23 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"We were really impressed when we arrived, beautiful Island and lovely looking hotel. However, as time went on we realised that the management were less than friendly. We had an invitation put through our room door asking if we would like to join them for the Miss Universe contest, we went along, to be treated like rubbish, and there was no welcome, when at the end of the contest they decided to uncover the buffet, we were not invied to join in with that. In fact it was embarrasing just being there and ignored. Our room was great, very clean, and the room service was good. The food was not good, the menu's were sparce, alot of it was cooked to within an inch of it's life (even soggy veg). Although we passed the Manager/Owner several times, she never once even made eye contact with us, or our friends who also stayed there (very unfriendly)There is a jacuzzi, but you have to pay for it with tokens?? The bar's are friendly and nice, and the climate was beautiful. "
- Travel date: Tue 15th of January 2013
"I stayed at the Lafodia in May just at the beginning of the season, it was blissfully quiet and relaxing -though i imagine this may not be the case once the summer is fully under way. It is obvious that a great deal of money has been spent upgrading the hotel in recent years and the place is looking great. Staff were friendly and with one minor exception service was effortless and prompt. The breakfast buffet was extensive and good quality although as usual with most Mediterranean hotels they really shouldn't try to do bacon, eggs and sausages as they rarely work well (unless you like orange coloured scrambled eggs, deep fried pancetta and frankfurters). The rest of the meals served in May are table service although i was told the hotel moves to buffet once the season is busy, the menu was fairly limited in choice but mostly very well presented and certainly not bad as some earlier reviewers have experienced. I loved my room with it's large balcony and walk in wardrobe and waking up to the view of the bay was just gorgeous, i would definitely stay at the Lafodia Hotel again. "
- Travel date: Mon 18th of June 2012
Just returned from a fab holiday at Lafo...
"Just returned from a fab holiday at Lafodia Hotel. Lopud island a haven of peace and tranquility no traffic. Bliss!!
Lafodia hotel in beautiful location - views stunning. OK pool small but not worthy of the fuss made about it in many reviews. We understand all this is about to change when all refurbishment is completed.
You could never complain about being hungry . Food was good. Snacks were provided in bar too between meals.
Staff were friendly and we booked 2 brilliant trips with the hotel. One visiting 2 neighbouring islands of Kolocep (2hours) and Sipan (1.5hrs) very reasonably priced 90 kuna approxÂ£11 each. The other to Dubrovnik about Â£12 was good as it took you into harbour of old town so no buses involved as you would have if you went independently on ferry and we left at 8a.m..from the hotel so no early start!!!
We thought the hotel was spotlessly clean and our room was a good size. All rooms have a balcony and sea view though some views better than others. No complaint about ours!!!
WE didn't book Thomson tours - we thought a bit pricey and we gather that you had to go on early ferry 610a.m. Not our idea of relaxation.
WE loved exploring Lopud Island - so many walks and those breathtaking views! The light constantly changed to dramatic effect. So many memories ,the clear blue waters, lovely hotel, no cars, friendly people.
Our holiday was the best we have had for a long time and we hope to return."
- Travel date: Mon 29th of September 2008
Seen a few bad reviews for Lafodia and t...
"Seen a few bad reviews for Lafodia and thought I'd say how we found the hotel. We stayed here last June and had a fab week. Our room was nice, the staff were brilliant and my two children (aged 11 & 13) met a huge group of friends and we all had a superb week. Yes the pool is small and the tiny beach to the left of the hotel gets busy with day trippers but if you take a stroll to the other side of the island the beaches their are out of this world. Also Dubrovnik is definately worth visit. I loved the quaintness of this place so if a hotel with good food and service along with fine beaches close by appeals...... you'll have a lovely holiday."
- Travel date: Wed 23rd of July 2008
My husband and I are not fussy people bu...
"My husband and I are not fussy people but we do like to find things as described in the thompson brochure and on the video!! Just returned from a fortnight at the lafodia on lopud and I will list the good points first and the faults after so you can decide whether to go or not.
Very pretty village quiet till lunch time then trip boats arrive but ok, something to watch.
Nice bars and 2 or three restaurants... one very good fish and meat place.
Water beautifully clear but you need beach shoes at hotel cos very pebbly. Ok on other side of island where sandy and safe. Partly nudist on that one but nice beach bar etc.
Now where do I start!!
!) Swimming pool in brochure and on video no longer exists. Makeshift rigid pool, tiny, wobbly steps tied to railings to keep them still. Same depth all over so no good for little ones! No pool bar and long walk to hotel bar for drinks from beach!!
2) Says private beach in brochure but at 12 till 17 00Hrs invaded off boats by day trippers. Only small beach so gets noisy crowded and the hotel do NOTHING about it!!
We asked to make sure it was private and they confirmed this but said nothing they could do. Surely a notice saying private might work!!
3) BUILDING RENOVATION going on so not the peaceful holiday we expected though to be fair it stopped at weekend when the Croations came for the day!!
4) Rooms ok and beds comfy but not changed all fortnight.( I know cos I had a small black mark on my sheet ). Bathroom only cleaned thoroughly ONCE again I noted talc on the shelf!! NO souvenir shop as advertised in brochure either!!
5) FOOD.... Very repetative but meat not bad and potatoes when fresh nice but mash is reconstituted and tinned fruit and frozen veg and cake every lunch and night. Breakfast ok but oh for a fried or poached egg and some ice cream at least at dinner!!!
6) DRINK.... Tea and coffee ok and plenty beer and wine though not after 11 at night, you pay then for all even all inc people!! Didn't tell us that in the brochure.
If going in peak season when hotel fully opened it will be long queues at food and a squash on the beach.
Transfers good though but rep useless more interested in enjoying herself than working!!
I think we got our monies worth as far as food and drink were concerned but we hated being misinformed from the video and brochure. Have written to Thompson and associate companies and have posted this to let anyone going know the true set up.
Having said all this we still love Croatia but not the Lafodia until they get they're act together.
- Travel date: Wed 2nd of July 2008
cant understand previous criticism
"had allready booked before reading reviews and was a little apprehensive. Lapud island was beautiful and unspoiled hotel though not up to some carribean all inclusive standards was fine. staff helpfull and friendly food typical of the area. if you want fine dining and nouvelle cuisine go to the south of france. very laid back island. take a ferry to dubrovnik and visit old city its magical. If you want a relaxed holiday with lovely scenery, walks and swimming in clear sea head for lapud island and the hotel lafodia."
- Travel date: Sun 2nd of September 2007
"We are a young married couple who have travelled extensively. We had a fantastic holiday! The weather was amazing, the island is beautiful and very relaxing. We booked this holiday 2 weeks before we went and got quite a good deal. Having read some of the other reviews, I think some of the other people forgot it was only a 3 star hotel!
The transfer from the airport was quick. We had a crossing by the hotel boat which was much faster than the ferry. The ferry takes about 45 minutes to the Port of Gruz in Dubrovnik. Handy for day trips at only about Â£3.20 return.
The attraction of the island is the fact that it is so quiet. Hardly any shops or evening entertainment but that's the beauty! If you were looking for a tacky holiday - Brits abroad - then this isn't for you!
The food was basic but locally sourced - the fish and salads were great. We even had shark one night. Make sure you get a table outside for lovely views of the sea and mountains. The drinks were ok. There was a good choice of soft drinks and the locally produced beer was fine. We didn't really go in for the snacks as we only really needed the 3 meals they offered. It was nice to be able to make as much tea and coffee as you like. My husband liked the espresso and there was a great choice of herbal and fruit teas. Other restaurants on the island also offered local produce - a lovely but pricy fish restaurant where they bring the fish out for you to choose before you pick how you'd like it cooked. There is a great ice cream stand near the port, only 5 minutes from the hotel. It has lots of flavours and at only 50p a scoop, we thought it was a bargain!
The appeal of the island is the fact that is is so quiet and small. The small beach by the hotel was quaint and the water was so clear. It was like being in an aquarium. However, we would have welcomed matresses on the sunloungers or the option to hire them. We loved using the pedalos and the Kayaks. You can venture very far on them and feel like you're the only people there! The sandy beach on the island - Sunj beach - is about a half hour walk away. We ventured over after breakfast and had pick of the whole beach. We got 2 loungers and a palm parasol for Â£9 for the day. The beach is beautiful and ideal for families as you can walk out for about 100ft into the sea with the water at thigh height. If you are really brave, there is also a section of the beach for naturists. The two restaurants there were very busy and we did wait a long time for our food but hey, we were on holiday!
There is a lovely view point about 15 minutes from the hotel were you can watch the sunset at about 7.45 and see dolphins if you're lucky!
The hotel offers some trips aswell as the tour operators, or you can get the ferry and do things yourself. We did an afternoon boat trip organised by the hotel to visit the other 2 inhabited islands for about Â£8 each. We sat on the top of the boat (everyone else was on seats below) and it was beautiful. On Sipan island there is a church you can walk to in 5 minutes where you can walk on the roof and get lovely views of the island. We also went to Dubrovnik old town. Â£3.20 on the ferry. Then a bus from the port (Number 1, 1a, 1b or 3) straight to the old town for Â£1.60. Buy your tickets at the newspaper stand. Free to enter the old town and Â£5 each to walk around the walls which I highly recommend. We also went on the Mostar trip organised by Thompson (About Â£40 each). It was great to have the opportunity to go to Bosnia for the day and Mostar is beautiful but we didn't really have long enough there. It was a lot of time on the coach and then we were hurded around a traditional house and a mosque. Fantastic to see the bridge jumpers though! We also had a great lunch on the river banks - very cheap! But be careful of the pickpockets and gypsies/beggars, especially the children - they are professional beggars - very sad!
Overall, we had a fantastic, romantic and relaxing holiday at the hotel Lafodia. The island is beautiful!"
- Travel date: Fri 17th of August 2007
Child orientated and family hotel
"Hotel Lafodia is the biggest hotel on Lopud Island and sticks out like a sore thumb on the idyllic beautiful landscape. The hotel is best suited to families as there are constant activities during the day and evening for children, including the dreaded perpetual 'mini-disco', we can't get "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.. knees and toes" out of our heads since! Not our idea of a serene holiday destination. For an Island of such a small size, it would seem that the number of tourists was phenomenal to the point that people were sunbathing on the concrete paths as we tried to step over them to simply walk down to the harbour. The coffee in the hotel was putrid and hence we found that the price for coffee elsewhere on the Island was quite high in comparison to the mainland. Our package was all inclusive and while the food was mainly good (i.e. we didn't have to eat outside of the hotel), to compare the wine to vinegar would be an insult to vinegar, although the beer was plentiful and quite popular. The hotel room that we had for 2 people was small, we were on the first floor and just over the bar area which meant that we had music thumping from 9am (aerobics) to late evening (around 10 or 11). The beds were very comfortable but the shower had mould growing inside and the towels were only changed on Tuesdays and Fridays, the beds were not changed during the week. The swimming pool was laughable it was so small, the bottom of the pool was not visible which did not entice us to get in. The facilities were good, there were paddle boats, a tennis court (about 15 minute walk away) and kayaks (which we couldn't find) that were included in the price, there were also plenty of organised excursions (e.g. boat trip to the old city, island trips etc). We stayed in the Lafodia for one week but a shorter duration would have probably been better."
- Travel date: Sun 12th of August 2007
Lovely hotel, great food, clean and relaxing
"This is the main hotel on Lopud and could potentially suffer from having a monopoly over the island and it's visitors.
But we found it of a very good standard, clean and good value (although we booked as part of a package and so I'm not sure the proportion of hotel costs).
Going all inclusive can be a risk as if you don't like the food then you are faced with having to buy food elsewhere (there are some nice looking restaurants nearby). However, I was very happy with the food. I avoid wheat so I am not the easiest to please, but there were lots of things I could eat. Lovely salads, etc.
The evening entertainment is pretty basic, but I travelled with children who enjoyed it.
The swimming pool is too small, but the beaches make up for this.
Bear in mind that there are only a couple of shops in the village. If you need anything more than souvenirs during your stay, you may have to face a journey back to Dubrovnik. This took between 30 mins and 1 hour, depending on your mode of transport.
The air conditioning in our room was a blessing as the temperatures were in the mid 30's whilst we were there. The rooms are clean and include en-suite shower rooms which are of a reasonable quality.
There is internet connection in the reception area, although this is fairly slow."
- Travel date: Sun 5th of August 2007
Chill Out Island
"Lopud Island is unique - no cars; just bicycles and a golf cart (local taxi to the fantastic Sunji Beach, part of which is dedicated to naturists but it is not obvious as it is screened off by a bamboo fence)
If you are looking for evening entertainment then this is not the place (or hotel) for you.
Wander along the promenade at sunset and take in the atmosphere of the little restaurants and marvel at the simplicity of this idyillic island before it becomes commercialised.
The hotel was very clean, beds very comfortable, service excellent. The hotel pool by the dockside was filled in sometime ago but there is a small above ground pool (similar to that which can be bought from Makro), however around the bay there are plenty of places where you can find a sun bed, parasol and a place to dip your toes, but jelly sandels need to be worn as it can be very rough on the soles of your feet!
Food at the hotel was very dissapointing this was the only thing that let the holiday down, but we dined out several times and the food at the restaurant with tables and linen tablecloths next to the sea was excellent, and very romantic.
Trip to Bosnia was a very long day, not sure it was worth it other than to tell friends that you have been there. Walking the walls of Dubrovnik Old Town was well worth the effort and sweat!"
- Travel date: Thu 26th of July 2007
Great Place, great hotel, food excellent...
"Great Place, great hotel, food excellent, all inclusive facilities good.
Lopud is a quiet laid back island perfect to unwind on. The hotel has a little gem of a beach perfect for swimming and snorkelling to watch the tropical fish. Inclusive are sun loungers, sun shades pedalos and canoes.
Make sure you bring a snorkel and swimming shoes as the beach and rocks have sea anenomes on them.
Food is good basic (ie not Cordon Bleu but fresh local produce) and well cooked with plenty of selections to choose from. Staff were all very friendly and helpful. Towels are changed twice a week and sheets not at all with a one week stay. All rooms have air con and sea views.
If you go to Dubrovnik use the local ferry at 6.10am and back by lunch as it gets very hot and busy in Dubrovnik especially when cruise ships invade.
Lopud goes on about the southern sandy beach but I preferred the hotel's beach. Paying for all facilities on the South beach after free at the hotel was a shock. The hotels pool is only small but with it's beach this is no big deal.
So if you want a quiet relaxing unwinding holiday this is ideal. And for only Â£400 all inclusive ( Portland late booking) it's a cracking bargain.
- Travel date: Wed 25th of July 2007
Peaceful Island with not a great deal to...
"Peaceful Island with not a great deal to do (which was perfect!). Transfer from harbour in Dubrovnik was about 40 minutes and is a beautiful trip. Lafodia hotel is on 1 side of a bay with the harbour at the opposite end - it takes about 10 minutes to stroll around the bay.
Hotel wasn't particularly modern but was quite spacious in communal areas, clean and tidy. Small pool and area for sunbathing (loungers, umbrellas & towels provided) as well as a pebble beach by the hotel. In June their was plenty of space to choose from to sit around pool, sun bathing area or beach but in full season it may seem overcrowded.
Hotel had bikes and pedlos you could take free of charge - I think there was tennis although we didn't see it! Our food package was AI and whilst not given 100s of choices the menu was varied each meal time, with quite a Germanic feel.
The restaurant was air conditioned or you could sit outside which was really nice in the evenings watching the sun going down. Room wasn't that big but was ok and clean. Not sure if this sounds positive enough and maybe I give the impression it was just ok - so Iâll finish by saying but we had a wonderful holiday, would recommend both the island and the Lafodia hotel and have no complaints at all.
PS if you go, please feed the local cats - they are very appreciative!
- Travel date: Thu 21st of June 2007