12 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
We booked our holiday in January with Ba...
"We booked our holiday in January with Balkan Holidays. We were told it would be a 2 hour 30minute transfer but had to wait an extra 2 hours for transport from Spilt to the Island of Hvar. Balkan Holidays used the services of Holiday Option Reps during our transfer who were very helpful.
The hotel is very large. It was under the name of Mina when we booked, but has since changed its name to Hvar. Our room was basic but reasonable. The shower room was very modern.
Unfortunately there isn't any air conditioning in the rooms, apart from the dining room, a mistake we didn't realise until we got there. We there during the heat wave of July when temperatures were 40+!
The hotel is very much for families and most people where AI. There didn't appear to be any English guests. A bit too noisy if you are not use to lots of music until late evening. We think Balkan Holidays could have explained this better in there brochure.
The meals are ok. Lots of fish but also different selections of meats. Not much choice of desserts but there is a fantastic ice cream cocktail cafe in the village.
The Balkan Holiday Rep came to the hotel twice and spent a good hour with us explaining things about the area and was generally very helpful.
The Island of Hvar is larger than we expected so it takes a while to get to various places. Local transport is cheap but go early as buses get very full. Biking around is great and only Â£5 for a full day. We were able to stop at various quite coves and go swimming. The sea is so inviting.
On leaving the hotel at 6.45am we had a wakeup call at 6.am. Again no services of a Balkan Rep on our journey. Jelsa is a lovely place to stay but if you are looking for peace and quiet choose an apartment on a quite side of the village."
- Travel date: Mon 30th of July 2007
"A fantastic hotel 15-20 minutes beautiful walk from Hvar. The resturant , the view and the possibilities to take baths in the crystal clear water it really worth a stay! Nothing for toddlers though since there is no real beach."
- Travel date: Sun 1st of October 2006
Loved the Podstine!
"After sifting through many hotels on the Internet, we came across the Podstine and liked the looks of it right off the bat. We (my boyfriend and I) were not disappointed. It's a beautiful little boutique hotel nestled up against the cliff, with a few levels of outdoor terraces overlooking the ocean. We ate dinner on one of the terraces a couple of nights--very beautiful, food was good, and the setting could not have been nicer.
The "beach" itself was also very nice, and the water was warm enough to swim in in mid-September.
We did not have an ocean view room, and though small, it was clean, well-equipped, and modern. (And it seemed very reasonable for $125/night.)
Yes, the Podstine is about a 15-20 minute walk from the town of Hvar, but this sense of isolation and secludedness is what gives it its charm. We passed bigger hotels like the Amfora (closer to the town), and though those might have been better equipped overall, they seemed very busy and touristy, and the beaches were not as nice as ours.
In sum: I would DEFINITELY recommend the Podstine... it was perhaps our best memory of Hvar and Croatia."
- Travel date: Thu 28th of September 2006
"We are just back from two weeks at the Podstine Hotel. We had booked a room with a sea view and were not disappointed. The view was spectacular. Our room was large and well appointed, and the bathroom the same. Our balcony was more like a terrace - we met an American couple one night, and the 4 of us comfortably sat on the balcony and cleaned out the mini-bar (theirs too!). We found the staff extremely helpful and professional, and were always greeted with a smile. The concrete terrace on to the water's edge is much more attractive and spacious than it sounds, and is great for diving into the clearest water I've ever seen.
Hvar Town is one of the most beautiful towns you will ever see. Try to eat at the Bounty Restaurant at the water's edge just as the sun is going down - pure bliss.
We will be going back to Hvar!"
- Travel date: Sat 23rd of September 2006
"Great hotel, friendly and helpful staff, lovely location - although it is a 20 minute walk into town - and even longer if you walk along the coastal path the whole way!
Alot of couples and older guests.
Rooms were clean and comfortable. Breakfast was excellent!
Would definitely recommend!"
- Travel date: Fri 22nd of September 2006
lovely hotel, lovely location
"We were a little frightened when one of the road signs indicated that the Podstine was a one star hotel. Happily, it was mislabelled.
It's a very nice hotel in an ideal, peaceful location, an easy 20 minute walk from Hvar town (which can get really noisy at night). The rooms are large, clean, quiet and ours had a good sized balcony with a gorgeous view. The bathrooms are modern with stall showers.
The hotel's private beach is not too crowded, convenient and the water is crystal clear.
The restaurant is good, although the waiters can get a little pushy, and try and get you to order far more food than you can possibly eat.
The people at reception can be a little dour and one of them directed us to a ferry that we shouldn't have taken which forced us to loose several hours on the way to Dubrovnik.
Nonetheless, I'd gladly stay there again. It was a truly blissful interlude."
- Travel date: Sat 16th of September 2006
Lovely small hotel with a great view
"We had a wonderful 6 night stay in this hotel. Had booked a room with a sea-view and we were not disappointed. The view was amazing and each evening we sat on our balcony sipping cocktails and enjoying the stunning scenery. We found the staff friendly and helpful. Location wise it was a good walk into the town but we did it every morning and evening. Make sure you have good shoes/sandals on for the walk. The square in the town is beautiful with lots of restaurants and plenty of buzz with all the yachts docking. Would love to return here."
- Travel date: Tue 22nd of August 2006
"We stayed at the Podstine for 5 nights in July. This location is excellent, situated on a lovely cove away from the hustle of Hvar; yet close enough to stroll (or a short cab ride) into town. The beach scene (not really a beach, more of a terrace on the water) has lounge chairs, clear cool water, and a friendly laid back vibe. We meet some wonderful people and really relaxed. There is a dive shop right next door, the diving in the area is not great according to my husband but fun all the same, my 13 year old son took an intro class which he loved. This is a three star hotel, not a lot of extras but what they do they do right. Clean and quiet rooms, good restaurant and perfect location on the island of Hvar. I highly recommend this hotel.
An good new restaurant in Hvar is Yaksa, fresh imaginative food; this place doesn't have the same menu as every other restaurant. We loved it so much we ate there twice."
- Travel date: Tue 15th of August 2006
"I booked the hotel after looking at it's website and have to say that it does not do it justice. We had a room with a tiny balcony but that did not matter as the bed was incredibly comfortable and I had chosen a standard room, which was cleaned every day and was perfectly fine. My friend was upgraded to a room with sea view and their balcony was amazing so if you can stretch to the extra cost I would recommend you do so. The best part of the hotel though was the restaurant which had the friendliest and most professional staff I have encountered at a three star hotel. It was outside and had beautiful views over the bay which are not shown to their full potential on the website. The food was very nice, I would heartily recommend the grilled vegetable starter and the salads were huge and very tasty. The steaks were also very good, I especially liked the steak with truffles (although the truffles were not that prominent), and they were actually cooked as requested and very tender! The hotel is about a 15 minute walk to the main town but if you take the scenic route it is a very nice walk along the coast, and if you do not fancy the walk you can get the hotel minibus which will cost about 200 kunas each, although this only runs until about 11pm and taxis back do not run late at night. The hotel has its own "beach" which is a concrete platform with sunloungers but in my opinion is better then having to walk into the sea on pebbles, the water is cystal clear and incredibly refreshing, especially after a few drinks the night before! You can get drinks and snacks brought to you from the restaurant, and their pina coladas are especially good. They do not do sandwiches on the menu but did for us on request, which shows that they will do anything they can if it is within their means. You can hire boats for 450 kunas for the day which can be organised through reception and is a great way to spend a day visiting the nearby islands, and you can also do a short dive with the diving school for 300 kunas. In all there is plenty to do and all the staff are very friendly and helpful, so if you are going to Hvar you can't go far wrong with this hotel."
- Travel date: Mon 10th of July 2006
Overrated and Overpriced
"This place is very overrated and was a real disappointment. Its located about 15- 20 minutes outside of town and it is not easy to walk there. The rooms and amenities are very average. The view, while nice, was not worth the price of the hotel, which is very expensive (and that's off season). There is no way I would stay there again. We were supposed to stay there 4 nights. We discovered that there are some really beautiful apartments/rooms in town, with spectacular views and kitches one-third the price. In all, avoid this place."
- Travel date: Tue 27th of June 2006
podstine was perfect
"we just returned from a two week vacation in croatia and cannot say enough about the podstine hotel in hvar. we stayed there for three nights and loved this hotel. the location is perfect with the best beach area in hvar- a secluded cove with easy and fun access into the sea that is more beautiful than words can express. the service and the people who work at this hotel were terrific- they really care that their guests are happy. the rooms were lovely. ours was an adjoining room with our sons' room. our room had a incredible balcony on the side of the hotel so it felt very private. make sure to stay on the third floor, i don't think the lower floors had such impressive views. the food in the hotel was very good, especially lunches. breakfasts were typical of croatia, good with adequate choices, and dinner was ok, not great. try and eat in town. we had one day of rain which kept us "in". we did get to meet other guests that day. the hotel has a very warm and friendly ambience which encourages people to interact. the only problem was with the water heater for showers. each room has its own heater which doesn't generate enough hot water fast enough. two hot showers in a row could not happen. you have to wait at least 30 minutes between showers. they warn you about this and they say they are working to correct this problem. although this was an inconvience, it did not take anything away from our stay at the podstine."
- Travel date: Mon 12th of June 2006
Had high expectations for Croatia and wa...
"Had high expectations for Croatia and was not disappointed! Flew to Split with Croatian Airlines. Stayed two nights in Split Old Town, itâs worth seeing the old Roman Palace and braving the open stairs on the 80 metre high tower for a spectacular view.
Transferred to Hvar by high speed boat and this took about 70 mins. Hvar Town is a very beautiful old port, with a fort overlooking the nearby islands. The town has a lively but not too frenetic atmosphere, the bars and restaurants are very quaint. The big hotel (Amfora) is horrendous and looks totally out of place, a true Prince Charles âcarbuncleâ and blot on the landscape. Luckily, you canât see this from the main part of the old town.
Hotel Postine is a pleasant walk/stagger from the town (10-20 mins depending on level of alcohol) and has a very pleasant and secluded bay and private swimming and sun bathing area. The food is excellent, good value (not cheap) and the restaurant staff friendly. The hotel staff seemed quite sombre and business like, but always polite and helpful enough. However, they do need to learn a touch more about the little details that make a good hotel great. (They never fixed our fridge, or managed to get me a daily newspaper during out 8 day stay, even though they said they would!) However I would go back because of the hotel position and the food.
The World is a big place but weâre sure we will go back to Croatia again soon."
- Travel date: Tue 31st of August 2004