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Arbiana Hotel
Ranked #1 of 16 Hotels in Rab Island
Certificate of Excellence
Memphis
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30 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Top line hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

Not many Americans show up in Rab, but the Arbiana is a glorious place to stay. The local bar is run by Vedra who speaks excellent English and you can coerce his sister Lana to act as your tour guide for a slight fee. Restaurant is excellent in a remarkable setting. You can get up in the morning and walk right across the street to a fishing tour or just a boat tour of the island. Vedra can set it up for you. The crowded summer season is July and August, the two months prior to and after the season are the best times to travel.

Room Tip: i like the rooms back from the street because there are a couple of late owls who can be noisy
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Rijeka, Primorsko-Goranska, Croatia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2012

I think of myself as a very lucky person because I have the opportunity to stay at this great hotel for several times.
Although because of my job I have the opportunity to stay in a lot of hotels all over the country, I have to say that Arbiana is for sure, among top 5 hotels in Croatia.
Friendly hotel staff is always on your disposal ready to help about everything you need.
Location of the hotel is quite good, near the city center.
Rooms are luxuriously decorated, neat and comfortable and I must say this is the only hotel where towels have a nice smell.
Within the hotel there are wonderful restaurant with excellent food offering (I would definitely
Recommend their risotto frutti di mare) and nice bar that offers great range of selected drinks.
If you decide to visit Rab you should definitely stay at Arbiana Hotel.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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Pula, Croatia
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2012

Beautiful, We spent a wonderful Easter, I have no objections, the location, food, staff, accommodations, be sure to recommend further

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
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Bedfordshire UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2011

We stayed here in June as part of a train, bus and ferry trip around Croatia. We arrived on Rab Island by taking the ferry from Krk Island to Lopar then catching a local bus to Rab town. When we arrived at the Arbiana we received a warm welcome - were helped with our luggage and shown our room. It was a lovely room and bathroom fitted out with quality furnishings and decoration with a small balcony overlooking the riva. It was all very comfortable and restful.The breakfast room was charming with a good breakfast. There was a smart hotel bar. It was a short walk to the main square and when we needed to leave the island we were able to catch the hydrofoil to Pag Island almost outside the hotel. Rab is a wonderful island and the Arbiana was a stylish and elegant hotel - we thoroughly enjoyed it and were very well looked after.

Room Tip: Do book a balcony room with a view of the riva.
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  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Newcastle, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2011

The Arbiana Hotel was a lovely place to stay. My seafront room had beautiful views and was really comfortable and clean. The service was excellent and friendly. I noticed the comments about noise from the waterfront boats etc but it was quiet the night I stayed- maybe because a big storm blew up or maybe because it was late in the season. It was really easy to get everywhere and particularly convenient for catching the early catamaran to Rijeka- only about 2 minutes away.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
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Beaconsfield
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2011

The Arbiana is in so many respects a very good hotel, especially for a holiday where (i) taking in the lovely architecture of the old town, (ii) enjoying the busy attractive harbour life and sights and (iii) the ability to get easily to several good to fantastically good restaurants is the objective. Sadly, the Arbiana’s enviable location near the end of the old town pensinular, right on the road just 10 metres from long lengths of public parking and 15 metres from where the cruise ships with their happy and therefore noisy tourist groups moor, is both its special selling point and its Achilles heel. The street noise into the early hours for hotel guests with rooms overlooking either the water or the garden area to the south, will need to cope with loud chatter of the holiday makers, music from the moored cruise ships and car doors slamming. The many small motor cycles which the youth use to enjoy their evenings out are a particular feature of the cacophony. The road past the hotel to the end of the peninsular is one of the straightest and widest, certainly in the town and both drivers and motorcyclists seem to use it as a personal race track.

As if all that were not enough to make light sleepers wonder why they had chosen the Arbiana, the Hotel Management actually put on a disco party on one of the two Saturday nights I spent in the hotel, knowing full well that the named DJ it had engaged for the evening would ensure that every corner of the hotel would experience that continuous thump, thump, thump of the base – until 5 am on the Sunday morning. A reasoned complaint to the management the next day brought a routine apology for the inconvenience and an assurance that it was the “last hotel party of the season”. That should have been some consolation, but, again unfortunately, it did not stop a nearby harbour side disco from keeping me awake the next Saturday night.

That is, however, the only criticism in service terms that I would level at the hotel – that it did not warn me when I booked a room overlooking the harbour that there would be street noise and that on one of the nights of my booking the Hotel would ensure that I would not get a wink of sleep. As the lady manageress said when I suggested that it would have been kind to have offered a warning, “If I told people about the party, the street noise and the cruise ship groups they wouldn’t come to the hotel”. True, but still sad.

The other drawback – in my view - to an otherwise special place is that it provides no possibility to enjoy a swim in the glorious clear waters that make Rab a must see destination. Beach towels are provided by the hotel – at a cost (something which did not emerge until I came to pay the bill) and there is a “town beach” open to the public but offering no facilities such a sun beds and umbrellas. Except for those who can take the unmitigated full sun, the town beach, lovely though the water is, is no place for anyone who does not have all the beach equipment necessary. The famous sandy Paradise Beach at Lopar proved to be no swimmer’s beach: the water is only 30 cms deep one kilometre from the shore.

Putting that aside, the hotel is very comfortable indeed – ours was a superior room with plenty of places to relax and a good bar for drinks. The garden area for breakfasts and for dining is most pleasant. Standards are high and the staff could not be more helpful and pleasant. They were always ready to offer good advice when asked about where to go and what to do. Breakfasts were good, offering plenty of fruit and a cooked breakfast. although those of us used to English B&Bs will not recognise the fried bacon that was served with the eggs. Importantly, as indicated above the Arbiana is a great place to use as a base to explore Rab Town and to retreat to when the weather gets hot – we had 33 degrees on each of the 10 September days we were there. Would I go back? Only on a Monday to Friday basis and if I did not want to swim.

Room Tip: Best if others read my review
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2011

Great in everything
Kindness of the service
great breakfast in the garden
great dinner in santa maria restaurant
Dreaming when we will be again here the 2 of us with our 12 y son who was enchanted

We have been upgraded the swcond night !
And parking usually very costly in RAb was free ...

  • Stayed August 2011
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Property: Arbiana Hotel
Address: Obala Kralja Petra Kresimira IV 12, 51280, Croatia
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Location: Croatia > Primorje-Gorski Kotar County > Kvarner Bay Islands > Rab Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 16 Hotels in Rab Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Arbiana Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dear guests, It is my honor and pleasure to welcome you to the Arbiana Luxury Boutique Hotel! Arbiana Luxury Boutique Hotel is situated in the heart of the ancient city of Rab, with a view of city harbour and bordering one of the most beautiful Mediterranean garden, it's a place to rest both your soul and your body, a hedonistic paradise for a modern traveller. Each of the 28 top quality units is unique in colour, shape and view. High service quality, stylish ambiance and heartfelt smiles are the key elements of the approach we use daily to ensure a perfect stay in a unique environment, in the beautiful location of the island of Rab. Our staff is committed to taking care of you and catering to your every need, thus making your stay with us an experience which is both pleasant and unique. Be it a business trip or a well-deserved vacation, our team will be there for you to help you experience memorable moments that you will most certainly cherish. All you need to do is relax and leave it to us to do the rest… Our exclusive Agatha's Gardens restaurant offers carefully selected fresh local seasonal ingredients combined to create delicious dishes complemented by professionally selected wines from the best international and Croatian cellars. Check out our new website and find the options that work best for you. Do not hesitate to contact us if you need more information or wish to know more about any of the options that we offer. We are here to satisfy your wishes! We look forward to seeing you Respectfully, Arbiana Hotel Team ... more   less 
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