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Hotel Villa Astra
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Lovran
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87 reviews
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“Superb service”
Reviewed June 22, 2012

We stayed here for three nights at the beginning of June as our base in Istria and were very pleased with our stay. The best thing about the hotel is the staff - they were extremely friendly and made sure we had absolutely everything we needed. For me, service is just about the most important thing when I am on vacation (assuming a certain threshold for the rooms).

The hotel itself is a grand old villa directly overlooking the water and directly on the path between Lovran and Opatija. (a number of other villas are on the other side of the main road and I would certainly prefer to be on the water side) There are only, I think, six rooms in this hotel and they are very large. This isn't a modern hotel but it is a nicely updated older villa with great character. All the modern amenities you need like a great bathroom and huge closets are there. It is also very quiet and private which we really needed after long days out. We are generally not b&b people and prefer modern decor but we were really won over by this place.

The food here is also top notch. There is a breakfast buffet but they will also make you pretty much whatever hot breakfast you want too. We had some really lovely crepes. The dinners here were unexpectedly good. We came here from Venice and the food here compared quite well with restaurants we went to there (Da Fiore, Al Covo, etc). What was really special was being able to sit out one of the two separate outdoor patios surrounded by the gardens for a long evening meal. Just fantastic and utterly relaxing.

I did also use the spa here and had quite a good massage - the best of the three that I had on my trip.

I am really excited to be able to write this review for the hotel because I think it deserves to be singled out for praise. Throughout our two weeks in Croatia we stayed in hotels that cost easily double what Villa Astra did but it managed to be just as good. Just a lovely find.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Noosa, Australia
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Reviewed July 29, 2011

We stayed here because the Lovran area near Opatija had been recommended as charming and quiet, and we liked the website of this small hotel. It was just as if we were staying in a private and luxurious villa. The rooms were large with great views of the sea and very luxurious. The food was innovative and fresh from the farms in the hills, and the gardens perfect with access to a small cove for swimming in the clear Adriatic., as well as a lovely pool. But the highlights were the breakfasts and candlelight dinners on the terrace overlooking the gardens and the sea. We will go back to this area this year in September.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Skillman, New Jersey
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Reviewed January 15, 2011

This converted seaside mansion had 6 large rooms with contemporary furniture. Fine view of the Istrian coastline. Service was excellent. Breakfasts were elegant and delicious. Adjacent to the villa is the paved walkway along the water "Lungomare" which you can take to the small town of Lovran in about 15 minutes. Not much to see there. The grounds of the villa are beautiful with a swimming pool. I would not recommend dining there in the evening. The food was only fair and very expensive. Try Kukuriku in Kastav, 15 minutes by taxi.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Odessa, Ukraine
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Reviewed August 17, 2010

Don't get me wrong, "Villa Astra" is a beautiful historic building located in a very romantic park overlooking the sea. It has all the charm you request when select this place, it's maybe one of the nicest places to "calm down" - if you need that.

The service is superb, fast, attentive, friendly, speaks many languages.

About the food I do have mixed feelings: First of all it's served on two small terraces – but while lunch wasn’t so good (overcooked spaghetti) breakfast was fantastic, not only the typical 5* items but special things such as one of the best Caprese Salad I ever had, Bio-butter, Zucchini and more.

The rooms are okay, not my style – but fine. The bathroom I would rate 3*, with simple grey tiles etc. Also the TV set needs an upgrade. It’s a boxy thing which is so small that I couldn’t see laying in bed.

Why I rate the place with 3 points only? Well, the hotel and the service would have gotten 4 to 5 – but the location, for my wife and me, is just horrible. The area not chic, not alive... Many of the villas aren’t renovated yet, the beach-side bars are too simple, the promenade facing the sea completely run-down and ugly. If you want to have nice food you’ve to drive to Volosko where’re no parking places available. After searching 30 minutes we gave up and drove back to the hotel – without having dinner. So if you intend to visit the restaurants in Volosko – take a taxi! (that’s what the hotel should have recommended us when we asked how to drive/where to park there).

So, if you’re looking for a completely quite place, if you want to lay at the pool, reading a book, having a bottle of wine, want to go to bed early... that’s your place. But just not mine.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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New York
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Reviewed August 13, 2009

We were in Croatia for a wedding and the reception was hosted at the Villa Astra. We lived there for 4 nights through the wedding and had a great time. The villa is beautiful and very well converted into a nice hotel. Close to Opatija yet secluded with waterfront. The food was great and the chef catered to all of our details. Amazing service.

The wedding recepting hosted in their yard was a delightful experience.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank subhavp
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San Francisco
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13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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Reviewed August 9, 2009

We are a family of 5 and stayed in two rooms at Villa Astra. Although we didn't have as much info on Lovran and the Villa as we would have liked before booking, any worries disappeared when we entered the Villa. The setting is gorgeous, the staff is warm and welcoming. The rooms are huge! We had Josip and Nicolo. There were gorgeous ocean views and pool view and each had nice patios. The rooms were very clean and so were the pretty grounds. We gave up on going out and exploring and just soaked up the sun by the pool, had wonderful snacks and swam in the Adriatic in front of the Villa. We did walk into Lovran in the evening, having dinner or going for ice cream. The lugomare walk is very pretty along the coastline. Make sure you go both ways as the scenery changes. I would highly recommend this to travellers that like to feel pampered in a peaceful intimate setting. There were no other Americans or Brits in the area while we were there, yet everyone spoke wonderful english. It feels off the beaten track yet 10 miles away are more populated resorts. We all really enjoyed Villa Astra and only regret not having stayed longer!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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1 Thank my5
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chicago
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5 reviews
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Reviewed May 31, 2008

Just a great spot, nice large rooms, friendly, helpful staff and delicious food.

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Villa Astra
Address: Viktora Cara Emina 11, Lovran 51415, Croatia
Location: Croatia > Istria > Lovran
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Lovran
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Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Villa Astra 4*
Number of rooms: 6
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