17 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Top Rate Hotel
"Do not be fooled by the concrete exterior of this hotel because inside tells a different story. I can honestly say that we didnt find one single thing to moan about. This hotel is in a brilliant location. Just a 15 minute walk into porec along the sea or you can take the land train. All rooms, bars, reception,pool, pool bar and dining room are absolutely spotless!!! We had a pool/sea facing room with balcony which had a table two chairs and a drying rack. Towels were changed everyday and bed linen whenever you choose. The food is absolutely spot on, plentiful and with so many dishes to choose from even the fussiest of eaters would be hard pressed not to find something. The one and only downside to our holiday is the lack of air con in the rooms. it was so hot we had to hire a fan.If we'd had aircon I would say that this hotel could easily be rated 4* We will definately be returning nxt year although in june rather than august. A truly fantastic chill out holiday!! Jane and Keith. Sheffield. England "
- Travel date: 21st August 2012
GOOD HOTEL BUT.......
"WE HAVE JUST RETURNED FROM A WEEKS HOLIDAY AT THE Hotel Pical in Porec. A lovely place, do not be fooled by the outside of the hotel. A lovely relaxing place, great sun sets and just a steady 15 min walk from the old village. The staff were very helpful, rooms basic but the cleaners did a grand job.All the food on offer at breakfast and dinner meant you would never go hungry(no free beer,wine or juice though)although the food at dinner wasn't always as hot as i would of liked. With it being so hot we really missed the air con. We tried leaving the doors open but found it quite noisy especially at two-three in the morning when people were walking past to their hotels they could be very loud(these were not Brits abroad either)and if i never hear another scooter it will be too soon.It all seems a lot louder when you can't sleep. Great swimming in the large pool(salt water)but you have to be up early to get a sunbed. I know i sound like i'm moaning but i did go when all Europe's schools were on holiday and would recommend if you don't want children throwing their football at you or running diving at you give July and early Aug a miss.Although i have ticked great for beach it is actually shingle, great for sun bathing though. "
- Travel date: 8th August 2009
Booked holiday going to hotel neptun in ...
"Booked holiday going to hotel neptun in Porec Croatia with Newmarket air holidays in May for travel on September 2nd. Chose hotel from pick of six, five large complex type hotels on the outskirts of the old town & one small & friendly in the old town. Opted for the small one as thats what we prefer also with walking difficulties wanted to be central. One week before departure get final joining instuctions all is well, Three days before departure new joining instuctions change of hotel. On phoning not given much information just beyond their control not offered any alternative or to cancel. Emailed but had to leave for holiday before i got a reply. Arrived at destination hotel, for some people may have been great, swimming pool, kids club entertainment in the evening but this was not for us. We were about one mile from the old town which was reached either by walking or taking the tourist train running every forty minutes untill eleven twenty costing 10 kunas per person each way, only about Â£1. 25 but 4 trips a day for 2 soon adds up & if you wanted to stay out late it was take a taxi or walk. Add to this the noise of tourist coaches early in the morning running thier engines to keep their air con going & no air con or other ventilation in room so balcony door had to stay open all night we got very little sleep. On inquiring I dont think we were ever booked in to hotel Neptun. Newmarket blame their agents for letting them down but say they supplied us with a suitable altenative. Porec is a beautiful place just sorry our holiday was ruined. "
- Travel date: 27th September 2008
we stayed at the pical hotel, in the las...
"we stayed at the pical hotel, in the last week of august. the pical is very clean and the staff are very friendly, we did find the hotel a bit basic, the food was very good, although lacking atmosphere. i travelled with a female friend and found we were not hassled at all and felt very safe walking around the town and surrrounding areas. the pical is a fanstastic hotel to stay for the beach and an easy 10 minute stroll into porec, which is an absolute gem. i know recommend croatia to all of my friends and would love to go back with my family."
- Travel date: 12th September 2008
Absolutely top class holiday, top class ...
"Absolutely top class holiday, top class resort, & top class hotel. Food was superb, with a wide range of choices (both Croatian specialities & international fayre). Vegetarians are well catered for too, which pleased my wife enormously! Rooms spotless and very comfortable. Staff could not do enough to help, and were extremely friendly without being intrusive. The only minor fault was wheelchair access to the swimming pool and bar is tricky, with a few steps to negotiate (although we were told in advance about this). If you are less mobile, please be aware that there are also steps only to the restaurant (although the manager, seeing our difficulties, offered us use of the staff lift via the kitchen area, for the entire duration of our holiday). This is not common knowledge, however, and is advisable & courteous to wait to be offered this facility, rather than expecting it, as it is normally only for staff use. Other than the restaurant & reception staff (both exceptionally helpful), special mention must go to Petra and Ana, the main 2 girls that organise the evening entertainment, who made us feel really welcome. Above all, you are treated as a guest, not just a customer. Porec is a beautiful town, and I would recommend going to explore other parts of this beautiful country too, via some of the excursions offered by Thomson."
- Travel date: 1st October 2007
My wife and I spent 7 days in the Hotel ...
"My wife and I spent 7 days in the Hotel Pical. We found that the it was generally very clean and tidy, the pool area was well looked after and sold food and drink from about 10am onwards. There is no air con in the rooms, and at night it can be very uncomfortable indeed. The food hall was immaculate and catered for every taste; beer was free, so was wine, white and red. Smallish twin bedrooms with dressing table, bedside lamps and a good sized balcony. Staff were very courteous but lacked good English. One main bar served the whole hotel and be warned that it was a little on the expensive, particularly for spirits Â£3.50 for a vodka and coke. If you like music by the pool take your MP3 because the rest is all local twaddle that is played too loud. 10min to the town centre and what a stunning place that is, with its many shops and restaurants. Old Roman ruins are dotted here and there and hunting them out is a pleasure, particularly in the morning when you can be alone and the place is not full of tourists. Lastly, the hotel has three lifts and many stairs, the lifts are like metal saunas and you sometimes wonder if you would survive inside if they stuck. Overall, a good holiday destination. "
- Travel date: 24th August 2007
Great Value for Money
"Have just spent a week at the Pical and my experience mirrors those of the majority of other reviewers. The hotel is certainly a bit dated in design and lacks some of the finish that you get in a modern building. However, the absence of the aesthetic bits is more than made up for by the warmth of the welcome and the friendliness of the staff. As previously mentioned the food is very good with a wide range of options for breakfast and evening meal all served on a buffet breakast and with much of it being cooked in front of you. You may not like all of it but if you cannot get a more than satisfying meal out of that restaurant then you will be hard to please indeed. The hotel is well placed for Porec and has a superb view from the front rooms (worth paying the extra for). For those of you with small children, do not be put off by previous comment - there were loads of children covering a wide range of age groups and they are all perfectly safe with normal supervision. Word of warning - don't use the Old Bar Cotton cafe. It is just off the square in town. They are rip off merchants and are laughing as they do it. Apart from that - enjoy. The place is really welcoming and unthreatening and if you use Pical as a base, I really don't think you could go wrong."
- Travel date: 7th August 2007
"Having spent the past week at Hotel Pical I would most certainly "recommend". The hotel is mantained immaculatly clean. The rooms are a little small but are again maintained excellently with clean white towels and bed lined changed daily. There is no air conditioning but you can hire a fan which is sufficient to maintain room temperature. The shower within the bath was excellent in our room however it is quite steep to step out of therefore is not ideal for older people or very young. The food in the 1st floor restaurant is the "major" feature of this hotel, the selection of the buffet, quality of foods, cleaniness I would describe as "beyond belief" for value. The food caters for all tastes through superb selection, also all drinks on tap are "free", this includes Wines Red/White and Beer plus a wide selection of soft drinks. The saltwater pool area's large main pool and toddlers pool are again kept very clean, although no Lilo's are allowed in the pool. The animation team work hard to maintain a child friendly environment, with water areobics. Average Drink prices circa Â£1.90 for pint of beer, are no different to the Porec town area, which is approx 1km away, a walk along the seafront, or a noddy train ride. Porec town centre is very quaint cobbled streets with a harbour, with lots of nice bars and restaurants, if you like disco bars this is not the place for you, nightlife is very laid back. There is nightly entertainment laid on by the Hotel, within the pool area, which was quite good for the one night we seen it as all other nights we walked to the town. Overall if you require a value for money 3 star family orientated hotel and resort this is a great choice."
- Travel date: 30th July 2007
Okay but some problems
"We just came back from Croatia where we did stay at Hotel Pical.We are a young couple with a 19 months baby.We did find Porec pleasant but overpriced.We do understand the locals are trying to make their money during july and august so it was fine.We didn't take the train as we enjoy walking( 25mn walk to porec).As the hotel well...we did expect to have that "east of europe look" so it didn't bother us.It was clean, so that the main thing.I will classify the hotel 2 stars exept the restaurant.The room was very small and I WILL NOT ADVISE THIS HOTEL FOR COUPLE WITH YOUNG CHILDREN.The balcony had massive gap on each side and we were on third floor.First we din't complain and put some pillows but the manager asked to remove them as they will become dirty!?!So we asked for an alternative and they put some string !!?? no comment...The paddling pool is too deep for young toddlers.They also have a metal drainage plate at 1 meter away from the paddling pool!It was 37 degres so imagine the temperature on this metal plate!!You could boil an egg!!And even being behind our daughter all time she managed to step on it!And got burnt!Blisters on every single toes!!The hotel and rep were very apologetic but we did make a formal complain as a young baby could leave his skin on it!!And for the restaurant Top marks!Very tasty and all food were prepared with fresh ingredients.The buffet offered a wide choice of european and croatian food.We did enjoy but again i don 't advise this hotel for young toddlers and people with mobility problems( steps everywhere, the bath tub is very high) we will go back to croatia but different location."
- Travel date: 18th July 2007
"Cheapo Ryan air flights (Â£60) , cheapo taxi from the airport (Â£15 each,each way for four of us) and an above average hotel forÂ£125 half board for five days.On arrival the hotel does have that Stalinesque look but inside its a huge,clean and friendly hotel with nightly entertainment provided by the staff (a little low rent but good fun after a few ales). Two swimming pools - all very civilised (mostly Saga from what I could make out - no headbangers though). Breakfast/evening meal was a delight - as much as you can eat and all fresh,some items (mostly seafood) cooked for you while you wait.Something for everyone and if they don't have it it probably doesn't exist. Situated by the beach (5 mins walk) and a weird little car train type thing stops outside the hotel every 40 mins and goes into town (10 mins or a 20 min walk).Porec town not bad - lodes of pplaces to eat/drink and a nice harbour with some very impressive yatchs when we were there. All in all very impressed with this set up and for a cheap five day break can't fault it - friendly staff & lodes of activitys on site (tennis - they love tennis,table tennis,Wimbledon type tennis coached by an ex Croatian tennis pro - Ivan somebody or other - looks dead old but was something special in his day so I was told)."
- Travel date: 9th July 2007
The wonderful Hotel Pical
"A couple in our early 50's, active & keen to see everything possible in the area, the hotel looked dated from the outside but was very clean, the reception staff couldn't do enough to help & were always friendly. We did have a bigger room on the 4th floor with an amazing north side view of the bay, an additional bonus as we had a very late half board booking at an amazing price! The buffet style restaurant plus choice & quality of the food was excellent, with wine, beer or soft drinks included in the evening meal, they would prepare lots of the dishes within the island serveries and gave a very friendly efficient service. The town of Porec is a gem of a town with bits of everything for visitors, Roman antiquities, a harbour with lots of boat trips, shops, bars and best of all not one british pub. The walk into town takes about 10 /15mins unless you've over indulged at dinner, then it can take at least 20mins, you can get the 1 trolley train in but then you miss out on the chance to stop for a quick drink at the beach bar below the Hotel Zagreb. The sea is clear & blue with a rocky or concrete platform edge with loads of places to sit & take in the views. The swimming/snorkeling is brilliant, you can walk or hire bikes & go for miles along the coast on either side of Porec. The worst thing about staying at the Hotel Pical is choosing what to eat and deciding what to do tommorrow. I hope it doesn't catch on to much & get spoilt as we'd love to go back again. The Croation people we met in the area were warm & friendly & were very enthusiastic in attempting to extend our phrase book Croation,! which we used at every opportunity. What a lovely place."
- Travel date: 1st September 2006
Was I in Porec or San Tropez?
"We have just returned form 2 weeks in the Pical Hotel. The hotel and resort exceeded all expectations. I travelled in a group of under 26 year olds. The hotel was lovely. Restaurant was very modern and food great, front of house areas very comfortable, rooms need updating but bathroom nice size and clean. Well worth paying extra for sea view. Town was very picturesque. Like a mini Ibiza town with a few classy bars and restaurants. Beach (no sand) but excellent landscape to sunbathe. Prices were higher for food and drinks than we expected pretty similar to Uk prices. Walk into town from Hotel very pleasant. Highly recommended especially for those with a small yacht/boat in which to explore the coast. A++++++++++"
- Travel date: 16th August 2006
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