If you're reading the reviews of the Narcis to try to decide whether or not take the Travelsphere Discover Croatia Tour, then my advice would be not to let the hotel put you off, as the tour itself is excellent - provided that you make the most of it by going on some of the optional excursions.
My wife and I are fairly experienced with guided tours, having previously been on 9 with Page and Moy. Although we had been on other tours since Page and Moy was taken over by Travelsphere, it was the first after the Page and Moy brand was dropped. It was also our first tour to Croatia, the previous ones being to Italy and France - and overall, we were impressed: one of the best tours we've done.
Anyway, as far as the Narcis itself is concerned, the standard of accommodation, whilst not being the best we've encountered on tour, was certainly far from being the worst. It's not the sort of place I personally would choose to stay for a week, being a huge complex largely populated by Germans. But to be fair, it does seem to offer decent value for money, and Rabac is a pleasant enough location.
It's probably best to avoid high summer - although there is air-conditioning, you have to pay extra. Without it, we found our room somewhat warm at night (and that was mid-September). The beds are on the narrow side, but less hard than a typical Italian bed, for example. Apart from that, our room (406) was comfortable enough, but we were unlucky with the view - because of the design of the hotel, despite all the rooms facing the same direction, some do not offer a view of the sea without going right to the end of the balcony and looking across the balcony of the neighbouring room.
The food is served buffet style, so it's never going to be outstanding, but at least there is a good chance of finding something to your taste. You also get a choice of drink - red wine, white wine, beer or a soft drink - included with each dinner. The wine was drinkable, so I didn't try the beer - the Croation beer I tried elsewhere was good, though, especially Ožujsko!
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- Also Known As:
- Narcis Hotel Rabac