Hotel Istra is fab! The grounds and hotel are kept really clean and tidy. The room was bright and the sea view was lovely. Checking in was very quick and efficient. We had a problem with our safe so phoned reception and someone came within half an hour and sorted it out. The boat crossing to/from Rovinj is lovely but can get very busy at times. Lots of people from Rovinj come over to the island for sunbathing etc but there are so many places around the island that you don't have to be all squashed up by the main beach areas. The pools were mainly used by families so we found good areas around the island...where it is still possible to get into the sea. Snorkelling around the island is brilliant!
There are tennis, volleyball and basketball courts...the green tennis court was the best as it was out of the way and nobody could watch!! The entertainment in the evenings was varied and very amusing! Some of the reviews on here complain about the food but it really isn't that bad!! There is so much choice...lots of things the same each night, like the salads etc but also a variety of meats and veggie things each night! If you can't find anything you like, you're too fussy! Big plus: Free wine/beer included with the meal each night!
Rovinj is also lovely...the Bell tower has amazing views from the top but you take your life into your hands getting up there....wooden steps that are a bit of a health and safety risk! We hired a bike one day too and rode along the cycle path through the park, along the coast and you had good views of the hotel from over the water! We booked through Thomson.....flights were fine, transfers were well organised, rep in the hotel was very helpful and friendly, paid for a sea view room and got one so no problems with Thomson at all!
All in all....a brilliant hotel and holiday!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Istra is an island of its own, a traffic free oasis of sea and sun, wonderful beaches and secluded spots, a ten minute boat ride from Rovinj. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Istra Hotel Rovinj
- Hotel Istra Rovinj