13 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
A great deal of money spent on the refurbishment. When we were here 15yrs ago it wasn't so smart but the food was 10 times better !
"Friendly efficient staff. Breafast was quite acceptable but the dinner I wouldn't give to a dog. It looked much the same every day and indeed served up the following day ! The soup changed colour but still tasted of nothing. You cannot lower the air con below 21c as I was told it's Hotel policy and too expensive. I told him I could not sleep with it so warm and he reluctantly lent me a fan. If you're hoping for the promissed satalite TV all you will get in English is the BBC news. All the other programmes are in German or French.
As for the so called 'private ' hotel beach if you can find a sunbed that isn't broken it will probably be occupied by a local family whith several noisy children. No-one cares that they are not allowed there and that that the residents have to lie down on the bare concrete.
Last but not least. the Hotel is directly under flight pathe into Dubrovnik and the planes come over very low ( you can see the windows on some ) about every 10 / 15 mins 24/7."
- Travel date: Fri 1st of June 2018
Almost perfect but for nearby deafening 'music' until early hours
"This hotel has a perfect location yards from the sea. Room good standard with balcony and lovely sea view. Buffet style breakfast and evening meal offered excellent choice. Waiters and waitresses were polite and helpful. Bathing platforms offered easy access into sea. Large area was cordoned off for bathers. There was a dalmatian folk group one evening over dinner and on another evening, a couple of excellent singers provided a varied repetoire of well-known songs.
Walking into town was a matter of a few minutes. Plenty of restaurants nearby and fascinating harbour.
Walks around the 2 penninsulas (one of which was lit up at night) offered beautiful views.
Only thing that was bad about this idyllic holiday was the deafening 'music' that resounded from a nearby location until well into the early hours 3 out of our 7 nights. Even with the air-conditioning on full and door shut, it could still be heard clearly. One night it went on until after 4am; another night until after 2am. "
- Travel date: Sat 8th of August 2009
Hotel Cavtat is to be recommended!
"Croatia was a first for my husband and myself, so we had no idea what to expect - what a super surprise! The hotel itself was far nicer thatn I expected a 3* to be - spotlessly clean everywhere, very good sized rooms with more than one chair, comfortable beds and pillows, little balcony with table & chairs, more than adequate bathroom and good air-conditioning which was necessary as it was very hot! The buffet style breakfast and evening meal was great in our opinion, plenty of choice, and the chef and the rest of staff were brilliant. The hotel manager (Nelly) is friendly and extremely efficient, and does her job very well. We had the most amazing view from our room - overlooking the marina in Cavtat, we can't remember ever seeing such a beautiful view and coastline. It was an easy walk to the town itself (ideal for all ages and degrees of mobility - no steep climbs), with more beautiful views of trees, mountains, crystal clear water (apparently regular samples of sea water are taken for safety tests, but when you see all the fish and other sea creatures, you know it must be clean). Around our hotel was quiet at night, when we needed it to be, but the short walk into town ended in nice bars and cafes and super restaurants (try the "Ivan" - it's great), nice local produce shops (no tat), and a nice lively, "buzzy" atmosphere without being mindlessly frenetic. There was a noticeable lack of rubbish, chewing gum, dog mess and rowdiness - with everyone just looking happy to be there. Dead easy to get to Dubrovnik by bus (nearby little bus station), and come back on the ferry. We can recommend the 'glassboat' trips, which are very good value, and the luxury coach excursion to Ston and Trsteno which included a seafood light lunch and glass of wine. I could go on - but suffice it to say, we had no negative comments to make at all, and we would like to go back very soon - something we have not done yet with any other holiday."
- Travel date: Tue 24th of July 2007
just back from our first trip to Cavtat...
"just back from our first trip to Cavtat and it is hard to be objective about the hotel because of the overwhelming beauty and peace of the town itself.
Ok, so the hotel Cavtat is a basic 3 star hotel in a prime location. Make sure you get a real sea view, ours was glorious but we were aware that many rooms have trees obscuring the view and some are right on the road, which can be a little noisy. As with every hotel in the town, planes pass over several times a day, but we did not find the noise intrusive.
The half board was a buffet and was fair but basic and lacked flair, we stayed a week but if we were staying 2 it would be better to have the good hot and cold breakfast and eat out in one of the many good and cheap restaurants in the town.
Staff were mixed, from very good front of house and waiters to very tip oriented ones. Reception staff were poor and we were particularly irritated that on day of departure we were not leaving until 5pm and were told it would be 10 pounds to keep the room, only to be waved away and told by someone who did not even check that they were full and we had to be out by noon, particularly annoying as several people appeared for the pick up fresh from a siesta in their rooms!
Overall we will definately return to Cavtat, and would not write off this hotel as it was clean, comfortable and ideally situated."
- Travel date: Mon 23rd of July 2007
A good hotel in a great location
"We booked the Hotel after reading Trip Advisor reviews and were pleased with our choice. The Hotel is a good 3 star in a very good small harbour location, most rooms have great sea views and it is only a short walk to the main and very charming harbour area. The staff are polite and efficient though could do with smiling more! The rooms and public areas are well cleaned. The hotel is only 3 miles from the airport which is great for the transfer time but you do hear the planes landing and taking off during the day - roughly every 30-60 minutes. There was also a bit of building noise nearby but this was away from the hotel and is to expected in a place attracting investment as Croatia is right now..
One other thing to mention is that locals also use the sunbathing areas and hotel's loungers in front of the hotel and being smallish it gets quite busy, especially at week-ends.
There are loads of good excursions on offer and we found the best local operator to be Atlas Travel.
The hotel food was good if you are a buffet lover.
Overall it is good value for money."
- Travel date: Mon 11th of June 2007
"First impressions were not great (late at night and raining) but they improved following morning. Rooms were clean and spacious with lovely viels from balcony even with trees in the way. Breakfast was lovely for first week and a bit. Buffet style with lots of choice got a bit boring after a little while but that is to be expected. Champagne on sunday morning was a nice touch. Had dinner in hotel once and it was nice buffet style. Spoke to some people who said it didn't change much on a day to day basis. WOuld recommend going B&B as there is lots of lovely restaurants very nearby. Location is perfect within 5 minutes walk to the centre of the town. On top floor there is a lovely sun balcony which is perfect for sunbathing if you are not interested in swimming (as down by the hotels beach!!! can be very crowded) although the swimming is really nice I would recommend swim shoes as it is very stony.Not much nightlife in the hotel or the town although hotel is much quieter there is music 2 a week but it finishes at 10ish after the dinner. One fo the pluses for this hotel was the book swap outside the breakfast room people leave books they have read and you can get new ones which I thought was brilliant. If you are a coffee or tea lover bring your own kettle as hotels don't supply them. Overall I would recommend this hotel."
- Travel date: Sun 3rd of September 2006
"Just returned from a fantastic holiday in the Hotel Cavtat which, in my opinion, has the best location of all the hotels in the small town. The hotel faces the sea and directly in front there is a bathing platform from which you can swim in the clear, clean sea or if you prefer, you can idle the time away on a sunbed. The hotel was delightful with bright, airy rooms, friendly staff and the hotel food was delicious. Access to Dubrovnik is easy; you can take a boat or catch the bus and both services are frequent -either way, the journey takes about 45 mins. There are also boats to take you to different islands and villages.
The town centre is about 5 mins away and there are many bars and restaurants with lots of different choices on offer. I think that this particular hotel would suit most people although I would not recommend this for young single people."
- Travel date: Fri 4th of August 2006
Great location in itself and for Dubrovnik
"This is a straight-forward hotel right on one Cavtat's bays. It doesn't pretend to be 5 Star, but the rooms are clean, it does have functioning air conditioning in the rooms, a reasonable food selection for breakfast and friendly and helpful staff. Meals can be taken on the terrace overlooking the bay and the narrow road in front is not that busy. On the other side of the road, the cordoned off area for swimming in the bay is perfect - steps and showers and probably a lot cleaner than the main Cavtat bay the other side of the promotory which caters for the ferry boats and floating gin palaces. If I have any complaint about the hotel it is that the bathroos (showers only) are very basic. We were lucky to have a room with a good view - some are partly blocked by the trees.
There is a wealth of good restaurants at Cavtat so no need to go half board. There are a couple of ATMs to top up your local currency, but credit cards were also accepted at most restaurants. The ferry boat to Dubrovnik, or the islands, is good fun. The bus (no 10) might be cheaper, and run later, but you need to check exactly where to get off above the Old Town to avoid going too far into Dubrovnik proper.
When you go swimming elsewhere, either wear flip flops or watch out for the sea urchins on the rocks. That apart it is a very civilised place for a holiday!"
- Travel date: Wed 2nd of August 2006
Hotel Cavtat - perfect for us
"Just home in Ireland after a weeks stay in Hotel Cavtat. We really enjoyed our stay and would come to this hotel again if we return to Cavtat. We arrived late on Sunday night around 11 and on checking in were told there was dinner waiting in our room. In our room was a plate with cold meats, cheese, egg and bread, a carton of juice and apples. It was a lovely surprise and just what we needed after the flight. I have never recieved this in a hotel before and was delighted. All the staff were friendly. We choose to stay half board because it was only 36 euro extra each. I thought we might only eat there once or twice but we ended up eating there every night except our last night. It wasn't top class amazing food but it was ideal. It was buffet style with lots of salads, breads and soups for starter, 4 or 5 main courses (fish, vegetarian, turkey, veal, pasta) to choose from and 3 or 4 vegetables (broccolli, cauliflower, peas, etc). There were lots of deserts, ice cream and fruits. We found the wine a little expensive here (similar to home) compared to other bars up the town. We found the hotel clean. We were supposed to have a sea view but really it was a view of a garden (unless you leaned over the balcony to see the sea). The lift is also a little noisy but if you have a few drinks before bed you won't even notice it."
- Travel date: Tue 20th of June 2006
"Quick transfer from airport. Staff helpful and friendly.Food good, varied - buffet style.
Excellent location in centre of village and close to bus stops to Dubrovnik and elsewhere. Short walks to the ferries. There are other walks close by.
Suggest you upgrade to sea-view rooms, from where the scenery is spectacular. Our double room was slightly on the small side - others looked bigger!!
Nice public rooms and there is a terrace on the roof."
- Travel date: Tue 8th of November 2005
2 visits and very satisfied
"an excellent 3 star hotel in a superb location. Pleasant staff and above average buffet food encouraged us to return in Sept and we were equally satisfied. Rooms and whole hotel spotless, well maintained and with gorgeous location in village. Buffet food always freshly cooked, well presented and a number of options. An excellent hotel and village for the over 40's"
- Travel date: Mon 24th of October 2005
"Set in a peacefull location over the road from the shore this is only 5 minutes walk to the village quayside with all its bars and restaurants. SUGGEST YOU ASK FOR A SEAVIEW ROOM WHEN BOOKING OR ON ARRIVAL AS THE CLIFF FACE IS NOT AN APPEALING OPTION."
- Travel date: Sat 1st of October 2005