We stayed 9th to 20th Sept (11 nights) and we experienced three days of dreadful weather early on. Torrential rain, thunderstorms, partial flooding in Pula town. Apparently Croatia in general has had the worst Summer since records began. Thankfully the remaining 8 days were fine.
I must not let the weather clowd my opinion about the Hotel which for the price was very good. Spotlessly clean with very friendly, highly efficient staff. A full coach load of new arrivals was dealt with within minutes and the room was ready at 10.15am so we had virtually a whole day round the pool where it was hot and sunny. The following three days we just couldn't leave the hotel due to the rain. The Hotel building, especially the rear view is quite dated. It looks rather like a 1970's block of flats. The interior however is stylish and chic and the rooms are fine but the bathrooms are a bit compact with a large power shower dominating, but a bit tight otherwise. The restaurant in the evening is bustling and gets very busy around 8pm so get in early. That being said, once seated you wait for nothing. The staff are very attentive and look after you very well.
The food is good quality but the dishes are a bit repetetive but tasty especially the various salads
which are delicious. Ideal at lunch! The white wine is just acceptable and the red is ok. Rose wine was scarce and you had to pay extra for it as it was not included in the all inclusive deal.
Apart from the beer which was ok, the spirits were quite weak and the fruit juices ranged between
syrupy and thick to insipidly thin. They're obviously powdered which is why the strengths vary.
There are self service dispensers for lovely coffee and other soft drinks so you don't always have to go to the bar. The entertainment was mainly the resident duo of Matt and Sarah during the day and evening and there were some local dance acts to spice things up a bit a couple of nights, but the highlight was a gravelly voiced version of a Croation pub singer who had a really 'lived in' face who obviously liked Tom Jones. 'Seerz boorm, Seerz boorm, yooma Seerz boorm, a bubba yukka toorn may ooorn' ! Get my drift ? Hilarious !
Down side to the location is the very tatty and unappealing 'beach' area which is 500 metres to the rear of the hotel. The pedallos looked like they had seen better days and the whole area
was a bit dreary. Sorry. The harbour area about a ten minute walk away is better with a paved promenade and local shops and restaurants, but they didn't look very busy....?
Please visit Revinj and Grosjon which are lovely and how you picture Croatia. Terracotta roofs, small narrow streets and the obligatory church and steeple.Stunning in the sunshine.
We would return to Croatia as we barely scratched the surface of the places to see, but would choose a different hotel and location further south. Hopefully the weather may have improved by next year. Incidentally if you couldn't guess the Tom Jones song it was Sex Bomb ! Happy travels !More
No complaints at all
Stayed 13-20 September 2014. Couldn't fault the place. Good location, great food and reasonable choice of drinks. True, the bar shuts at 2300, but that didn't bother us as we were ready for bed by then. I used to order a couple of drinks before retiring and then consume them on our balcony whilst reading before bed. We didn't try the a la carte restaurant as we were perfectly happy with the main one. Friends who did try it loved it though. All the staff were fantastic, but I'd like to make a special mention of Svjetlana in the restaurant as she was the one we had most interaction with. What a great and funny lady she is. A real asset to the hotel.
The clientele is mainly 50+, but there were a few young couples there and they said they were enjoying chilling out there. Great to have a hotel without blaring music and the absence of screaming kids was very welcome!More
Grahambear, Crawley, West Sussex
Travelled here through Thomson, staying 13th sept. to 20th sept. We are a couple in our late 50's and apart from a few younger people, I would say the majority of people there are in their 70's to 80's. That said, it was a lovely peaceful holiday. I wrote that comment because I think it is important that just because it is a couple's resort, it seems to attract the older clientele.
Medulin itself is a very quiet resort, admittedly it is coming to the end of the season, but there is a small marina, which is very pretty, with a few bars and restaurants. The shops are typical seaside shops. If you want bigger shops, then you need to go to Pula. The local bus is an easy experience, and gives you a good view of the surrounding area. That was the only excursion we did, so can't comment about any others.
The hotel is very clean and comfortable. The rooms are cleaned to a high standard every day. We had a car park view, but it was very quiet. No sun though on the balcony. There are toiletries in the bathroom and a hairdryer. No drawer space, which I know other reviewers have commented on. There is room to put drawers, underneath the television, next to the fridge. If you are here longer than a week then I think you will be struggling for storage. There are 2 wardrobes with 5 hangers in each, and are not full length, so ladies with long dresses, be warned.
The food in the restaurant is good, there is plenty of choice, however, the wine served at the hotel is just about palatable. The white wine is served at room temperature, so this doesn't help. A answer to this would be to put the bottles in a large bucket, or bowl with iced water to keep it cold. The inclusive drinks at the bar are a little restricted. I tried the gin and tonic, but it didn't taste like it. I have had local brands in other hotels and never been put off drinking it before. The sparkling wine is quite pleasant. There is a soft drinks machine, but the quality of these is poor, very weak. The most popular drink appeared to be the pear brandy, but they kept running out it. The dress code was adhered to whilst we were there, so I can't comment on this, as have other reviewers.
All the staff at the hotel were very pleasant and worked very hard.
Plenty of sunbeds round the pool and you didn't have to get up early to reserve one. Be warned, the pool is freezing. The sea is warmer, but you need water shoes as the beach is pebbly.
Entertainment was very low key, but personally, I don't rely on hotel entertainment to amuse me. It is nice to meet fellow travellers and be able to talk.
One thing I didn't realise when I booked this holiday, that it is only Thomson that used this hotel, so consequently, all the guests were British.
If you want a week of relaxation, hopefully in the sun, and we were lucky with the weather, that is a short flight from the UK. then give it a try. It gives one a little insight to Croatia and perhaps the thought that one will return to see more of this beautiful country.More
Faultless, apart from the 'dress code'
Everything about this hotel is exceptional. Believe all the good stuff in other reviews, and ignore the gripes and moans. Hotel location excellent in the resort, and Medulin itself is excellent if you are looking for somewhere a little laid back and relaxed, but with some liveliness if and when you want it. Plenty of opportunities and options to explore beyond the resort at reasonable cost.
My real reason for writing this review is to point out that the 'dress code' for the evening meal needs to be removed. I don't mind having to wear trousers in the evening to eat, but when I have to listen to whinging and moaning from other guests about some gents wearing shorts for the evening meal, then it's time to remove the 'rule'. Having heard a few comments, my response from that point onwards was to fan the flames and wear shorts every evening myself until the end of our holiday. I appreciate that it's good for everyone to look 'smart' in the evening, and I used my perceived intent of this 'dress code' myself by wearing something a bit upmarket, not pool or sports shorts, but I'm going to react to people who have no right to tell me what to wear by putting on precisely what they are moaning about. As it stands, the 'dress code' is not enforced, and in reality is unenforceable. Are they really going to refuse you entry into the restaurant of a holiday resort hotel because you haven't conformed to the rules?
I would suggest that the hotel replaces this 'rule' with something along the lines of please dress 'smartly' for the evening. Anyone who is unsure what this means can always ask. it's also extremely hot in Medulin in the middle of summer, so shorts are often the better option than trousers in an evening anyway.More
John R, Shardlow, United Kingdom
Very impressed with the standard and quality for the price. Would thoroughly recommend
We visited this hotel for our honeymoon and both absoloutely loved our stay there. First things first though, if you are looking somewhere a bit lively this definately isn't the place for you! We are both 28 and felt slightly like we'd walked onto the set of Cocoon when we arrived! That didn't really bother us as we came for some relaxation and that's exact what we got.
The pool is lovely, not too crowded for beds and so quiet out there due to the adults only factor. Lots of umbrellas available aswell for if you want some shade and the pool guys are more than happy to move beds and umbrellas around for anyone that asks.
The all inclusive drinks menu can get a bit repetitive after a couple of weeks but we found there was enough to keep us happy. The bar staff also seem adamant that you get drunk so beware of the generous measures! The cocktails you can pay for are also really nice and worth getting if you fancy a change.
Food was delicious and despite a few of the other guests we spoke to complaining about there not being much choice we thought it was fine! In two weeks there was only one night that nothing grabbed our fancy. The waiters work their butts off for you and always had a smile on their faces and the chefs were the same! The only gripe I would have about the food is the one a la carte meal you get during your stay. We both had steak which was delicious but putting that it came with stone baked potatoes (chips) was just asking for people to complain! The fact that out of four deserts on the menu two were gone and of the two left one was ice cream from the main buffet delivered by the only grumpy waitress in the entire hotel was also a bit disappointing but didn't bother us as much as a few other guests.
The hotel rooms also seemed to cause a bit of annoyance amongst some people moaning they were too cramped. Again we found them fine and the bed was so comfy with the memory foam topper on. The shower was amazing aswell. The cleaners always did a very good job even though we liked to have a bit of a lay in when they would normally clean the rooms first thing. If we left the sign on the door they would always come back in the afternoon for us which I thought was good.
The Thompson reps were all very helpful and the trips were very good. We did Plitvicka lakes which despite being in the rain was lovely. Lots of travelling for that one though making it a very tiring day. We loved Venice and felt you had a good amount if time to explore by yourself. Would definately recommend buying a gondola ride through the travel company as it was so much cheaper than paying them directly. Just make sure you battle past the Germans who will literally elbow you out of the way to get the best seats on it! Lake Bled was amazing, our favourite trip. Save some euros for the horse and cart trip around the lake, it's well worth it! Finally we did the best of Istria trip aswell which is a nice way to see the local area.
One thing we came away thinking was that a lot of people here sounded rather spoilt and weren't happy unless they had something to moan about rather than actually appreciating what was here. I can only speak from our personal experience of the whole place but I would definitely recommend it for anyone wanting to go somewhere new and relax a bit while at the same time having the opportunity to explore a bit of local culture. More
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