This hotel is definitely old and outdated (I think the blanket on my bed may have been older than I am). However, it is in an ideal location for exploring Plitvice Lakes, and if you’re going to spend one night here, it’s ok. By default, this hotel is your best bet; it is nicer than most of the park’s other hotels and the most reasonable price for what you are getting.
Location: The hotel’s location is why you stay here. Other than the park hotels, there aren’t hotel options close to the park. We walked right down to the lake and the park’s bus stopped right in that area, as well. There may be some B&B’s out a distance, but nothing is as close, and at least the hotel had a restaurant for meals because there isn’t much else in the area other than the park restaurants.
Overall: The hotel was so-so. Everything in the place reminded me of the 1970s from the color scheme to the light fixtures to the dining staff in their uniforms trying to make the place feel formal when it most definitely was not. The common areas weren’t too bad, but the dining room area and the rooms were like a step back in time. The A/C in our room didn’t do very much and it was relatively warm, but I didn’t open any windows because I was afraid of mosquitoes. The half board we paid for with our room (included dinner) was worth it just to not have to go out and find something to eat. However, even if you booked without it, breakfast was included, and I found out later that they had an ala carte menu that anyone could order off of which seemed to have a lot more variety than the 3 options we were given with the fixed menu for half-board. So you might be better off just not getting it and eating off of that menu (it will probably cost more, but provide more variety). The food we had wasn’t all that wonderful, but it was edible. Breakfast didn’t have a huge variety, but there was enough there to fill up on for a day of hiking (oatmeal and cereal and some hot items), tea, coffee, etc.
Hotel Staff: The staff were friendly enough. The front desk helped us with getting our pass stamped so that it was good for multiple days instead of one (if you are staying in the park your pass will work on the days you are staying as opposed to only one day). They also assisted us with any questions we had about the exchange rate or check-out.
Room: Our room was so-so. I booked an economy double. The good: The bathroom and room itself were both rather large. In fact, we had an extra ½ bath, as well. We had a little balcony that we could go out on if we chose to (nothing too exciting). We had a little area we could sit and watch the tiny TV if we wanted to. The not so good: The bedspread looked VERY old. We didn’t even use it. The mattress had also probably seen better days. The room seemed clean, but definitely old. The carpet, the lamps, the tv, everything felt very outdated. It was fine for one night, but I wouldn’t want to spend an entire vacation in this place.
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- Also Known As:
- Plitvice Hotel Lakes National Park
- Plitvice Croatia