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“Average hotel provides an above-average experience of the national park”
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Bellevue Hotel
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
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“Average hotel provides an above-average experience of the national park”
Reviewed September 26, 2013

This hotel isn't going to win any awards, but it's not trying to either! The staff are helpful and the rooms are basic but clean (and actually, the beds were pretty comfortable). They don't do dinner any more - you have to go to Hotel Plitvice to eat (basic but serviceable for food) - but breakfast is generous.

The main advantages you get from staying here are:
1 - parking for your car right near the entrance
2 - they'll extend your 1-day entrance pass for an extra day, free of charge

As the park is open from 7am - 6pm, this means you can go to the park late in the afternoon when you arrive and early the next morning, and do a lot of the popular (short) trails without the tourist groups and save the longer walks for the middle of the day when the park is very crowded. For us, this was definitely worth it and I don't think we would have enjoyed the national park as much otherwise.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

Hotel Bellevue is right by the entrance of the Nationalpark. Very good location and the rooms very nice and clean. The employees very not really that nice. But it's a very good value for its price. I would definitely recommend it.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

Bellevue is a good hotel for the price. The location, right at the entrance of the park, is excellent. The rooms are decent sized, comfy and clean. The decor could use with a more modern refresh but overall is still pretty good. The staff are friendly and very helpful. Happily recommend for anyone who wants to see Plitvice!

  • Stayed September 2013
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Deviot, Australia
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Apparently the three hotels are operated by the national parks service. We were not encouraged to considere staying at them as other trip reports suggested that they were over-priced for the services received. True, the Bellevue Hotel was not first class, but what is first class is the experience of staying in the national park overnight. This is a World Heritage site and deservedly so. I don't think that there are an accessible series of tuffa lakes, terraces and waterfall anywhere on earth so accessible and so extensive.The national park is very crowded in the day (we were there in June). However, after 5.00pm, the pathways and viewing spots have just a few people and it was light until after 9.00pm. Again, in the morning, with check-out not required until 12 midday, you could wander the boardwalks and tracks with very few people. The numbers of people rose considerably after 10.00am, but having stayed overnight at the Bellevue, we could get and enjoy the park straight after breakfast.

Other bonuses of staying at the hotel is that you have access to free parking and your second day's admission to the national park is free.

The Bellevue Hotel, like the other hotels in the national park and the park headquarters were occupied as barracks by the Yugoslav army in the Croatian war of independence in the early 1990s. This has taken its toll on the park's infrastructure and I for one was grateful that the natural areas were not awfully damaged in this shocking conflict. Staying overnight, either in the park, or somewhere nearly must help the area get back on it's feet. However, the best reason to stay overnight is that you will have an opportunity to really enjoy the Plitvice Lakes.

Facilities. the rooms were clean and comfortable. The breakfast had a great selection of ample food. The room where we had our evening meal had a series of very large photographs of the Plitvice Lakes, worth eating in the dining room just to enjoy these. The food was also good and we found the experience quite inexpensive.(Bed and breakfast 562 kuna, dinner 55 Kuna, entrance fee to park 220 for two adults.)

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Oak Harbor, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed August 20, 2013

There are only 3 hotels within Plitvica National Park. This is the cheaper one. Rooms were basic but clean and functional. Small bathrooms with showers. Some had balconies with double beds. The others were larger and had 3 single beds. Good breakfast buffet. No dinner available but the Hotel Plitvice next door was open for dinner and was very good. If you do anything in Croatia go to Plitvice National Park. It is amazing and definitly worth spending a night so that you can avoid the mid-day crowds.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

Just got back from spending ten incredible perfection filled days in Croatia, one of these places being this hotel. Very old school and has not seen a lick of paint since the 20's! The bathroom in the rooms smells of musk and old dirt and the shower curtains are mouldy. The bathroom really does feel like a camp bathroom. However,the hotel is literally a five minute walk from the entrance to the park and the room itself is totally fine. The beds are rather comfortable and changed regularly. There is everything you can need if staying just for a night or two. The breakfast in the morning is vast and tasty. Do not eat dinner at the canteen place as its vial!! If you would like something just a little better than camp food, head to hotel Plitvice which is just below belluvue. Proper restaurant with good selection on the menu-not too pricey. All in all for a couple of nights this hotel is basic and a little smelly but totally acceptable.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Byron Bay, Australia
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

Sure, Plitvice Lakes is 5 minutes away, but this place (and the nearby restaurant) was like stepping into an 80's school camp relic. It's dated (you know - the era when everyone thought brown was cool), it smells of smoke and the whole thing needs a good refurbish.

Tolerable - because if you don't have a car this is pretty much your only option.

Please DO NOT eat at the nearby restaurant (Pjana?) Another time-warp - in fact I'm sure the food was actually prepared IN the 70's...

Who is running this show?!! This area is like heaven on earth and the accommodation and eating options are soooooooooooo sub-par it's ridiculous!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Bellevue Hotel
Address: Nacionalni Park Plitvicka Jezera, Plitvice Lakes National Park 53231, Croatia
Location: Croatia > Central Croatia > Plitvice Lakes National Park
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Ranked #6 of 9 Hotels in Plitvice Lakes National Park
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Hotel Class:2 star — Bellevue Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 70
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