16 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"just back from 2 weeks at the Eden and the hotel,location and facilities were excellent.Food was average but there are excellent restaurants in Rovinj - we ate at Dream several nights and it was first calss and also very cheap.
There was no noise when we were there and site cleared no doubt to start building on soon.
Went walking,swimming and to Venice =- all very enjoyable."
- Travel date: Thu 14th of June 2007
"We enjoyed our stay at Hotel Eden -- April 23-27, 2007. The room was clean and spacious, as was the bathroom. The grounds were just lovely, though the outdoor pool was a bit dirty as it had not been opened for the season yet. The indoor pool, however, was perfect for us. We were also able to rent bikes directly from the hotel. We booked via the hotel website and received an excellent rate because of the season.
The food in the resturant in the hotel was edible at best. I would not recommend it. We had some great meals in town, though.
The nearby Lone Bay was lovely as well, with man-made areas of pebble beaches for sunbathing. (Bring water shoes as the rocks are awful on your feet.)
We plan to return -- but without the full pension."
- Travel date: Mon 21st of May 2007
Not quite quiet
"Went to the hotel Eden for a week starting 8th May.
Arrived and the Hotel was as described, very clean modern decor etc...
Staff extremely helpful, food very good (but the menu was a bit repetitive, but....
DON'T GO THERE!
The hotel next door Montauro, which is still being advertised on a certain big tour providers web site, 'Hairdresser at the Hotel Montauro 200 metres away' (which B.T.W. my wife wanted to take advantage of), is being demolished!
The noise and dust was terrible, 4 huge mechanical diggers, were working from as early as 8.30am to as late as 7.15pm.
As a result my wife and I had to get away from the hotel each day to escape the noise and dust. We had booked originally so that we could take advantage of the pool and outdoor gardens, Impossible. Our one hope was that Sunday would be 'a day of rest' and the hotel management had told us the demolition wouldn't be continuing on Sunday.
Sunday dead on 9.0pm, guess what? Yep, me and the wife had to go out again for the day, as they were still working even on a Sunday.
This really spoilt our holiday, and as a result we are looking into taking this matter further with the operators.
Be warned, and watch this space....."
- Travel date: Mon 14th of May 2007
"My boyfriend and I have just spent a week at the Eden Hotel in Rovinj. After reading the reviews here, we were not disappointed. Hotel reception is bright and airy with chairs and sofas where you can sit down. The main restaurant was also just off of the reception area. Food was fine, although a bit repetitive and try not to go to breakfast/dinner too late as there seemed to be no tables that had been laid. We also noticed that food was taken away early, despite there still being over an hour until the end of the sitting. They also seemed to be slow in replacing the food trays when they were empty. That would be our only criticism of the hotel. The hotel is surrounded by trees and beautifully kept grounds. Plenty of sunbeds to lay on. At the rear of the hotel is a long coastal path that will either take you further along the coast, or into the town of Rovinj. You can hire bikes and cylce as far as you like. We hired our bikes outside the hotel entrance as these seemed to be the best price. Rovinj is beautiful, and definitely worth the 20 minute walk into town. Plenty of shops, banks, restaurants etc.
We read about the day trips in previous reviews. We opted for the Venice trip and we knew that it would take longer than the 2 hours they said it was going to take! We left the port at 8am and entered the Venice canal at around 10ish. It then took a good hour to wind its way up the canal and dock at the main harbour. The trip itself is tiring. We followed the guide to the main square, then were told to follow a tour guide who gave us a brief history of Venice. It was then off to the Murano Glass Factory (which was optional). Basically itâs a shop with a quick demonstration of how they make their glass. Be warned thoughâ¦.we purchased two paperweights which were then wrapped up for us at the back of the shop. It was only when we returned to the hotel that night to check on our purchases that we noticed it wasnât the same two paperweights we actually picked out. Both contained air bubbles, whereas the two we picked up were perfect. (Maybe thatâs why everything was marked down 50%)! We then had 3 hours free time to explore Venice after this. Itâs definitely worth a visit but be warned it is a long day with lots of walking.
We had a fantastic holiday (even better that it was late in the season as there were no crowds). We would definitely return to Rovinj and to the Eden Hotel. If you get a chance to visit, then go!!"
- Travel date: Thu 12th of October 2006
loved the Hotel Park
"We loved the Hotel. We didn't book a sea view but had a side room overlooking the marina & parklands which was great for sunsets on the balcony with a glass of local wine (the local wine is cheap but v acceptable!). Quite a lot of choice for the buffet evening meal, but if you go after 8pm sometimes difficult to find a clean table laid for dinner. The town centre is within easy walk ...takes about 10 mins. Plenty of places to book a trip to Venice and well worth taking the local ferry to Cervini Ortok (Red Island) and Katarina for swimming & snorkeling. Get the bus to Pula, its cheap and a good way of seeing the area without hiring a car. Loads of ATMs so don't bother with travellers cheques etc."
- Travel date: Fri 22nd of September 2006
A pleasant suprise
Very modern, recently refurbished rooms are very comfortable. Great to have duvet. 28 inch plasma tv in room, a couple of English speaking channels - CNN * BBC Newsworld.
People we met were upgraded to a roof top terrace suite. Wow wow....wish we had! A separate lounge area with 42 inch plasma tv, his and hers sinks, separate bath and shower cubicle. The piece de resistance the roof top garden equipped with beautiful sun loungers to rest on once you have got out of your own jacuzzi (4 can get in!). Fabulous views of the hotel and coast.
An equal share of English, Russians, Germans and Italians. Plenty of sunbeds, so no need to set the alarm for the dawn raid!!
Swimming pool is absolutely freezing as freshwater, but a dose of the mid-day aqua aerobics soon sorts that out!!
As it rained while we were staying we sampled the spa. Great hydrotherapy pool. Had an ok back massage, probably not trained to Champney's standard, but for the price I couldn't complain. Manicure was Â£9., bargain.
Certainly couldn't get bored, plenty of variety - 2 choices of fish each night, 2 pasta dishes, 3/4 meats and plenty of fresh veg. You'll be going on a diet when you return.
We didn't arrive till 10.30, but a cold meat salad and desert was left for us.
All staff were pleasant and had a smile for you.
A pleasant surprise for one who doesn't do package holidays. Had a fab time despite poor weather. Go in to Rovinj it's beautiful, full of Italian architecture. Walk up the old town to the church. Ladies you'll enjoy the market, plenty of junk jewellry, but haggle with the price.
Enjoy! We did.
PS Out in town wine is cheaper than coffee! 90p a glass or Â£1.30 for a white coffee. Know which one I prefer!
Happy to discuss further: [email protected]"
- Travel date: Fri 22nd of September 2006
Lovely hotel near beautiful Rovinj
"The majority of the hotel has just been refurbished and the room we stopped in on the 1st floor updated in 2006. Flat screen TV (mostly German channels) but you can get BBC world news and CNN. Small but very nice bathroom with great shower (no bath.
the hotel has the feel of being set in an old park with plently of trees and sunloungers for all. Lots of things going on and a excellent childrens club. The evening entertainment was on the whole pretty good but not sure about the noise in the rooms overlooking the stage.
Breakfast has a wide choice and dinner is a buffet, again with a wide choice of freshly prepared food. I was a little worried about being subjected to a buffet every night but don't worry its far better than I expected !
15 min walk into Rovinj (pronounced Rovine) on a nice costal path (watch out for the bicycles there a menace as there are no cycle paths). Rovinj was just like stepping back in time to medeival Italy (the town was once ruled by the Venetians). Lots of cafes and restaurants Would recommend Pizzeria de Sergio in the old town (on the left hand side on the main artery upto the church) for fantastic and atmospheric pizzas.
Tried the Graciano as recommended on another review - must have been a bad day for them as the waiter was surley and we got the wrong food etc less said about it the better but I'd rather eat my shoe than go back....
Car hire is very expensive budget for about Â£50/day and make sure you take out the additional excess cover. If you have a car you must visit the inland villages such as Groznjan which are very old with many of the buildings turned into artists studios.
As for trips - recommend Pula - fantastic ampitheatre - easy to reach by local bus which stops about 5 mins walk from the centre.
Tried the rafting adventure just over the border into Slovenia - inflatable rafts and canoes suitable for all ages. Just enough rough water to get the adrenelin pumping ! The water temperature is freezing so make sure you don't fall in but also take some dry warm clothes.
Plitivice lakes - is a must do - easier to do it on an organised trip than try it on your own - about a 4hr drive but worth it.
Overall great holiday and hotel - well recommended."
- Travel date: Mon 18th of September 2006
we will return!!!
"the hotel eden was a very nice surprise, we wanted somewhere diff and we got it ! the hotel is lovely even with it being so large you still feel that you matter, check in is quick and your bags are taken to your room for you, rooms are very nice - we had a twin and we slept like logs the whole time - the only thing i would point out is mostly to us tea drinking britts, do take a travel kettle as these are not supplied and also, if you dont wish to look like worzel gummage for the whole holiday, take a travel iron, you can get items washed and ironed but it costs - the food is lovely and caterers for everyone - its all buffet and there is plenty, much of it is cooked fresh from behind the counter so you can see it being prepared, plenty of fruit and veg and local dishes, also meat, potatoes and pasta, and not to many chips ! there is a great kids club for ages 2 - 12 and a nightly mini disco from 8.30 - 9.00 - followed by music for the adults - for older kids there is archery rifle shooting ,water polo, beach vollyball, table tennis and much more - you can also hire bikes cheaply fom the hotel and there are plenty of lovely rides very close - there is a coffee shop and a grill bar in the grounds for lunch - (if you fancy a cup of tea you need to ask for 'black tea' with milk) - the swimming pool is sea water which can sting the eyes, but its very clean - the grounds are stunning and there are plenty of beds, pool towels can be hired with a deposit of around Â£10 - there is a nice beauty salon which is very reasonably priced and also a well equipted gym - we did 1 tour which was to the caves at baridena, these are stunning but there is a climb down of about 65ft so you need to be fit ! lym-fjord is lovely and if you are lucky you will see dolfins, but the food in the cafe was not very good ( may have been an off day ? ) porec is a lovely town with alot of history and worth a vist, rovinj (pronounced rovin) itself is also a nice place to walk around - internet use is limited to a few cafes and the hotel eden at this time does not have any access - we would go back and indeed intend to return next may and will stay in the eden again - very nice hotel and a lovely country - very clean, cant wait to return"
- Travel date: Mon 14th of August 2006
Lived up to my expectations....
"This year we opted for somewhere different and we had heard that Croatia was meant to be really beautiful and so decided that would be our destination. We were torn between two hotels and after reading the reviews on tripadvisor, and after doing a bit of internet research for photos etc. of the Hotel Eden, we decided that would be the best choice for us.
On arrival, we were very impressed with the big spacious reception area, plenty of comfy seating and a bar at the far side. It was very modern looking and very impressive. We were checked in immediately and given our room keys. A very simple method of opening the doors by literally just touching the panel at the outside of the door with the key and it clicks open. We just dropped our bags and headed downstairs again for something to eat....it was quite late at night when we arrived (11.30pm or so) and the hotel were good enough to have a light meal/snack ready for us in the dining room.
After eating, while we were tired we still wanted to explore the grounds, and so we headed out to the pool which was by no means small, in fact it was huge by hotel pool standards I thought.....I hadn't even seen it properly as it was quite dark, but the entire area looked amazing. The following day I caught a proper glimpse of it, a fantastic pool, with plenty of sunbeds surrounding it and plenty of space too with many shaded areas for when it gets too hot.
The hotel has many amenities to keep you occupied also which we discovered the following day: Archery, Tennis Lessons, Crazy Golf, Table Tennis, Water Aerobics (everyday at 12pm...certainly livened up the pool area which was already very very lively) and many more things to do and of course free evening entertainment. There is also a gymnasium onsite and a beauty/massage therapy centre. The town is a 10-15 minute walk, in the evening we used walk to the town via the coastline which was a lovely walk.
The hotel was half board so we got our breakfast and our dinner included. We did have breakfast for maybe 4 of the mornings and there was a nice selection on the menu but we liked to go out for dinner, so I can't really say how the dinner was there. I think actually what turned us off eating there for dinner was that it was so crowded there and it's nice to have table service also so we ate out every night.
Rovinj itself is such a beautiful town. It's so picturesque and is a place that reminds me quite alot of small Italian towns or islands.
There are 3 or 4 excursions which are advertised all over town, taking in the fjord, the islands and the day long trip on the "fish picnic", unfortunately we didn't do any of these excursions this time round as we had it in our minds to just chill by the pool for the whole day and soak up some sun and at night to go out and have some nice meals and a few drinks. Which brings me to the restaurants. Generally I love to try loads of different restaurants but I think we were extremely lucky to find a gem of a restaurant on our first day of exploring the town. It's called Graciano, we just happened to stumble across it when out walking, it is past where all the excursions are advertised and I guess we were walking more out of the far side of town really when we came across it (It's opposite many stands/stalls which sell beach towels, sandals/flip flops etc.) and is one of the few last restaurants on the left hand side, right next to the seafront. This is a family run restaurant, and without a shadow of a doubt, probably the best restaurant I've ever been to. I can say this as my partner who is Italian and very fussy about his food, adored it from the minute we got there. The service there is just second to none, they were very friendly and polite to us at all times. And the biggest bonus (as finding staff like these and food of this quality are hard to find), it was very reasonably priced. As I said we went to a couple of other restaurants but none seemed to give us the same buzz and satisfaction that we got from this. On our final night the staff treated us like celebs from the minute we got there. It was unfortunate that there was a massive storm on that night though but again this lovely family were extremely courteous to us and made sure we were still looked after, even though they probably lost half of their business that night. Meeting these people were a big highlight for us on this holiday, it's not everyday you get quality like that.
Finally I'll finish up by saying that overall I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Eden but I will say that the air conditioning system might need a big of an overhaul as our room felt like it was baking some of the nights even though the air-con was on.
I will stress that while we felt uncomfortable with this hiccup, we still thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Eden.
One last plug also for Graciano restaurant, it's a must, if you do got to Rovinj! Any other questions email me! :o)"
- Travel date: Sun 30th of July 2006
Wonderful location, fantastic hotel
"I would highly recommend this hotel - stunning location - just out of the town of Rovinj, set in lovely gardens and at the end of the gardens there is a coastal path and the sea. A delightful 20 minute walk in one direction takes you to the old town of Rovinj, go the other way and you are right in the heart of Zlatni Forest Park with lots of cycle trails, pine trees, beach bars and inlets where you can swim and sunbathe.
The hotel is contemporary and has just been refurbished - everything is bright, fresh and new. The rooms are a reasonable size - they have flatscreen televisions, mini bars and look really nice. We had 2 large comfy beds and a leather sofa bed. There was a small balcony - limited view though due to the trees. The room was air-conditioned and had a modern bathroom with powerful shower - no bath - all white tiles and chrome fittings.
There are 3 seawater pools in the hotel - 1 indoor, 1 outdoor and 1 children's pool - no lifeguards though. There is a children's club and play area with lots of games and toys. They have mini-golf, archery, shooting and other activities in the hotel grounds - all free of charge. Entertainment was organised each evening.
Food is served buffet style - substantial with a good choice. There is a really lovely restaurant at the bottom of the hotel gardens called the Oleander - Italian style food - pizzas and pastas - really delicious and very cheap.
Hotel staff are exceptional - friendly and very helpful. All in all this hotel deserves each one of its 4 stars.
Rovinj itself is a beautiful place to have a holiday. The old town and harbour are stunning - there are numerous boat trips around the islands you can do and lots of bars and restaurants along the quayside. We hired bikes for 2 days - around Â£5 per day - and cycled in the forest park - this was great.
We also hired a car - car hire is much cheaper if you organise it there - there are lots of little hire places in the town - we got a small car for around Â£30 per day including hire of a child seat. It was an air-conditioned Renault Twingo - perfect for our needs. We went to Porec - ok but not as nice as Rovinj and Pula - worth a visit to the amazing amphitheatre and the lovely old town where James Joyce once lived.
Also worth a visit are the lovely Brijuni Islands - you travel there by catamaran - it takes 45 minutes. You get a guided tour of the island, go to a museum dedicated to Tito (the islands used to be his private retreat) and go on a little train through a small safari park which has animals given to Tito by other world leaders - don't expect to see lots of animals though - mainly deer and zebras.
Everything in the area is very reasonably priced, the scenery is stunning and the people are lovely. We had a wonderful holiday here and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone."
- Travel date: Sun 30th of July 2006
"Stayed at the Eden Hotel September 2009. Lovely hotel with great facilities. Lots of space for everyone. Food was of good quality and plentiful. Rovinj is breathtaking with a view at every turn. Will be returning."
- Travel date: Sun 14th of February 2010
departed manchester airport 24/5/08.tele...
"departed manchester airport 24/5/08.telephoned by direct holidays on the thurs. 22/5/08.& told that the hotel we had booked "hotel park 3 *** was not available. we had been moved to the eden 4****.
we picked the park because of the location of rovinj,the eden was 15 mins further away from the centre.
we were not told about the building work that was going on next to the eden hotel.maistra are to build a new 5***** hotel the muslini & a smaller hotel the hotel lone.
they are advertising now for bookngs for the muslini 2008,my advice is dont book,building work will continue into 2009 at least.
what about the hotel eden. a very nice 4**** hotel set in a nice parkland gardens,next to a national park.
you can hire bikes & go cycling or go for a good walk.and pass a few bars on the way in the woodland.
good big swimming pool outside & a nice indoor swimming pool inside.
from the outside the hotel looks very 70's but once inside it's very modern & clean.
rooms are very modern & clean.
the restaurant is a good size.
the food is not bad,maybe lacks a little imagination ove the full week.
the waiters aren't that bad,but could learn a great deal off the spanish and greek waiters.
entertainment average in the hotel.
bar area is all in one.which is reception area,entrance,lobby. very open plan.
would use it again.
as for using direct holidays again no way.
manchester airport avoid at all cost.plane landed but had no parking area,had to wait,then we had to taxi to the cargo area.
had to wait for some steps.
had to wait for some buses to take us to the terminal.
waited for the suitcases around 1 hour.
it took us 2hrs from landing to walking out.
- Travel date: Sun 1st of June 2008