Just come back from 2 weeks at Hotel Istra, Rovinj 11-25 Sept. 2012. First impressions Wow what a lovely setting. Worth every penny you paid for that view alone. No point in reiterating what the previous reviewers have said,which I have just read and found to be correct. However, the Restaurant was just awful. Can only be described as a works Canteen and was very noisey when full. Not the sort of place we want on holiday. Yes you helped yourself to free wine but that left a lot to be desired and that was not what we are used to either. We didn't bother with it after the first night as it was that bad. In actual fact, after the first few nights we went over into the town for our evening meal, more on this later. In the Hotel itself the rooms, although quite small, were adequate with enough storage space and were kept beautifully clean. It appeared to us that this Hotel was refurbished on a very tight budget. The bedroom furniture was very cheap and nasty. Having said that, the worst thing was in the Lounge/Bar/Reception area where the settees and armchairs, although very modern looking, were very uncomfortable. We often wondered where we would sit if we had had a real wet day. We found the best place to sit was out on the balcony from the lounge/reception/bar area but sometimes it tended to get chilly in the evenings. The other area we disagree with other reviewers is the friendliness of the staff and the Croatians in general. We found several of them quite rude. Maybe it's a language thing I don't know. This year alone we have been to the Carribbean, Cyprus and Bermuda and the people there all make you feel very welcome and make it known that they would love you to come back again. We certainly didn't find this in Croatia. Another thing I would like to comment on is the swimming pool. All very nice and clean etc but why so cold at this time of year. We understand that Croatia has had an exceptionally hot summer and just assumed the pool would have felt much warmer. We found the Thomson Rep to be very helpful. However, several times when we went over to Rovinj there were things going on which we felt she could have made us aware of by just putting a poster on her notice board. There was a music festival, a vintage car rally etc etc which we just found by accident. The restaurants we went to and would recommend were the Lantana on the island, Scuba in Rovinj and best of all La Pontolina in Rovinj. We also went to one called Dream but not quite so impressed with that one. Despite all the moans and groans we thoroughly enjoyed and holiday with the Hotel in such a glorious setting and we also loved the ferry ride to and from Rovinj which was all part of the holiday. Rovinj is really such a beautiful place.
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- Istra Hotel Rovinj
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