Astarea Hotel

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Closest airport: Dubrovnik (DBV) (5.2 miles)

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Great location and great hotel

"Located in a very quiet place at 5-10 minutes from Dubrovnik, in a place calle Mlini. There is a bus stop in front of the Hotel, but you have to climb a 100m slope to get there. Be careful if you use GPS to get there. In Dubrovnik there is another street with the same name, so check were the GPS guides you.

Great buffet for breakfast. The staff were very friendly. The main building is 5-7 floors high and it has the main services: restaurant, pool, reception, gym... I was in another one floor building. Nice rooms with air conditioner, although I didn´t need it. Sleeping with the balcony doors opened and listening the sea, is always a great experience.

To get to the beach you have to walk a couple of minutes. Rock beach, of course, as all beaches I found in Croatia. There is a diving center at 300 meters (Aquarius Diving Center). You can reserve your diving in reception: 80€ for 2 inmersions, with equipment and lunch included onboard. The water is so clear, that you have great visibility underwater. There are nice 60m deep walls were you can see the bottom clearly.

Also you can get a boat route to some islands directly in reception, and cheaper than buying it in the port or in Dubrovnik (200kn in hotel, 250kn in port).

  • Holiday details: Aug 2008
10 / 10

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Loved the Astarea

"We stayed at the Hotel Astarea for 10 days in July 2008 after booking 2 months ahead by Travel agent and had a great time. We were a little concerned by the reviews as some were good but some were very bad.

We were in the main building and every room there has air-conditioning although they are old units and not the most efficient. The twin room was fine although we would have preferred a double. It was cleaned every day and the linen changed every couple of days, this was very efficient.

We understood that the annex rooms were not as big and do not always have air-con but then they are cheaper.

The position of the Hotel was as described in the brochure - i.e. 50m from a pebble beach and sunbeds are for hire at 20Kn (£2) each per day and parasol at 15Kn per day. A short walk (100 to 300m) to the town found cafes and a few bars and shops on the sea front. A supermarket is further and also one on the top road to Dubrovnik which needs a climb up a hill and a further walk if you have no car.

There are 3 or 4 restaurants in the town also but we only tried one since the food in the Hotel was good. We were surprised at this after some of the reviews gave very bad reports on the Hotel food.

Breakfast was 7:00 to 10:00 and buffet style with a choice of juices, coffee, bread, hams, salami, cheeses, fruit, yoghurt, scrambled and boiled eggs, frankfurter style sausages and 'continental' style streaky bacon with tomatoes and cucumber.

Dinner was 7:00 to 9:00 and was also buffet style. There were salads (tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce, corn, coleslaw, olives and others including a couple of mixed salads in mayonnaise e.g. Tuna or mussels) Main course was a choice of 5 or 6 main dishes including one vegetarian if you needed it (one night was Mussel risotto - is this vegetarian? and did I care?) It also included one fish dish. Typically it was as an example a choice of salmon steak, mushrooms in pasta, pork in cream sauce grilled 1/4 chicken, beef in a stew and lamb chops. Of course they are cooking a buffet for a few hundred people so we didn't expect cordon bleu and since the menu was varied each day it was the same the following week. So maybe if you stayed 2 weeks you may get deja vu. Unfortunately we only stayed 10 days so missed out on the fantastic grilled mackerel in the second week. The veg was not good however as there was little choice and the quality was also not good. At least I can say I've eaten brussels sprouts in July though! - only once! Service for the wine and other drinks at the table was not the quickest.

Service from the staff in the Hotel was fine. We didn't need much and we found they carried out their jobs reasonably efficiently without imposing on us.

There were many nationalities at the Hotel with French being predominant, many 'locals' from the Balkans, Germans with British and some Americans.

We went to Dubrovnik on the Hotel minibus £5 each rtn and also on the local bus £1 each rtn. Both are every hour and take 15-20 mins. Dubrovnik old town is fantastic.

For people looking to relax and do little then this hotel is great and we definitely will return. If you have kids looking to play in the sand and go on rides, or wish to go to all night disco's then go to Majorca or Ibiza.

Overall we had a great holiday and I wouldn't normally send a review but we thought we would like to add our voice, as some of the reviews bore no resemblance to the Hotel we stayed at.

  • Holiday details: Aug 2008
10 / 10

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Relaxing stay and wonderful memories

"My boyfriend and I have been going to the Astarea every year since 2003. If you want a relaxing vacation at a reasonable price, this place is for you. The staff is friendly and are eager to provide great service. They will even point you in the right direction if you want to book a tour or rent a car. About 8 km from Dubrovnik, this hotel offers tranquility in a truly beautiful setting. The bungalows are a great stay, because you get a nice porch with a great sea view.

The food is only so so. Not bad, not great. I like having the breakfast and dinner option because my boyfriend and I don't have to argue over where we are going to eat (we have very different tastes and agreeing to eat anything other than sushi is a minor miracle). We stroll down to the dining area, have our dinner and enjoy our evening. Bring a card game or two, because a night in can be slow. However, there are often bands that play outdoors and that is quite nice.

A short walk away down a path along the sea is a cluster of establishments that host two grocery stores (great for lunch picnics on your porch or the beach), a bank, drugstore with very helpful staff, a sporting goods store, several restaurants and coffee shops. You don't need to bring anything because you can pick everything up here. Can't wait to go again!

  • Holiday details: Nov 2007
8 / 10

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lovely setting

"we had our accommodation changed at the last minute from the htoel MIini and read some bad reviews on here about the Astarea, but we were pleased when we got there.

We were in the main building, the rooms were very nice and well furnished and clean.

It was just a short walk down through gardens to the seafront where you cold walk all along the front of Mlini. In high sseason there are bars and restaurants open here but in early may most were closed still, so there wasn't really much going on in the evenings.

The bus into Dubrovnik costs £1 and runs every half and hour from the main road. It also runs the other way in Cavtat. the slope from the main road to the hotel is steep but you can avoid it by walking along the seafront instead. The Scenery is lovely, the people friendly, the food is good. There's lots to see in the daytime but not too much in the evenings and there is lots of walking up and down steps and slopes.

  • Holiday details: Oct 2007
8 / 10

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"We booked through travel agent - Bond tours - having thoroughly investigated on line. Bond specialise in Croatia. September a good time to go. Weather excellent. First time i n such a large hotel - Hotel Astarea . Over 700 people at this time of year! Room in main hotel a must - we heard many sad stories about the annex and the "bungalows". Staff all very friendly and helpful but we were thankful that we were only B&B as breakfast was a chaotic experience with so many people and nationalities queueing desperately for coffee/tea! Brought out the worst in us all! Heard mixed reports of evening meals. Mlini is delightful - Still recovering from 91/91 and 95 war damage (very visible all along coast) - pebble beaches requiring shoes for swimming - but very clean - and quiet - no evening entertainment except restaurants (all serving pretty similar dishes),. Recommend Konoba (Restasurant) Marinero just a short walk along sea front and up a flight of stairs. Very good food and service. Cavtat is a must - short boat ride - and of course Dubrovnik via boat or Hotel minibus - booked in advance. We were only 2 on our Bond Tours - but most other holidaymakers were with large packages - Thomson/Saga, etc. Would return to area but to a smaller hotel or apartment.


  • Holiday details: Sep 2007
8 / 10

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No hot water and fleas in room

"Apparently this hotel has hot water issues. I had a cold shower and when I brought this up to the front desk attendant, he just shrugged his shoulders.

No attempt was made to resolve the problem. I was told that only a manager could address the issue, and a manager would not be in until the following day.

Our 4am wakeup call did give us the opportunity to see fleas hopping around the telephone.

We also had a live inchworm in our salad at dinner.

  • Holiday details: Sep 2007
2 / 10

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Astarea worth a least four stars

"Went to Mlini Croatia in August with my husband and 2 teenage girls for a week.We had heard good things about it and they were true.What a refreshing change from the usual holiday destinations.From the moment we landed we were treated with courtsey and respect. The hotel itself was lovely and the setting stunning,the weather perfect and the staff so polite and helpful.There was plenty to do what with boat trips etc,evenings were a bit quiet in the resort but a short walk along the coast proved to be a bit more lively.Food in the hotel was not great,pretty basic except for the ice cream but plenty of other places to eat offering anything from pizza to lobster all within a stones throw from the hotel.Prices on par with any eatery in England so don't think that it is a cheap holiday.We would definitely return to this lovely unspoilt part of the world and would recommend it to friends and family."

  • Holiday details: Sep 2007
10 / 10

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Good hotel, nice location 20 mins outside Dubrovnik

"We stayed in October 2006 in the annex to the main hotel.

The Astarea is in Mlini, a small town on the beach and a short boat/bus ride to Dubrovnik or other islands. The town has a few restaurants and bars, a couple of touristy shops and was pretty quiet (I'm sure it gets busier in season).

The hotel itself is quite large, obviously popular with package holiday companies and generally older people. We had a good room in the annex, fairly small but clean and quiet, with a balcony and nice view over the bay.

Overall we had a god stay here, I wouldn't call it lively, but we had everything we needed and a nice location.

  • Holiday details: Oct 2006
8 / 10

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What a great hotel!

"I stayed at this hotel for a week with my partner in the annex part of the hotel. All the rooms have a sea view and are basic but very good with a maid service every day.

The staff are very friendly and will do anything they can to help.

The clientele were made up mainly of French persons, Germans and English being in the majority for a change and the average age was over 50.

We were half board and the food is buffet style and we found, excellent. A wide choice of food was on offer and a couple of vegetarian options with plenty of soup, salads etc.

The only reason this hotel is a 3 star and not a 4 or 5 is because it can be a little tatty in places, ie the carpets in the main corridor needs replacing, the indoor pool ceiling needs repairing etc.. although they were doing at lot of maintenance whilst we were there (nothing that interfered with the enjoyment of our stay though). It may be that they have not been open for very long since the civil war, bearing in mind that a lot of refugees were evacuated to hotels in safer areas.

It is ideally located to get to Dubrovnik. The hotel runs a shuttle bus (which u need to book) for approx £2.50 one way, taxi is about £12 one way and water bus about £10 return. Takes about 20 mins by road and half an hour to an hour by water depending on the speed and type of the boat!

A short walk from the hotel there are various little shops,cafes, bars and restuarants. It's was fairly quiet when we went in early May and most places close about midnight. Its a pleasant stroll down the to front through the lovely gardens, the only problem here is that is should be pedestrianised, unfortunately its not.

There are a couple of small beaches in front of the hotel which were clean and quiet.

I would definitely stay there again, it was a great holiday and having a nice hotel made all the difference.

  • Holiday details: May 2006
10 / 10

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Location is first class half way...

"Location is first class half way between airport and Dubrovnik. There are gardens down to the beach (typical Croatian, pebbles and poor sand) and small harbour with water taxis which are the best way to go to Dubrovnik or Cavtat. Car hire available by the day and regular scheduled buses as well as the hotels own bus.

Dining room large and noisy, food nothing special (don't bother with half board option.

Rooms small.

Visited last week of their season so beach lie outs all locked up and other premises nearby already closed as were the hotels bungalows and annex.

Bosnia Hertagovinia very close well worth the visit.

Nearby Cavtat is just waiting to be found by the jet set with a beautiful setting and deep harbour but it is directly under the final approach to the airport.

Dubrovnik, do the walls but otherwise there are better cities to visit.

Also remember this was a recent war zone, there were at least three large bombed out and derelict hotels within easy strolling distance.

Lots of stairs and lifts very small so might not suit some disabled although there are ramps.

Would not take the kids but could make a romantic holiday for two.


  • Holiday details: Oct 2005, Half Board, booked with Holiday Options
6 / 10

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Address: Setaliste Marka Maroice 40, Mlini 20207, Croatia