11 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
wonderful small & friendly hotel
"If you are looking for attention to detail where nothing is too much for the staff and owners, this is the place for you.
a clean, family run hotel, which is a hilly walk down to Cavtat center.
we really could not fault this wonderful small hotel.
the owners and staff really look after their guests.
this is an ideal base to visit Dubrovnik, just a 2 min walk to the bus stop, there is a direct bus to Dubrovnik which takes about half an hour.
also this bus stops at some of the beautiful local coastal towns."
- Travel date: Mon 22nd of September 2014
Great hotel, but not if you have a knee problem
"We stayed at the Castelletto for almost a week in early September. It was a very nice hotel and it was lovely to have Roger pick us up at the airport.
However, that steep walk to and from town should not be minimized. I have never considered myself disabled, but I do have a knee problem. I can walk for hours on relatively flat ground, but steep hills and stairs are painful. Some of the reviews I read minimized the walk, saying it takes 5 or 6 minutes. It took us at least 10 minutes going downhill into town, and more like 15 minutes returning up the steep hill, because I would have to stop and rest.
As appealing as this hotel looks and sounds, I would truly discourage anyone with any kind of physical issue involving hips/knees/feet, from staying here.
We loved Cavtat, and used it as a base for day trips to Dubrovnik and Montenegro, but we also spent a couple of days enjoying the town -- mostly sunning/swimming on the deck of the Hotel Croatia. Because it was such a trek back to the room, we couldn't run back and forth during the day, which is sometimes nice to do. At the end of the afternoon we were faced with the walk up the hill to shower and change for dinner, with an immediate walk back down the hill, and then the prospect hanging over my head of the walk back ... it did take away from our enjoyment. I didn't realize we could have taken the bus back -- that would have been nice to know, although then you're tied to bus schedules.
We would absolutely recommend that you visit Cavtat -- it was one of our favorite places in our 3-week visit to Croatia. And if you are in great physical condition, and/or if you have a car, and/or if you just want to spend your day at the hotel, the Castelletto is great. But if you're not, I'd try someplace else."
- Travel date: Wed 27th of September 2006
Great alternative to staying in Dubrovnik
"My wife and I stayed here for 4 nights before heading into Dubrovnik for 3 nights. We had a great time in Cavtat (pronounced Savtat).
The hotel is great value for money. It offers clean, excellently appointed rooms with good air con and a good clean bathroom with an excellent shower. The rooms are tiled throughout and very clean and cool.
We did not have a balcony or sea view, but this was not a major issue as we tended not to spend too much time during the day at the hotel. there was however a shared terrace outside our room which was fine. Most days we headed down to the penninsula and paid a nominal fee for a deck chair or else headed on a day trip.
It is a small family run hotel, which employs a couple of local girls who are more then helpful and very good at their jobs.
On the negative side, the hotel is on quite a steep hill from the town and will take a good 15/20 mins to walk. This did not phase us too much but it would be a problem for someone with health/age/fitness issues. On the plus side there is a bus stop just outside the hotel and the bus will bring you straight into town - 2/3 mins. This bus stop will also service buses into Dubrovnik 25 mins.
The proximity of the airport is also an issue with planes flying overhead. This is however bearable when you see whats on offer in this little town.
All in all We found our stay in Cavtat an excellent one. If we were going back to that region of Croatia, we would stay in the hotel again and not stay in Dubrovnik at all as it is only a short bus ride into Dubrovnik.
We found Dubrovnik busy and expensive and a little too commercial. Cavtat on the other hand is quaint, peaceful with plenty to do and great transport links.
The town of Cavtat is in my opinion most suited to couples who enjoy good food (Seafood especially) and a relaxing time. It is a place we will certainly return to and also stay in the same hotel"
- Travel date: Mon 25th of September 2006
A small hotel, with everything you need
"We spent 11 days from 26th August, and the hotel was exactly as promised on the website. Roger & Leslie and their staff are attentative and efficient without it being obvious. The rooms are very clean and well appointed. The bar and the small pool are just right and the continental breakfast is all you could expect. It is only a few minutes walk down to the harbour, and if you don't fancy the walk back the bus is only 50p!
We had a self drive car, which we found allowed us to see some of the local villages and harbours, and Montenegro with its Old Town of Kotor is within an easy drive to the south. A longer drive and well worth it is to Mostar in Bosnia, which the old town and bridge have been restored. - Roger is a mind of information, when it comes to local knowlege.
An ideal hotel for those wishing to do their own thing, and I would not hesitate to use it again.
John Smith. Tadworth, Surrey"
- Travel date: Thu 21st of September 2006
"Have just spent 7 wonderful days at Castelletto. Lesley, Roger and their Staff made us really welcome. Our room (32, on the top floor) was extremely comfortable and spacious with magnificent views from the balcony. Cavtat itself is beautiful with plenty of bays for swimming, lovely walks around the peninsular and enough cafes and restaurants to ensure that you do not go hungry. Yes it is a steep walk down and back up again to Castelletto but it is worth it for the stunning views. If possible hire a car to see more of Croatia or simply chill out in Cavtat as we did. We highly recommend Castelletto and Cavtat. Do go, you will not be disappointed."
- Travel date: Mon 18th of September 2006
Not as expected but still OK
"We arrived at the airport expecting to be picked up by the hotel to find noone was here. Apparently they did not receive my email to advise the flight changes even though I emailed again to ask if they could confirm in which I had a response!! All was sorted out in the end and they paid for a taxi. We were a party of 3 and found that the owners were not very pleasant to us the first morning at breakfast and wondered if it was the confusion of this as they were friendly to other guests. Throughout the whole time, we often found it difficult to ask for advise on what to do, perhaps it was the wrong time or perhaps it was us. The local women they have working there are very nice and helpful. The rooms are clean and tidy although you do have to ask for new towels or throw them on the bathroom floor to get some fresh ones. We booked well in advance but were only allocated a ground floor room as well which was OK but it would have been better to have a higher room with a bit of a view. (we ended up with room 12) which did have a reasonable size balcony and enough seats to sit out on and have happy hour! One down side of the room was there was no bar fridge in the rooms so you can't buy drinks at the supermarket and keep them cold.
The planes go by throughout the day which is loud and they will go as late as 11pm and early as 6am but you do get used to it and it is not that bad.
Breakfast is quite nice and it is great to get a nice freshly made cup of tea / coffee. Lamb under the bell was lovely.
Cavtat is a lovely place to stay and would highly recommend it for a relaxing holiday. Would I stay there again? Probably but I would make sure they had our flight changes to try to avoid getting off on the wrong foot. I would definitely push for a room on level 2 or 3."
- Travel date: Mon 18th of September 2006
"As 2 couples we stayed at the hotel for 7 nights in Aug 06. Roger, one of our hosts met us at the airport and took us back to the hotel about 10 minutes away. Roger also gets you back in time for your flight home. Here, we me Lesley our other host.
We had rooms 21 and 23. Here's what I thought of room 23. It was on the 1st floor of the 2 storey hotel. No lift, but we did get some help with our bags from the hotel staff. The room was large and had lots of natural light. There was AC.There was a comfortable double bed, bedside cabinets with lights, a wardrobe with hangers,chest of drawers and a desk.In the desk we found a travel plug and mossie repellent plug-in. Bring some spray as well. There are some bitey things around. The bathroom had an excellent shower with constant hot water. Also a good sink and toilet. Clean towels every other day. The cleaning staff do a wonderful job on the rooms. There is a TV with remote control. A balcony with chairs, a table and a reasonable view of the bay. I could find no fault with our room.
Buffet breakfast consisted of tea,coffee,cereals,bread or toast,yoghurt,boiled eggs,ham,cheese,jam and melon. More than enough to get you down the hill into town(More later) Breakfast can be taken inside or out near the pool area.
The pool is small,but good to cool off in. There are sunloungers and chairs. The hotel does Tapas and drinks in the afternoon. Food and drinks available in the evening too. There is internet access for those who can't resist. The hotel has a reading/games room with a variety of books.
Now the journey into town. (READ THE PARAGRAPH AFTER THIS AS WELL PLEASE) This only takes about 6 or 7 minutes. There is a level path from the hotel, past the bus stop and local shop which leads to the path to the town. The path is steep and uneven. You cross a small road which takes you down a few steps. Then onto some larger wider steps. After this, there is a concreted path down into the town. It's something to think about if your walking home each evening. I think the journey into town may prove taxing for the elderly,disabled or those lacking a little fitness. I'm not hear to offend anyone. Just a gentle warning.
GOOD NEWS!!!!!!!!!! There is a bus which stops outside the hotel and runs to and from the town. It does get busy, but also runs late into the evening.
Once into Cavtat, you won't be dissappointed. There is a pleasant stroll past some craft stalls and the yachts which will lead you to many fine restauarants and bars. The restaurants offer similiar fayre, but the fish is excellent. We ate in a different place each evening. The staff have an abrutness about them, but this should not be seen as a fault. Just the way it is. We encountered some real characters and enjoyed a decent level of service. Try the bakery at the bottom of the walk from the hotel. Doughnuts and cake. Also the ice cream shop accross the road. LOVELY!
There are boat trips to Dubrovnik and the surrounding islands. Dubrovnik is 40 mins on the boat 25 minutes on the bus. The large cruise boats deposit tour groups into Dubrovnik in the morning. This makes the Old Town very busy. We avoided this by getting to Dubrovnik about 3.30. We walked around The Old Town, had a drink and got back to the City Wall around 4.30. We had a peaceful 50 minute stroll around The City Wall. Great views and photo opportunities.
The Hotel Castelletto provides an ideal base to enjoy the area. The hotel has a warm, welcoming and considerate feel to it. The staff are always available and willing to help. I would recommend a stay there. I'm sure that you would enjoy it."
- Travel date: Sat 16th of September 2006
Not What Was Expected
"Our experiences at this hotel fell far short of our expectations. We had read the tripadvisor reviews, seen the photos and were quite excited about staying here. So, we booked 2 rooms 5 months in advance and paid the 50% deposit for our family of 2 adults and three teens. One room, described as having a 'terrace', had a sliding door to a narrow concrete patio adjacent to the driveway; the other had a window that opened to the driveway. There was certainly no view with either room.
Interestingly, other guests at the hotel who had suites with balconies told us they had booked much later.
The rooms were clean. Breakfast was basic. Coffee was good.
We did enjoy the 'lamb under the bell' as it afforded us the experience of dining with fellow travellers.
Despite being quoted a roomrate in euros, we had some difficulty when we wanted to pay our balance in euro cash. If we return to Cavtat, we will investigate the accommodation at [--]."
- Travel date: Fri 15th of September 2006
"We spent a wonderful ten days here in 2005. The hotel is well-appointed and the owners are very friendly and helpful, but not over-bearing and they will meet you at the airport if arranged in advance. As they are English, it's easy to find out all the local info, but the Croatian staff are great too. The lamb under the bell dinner is a must!
Cavtat itself is a lovely little town with enough restaurants and bars so you don't get bored. We recommend the Dalmacija and the Ivan and also the little bakers shop just at the bottom of the hill from the hotel. (The climb back up the hill is a bit daunting if you're not too fit - best avoided until after 5.00pm.)
The boat trips to Dubrovnik are great fun and Dubrovnik is a wonderful city - the views from the city walls are breathtaking, some of the shops are fantastic and eating in the little restaurants in the side alleys is a great experience. Try to visit on Saturday night and soak up the ambience with the outdoor bars and jazz bands. Then get the late boat back to Cavtat!
The boat trips out to the various islands off the coast are also well worthwhile and easy to book at the stands by the harbour. Also recommended is the day trip to Mostar if you have time."
- Travel date: Sun 6th of August 2006
Value for money
"Sta ed in room 32 and had best view from a balcony ever. Roger and Lesley go out of their way to make you welcome, as do all their staff.
If you like small and friendly this is ideal, we met lots of really nice people there, and if you just like going for a nice meal and a few drinks seranaded by a choir around the marina, this is a brilliant setting. Would definetely come back again"
- Travel date: Wed 2nd of August 2006
'What a way to spend a 50th Birthday' at the Castelletto
"Just returned from Cavtat after staying at the Hotel Castelletto for 7 days with my family to celebrate my 50th birthday. Both Cavtat and the Hotel Castelletto were fantastic. At the hotel we were made to feel extremely welcome by the owners Lesley and Rodger and all of the staff including Ivana, Dube and the lovely lady who kept our rooms immaculately clean. Both service and food were of the highest quality especially the local Croation dish "Lamb under the Bell" that was severed at the hotel by Andrew and Becca's fair hands. The same can be said for the small bar where Rodger pulled those large chilled Karlovakco beers ( as "Drew" would know) which helped to quench any man's thirst. All the rooms we stayed in had air conditioning, beds very comfortable and well furnished. Overall ,excellent Hotel, which I would recommended highly and only 15 minutes away from the Airport (transfer sorted out by hotel).
Cavtat is a small resort, with lovely scenery, clear water to swim in and various bars and restaurants that one can try the local quisine ( at a fair price). No sandy beaches but lots of areas to sunbathe and swim (don't forget your jellie shoes)."
- Travel date: Sun 23rd of July 2006