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Admiral Grand Hotel
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Slano
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 17, 2013

I should start my review by saying that we really didn't have great expectations for this holiday. We had a collection of Tesco clubcard reward vouchers and this seemed to fit the bill for a warm relaxing break.
We've had issues with Cosmos in the past and were reluctant to travel with them again (little choice with clubcard) but it was very smooth. Pick-up from the airport was a mini-bus which drove us about an hour to Slano.
Can't comment on the rep because we didn't meet her but knew where to find her if we needed her.

Journey:
We had similar reservations about flying with Monarch and when we reached the airport and were told the flight was delayed by a few hours we thought it was just the start. But the plane left when they said it would, we had no issues with comfort or space and the service was efficient-except for a cold cup of tea. Try to book a seat at the front of the plane so the water's still hot when they get to you!

Hotel:
The Admiral Grand was rebuilt after the 90's war and opened in 2008 so it's all new. It stands at the head of a bay which is beautiful and very peaceful-tho a bit more like staying by a lake than the sea. The interior is pared back creams and browns, modern clean lines.Just as it looks in the photos.
Staff friendly and welcoming, I find a smile and a polite greeting go a long way.
The hotel wasn't full and the weather hit & miss so no issues with sunbeds.
Didn't use the spa except for the indoor pool and jacuzzi, but was surprised to see that they charge 5euros for a yoga class-something I've usually seen included in your stay at 5* hotels.

Room
The room was fairly spacious with a superking bed which was firm (as we like), and a sofabed at one end. I did have to ask for an extra pillow as there was only one each initially. We had a 3rd floor room (313)with a view of the bay from the balcony.
Everything spotlessly clean and oodles of soft towels in the bathroom.

One nitpick was that they don't have an iron in the room or even one at reception! I was horrified as I'm not too good at packing and tend to iron as we go. They consider electrical appliances like irons to be a hazard so you're expected to use the laundry which is not at all cheap. There's no kettle either but I'd read about this in a previous review and took my own-then hid it in the wardrobe when we went out! If I went again I'd definitely do the same with an iron.

Food
We had read previous reviews about the food being boring and as 'foodies' we were a bit concerned. But we thought the food was excellent, there were the usual choices for breakfast: cereals,yoghurts,fresh fruit-a wide selection, egg station, bacon, sausages, cold meats and cheeses, cakes, bisciuts, chocolates. I guess it could be boring if you have three course breakfasts every day but we don't so there was plenty of variety for us.
We were most impressed with the evening meals especially the fish/seafood selection. There was a selection of fresh fish/seafood carpaccio (octopus particularly good) different every evening. Mussels buzzara, squid ink risotto,2 or three types of fish as well. meats: chicken, beef, lamb pork turkey veal.We even managed a chicken, mash veg and gravy one evening when the weather made us want comfort food! Good selection of vegetables from potatoes and cabbage to aubergine,courgettes, peppers,etc. Salads too.
We found the service excellent but we do come from the 'tip well early' school.

Snorkelling:
Looking at previous reviews we decided to take our snorkels with us. You can certainly snorkel-but there's nothing to see!

Overall this trip really exceeded our expectations, Croatia and it's poeple really lovely.
Would I stay there again-yes definitely if I was in the area.

Room Tip: Lovely views from the third floor.
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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11  Thank Gilco
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

There is much to recommend this hotel. It is in a beautiful, quiet bay. There are excellent facilities, such as indoor and outdoor pools, comfy relaxing areas, lovely guest rooms. The buffet restaurant food had a huge selection and was quite good, even if left out a while (this buffet compared very favourably with other 5* hotels we stayed in.) However, the hotel did not quite have a quality atmosphere - the bar was a little pedestrian. And although some individuals provided excellent service, many did not seem to care whether you had a good holiday or not! The reception staff gave us a particularly poor impression, and some senior management seem to look rather stressed! Publicly berating staff is never a good look.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Jemcat75
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

Just returned from a relaxing 10 days break.

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The hotel is spotless and rooms are large.Maids are really friendly, waiters and bar staff are very attentive - after a few days they remembered where we like to sit and what we liked to drink without asking. Not much to add about the hotel that others haven't said expect the food was great; really nice variety.

Spa facilities were good; we had the couples massage and it was reasonably priced and very relaxing.

The hotel was dead on an evening. Everyone goes to their rooms after tea! One night there was a band playing music at the pool bar, only us and one other couple listening.

IMHO its a 4* not a 5*. Little things like service make all the difference.

Things to Note.
Reception staff so unhelpful and miserable on every occasion.
Our rep (Jet2) did not turn up at the welcome meeting (we were the only ones from our flight to stay in the resort so transfer with a friendly Croatian minibus driver who told us the hotel was beautiful but very quiet) and didn't see her the whole hotel. She even rang the maid to bring a message to our room with departure details, not great!

Slano village
It's a great little village but not much going on; bakery is great for lunch supplies as is the little fruit stall just outside the hotel. 2 small supermarkets and about 4 restaurants.
Good for running - 2.5 miles one way, 2.5 miles the other.
If you walk up to the other hotel and take the route behind it you can walk over the small hill and get an amazing view of the sun going down.
Be careful if you hire bikes and go on the route suggested by TI Office - we are both reasonably fit but it was a bit of a task. 1600m ascent, chased by mad dogs, a route that is only partially signposted.

Trips
If you want to organise your own you can get a boat from Slano straight to Dubrovnik old town for 35 euros return, nice way to travel. They also go to the Elphatit Islands.

The bus from Slano is only about £4 return and takes about 45 mins, be sure to ask the driver to drop you off at the stop for the old town (or else you will end up in the bus station which is about 45 mins walk!). From the bus stop take note of the route to the old town, down some stairs in a little alleyway, turn right then cross the road. Walk straight down the hill to the old town (look on the floor, it tells you the distance at this point).

The cable car is fun and reasonable cost; the panoramic restaurant on top of the mountain has breath-taking views but it a bit expensive - worth it though and we enjoyed a leisurely lunch here.

Take the ferry form the old town port over to Lokrum (about £6 return), very peaceful and far from the maddening crown. Only takes 15 minutes and worth the climb to see the great views back over Dubrovnik. We enjoyed a peaceful afternoon of swimming here.

We'd go back to Croatia again, but even though we go on 'adults only' holidays this one was far too quiet for us and we would look for somewhere livelier.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank AGerry
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

Just got back from ten days at this beautiful place with my wife and sixteen year old son.
The hotel is spotless and the rooms are approaching five star standard The food is good but arguably a little unimaginative. Breakfast in particular, if you're a Brit who likes their fry up, is disappointing. The bacon is well undercooked but can be crisped up by the chef if you ask. Staff, on the whole were very friendly but one or two a bit surly.
Very quiet hotel with almost nothing going on a night. We liked that, but if you want a mini disco and a variety of entertainment then this place is not for you. Stay in Dubrovnik instead.
Daytime there's a spotless private gravel beach and no shortage of loungers or parasols. Jet skis and boats to hire and crystal water for snorkling.
Overall a lovely hotel in a stunning location. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Go for sea view unless you like looking at car parks,
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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7  Thank John J
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

Spent a week at Admiral Grand in August. Hotel was busy but still had an aire of relaxation. There were still plenty of sun loungers and towels available late morning and so no need to get up early "to book.'

Breakfast too was great and no rush to finish aftet the oficial time.

Would recommend for a rlaxing week in the sun.

Room Tip: We took advise and went for the top floor room away from the lifts ... ended up with corner room so...
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Birstoori
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

We visited at the beginning of August with a party of 6 (4 adults and 2 10 year old boys). We booked our transfer from the airport through the hotel which was arranged easily via email. We were picked up at the airport in a mini van which had plenty of room for our luggage and ourselves and all went smoothly. Upon our arrival at the hotel we were delighted to be upgraded to rooms with a partial sea view rooms having booked mountain view rooms. Rooms were spotlessly clean, as was the whole hotel. Beds were a little on the firm side, but despite that I slept really well during our whole stay. It usually takes me a couple of days to get used to sleeping in a different bed and I often don't sleep well on holiday, but I slept like a log for the whole week! The aircon was really excellent and quiet and kept the room nice and cool despite going up to 40 degrees during the day outside.

The hotel is located in a really pretty location in the village of slano. The beach is manmade and the stones can be quite sharp so it is advisable to take water shoes to use use when walking on the beach into the sea. Even though we visited at peak time, the beach was fairly peaceful and we never had a problem getting sunbeds, although we did tend to get up fairly early and went to the beach straight after breakfast to make the most of our holiday. Kayaks pedalo and windsurf hire was available at the hotel, all reasonably priced. Pools were saltwater and were clean and not crowded.

Service at the hotel was excellent with friendly and attentive. Particular mention must be made of the restaurant staff who were very attentive.

Food was good - we booked on half board basis so had breakfast and evening meal in the restaurant. Plenty of choice for breakfast and you could request freshly cooked eggs and omelette if you wished. Dinner was excellent which plenty of choice which had some variation from night to night. My favourite was the venison which was on the menu one evening during our stay. It was cooked to perfection. The lamb was excellent too. My only gripe is with regard to the drinks. The wine was expensive and you had to pay in the region of 190 kuna for a reasonable bottle of wine. Also, draft beer was not available in the restaurant, only in the beach bar. I do enjoy a cocktail but would not recommend cocktails at the beach bar - my mojito had too much ice and was very weak. The cocktails at the main hotel bar were better but they were pricey. I had cheaper and better cocktails at the next hotel we stayed at the following week in Dubrovnik.

All the adults in the party had a massage at the hotel and we all thought the treatments were very good. In particular I would recommend the sea salt massage which was invigorating rather than relaxing and left the skin feeling very smooth and soft. I used the gym a couple of times which was basic but had everything I needed.

We ordered lunch at the beach bar (pizzas) to eat on the beach a couple of days which were mediocre. We preferred to have lunch at the little restaurant over the road from the hotel which served some reasonable salads and good pizzas.

One day we hired a boat from the boat hire (walk out the front of the road and turn left) and took a trip round the islands. It was big enough for 6 of us and we had a very enjoyable day. The boys enjoyed the watersports on offer and although the hotel did not have much else in the way of entertainment for children, it was fine for us as we did not really want a noisy hotel with children's entertainment laid on.

All in all, a really excellent first week to our holiday and a peaceful and relaxing time before our second week which was spent in Dubrovnik.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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8  Thank Sazzle109
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Reviewed August 6, 2013 via mobile

Recently returned from a weeks half board stay at this fantastic hotel. I would highly recommend this hotel for its cleanliness, service, food and fantastic amenities. Bedrooms and bathroom are very modern and spacious with all the mod cons.
The hotel is located right on its own private beach with a beautiful outdoor and indoor pool.
Slano is a beautiful quiet village, I would recommend to hire a car so you can truly experience beautiful Croatia. Excursions from the hotel were expensive so I would recommend catching the local bus into Dubrovnik and using that as a base to see some of the 1000 islands.

All in all a brilliant holiday and I would not hesitate to return.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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5  Thank thehungrytraveller1
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Address: Rudera Boskovica, BB, Slano 20232, Croatia
Location: Croatia > Dalmatia > Dubrovnik-Neretva County > Slano
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Slano
Price Range: $144 - $259 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Admiral Grand Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 241
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