The family-friendly Valamar Crystal counts a close-to-it-all setting, a relaxing pool set-up, and lots of things to do as highlights.
This place has clinched a seafront spot in a pine forest clearing. You can walk to the ragged shoreline in a few minutes, and the Roman town of Porec is just a bit further on.
The hotel is well geared up for families, with lots of activities and separate pools for children and adults. Décor is cool and contemporary – rooms come with beech furniture and brightly painted feature walls.
The hotel's kids' club is for ages 4-12 years. Children have so much to do at this club called 'Maro' with games, sports and activities. They have their own bar with as much to drink as they need - and ice-creams and snacks by the pool in the afternoons.
Have just returned from a six night stay at the Crystal, had a wonderful time.A few little niggles on arrival but sorted within the hour. The hotel and grounds are so clean and well tended. The Crystal is the middle one of three, all within a few hundred metres of each other with evening entertainment in at least one of them every night. Our room was modern, clean and very comfortable, memory foam mattresses and card on the bedside table with a choice of four different types of pillow available, just ring reception and let them know which you want if the ones on the bed don't suit. We were overlooking a small children's playground amongst the fir trees and sat on the balcony watching little red and black squirrels playing among the trees every morning. The food here is great, so much choice and all well cooked. Couldn't fault anything, we even tried some of the local dishes and found them to be very tasty. Bar prices are a little more expensive than in Porec itself but you find that in hotels everywhere. Staff at the hotel are very attentive and always smiling, cannot do enough for you. The outside seating area is lovely and the pool looked very inviting although we didn't use it. The walk into Porec is lovely, through the trees along a level pathway alongside the sea. It is a good 20 minute leisurely stroll with plenty of benches along the way. This resort is really well managed and we would definitely recommend the Crystal to anyone. All staff here can be proud of themselves. they are doing a very good job indeed.More
Beginning of season
Lovely friendly staff, clean and comfortable we had a problem with the wifi in our room but was sorted within seconds I'll definitely be booking again ð the old town is 15 to 20 mins walk away wish we had another week out there to explore further around croatia well impressed with the grounds of the 3 hotels together well worth the money More
Lovely location , out of season, food and staff excellent.
Just returned from a group trip to the Valamar Crystal, In early April not much in the resort is open and the hotel grounds were a bit run down and tired looking.
I was sharing with 2 friends, we had room 207 which was very spacious for a triple. The room was very clean but the towels were small and harsh. The shower is in the bath which is quite high and some people might find this difficult to get in and out of, there are no hand rails. There was plentiful hot water in the evenings but it didn't seem to be switched on until 6 am.
The balcony overlooks the back garden, some rooms do look over the carparks.
The breakfast buffet and dinner buffets were excellent and plentiful, freshly cooked eggs to order, in the evening fish likewise. The layout of the restaurant is well thought out so that even when 150 of our group were eating at the same time there was not much congestion. All the restaurant staff speak a little English and smile and are helpful.. Dirty plates were cleared discreetly and efficiently.
At the time I stayed the bar had only 2 staff working and they were amazing especially the girl who worked tirelessly for hours to serve us.
The hotel also provided live music in the evening this varied in quality. The trio on Saturday night were brilliant, keeping us all dancing.
The bed rooms require a key card , the hotel were very happy to let us have one each.
This hotel is trying hard but I'm not sure at this time of year it really is four stars. The design of the hotel and the others in the resort is quite dated and the buildings in the grounds looked very old.
The wifi only worked in the public areas, There is no tea and coffee facilities in the bedroom. the mini bar is sealed with a note saying you cannot use the fridge for your own things.
The hotel is about 15 to 20 minutes walk along an attractive path amongst pine trees to Porec town with the sea on the side. There are no beaches.
At the time we visited the pool was empty.
One thing to be aware of, there are Scops Owls in the grounds, their call is a metallic "ping" on a very regular basis and surprisingly loud. You may wan't to take ear plugs.
This hotel is part of a huge chain and Porec seems to be completely owned by Valamar. This is an Austrian owned company , it is a shame that Croatia does not directly benefit from the resorts.More
Didn't get promised free welcome drink :)
I join the Valamar plus club and on the firt visit we must get a free welcome drink....we didn't get it, doesn't mater :) we buy one for our money.... for the next time, second time, we promised to get 15% discount.... yeah right, I must see this..... well, very bad begining and very very unprofessional..... but on the other side the food was good, delicious, the room was solid, a little bit old....and the pool isn't in hotel Crystal but in the near hotel Diamant, so a little bit crowded withot any control on the pool for children...More
andrej k, 274873
It was a great experience to stay in Valamar Crystal.
This place probably has all the services you might need.
From pool, fitness, spa, basketball court, saunas, ect..
The food is also great and the restaurant staff were nice.
The down side was the WI-FI which didn`t properly work during my stay.More