated us a room as soon as possible (and even upgraded us due to availability!). The staff also made sure that we were ok in regards to transport on our final day to our next destination. Even though we didn't make use of it, there were spa and salon facilities in the affiliate hotels in Hvar. Only a short walk to the main centre. Rooms were very clean and had all the facilities neccesary. Breakfast buffet was also fantastic. No words to describe how great our experience was! Would definitely recommend it to anyone thinking of staying on Hvar - you can't go wrong!

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 8, 2011

We are not resort people, but had 2 days at the end of our trip in which we wanted to relax. Hvar was the island of choice. I'm glad we picked Amfora -its a really nice 10 min walk away from the main town. The town is lovely, but filled with young and rich and after being to so many beautiful places in Croatia, this place felt a little highly strung. Great to walk around though and see how the other side lives- on big, beautiful yatchs. Impressive.
We just had a standard room. It was roomy enough with all amenities you'd expect from a hotel. The room was a little tired and worn, but very modern looking. Bathroom was large and clean but shower leaked- enough to spread beyond the bathroom door and onto carpet.
The buffet breakfast each morning was amazing. Something for everybody. 2 buffets in the dining area so was never felt too crowded.
Pool area was kept really clean, and thats basically where we spent our 2 days, swimming and drinking cocktails. We noticed people claiming sunbeds before breakfast, and if you want a good position, it needs to be done. A weird practice, but staff insist- first in, best dressed. Only way they can do it I guess.
Our ferry got in at 6am, we could not check in til 2pm, however, we had access to the pool that whole day. We got changed into a swimmers, our luggage was held and we enjoyed the rest of the day.
Free internet in reception area.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 7, 2011

I won't go into great detail, as most of the points I would add have already been mentioned.
Good:
Clean compact rooms with a/c, fridge, bath, balcony
Superb location overlooking sea & islands; walking distance to the town
Beautiful pool

Bad:
Not really enough sun-loungers, reserve before breakfast or forget about it.
Hotel is big, and our room was a mission to get to. Yes, porters were on hand, but getting to breakfast took an age

Would recommend.

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Reviewed August 7, 2011

Probably the best hotel in or around Hvar Town, part of the enormous group that owns all the hotels - and most of the restaurants - in Hvar.

We stayed four nights in a 'Superior room' and booked a sea view at extra expense. Well worth the extra money as the view was spectacular, with the bed looking through the windows to the balcony and then the Adriatic. However the room itself was tiny, and everything had to be pushed under the bed, including the suitcases, as there was nowhere to put them.

The rooms had been recently redone in wipe-clean plastic with 'push' and 'pull' stickers all over the plastic to show you how to open things, as there were no handles. The bathroom had also been redone, with a toilet hidden in a bench, a sink that splashed water everywhere and a shower that flooded the bathroom. Seriously flooded it. On inspection, the seal on the shower screen was broken - and never fixed - and the seal at the bottom was deliberately designed to leave a gap at the bottom for the water to flood the floor. This was never fixed.

Solution - steal towels from the "gym" upstairs (in fact a large conference room with five or six machines randomly left around) and use them to mop up the flood. You won't get any new towels otherwise. We also went to the supermarket in Hvar and bought absorbent cloths to plug the gap under the shower screen, which worked a bit.

Wifi was free, which was useful, and the breakfast buffet good, although as always the coffee was dreadful.

Location excellent, a short walk to the town but far enough away to be quiet at night. There's no nightclub in this hotel - the chain has put it in the Adriana - so it's easy to sleep.

Also although they don't advertise it, the hotel meets all the catamarans coming into Hvar Town from Split with a van to take your luggage to the hotel as well as you. If you come into Stari Grad you will have to get a taxi (at vast expense) or the hotel will send the world's most expensive transfer, EUR 45 one way.

Although the hotel was severely overpriced for what you got - thanks to the private monopoly of hotels in Hvar - it was probably the best alternative in Hvar town.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 1, 2011

We just returned from our holiday in Hvar and stayed at the Hotel Amfora. To be honest, I was at first a bit sceptical about some points (service, noise, etc.).

All in all the hotel is comfortable. I had a nice and quite superior double room for single use with enough space for one person. At times you could hear the bassline from the nearby clubs / discos at night, but it was not annoying.

Most of the personnel were very friendly and helpful. The breakfast and all you can eat dinner exceeded our expecations by far. The hotel bar with it's balcony and nice view is worth a try. As read in earlier reviews, the bathroom (especially the shower) is challenging at times.

The hotel pool is nice, but mostly there are no places available after breakfast, unless you put your towel on a sunbed for reservation very early in the morning. The beach part right at the hotel is ok, but mostly overcrowded. You'll find enough possibilities when you follow the promenade or take a taxi boat to one of the dozens of islands.

My advice: Try the Carpe Diem island with its beautiful beaches. There's also a nice lounge with fancy drinks and good food ;-) Every night from 1:30h p.m. there are always cool parties.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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ztudor, General Manager at Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded August 12, 2011

Dear Madam/Sir,
We're very glad to read that you enjoyed your stay Amfora, hvar grand beach resort. We also thank you for your comments on the level of service at our hotel. I will surely share your objections with the resort team on sun beds reservations (which contradicts to poolside rules) and on maintenance issues in your room. I hope this has not spoiled your stay with us too much. We will look to improve on these areas in the future, so your next stay at Amfora will become another great memory!
If you have any more questions or comments you would like to share, please feel free to contact me at isafundzic@suncanihvar.com.
With best regards,

Ivan Safundžić
General manager

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Reviewed July 30, 2011

We loved the hotel!
Great room, great place, great service, great food!!!
Everyone should stay there to relax and have some fun!!

  • Stayed: July 2011
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ztudor, General Manager at Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2011

Dear Madam/Sir,
Thank you for writing your review of Amfora, hvar grand beach resort! We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us overall and that we met your expectations with regards to quality of our services. On behalf of our dedicated team, I look forward to welcoming you to Amfora during your next visit to Hvar! If you have any questions, please contact me on isafundzic@suncanihvar.com.
With best regards,
Ivan Safundzic
General manager

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Address: Ulica biskupa Jurja Dubokovica 5, Hvar, Hvar Island 21450, Croatia (Formerly Amfora Hotel)
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Location: Croatia > Dalmatia > Split-Dalmatia County > Hvar Island > Hvar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Hvar
Price Range: $101 - $440 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 324
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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