Valamar Club Dubrovnik
10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
A very memorable family vacation
"We stayed here a week in May 08 and booked a package holiday through a UK operator. We had the all inclusive option and there were three of us travelling, including our 4 year old son.
The hotel was really nice, very clean and the public areas modern and well looked after. The room was a little on the small side (perhaps because we had an extra single bed in for our son) and the bathroom tiny but we didn't spend much time in the room anyway so we managed just fine. There are rooms with balconies available but I don't think they are any bigger than the normal rooms inside at least.
Meals were excellent with great choice of cold and hot foods and not a chip in sight! We were pleased that the choice could be as healthy (or unhealthy) as you'd like, which is something to think about when travelling with children. There were plenty of vegetables and fish available, all very tasty and varied. Drinks available were also very good and we have no complaints about this at all.
The facilities in the hotel are very good and the team of animators do their best to ensure everyone has a good time. When we went there weren't that many families (mainly older couples or groups) but they still held the mini disco, for example, even if one night our son was the only one there! And they did it with their hearts and not just going through the motions. I suspect it is a lot busier in the summer.
The staff in general was great - very helpful, kind, wanting to do their best and not to be faulted. We had no problems at all and in fact were a bit sad when we came to leave as we thought of them all as family.
Getting to Dubrovnik is easy on the local buses, like other reviewers noted and tickets bought at the hotel are cheaper than those bought at the bus. The no. 6 bus starts and finishes near the Hotel President (part of the Valamar chain and a 10 minute walk away) which means that it's easy to get a seat on the way to town. As I mentioned the hotel is part of a chain and we were able to use the facilities in other hotels nearby (like indoor pool) as they are all a very scenic short walk away.
The Lapad peninsula is also only a short (15 min) walk away along a very safe and scenic coastal path and was a lovely thing to do. There is a pebble beach there too or, closer, there is a shingle beach about 5 min away from the hotel. Both are very pretty and a great alternative to the pool. The outside pool is very large but, unfortunately, not heated so very chilly during our stay (about 18 degrees).
In all we had an excellent time at the club Valamar and would certainly recommend it and hope to go back again some day."
- Travel date: Mon 26th of May 2008
"Having just spent half term week at this hotel, our party was 2 adults and 4 teenagers, I can report that all in all it was a very enjoyable experience. The rooms although basic where clean and well presented, although we did pay the small premium for sea views and I'm not totatly sure but suspect that some of the lower charged rooms might be in need of a refurb. The outside of the hotel and public areas were bright and we'll decorated and seemed always to be being cleaned. We book th all-inclusive light option which included 3 meals a day and your drinks ( local wines, beer and soft drinks) in the resturant. The food was very good, a choice of cold and hot buffets and two or three meats or fish cooked at a grill, plus fresh pizzas made and cooked also in the resturant. If you are all-inclusive and going out for the day asked for a packed lunch before 6 the day before, it was basic but again plentiful. We didn't really get any use from the pool and sports faclilities but there looked to be a wide offering.We were there in the last week of the season so the hotel was pretty quite, wheter we would have enjoyed it as much at full occupancy in the summer may have been another thing but that's just personal taste. the hotel is about a fifteen minute bus ride from the old town, buy your ticket in the hotel shop for 80 Kuna (80p) or on the bus for 100 Kuna, one way. The bus stop is on the main road just along from the hotel entrance of the road, you need to walk a couple of 100 metres up the hotel service road which is asteep incline but nothing any able bodied person wouldn't cope with. The number 6 bus terminates at the Pile Gate for the old town. We paid 50 Euros for a pre-booked minibus (there was 6 of us) from the airport to the hotel, about 30 mins journey but there were loads of taxis outside the terminal waiting. All in all I would highly recomemend the hotel, especially at the all-inclusive room rate we paid.
One more thing, if anybody does visit the hotel can you message me with any repoert on Millie the dog, Millie, apparantley is a stray that has lived around the hotel for the last 5 or 6 years, my daughter fell in love with Millie and used to smuggle a dogy bag out of the resturant at meal times to feed her. Any news would be appreciated as she was a littel hearbreaker but as the hotel recpionist said when I asked if the dog belonged o the hotel she answered, "the hotel belongs to Millie!""
- Travel date: Fri 2nd of November 2007
Just what I wanted
"A nice place, a friendly staff and great value. I requested a quiet room and it was so far away I only heard birdsong. For â¬70.00 I got three buffet meals, all one could eat and some of it pretty good, and wine and beer included. Of course the meals lacked relaxation as we all rushed around foraging at different outlets but it was good fun. A vast pool with sun loungers and overloud music but also five minutes further away a little beach with nice water. And five minutes walk up hill to the regular local bus to the walls of the great old city about 15 minutes away. I loved my three days there."
- Travel date: Thu 23rd of August 2007
nice family hotel
"valamar club is a 3 star hotel, but in my mind its better... me n my friends stayed there 9 nights and 10 days. Location of hotel at babin kuk region; excatly reverse side of the old city. Old city or walled is the turistic area of the dubrovnik. There is a bus stop near to the hotel but, you have to climbe very hard hill!! tickets are one way and 8 kuna at hotel 10 kuna if u buy it from bus. if u wanna go to pile(old city) you must take the buses number 6 or 6A. For new port you must take number 5. By taxi it takes around 65kuna to the pile(old city) from hotel and it takes 260kuna for airport. If u wanna vist montenegro and mostar hotel can help you for tour to that areas. Staff of the hotel is very good and helpfull. We stayed as a all inclusive but its not means that you can eat when ever you want! that means that you can only eat during break fast(from 6 up to 9), lunch(from 12 up to 14) and dinner(from 19 up to 21).. Without that times you must pay. Hotel has tennis, handball, beach volley and ping pong facilities. If u wanna swim in sea just next to the hotel there is a beach its not sandy but in croatia they have not sandy beaches. If you want sandy beach you must go to lopud island. That beach has special infrastructure for disable peoples but hotel has no. Rooms are wide and fully air condittoned. Meals are very tasty but they are serving same things everyday it started to be boring after 3 days. In Dubrovnik life is very cheap, 1 euro= 7.11kuna... trip to mostar 380kuna, returned ticket for lokrum island 35kuna, trip to ealfity islands around 200 kuna( sipan and kolacep has same but lopud has very nice sandy beach you can take boat taransfer from new port its cost 120 kuna for returned ticket."
- Travel date: Sun 5th of August 2007
"Myself and my boyfriend stayed for two weeks last year:
- Room was poor. Fan was so loud we could hardly sleep. Walls were very thin. Wasn't very clean. Found a filthy blanket in the wardrobe.
- Staff not very friendly.
- We are in our late 20's and we didn't see anyone our age in the hotel for the whole two weeks. 99% of guests were over 60.
- The pool and it's location is great. steps from the pool bring you down to a small beach which is beautiful. However, daily poolside 'entertainment' extremely annoying.
- All inclusive food was very poor. Free beer and water was good.
- bus to the old town takes about 10 mins and is very frequent, however very very very steep hill from the hotel to the main road/bus stop.
Overall wouldn't recommend this hotel especially to anyone under 60. We laugh about it now, but never again!!
Mia - Dublin, ireland"
- Travel date: Fri 6th of April 2007
"This hotel is an absolute gem! We went in the October half term and although it was the last week of the season, we were well looked after by the staff and the facilities were wonderful. The situation of the hotel is stunning with the most amazing views from the poolside - it looked better than the pictures in the brocure!
We went all-inclusive and there was loads of lovely food, varied well and plentiful alcohol if wanted. We had a packed lunch from them the one day which was lovely and too much! The surrounding area was quiet and peaceful, with a bus stop right outside for access to the centre of the (much busier) Dubrovnik. The local harbour has the most breathtaking views and the surrounding villages are well worth a visit (we managed to get there on the local buses, despite no-one speaking English!)
I cannot sign the praises of this place high enough!! GO!"
- Travel date: Fri 5th of January 2007
loved hotel minceta
"We had a great time a Hotel Minceta. Staff were very friendly. We were the only English there as no holiday company from England go there so it was great, (hotel next door had bingo for entertainment!) French and Germans very friendly and Veronika of the animation team made time to talk to us. Food very good for the money and we had plenty of choice. We were eating 3 four course meals a day! With plenty of wine and beer of not bad quality. Rooms basic but we were hardly in them. Bed comfy. Location is superb and well worth upgrading to a balcony with a sea view. You can take drinks up to your balcony and watch the cruise liners and fishing boats coming back of the evening. You can see the lights in the villages in the hills at night. Pool is great with plenty of sunbeds but is cold. There is is very pictureque walk from the hotel all along the coast to where the cruise liners stay. Well worth doing but you must be sure footed! We missed our flight home and Smilja, manager of the reception sorted everything out for us. She then upgranded us (out of sympathy!) to a room with a balcony where we spent the remaining two days. Buses easy to use to get to the main attraction, Dubrovnik. We will definately be taking friends back."
- Travel date: Fri 26th of May 2006
"Well i went to the hotel minceta for 2 weeks with my family and my first impressions were good and it looked very nice and you could hear the music playing and people having fun, after a few days the meals started gettin really boring and tasteless and after eating out the food at the hotel was horribe.
i ate salad all week.
The pools were very nice and the reps were very friendly but they didnt do very much, and at night the entertainment was quiet rubbish.
i advise that people who are disabled or have heart problem like me should be very carefull because there is about 400 stairs to get to the pool and back to a room, there is one rampo but then it just randomly stops!
The weather is good but there was a few days which was really bad storms. there is a kids park and football pitch and all together i had a good time. But it could of been better!
I do recommend but eat out if you do."
- Travel date: Mon 23rd of January 2006
Poor all inclusive
"A clean environment with reasonably nice rooms. Great pool if you can get down to it as there are many stairs. The hill outside the hotel to get to the road is very steep, unsuitable hotel for aged or disabled people. All inclusive service advertised but very limited. No spirits until 6pm, poor cola and soft drinks. No snacks available through day, eat at set times or not at all. The poorest all inclusive I have tried."
- Travel date: Mon 31st of October 2005
"We were a bit concerned about trying an all inclusive hotel for the first time as sometimes they get bad press.
We need not have been worried at all as the Hotel Minceta was absolutely great. The staff bent over backwards to be helpful and nothing was too much trouble.
The food was very good and the choice excellent. The situation was also lovely and the views from the rooms which overlook the sea was beautiful. Lots of cruise ships came into port which was quite interesting to watch, particularly when they turned around to leave again.
We would certainly recommend the hotel to anyone who enjoys the sun and sea. They also had an excellent pool area and everwhere was beautifully clean."
- Travel date: Mon 26th of September 2005