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Belle Vista Apartmani Motovun
Reviewed May 28, 2012

We drove here from outstanding Plitvice National Park (see separate review for Hotel Jezero)via Opatija, nice art nouveau villas, stayed overnite in this apartment on the second floor above an olive oil store-there is a side entrance down a flight of stairs for daily coming and going. The apartment was clean and comfortable,had a separate bedroom and living/kitchen area, modern ensuite facilities, small balcony with valley views in this fortified very small hilltop village, which can be viewed in its entirety in 5 minutes, location of which is its charm. Hardest part was driving up a steep partially gravelly road to the top to reach the parking area just outside the walled village. Owner speaks English. There are several konobas, including Montana steps above with nice pizza , pasta, salad, etc, .
We then explored nearby Istrian villages included fortified Buje, artists colony at Grozdnan where I would s tay if doing this another time, Porec, which is skippable, Vrsrar, and much more charming Rovinj which was our base for two nights (see separate review for Apt Cvek)

Room Tip: Motovon is worth a visit but stay instead in Grodznan, an hilltop artists colony, which is nearby an...
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 13, 2012

We would like to explore the inland of Istria this is the reason why we have choosen this accomodation in the heart of the peninsula, in the medieval city of Motovun.
The hotel located on the top of the hill, we thought we will have an amazing view from our flat to the surrounding hills, vineyards, we would have spent 3 nights there. But when we got our room we had to realize that our small room is on the loft (!) with two tiny windows. We had any air conditioner (the summer is very hot there!), no air, no breeze, and the TV was for extra charge. The reality was totally different what we could see on the internet earlier. Plus our two very small windows faced the other buildings, stood in front of us. We had any view in the hotel with the name "Belle Vista"! At night we tried to sleep but there was too hot to sleep. I could not to make a blast because of the small windows I had to open our door and keep open whole night till morning. Of course I couldn't sleep like this.
Morning I was fed up, I wanted to escape from here because we had chosen not a room like this on the web. We felt they let us down.
Early morning we looked up the owner, payed for one night and immediatelly we drived to the seaside where we could find a very good, spacious apartement with big space, balkony, breeze and nice view to the Adriatic sea.

Room Tip: You have to stand upon the room with balkony, normal size windows and the view before you pay for th...
  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 14, 2012

We spent five days in Motovun at Belle Vista Apartmani. It was an unplanned trip and we were lucky to stay at Motovun instead of searshore.
Apartment is very clean and good furnitured as well as kitchen. Views are splendid!
The building is situated on the top of the hill inside old walls and right next to the castle gate.
Motovun itself is a small Venetian town, You can walk around it in 2 hours but if You stay there for a couple of days You will fall in love with its steepy cobly streets.
Also it would be a good place to explore neighbour towns such as Grozhnjan, Buje and only 30 km from sea resorts of Porec and Novigrad.
Owners of the apartments are very helpful and friendly and helped us with transportation and our next stay in Istria. We bought some truffel products from their shop receiving a good discount.

Room Tip: ask for a room with a balcony
  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 22, 2011

First of all, we would like to mention the owner of the house and the staff who were extremely nice and helpful, giving you a warm welcome feeling. Everything was perfect, room, wiew, location, peace and quiet, romance, food, the feeling of truffles in your mouth....

  • Stayed: October 2011
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Reviewed October 11, 2011

My husband and I spent two nights in apt. Bella Vista 1 one week ago. The apt is exactly as the pictures on the website show, except that no picture can accurately capture the amazing views from the terrace. We loved having breakfast there at sunrise and wine at sunset. The apt was clean, well furnished, views from every room --- location was perfect if you are staying in Motovun. Parking was free and very close to the building. Having seen the hotel, I was very glad that we were staying at Bella Vista -- and it was much less expensive also.

Room Tip: Bella Vista #1 is the best !!
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 21, 2010

Three of us stayed here for three nights. The accomodations were excellent and the view out the patio was superb. It was the closest accomodations to the Motovun castle and made for a great base to visit other hill towns in the Istria area of Croatia. Room was clean and comfortable and had a great shower.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 13, 2016
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  • Stayed: June 2016, traveled with friends
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Address: Gradiziol 1 | Istria, Motovun 52424, Croatia
Location: Croatia > Istria > Motovun
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Ranked #2 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Motovun
Price Range: $64 - $81 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
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