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.
For ages 4-12 years, open from mid-June to September. 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.
Had a great week at this hotel. It was 100 per cent all round. The breakfast buffet was exceptional. Great breads and rolls. Teapot and coffee pots provided. Hugh choice of fruits and cereals. Very attentive staff. Very good dinner buffets with delicious potatoes and veg. Also every dessert one could want. The beds were the most comfortable we ever had and linen changed every 2days. Free safe In room. The entertainment at night was excellent. The pool area was very large with plenty of sun beds. Towels were provided also. There were very nice gardens around hotel with trees and sun lounges. Very quiet and private if one wants it. Overall an excellent hotel and many guests, including ourselves, would return to Crystal.More
brigid k, Dublin, Ireland
Stayed at the Crystal 16th -27th Sept and enjoyed every minute at this lovely hotel. All the staff was friendly and helpful and could not do enough to make sure your stay would be a good one. Our room was serviced by a young lady called Magdalena (Meg) who from our meeting her for the first time never seemed to stop smiling, and was always a pleasure to meet her in the mornings. Our room 233,was at the rear of the hotel over looking the pine trees and was nice and quiet. Entertainment at the hotel was shared between the Rubin and Diamante which are on the same complex, and was only average, we would assume that in high season this would be better. Food was good and always plenty of choice fresh food available. Would certainly recommend the Crystal to anyone.More
WHAT A GEM!
We visited Croatia 13 - 20 September, and stayed at the Valamar Crystal Porec we had a fantastic stay. We didn't know what to expect as it is on a complex but we were more than impressed. Around the complex was always very clean, we noticed there was no litter anywhere, even in the town which was only a very pleasant 15-20 minutes walk away or you could use the road train.
Our room which was on 3rd floor looking towards the sea was very spacious and the bathroom was always immaculate, Room had quiet air con. The room was serviced by Irena, she did a marvellous job.
The restaurant food was delicious at both breakfast and dinner, very good variety and suitable for vegetarians. At most meals our waiter was Domonic, he was very pleasant and always had a smile, as did all of the Staff, they were polite and helpful. Drink prices were fair, not overpriced.
The one downside was that there were no tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms. Hotel owners, please consider adding this.
We would definitely return to the Crystal.More
BryanFlora, Dudley, United Kingdom
Just had a week here, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Porec is beautiful, clean and unspoilt. The hotel is situated in a quiet wooded area, close to the sea. The surroundings are very well-kept, with lots of outdoor seating and dining areas, as well as sun loungers in the gardened areas as well as at the poolside.
Inside, the lobby is airy, spacious, extremely clean, with comfortable settees, and a bar for alcohol, soft drinks and coffees etc. There is entertainment on (singers/groups) every evening, either there or in one of the other 2 neighbouring Valamar hotels.
The rooms are very large, the bathroom decent, with clean towels every morning. Our large patio faced out onto this open grassy area with trees and bushes.
The staff all work exceptionally hard, and seem to do long hours. The were all friendly, very accommodating, and made us welcome.
The food - a huge variety of different types of hot and cold things available in the morning and in the evening. Everything was fresh, attractively presented, and well-cooked.
Out of the various places we've visited (Dubrovnik last year), this hotel and Porec itself has been the best place we've been. Couldn't find a single think to not like.More
Lynne B, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Even better than expected
Having read previous reviews on Trip-advisor, mostly positive, we were rather optimistic regarding Valamar Crystal, Porec at the Istria region of Croatia.
The hotel was quite up to our expectation, modern, chic and very clean. We had a room on third floor with balcony facing the swimming pool.
The buffet breakfast was delicious, with warm and cold dishes and cooks preparing omelettes and mouth watering pancakes. The dinner was also a buffet, where you could choose between fish and meat as well as vegetarian dishes. Everything was fresh and nice, actually very inviting like one of our fellow travellers put it.The swimmingpool and surroundings are also very nice and clean and we could borrow big bathtowels without extra charge.
Porec is within 15-20 minutes walking distance along the beach and if you are not in the mood for walking there is also a tourist train. There are no sandy beaches but there are steps to ease the access to the water and everything is very neat. In Porec we did notice that even the streets are cleaner than in most European cities we have been to, at least at the beginning of the tourist season. There are several nice places where you can have some refreshments, coffee or beer at a reasonable price. The bakeries are also very tempting.
The most interesting shops in Porec are jewellery shops with great selection of amber and also shops with nice handmade embroidered things such as tableclothes. We found out that the prices were very variable, without deliberate haggling and quite reasonable in the end.
Last but not least I must mention that Porec seemed rather safe compared to other tourist destinations as we were also told by our guide.More
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