17 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"We stayed at the Ibersostar Albatross during October half term. The hotel was excellent certainly lived up to the reviews we read.
The location is superb, directly opposite the pebbly beach.
We had glorious weather (24 degress) which helped, but the pool area and terraces were lovely. There was also a large indoor pool and fitness centre.
The hotel was quiet because of the time of year and the guests were a mixture of English and German. Even though it was quiet, there were plenty of staff and we found them to be friendly and helpful. But the beach sports (pedaloes etc) were not operating and some things like hotel's lunch restaurant was not open. But the snack bar was, so there was no problem. In addition there were a few eateries immediately next door to the hotel and these were good.
The food was excellent, buffet style. Breakfast: full range of Enflish, plus cold meats and cheeses. In addition, there was a chef cooking pancakes to order. They also offered a wide range of pastries and meals for those with special diets.
Evening meals were also excellent, with at least 4 hot meat dishes. They also did pizza and pasta (2-3 diiferent kinds each night), plus 3 different types of soup, a wide range of salds, as well as 2 chef who would fry whatever the dish of the day was. This varied from veal to burgers. They also offer chips and kids early suppers. There really was something for everyone.
Animation: although we did not have children with us, we noted from the board that the childen's clubs were from ages 4 - 14, with the usual min-disco before the main evening entertainment.
The rooms were a reasonable size with safe and mini bar.
Don't bother to buy bottled water, drink it from the tap, as it is all sources from a natural spring. It tastes fine and the rep told us that the bottled water is ofter filled this way. But we drank it all the time and it was fine.
If you want sun in the afternoon, try ask ing for block A - side sea view (pool view rooms) as the sun comes up over block B and hists these rooms in the afternoon.
There is a boat that goes from opposite the hotel to Dubrovnik for Â£8 return. In addition there was a glass bottom boat and another
operating an excursion around the local islands.
Costs: Good value for money. Soft drinks were approximately 12Kuna (Â£1.20) and cocktails in the hotel 25 Kuna (Â£2.50). Tea and coffee 1 Kuna (Â£1.00). Toated sandwiches at the hotel 20 -25 Kuna (Â£2 -2.50). Meals out - main meal for 2 with drinks Â£20 -225.
We walk at a fairly sedate pace, but really enjoyed walking into Cavtat. It took us about 20 - 25minutes. The brochures all say 800m - 10 minutes, but we took our time. There are some wonderful views on the way.
Would definitely go again!!"
- Travel date: Mon 6th of November 2006
Excellent holiday - couldn't have been better!
"Having found a last minute deal to this hotel with Holiday Options, I read the reviews for the hotel here and booked it straight away. So thank you to all those who wrote their reviews because we were not disappointed, in fact we had one of the best holidays we have ever had!
I have to admit we had our concerns about it being dangerously close to the end of the season and places being closed. These fears were unfounded and the hotel was still full of staff and cleaners despite being very quiet. I would even go as far to recommend hotel Albatros as well as Cavtat at this time of year as you get all the benefits but without the crowds.
I cannot fault the hotel for cleanliness, atmosphere, food, facilities or staff â all were excellent. We never stayed in the hotel in the evening and therefore know little of the entertainment. Similarly, we went out a lot during the day so never used any of the daytime activities put on by the hotel staff. From what we did see, they seemed well organised and the poolside âcocktail happy hourâ was certainly not to be missed! The dinners were excellent with masses of choice and all the mains cooked fresh in front of you â no stagnant foods sitting around in this buffet! Too much choice for me as I regularly returned to my seat with a bit of everything on my plate!
The rooms were lovely, and Iâd recommend requesting a room on âAâ side of building as this gets most of the sun through the day and benefits from the spectacular sunsets.
I wouldnât want to spoil peopleâs fun in experimenting with local restaurants or cafes, but a warning to wine connoisseurs out there â Croatia clearly has good wine growing potential, I fear though that it still lacks the finesse of creating the wine as it can taste quite intense. Careful when getting the cheaper wines as that can be quite abrupt!!
Of the harbour front cafÃ© bars, Zinos does good cold beer, Kamen Mali does pretty good wine (although 25kn a glass - Â£2.50) The cafÃ© next door to Restaurant Cavtat on the harbour front (canât remember the name) also does relatively good wine very cheap at just 12Kn (Â£1.20 a glass), CafÃ© Akora similarly does good cheap wine and beer. I am assured by my boyfriend that Croatia on the whole does good beer.
Venturing further afield, there are plenty of lovely walks around the hotel for the more energetic (less energetic a stroll round the Rat peninsula is easy and lovely). Dubrovnik is a day out not to be missed and the ferry is a far more fun way to get there. There are boats that go from outside the front of the hotel regularly. A small warning if buying a return ticket, they then restrict you to going back on particular boats, therefore restricting your movements slightly in Dubrovnik â we got singles so we were free to return when we chose (Single Â£5, Return Â£8). Montenegro in my mind is certainly not to be missed, Cavtat is just 15mins from the boarder and once into Montenegro the scenery is fantastic, almost like fiord lands with calm sea bays and dramatic mountains! It is a bit of a long day out, but worth it. Similarly a bus trip to Mostar in Bosnia Herzegovina is a very interesting and eye-opening trip with war damage still everywhere, well recommended day out! Warning - it can got hot (Average 40âC in summer)
I could go on all day about Cavtat, the Hotel Albatros and Croatia â I would recommend it to anyone!"
- Travel date: Mon 23rd of October 2006
We have just got back from a lovely fort...
"We have just got back from a lovely fortnight away in Cavtat. The resort is small but perfectly formed and welcomes visitors of all nationalities.
We stayed at the Albatros, which is a good 4 star hotel. It has good-sized rooms, with adequate air conditioning and a great maid service. Beds are bigger than king-size and very comfy!
The food is good quality international buffet style, but it became a little dull towards the end of the two weeks. There is always plenty and it is always hot - have your wits about in the buffet as not everyone queues like the British!
The pool is lovely and quite a relief from the heat. It is kept clean and tidy by very thorough pool men. Our only comment is that the guttering cover around the pool could do with replacing - keep an eye on little feet when running around the pool.
The sun beds were plentiful if you got up at 7am. By 7.45 all beds under the canopied shades (very useful) were bagged, and the rest had gone by nine. We ended up using the philosophy if you can't beat them; join them when we wanted sun beds. There were mattresses and towels provided and umbrellas if you needed them.
The staff in the hotel were very friendly and extremely efficient. Don't be put off if they seem a little abrupt to begin with - they're not at all, but as they are having to translate to English for us sometimes forget the pleasantries. Jadranka (pronounced Yadranka) on the Aperitif bar works like a Trojan and was very friendly - loved my Mojitos, made with mint from her garden! The staff seem to have individual roles, e.g. the table clearers won't take your drink order, but will send you a wine waiter.
Tap water is absolutely fine and having a fridge in the room really helped as we filled two sports bottles and chilled them overnight. Don't use the mini bar facility - head to the local mini market, just into main Cavtat. We found the hotel wine prices quite high, and the bottles in the shop Â£7 or Â£8 cheaper.
The water taxi to Dubrovnik is excellent - Â£8 return each (80 Kuna). Very efficient, and a lovely way to travel. Dubrovnik itself is significantly more expensive than Cavtat (add Â£1 for a pint). Beautiful old city, have your walking shoes on and something to cover your shoulders if it is hot. We walked the walls, which was hot but worth it! It cost Â£5 each. Lots of steps all round the Old Town so not suitable for the less able traveller, Cavtat however is good.
Eating out in Cavtat can be as expensive or as cheap as you like. Beer was Â£1.50 a pint; unfortunately soft drinks are quite pricey at about Â£1.30 a bottle. Domizana, just next to the hotel does excellent food, we ate there a couple of times in the evening - fish and meat beautiful. A three-course meal with beer and wine was Â£45. At lunch they do excellent pizzas from Â£2.50 each (small ones are actually quite large). There are plenty of pizza and pasta places in the marina/harbour in Cavtat.
The walk from the hotel to Cavtat is pleasant, shaded and on the level. There is a very nice ice-cream place on the way and a couple of restaurants. You are walking on a one-way road (unless you're a scooter), and there is a white line that we called the fair game line! Stay on the correct side of it!
The harbour side is fab. We saw lots of expensive yachts (to the tune of Â£100 000 to charter for a week!) It is lovely to watch the world go by and dream of owning one of them. Our favourite cafe was Zino's, where the service was always friendly and the beer cold! Locals (included the Port Authority bloke) have their morning, lunchtime and evening coffee there, so it must be okay! The loo's are spotless which is always a bonus! There are plenty of other places to eat and drink, but the owners don't pounce on you as you pass.
We did a jeep safari from the hotel - great fun and a fabulous meal. You even get to drive!!
Overall, we had a great time. You can do as much or as little as you like. We have come back relaxed and we would love to go back.
- Travel date: Tue 22nd of August 2006
We spent 2 weeks at the beginning of Jun...
"We spent 2 weeks at the beginning of June at the Iberostar Albatros in Cavtat and I will try and give readers some up to date info for 2006. Firstly, anyone who wants to go to this hotel please look at doing it yourself. We booked the hotel direct with www.iberostar.com for 1000 for 2 of us. The flights I booked with www.ba.com from Manchester for 307 for 2 of us. The previous week the price had been 211 but the hotel prices were not on line at the time. The only downside was that I had to pay for everything in January when booking. Holiday Options and Balkan Holidays both wanted around 1765 for the same deal so I saved over ?450!!!! I then arranged taxi transfers with taxiservicedubrovnik.com. The service he provided was great, his driver met us at the airport with our name on a card. He was in touch throughout the holiday regarding the return transfer which he did personally. The cost was 80HK each way.
The flights with BA were great - leather seats, 31in seat pitch, ok breakfast but only a cheese roll on the return, no in-flight entertainment but itâs only a short flight. You can check-in online 24 hours beforehand so you can book yourself the extra legroom seats near exits with a bit of luck. Apparently the first 9 rows also have 34 inches legroom but I canât vouch for that.
Dubrovnik airport is small and well organised. We landed at 11am and were in the hotel foyer by 11.30! The Albatross is as good as everyone says, (see www.holidays-uncovered.co.uk) massive beds and great food. I had asked for a top floor room as near to the sea as possible. We were in A427 which faced the pool and the sunsets! Marvellous. The bathrooms have a heated towel rail and hairdryer. You get a safe, satellite TV, air-con and mini-bar (empty) but store your own drinks all at no extra cost.
You can pay a 100HK deposit for a pool towel card and then get a clean pool towel whenever you like. You get your full deposit back at the end. The sunbeds are mega. They are strong and plenty big enough for my 6ft 3in husband. You also get free mattresses. If you want to swim in the sea you can walk across onto the beach, have a swim and still come back to your sunbed.
It was my husbandâs birthday whilst we were away and I asked at reception if they would put him a fruit basket in the room. I offered to pay but this was done free of charge. They also brought him a small birthday cake at dinner.
Between 4 and 5pm it is happy hour and cocktails are 20HK. Free aperitifs are served on Thursday when it is Dalmatian night. The snack bar is very reasonable with a mixed sandwich or toasties being 15HK and Coke 14HK. The tap water is safe to drink - we did with no ill effects. There is a little shop in the foyer selling gifts, sweets, beach goods etc.
I must also mention the Star Friends who are brilliant. They work really hard and not many people were joining in really. Mainly the clients were elderly when we were there and many different nationalities. No chavs. The Star Friends are really good linguists and try really hard. Maya has such an infectious giggle, she was great.
There is all the info you need in the foyer regarding buses to Dubrovnik etc. You have to walk to the village for the public bus No 10 which is 12HK each way. If you look where you are going you can get off the bus just as you are entering Dubrovnik and going down a hill. You can then cross the road and walk down to the Old Town (Stari Grad) through the old narrow streets. It takes 5-10 minutes and all downhill. Saves you having to go to the bus terminus and get a connection. We did this twice and caught a water taxi back (50HK), (80HK return). Buses and boats run frequently. There is also a tourist bus service from the Hotel at 09.15 and 11.15 I think (20HK) which returns at 15.00 but we never tried this.
It now costs 50Hk to walk the walls. Several of the museums and monasteries also charged this.
Cavtat (Savtat) is about a 15 minute walk from the hotel. The road has just been resurfaced (as it has around the Rat peninsula) and the white line has been repainted. Traffic is allowed in only one direction. There are several little bars/shops/ice-cream parlours on the way. Pizzeria Kabaleros is one of the first. I reckon you could get a 2-course meal for 2 there with wine for 20HK but we only had lunch there. We ate at Restaurant Dalmacija twice and Galija once. Really nice food and everything for 330HK - 350HK. Same price to have dinner in Dubrovnik. If you like seafood and wine you will think youâve died and gone to heaven. There are several restaurants, bars and tourist shops in Cavtat. There is a mini-market, post-office, 2 banks and 4 ATMs which were easy to use but one thing we noted was that they donât give you your card back until after the money so donât leave it! We found 2 public phones in the village. Get a 50Hk telephone card from a tobacconists shop and you can just phone straight through to home and get quite a long call. There are some beautiful old buildings in the village and a lovely bay where you can watch the yachts. The cheapest and friendliest bar we found was about half way round, called Zino's. A large draught beer was 12HK, 18HK for a small bottle of wine and free nibbles. At other places large beer was anything from 12 - 17HK. There are a lot of pizzerias in Croatia, with small pizzas starting at about 30HK. Ice-creams are about 10Hk for 2 big dollops.
We booked a boat trip through the Balkan Hols rep although there are plenty of places advertising boat trips. I wanted to make sure it was a big boat. We paid 340HK each but it was worth every penny. It was the Captainâs Choice trip on a replica galleon, the Tirena. There were only 11 of us on the trip (all British) and it rained most of the day but we had a fantastic time. The food was great and plenty of free wine with lunch. We were also entertained by Dalmatian musicians. The Croatians running this trip were fantastic. In general we found the Croatians to be a very morose race. They did not smile much and if you tried to say 'pleaseâ or 'thank you' in Croatian there was no response at all.
We hired a car from Rubikon Car Hire which was in the Hotel. The chap speaks really good English but seems obsessed that you have a Nissan Almera. Maybe thatâs all heâs got. Anyway we paid ?188 for 4 days but this was including everything and the extra insurance you need if you are going to Montenegro. He wanted cash so we had to go to the bank to get it (he said we could pay when we returned the car!) You have to keep the headlights on all the time in Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia. Ours had inadvertently been turned off and we were pulled over by the police in Kotor. Thereâs loads of police about. He wanted 50 and when my husband said we hadnât got it (weâd only taken '30) after a while he came down and accepted '20 and put it in his back pocket (no ticket). Apparently this is quite a common occurrence and they always try to get more money out of you. Montenegro is lovely, loads of old towns, Budva is really well set up for tourists. Sveti Stefan is good as well. With us going early in the season there was no queuing to get through the customs for Montenegro or Bosnia. If you do not want to drive all the way around the Bay of Kotor there is a ferry which fits about 25 cars on and costs ?3.50.
We had a drive up to Mostar as well - lovely scenery -took about 2? Hours. It was a bit spooky with a lot of bombed and abandoned buildings. The old Town is extremely commercialised. They have their own currency but they will accept euros and I think Kuna.
We also drove along the Peljesac peninsula and left the car in Orebic - another 2 ? hour drive - and caught the passenger ferry to Korcula. This was a lovely little Old Town but smaller than Dubrovnik.
Plat and Mlini, the next 2 villages to Cavtat didnât have a lot to offer. There are no signposts anywhere to tell you where to get down to the sea. You just have to guess. The petrol was about 89p a litre. The Croatian drivers are mad. If you keep to the speed limits there is nothing to worry about. We have been on a lot worse roads in Greece but it does take a long time to get anywhere. Itâs worth it though. What a super holiday!
- Travel date: Mon 21st of August 2006
Just returned from a wonderful holiday....
"Just returned from a wonderful holiday.
Hotel was lovely and very clean towels changed every day. Only two points I would make the balcony was small and the drinks at the all-inclusive bar were served in plastic cups all the time. I agree during the day, but in the evening it would have been nice to have a proper glass.
The view from the hotel was wonderful and would recommend you pay the extra for a sea view with balcony as quite a lot of the rooms do not have a balcony.
Out and about was lovely and very safe, the walk into Cavtat took about 15 minutes and the harbour was very nice.
If you want to treat yourself eating out was cheap around Â£20
for a lovely meal and drinks for two people (Would recommend the fish of the day).
We had a great time and hope to go back sometime.
- Travel date: Thu 30th of June 2005