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“Lovely Villa”
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Hotel Villa Astra
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Lovran
Skillman, New Jersey
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195 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Lovely Villa”
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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San Francisco
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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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chicago
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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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New York City, New York
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Reviewed October 3, 2007

Beautiful old villa converted into an intimate hotel and restaurant.
Luxurious rooms, perfect sized swimming pool set in a lovely garden over-looking the coast. We stayed for 2 nights but easily could have spent 4 days here happily hanging out by the pool and exploring the near-by towns.

We enjoyed the food in the restaurant, especially dining out on the terrace.The massage treatments were superb and the room was spacious.

The only thing we missed was a communal lounge area for evening drinks and relaxing. This would have made it perfect.

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  • Disliked — no lounge
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with family
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Thank comefrywithme
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Washington, DC
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Reviewed June 2, 2007

This hotel is located on the eastern side of the Istrian pennisula, next to Italy. It is a former villa converted into a 6 room hotel, each room with a separate balcony. Ther property is right beside the Adriatic Sea and has its own swimming pool. The Adriatic is swimmable, but the shore is rocky/pebbly.
We stayed here two nights and the facilities are wonderful. The rooms are spacious. Breakfast (included) was varied and delicious. The restaurant serves modern tasteful cuisine (too bad - I was hoping for food the locals eat.). The staff is very willing to assist you with any matter.
This is the comfortable kind of hotel that makes you want to stay there all day rather than go offsite. It's clean, shaded, and relaxing. There's a 12 km paved path that follows the coast just behind the hotel. However, if you leave a window open, you might get a mosquito. Bring some DEET just in case.
I loved this place and would consider returning just to stay there, despite its relative remoteness.

  • Stayed May 2007
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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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