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Hotel Astarea
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Mlini
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Reviewed August 5, 2009

My wife and I had an amazing week in croatia. We stayed in the small fishing village of Mlini, only a 15 minute bus ride from the old city of Dubrovnik. Mlini is a stunning little village with great restaurants and cobbled streets. It is situated between Dubrovnik and Cavtat. Dubrovnik is an awesome city and was compared by many people to Venice without canals (I have never been to Venice, so wouldn't know). Cavtat is also well worth a visit! Beautiful little village!
The Astarea on the other hand was simply okay. The rooms were neat and clean, but unfortunately the service was a bit unfriendly. The breakfast was really not great at all. Very little choice, cold eggs and when there was bacon it was pretty nasty.
It was a typical 3 star basic hotel situated in the beautiful village of Mlini and it was easy to travel to the old town from. You get what you pay for!

As I said, the hotel was okay, but the holiday was amazing! Anyone who has never been to Croatia, I would seriously recommend it.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 3, 2009

The Hotel Astarea is a large complex in Mlini, Croatia (about a 20-minute drive south of Dubrovnik). The Astarea and Hotel Mlini are co-owned and create a sort of "complex" of hotels, restaurants, cafes, and gift shops that dot the shore of Mlini. The Astarea is large; it has 1 main building with the hotel lobby, restaurant, piano bar, banquet hall, gym, salt-water swimming pool, and conference center. There is another building nearby with more traditional rooms, and then separate bungalow-style rooms a few minutes from the main building overlooking the coast. The restaurant is all buffet-style, and the hotel sells packages that have meals included. I was at this hotel for 3 weeks on business, and found it very suitable for this purpose. There is free wireless internet in the hotel lobby area, the conference room is comfortable and private, and the buffet meals provided enough options for the many varied tastes of all those who I traveled with. It was also possible to switch your lunch to a dinner with a 24-hour notification.
If you are looking to primarily visit Dubrovnik, I wouldn't stay here. While it's somewhat close by, it's not so convenient to get there without your own car. (And parking in Dubrovnik is a hassle) A public bus runs ever hour from Mlini to Dubrovnik, and there are shuttles you can pay for from the hotel, but it's a little too far away to feel like you can come & go as you please.
The hotel rooms are clean and simple. The rooms in the main hotel are fairly standard as far as former Yugoslavian countries go. They are carpeted, have television with multi-lingual stations, and are clean. I stayed in a bungalow that was less glamourous. The location was beautiful; my bungalow had a large deck that overlooked the sea. The room was not carpeted, and the hot water for the showers was affected by the person in the bungalow above mine. The bed, like most beds in European hotels I've stayed in, was fairly hard and springy, but not terrible. The cleaning service was prompt and thorough.
The beaches near the hotel are small and rocky, so it's advised to bring water shoes - (even if you hate the idea of being a silly-looking tourist!) Because the hotel owns many of the restaurants, cafes, and gift shops in Mlini, you can easily charge bills to your room. It is a short walk to the neighboring town, Srebreno, and a 15 minute bus ride to another hotel-laden coastal town, Cavtat.
All in all, I'd say the best use for this hotel is for large groups that have multiple purposes and are looking for an almost-all-inclusive stay. If you need to do work while traveling, want to use a gym, don't want to think about spending additional money on meals, and don't want to have to walk far or do much research to find places to eat, this is the location for you.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled on business
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2  Thank VivoDavvero
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Reviewed July 27, 2009

I was very pleased with the hotel. I travelled with a friend for a relaxing holiday and that is exactly what we got. The hotel had everything we were looking for, its a couple of hundred metres from the beach, has greaat facilities (gym, even a hairdresser!) etc. The only criticism I would have is the breakfast...which is not great. It does for a quick bite but that's about it. I would go back there again for sure.

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  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled with friends
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1  Thank JaneyBNI
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Reviewed June 19, 2009

Location, location, location. The Astarea is a hotel built during the Tito Communist era. Put it in perspective...rooms are small, but equally small. all rooms are the same. There are main hotel rooms and "Bungalow" units on the water's edge. All are in a protected bay in the delightful enclove of Mlini. The local neighborhood includes a beautiful forested park, a Water Polo club, many restaurants, a couple night clubs, churches, and along with the nieghboring Srebino village, a grocdery store, medical vacilities, and school. We loved this environment of local/tourist flavor. Water Taxis, hotel van, public buses make transportation to Old City, Cavtat, and all other areas easily accessible.
We are already planning a return trip. Part of me wants to keep this secret!

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled on business
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3  Thank thistle2060
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Reviewed June 3, 2009

I visited Hotel Astarea May 14th for a week with my husband and two friends. Our rooms were very small but had a lovely view and sunny balcony. They were kept clean and the towels were changed daily but did get very hot as the air conditioning didn't seem very efficient. I didn't use the pool as it was indoors and I was informed that it wasn't very warm. It was a shame that there wasn't anywhere to sit outside on sunloungers but the beaches were nice even though mostly pebbles.
There was entertainment five nights a week consisting of a very good guitarist who also sang with help from backing tapes. There was plenty of choice at meal times although the fruit juice left a lot to be desired.
As has been mentioned before there is a steep hill up to the road to catch the local buses but the hotel has a mini bus to take you to the top. It is worth catching the local bus to Cavtat just a short drive away which is also very pretty. Also you can get the local bus into Dubrobnik or if you prefer you can go by boat from the harbour at Mlini. It was very hot while we were there but even so we enjoyed walking around the wall in Dubrovnik - especially stopping along the way to enjoy a nice cool beer!
If going back to Dubrovnik would definately consider going back to the Astarea.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 12, 2009

The Astarea is set in a lovely location. There are shops around and nice restaurants - i would suggest one called 'Laterna' they are friendly and good with children as i have three ( a baby, and two toddlers) and were very good with them. A supermarket is about a 10 minute walk away.


The beach really is lovely! Its not busy and over crowded like other beaches. Its a pebble beach and the water is lovely and clear. Although people tend to hire the sun beds for a day and leave there towels so they can go for a spot of lunch and then come back again - a good idea!


The pool in the hotel is not out side :(. Its not on the top floor and is cold, small and to be honest quite tired. That is a bit of a disapointment if you wanted to stay at the hotel, not a problem for me and my family - but maybe for others!

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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3  Thank Rosky_x
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Reviewed April 10, 2009

Great hotel. Staff friendly, good location - although at bottom of a steep hill so not great if walking is a problem and you want to go and catch a bus; good facilities (although they're not big on telling you what facilities they have), beuatiful area and views. Easy to get into Dubrovnik. If you go for half board option the food is good , its a typical buffet affair with mix of local and international food, lots of it, whilst its good it isn't amazing (but is good value for money). Breakfast was good. Room was good, only downside was sound insulation - could hear neighbours talking, watching tv etc which wasn't good the morning they got up at 6am. Swimming pool is really nice, it's salt water rather than chlorine which made a refreshing change. Choice of beaches very close by. Mlini itself is nice to stroll around and has good cafes/bars.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled solo
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6  Thank GlasgowDoby
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Address: Shet.Marka Marojice 40, Mlini 20207, Croatia
Location: Croatia > Dalmatia > Dubrovnik-Neretva County > Mlini
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Mlini
Price Range: $61 - $205 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Astarea 3*
Number of rooms: 307
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Asterea Hotel Dubrovnik
Hotel Astarea Mlini, Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Croatia

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