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Valamar Diamant Hotel
Ranked #3 of 33 Hotels in Porec
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“Nice spot for the pre-season”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2013

I've been to the hotel a number of times for the 1st of May holidays. It is a very good location to spend time peacefully, especially if one is engaged in any kind of sport. There are a lot of sport facilities around the hotel and in the pre-summer season time you rarely meet any crowd. There is a very nice 15 minute walk to the old town of Poreč. In the evening you get to hear some "one man band" music in the lobby, mostly suitable for people from Germany and Austria I would say, but it only happens once or twice per week and isn't disturbing at all. With a glass or two of wine poured down you easily get used to it. Otherwise very friendly staff, excellent food (mostly Istrian and Croatian cuisine). The wine is overpriced, but that's not a problem only in this hotel but all over Istria...

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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ValamarDiamant, Manager at Valamar Diamant Hotel, responded to this review, May 20, 2013
Dear guest,

We are very pleased to read that you enjoy in your stay with us.

Like you describe, spring at Poreč it's really great to spend outdoor driving bicycles, skating or playing in our courtyard. We are proud that you felt the sport spirit and that you were part of it too.

We hope that you'll come again in this period next year too maybe with some friends and that you'll enjoy again in a sunny weather and unspoiled nature.

Until then, we send to you lots of greetings from Poreč.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2013

OK. I dont like package holidays so perhaps this is what you get.
This felt like a concrete artificial resort. I found out after booking that a friend had gone as a teenager 20 years ago when it was still yugoslavia, and to be honest I'm not sure if it has improved much. The food for breakfast was fine, the local village old town had a lovely restaurant / bar in a beautiful old tower, but the pool full of kids, and lots of teenager, the concrete beach front, with very very rocky beaches when you could find them, and without going on a bus tour there wasnt a great deal to do.
Rooms were not great, neither was the gym or facilities.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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ValamarDiamant, Manager at Valamar Diamant Hotel, responded to this review, May 1, 2013
Dear guest,

We are really sorry to read that you did not take the chance to meet the real city of Poreč and enjoy our hotel offer.

Poreč is well known as a famous Istrian tourism center with large offer and a long tradition in hosting people. We are very proud of all improvements made during this years and we built a considerable offer for all types of guest; athletes, culture lovers, people who want to relax and people who want try our local specialties.

For your next visit we advise to try some of our sport actives. You could play basketball, volleyball, handball and football in our multi-purpose sports hall. Make use of one of the 16 tennis courts or take to the track in the multi-functional sports field. Off land, go on a diving adventure or choose one of many other water sports available at our Sport Center Jedro.

If you like hiking or biking you can travel through the beauty of the surroundings or along the scented coastal path into historical Poreč, and then you can take your bike and enjoy picturesque view in the old town of Poreč . You may not know that Poreč is a former Roman Empire colony with the sights of Romanesque architecture with beautiful Venetian gothic palaces that will make your walk a truly memorable experience. Its orthogonal set of streets has been completely preserved till today! This will become obvious to you once you see the Euphrasius' basilica, beyond doubt a breath taking sight. The whole edifice has been included in the UNESCO's World Heritage list. We recommend a visit to the mediaeval Romanesque house with an interesting wooden balcony. The gothic pentagonal tower once served as the town gate.

You can also relax in the neighboring small places like Hum the smallest city in the world, Grožnjan, Motovun, Oprtalj, Vodnjan. Enjoy one of many restaurants and native Istrian taverns with all the enchantments of the real Mediterranean cuisine and taste some Istrian prosciutto, pasta with truffles with a glass of Malvazija or Teran (typical sorts of istrian wine).

We guarantee to you that if you’ll follow our advice you’ll go home happy and satisfied and also in love with Istria and Poreč. Until your next visit we are sending you a warm greet,

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Hohenfels
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2013

I loved it! Saunas. Clean rooms. Beautiful hotel. Friendly staff. Amazing food choice. I was very comfortable. It was strange to speak English so comfortably in another country, but it was so relieving as well.

Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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ValamarDiamant, Manager at Valamar Diamant Hotel, responded to this review, April 24, 2013
Dear guest,

We can only say THANK YOU for this fabulous review.
It make us proud to read that you enjoyed in our hotel, food offer and we are especially proud to hear that you felt comfortable in our Country.

We hope that you'll have the chance to come to visit us again and that you'll get to know more about our culture, nature and tradition.

Until then, we are sending you lots of greetings

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2013

Splendid food choice and quality, exceptional service from every single member of staff and lovely, comfortable rooms. Also, it's a pretty walk into Porec. The only underwhelming part of the experience was the occasionally bizarre entertainment in the evenings.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Sheila L
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ValamarDiamant, Manager at Valamar Diamant Hotel, responded to this review, April 20, 2013
Dear guest,

Food quality and offer is something that we are really proud at Valamar Diamant and we are very delighted to read that you enjoyed all aspects of our service but the most importantly, kindness of our team.

We hope that you’ll visit us soon again to see our new, redesigned and fun evening entertainment.

Until then, we send to you sunny greetings from Poreč.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

Stayed for a few days in chilly early april.

The situation is good. Set back a bit from a pretty and rocky sea shore with swimming areas and park land.

The hotel was hosting lots of groups of sports youngsters with whom they coped very well.

The food is very good - big buffets-loads of choice. And chefs cooking in front of you on islands. Lots of staff serving drinks coffee etc.

Rooms are fine - typical good quality resort hotel. Housekeeping is good.

Reception are calm and efficient and very helpful.

Bar is well run.

The cost of things is as all hotels -but in this case better value. They are more generous and you don't feel you are being overcharged or being charged too often.

Swimming pool inside was smart and shallow.

Its a gentle 15 minute walk along the shore to town - 10 minutes if you hurried.

Would definately go again.

Room Tip: Normally one would recomment a sea view but here park views are really as good.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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1 Thank Merlin1946
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ValamarDiamant, Manager at Valamar Diamant Hotel, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
Dear guest,

We're glad that you enjoyed in your stay with us at Hotel Valamar Diamant and that our friendly staff, hotel facility and our gastronomy offer enabled you to have a pleasant vacation.

We hope that you'll come to visit us again soon, this time maybe during the summer time, and that you'll get the chance to enjoy in the cleanness of the sea water and the shade of the pine forest.

Warm greetings
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013

I spent a long 4 day weekend here with my wife in March 2013.
Clearly March in Porec is out-of-season but the Diamant was very lively with many tennis and cycling teams.
We arrived to find a large car park and plenty of spaces, despite the hotel being quite busy. check-in was pleasant and very quick. The hotel is large, clean and spacious with reception opposite the bar area.
We stayed in room 832 which overlooked the pool and the sea getting a superb view of the sunset in the evenings. Our room was comfortable, clean with a mini-bar, small flat-screen TV, airconditioning. It also had a balcony with patio doors and an outside table and two chairs. A retractable drying line was a nice addition on the balcony which could come in useful during the summer months.
The bathroom had a shower (no bath) but again was clean and modern. The shower-head leaked a little though and wasn't the most powerful, probably because of the leak.
The TV remote didn't work and despite me leaving a note for housekeeping to have it fixed, it remained unusable throughout our stay.
We took the half-board option and used the buffet restaurant each evening and also on one lunchtime. The restaurant is large and has plenty of seating. There did seem to be a lack of tables for two though.
In the evenings, the food choice is buffet-style and there is a wide range of options. The quality varied a bit and ranged from average to very-good, depending on what you chose. Quite a lot of the food wasn't really hot enough though. Although acceptable for a short stay, I wouldn't have liked to take the option every night. The wine card is very good and even the house wine is very acceptable and a decent price. I was amazed at the full bodied Istrian wines (the Laguna vinyard is nearby and I found their wines excellent)
Breakfast was also a similar experience, with the added issue of having to visit different serving stations for eggs and bacon - which made it difficult to time it correctly to get all choices as hot as they needed to be (given the waiting). The service was also variable, and we often had to wait to be served coffee.
Food is not available all day and lunch ended at 2pm. We found it difficult to get food outside these times, although in summer it may be easier when other beach restaurants are open.
Each evening, the Diamant had live music in the bar/reception area which was very enjoyable.

I used the free gym/pool every day. The pool area is excellent although the pool is a little shallow (0.8 metres to 1.2 metres deep). This is pretty good though for children. The gym area contains 3 running machines (1 was broken), 2 steppers, 1 cross-trainer (which was very old and not that great). There are plenty of weights machines, free weights and a stretching room. The hotel offers personal training adjustable for the length of your stay.
If you want to use the Spa, it is totally nude policy only.
The massage centre is excellent and I used that every day. At 100 Kunar for 30 minutes, it was also very good value. There are plenty of options too, from basic shoulder massages through to body-wraps and even dentistry.

The hotel is located around 5 minute walk to the beach and around a 15 minute walk to Porec itself along a pleasant beach path.

Checkout took a long while. Only 2 people were on duty and the queues were long. We waited around 25 minutes just to get to the front of the queue.

Overall, a good hotel that is better than average but needs to fix a few issues (housekeeping should check remote controls, shower heads etc, breakfast coffee service needs to be a little more attentive, the gym needs to upgrade a few machines). At the price we paid though, it was very good value and we'd stay again.

Room Tip: try and get a view of the sunset. amazing over the sea.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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ValamarDiamant, Manager at Valamar Diamant Hotel, responded to this review, April 5, 2013
Dear guest,

Thank you for your valuable review, with detailed information of your experience with us, on Tripadvisor.

Your review is very valuable because your constructive feedbacks highlighted some points where we can make a significant improve; in this way you helped us to be a better host.

We hope that you’ll come to visit us soon again, until then we send you a warm greet.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

The rooms are modern, clean, spacious and well equipped. I was alone and I have big beds, two bathrooms, small living room with a TV, sofa and desk. The room has no wireless internet, but can connect a wire. Wireless is available only in the lobby.
The food (both breakfast and evening) is excellent, beautiful decorated and there is plenty of choice, I would say too much, in a positive way.
The staff was very polite and nice.
The whole hotel is very beautifully and very well equipped.
I would like to visit Valamar Diamant again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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3 Thank Zea1
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ValamarDiamant, Manager at Valamar Diamant Hotel, responded to this review, February 23, 2013
Dear Guest,

it is nice to hear that You have noticed all our efforts to make Hotel Valamar Diamant a nice place to stay. Your comment is of big importance to us because it gives us a motivation to keep our service on a high level.

We are glad to inform You that we have introduced wireless internet on each floor of the hotel, so You can enjoy it even more next time You visit us. We hope to have chance to host You again.

Best regards,
Hotel Valamar Diamant management.
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Property: Valamar Diamant Hotel
Address: Brulo 1, Porec 52440, Croatia
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Location: Croatia > Istria > Porec
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Porec
#2 Family Hotel in Porec
#2 Spa Hotel in Porec
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Porec
#3 Luxury Hotel in Porec
#6 Romantic Hotel in Porec
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Valamar Diamant Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 244
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Second to none for sports and relaxation in Porec Valamar Diamant Hotel is only a 10 minute stroll away from the historic centre of Porec. Surrounded by pine forests and pristine beaches, it offers the right balance of recreation, relaxation and exceptional buffet dining, including dietary meals. The Hotel’s recreational activities are second to none, especially when it comes to biking. It features a sports hall, outdoor pool, heated indoor pool and a wellness and beauty centre. During summer, guests can relax on nearby Brulo Beach or by the outdoor pool, walk by the sea, or take the tourist train to the centre of town. After a cycling tour, tennis match or diving lessons, a superb dining experience awaits you on the terrace of the hotel's show-cooking restaurant. When the weather is not too hot, it is the ideal time for sporting types to train. Guests can work out in our fitness centre with 40 modern machines and then relax in the steam bath, jacuzzi and large pool with geysers and waterfalls in our wellness centre. Whichever type of holiday you choose, our friendly and attentive staff will make sure you have a pleasant stay. ... more   less 
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