Hotel Uvala4.0 out of 5.0
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A pleasant surprise! If you follow our reviews you know they are lengthy but are packed with goodness so this will be no different. In fact there are others out there who will say some pretty similar things but this is our version……..read on!! Croatia and Dubrovnik in particular was the latest in our recent holidays in mid-October to be exact and the weather was fantastic throughout our stay. We stayed at the Uvala hotel in Lapad around a 15 minute bus ride (just outside the hotel) to the main town of Dubrovnik. The bus to catch is number 4, with the Palace Hotel marked up in both directions. In fact they go every 15 minutes starting on the hour and I believe the last one back is around 1 am in the morning. This will cost you 15 Kuna per person single trip (no returns) actually not strictly true, you can buy a return, but you only have an hour to return to your origin……..still trying to work that one out, why just an hour?! Exchange rates at this time of writing are around 8 Kuna give or take to the pound, Euros will feature later in the review. A nice welcome by reception although we arrived mid to late morning, room not ready, we were assured of an hour wait…..no problem, adjourn to the bar! Again warm reception, got a couple of drinks to get us in the holiday spirit, a beer (bearing in mind a bottle 0.50 litre) 43 Kuna and a glass of white wine 30 Kuna (keeping your Kuna conversion in mind) best part of £10 real money. Kind of thought we had left British prices behind being spoilt on previous holidays where you definitely would have got those drinks at less than half price. Anyway, drinks aside (managed to soften the blow with two more, what the hell….holiday spirit eh?!!!) we checked in proper and found our room (414. The 4th floor being the best floor), tip here, the three floors from rooms 05 onwards face the sea with the exception of some rooms on each floor facing a wooded area behind the hotel. Fourth (top) floor sea view rooms start from 405 onwards, great views. The only problem is that the sun shines from behind the back of the hotel and if you are in the pool area (front of hotel) looking out to sea, bottom right, only a handful of sunbeds get the sun…bag ‘em early if you intend to make a day of it by the pool. Good news is, they do have an indoor pool, Jacuzzi and gym for the health conscious amongst you. The room, great, clean spacious pretty good storage space and a nice bathroom and a nice balcony to sit out and chill. Tip here for the ladies (or the gents with plenty of hair!) they do have a hairdryer but I am assured by my wife, who has plenty of hair, it is not so good, take your own, no tea/coffee making facilities either, same applies. Taking a walk as you do to familiarise yourself with the local area you can see that it has been recently developed and is still ongoing. Plenty of good walking space all around with local amenities. Tip, forget the little shops a little excessive price wise, just down the road you need to head for Tommy’s which is a large supermarket with good prices and a lot more choice. From the hotel head down to “The Strip” (bottom left turning right) go up to the tennis courts on your right, turning right, walk up and you will find Tommy’s on your left. Another place to visit apparently is “The cave” across the water from the hotel a little pricey going on what other people have said. Carrying on the path opposite the Uvala there is a very nice walk that will take you to various establishments along the way if you keep on going. There are no actual sandy beaches just pebbles but there are places where you can go down and chill out with easy access to the sea, water pretty good once in! Travelled into Dubrovnik the next day and scaled the castle walls great experience but at a cost 150 Kuna each around £17.50 and that was just walking around no extras. The town/city itself is very nice, clean well-presented place with wonderful architecture plus a busy harbour with plenty of boat trips on offer. One to recommend is a place called Cavtat around a one hour boat trip to a place further down the coast towards the airport cost around 100 Kuna each. We did book a few trips whilst we were there one being the three island tour which does exactly that….three islands. The first is to a place that has a sandy beach which you can either walk, 20 minutes or grab an electric buggy taxi, 20 Kuna each one way, 5 minutes to the beach once dropped off from the boat. We walked one way and buggied back and the driver was “interesting” on the way back (different story). Back on the boat for a meal, actually very nice with endless wine on tap…..secret is…..keep asking for more and ye shall receive! Then on to the next couple of islands and then back to port. All in all a very pleasant day to be had. We booked a couple of trips to Montenegro and Mostar. These are by coach or mini bus depending on who you get collared by. Fantastic trips both and highly recommended and they are, believe me full days, this is where the Euros come in. When booking they do not tell you about the currencies you may encounter in various places but you are told to take your Passports. This is because you will be going through various boarders into different parts of the former Yugoslavia of which you will be reminded of along the way on many occasions. Fortunately we took along with us a Post Office savings card which is able to convert to various different currencies which enabled us to withdraw money for the day. And you will find out as you go along how much cheaper things are outside of Dubrovnik. Back to the hotel to finish off with because this is why you want to know if it is suitable for you. A very nice hotel clean with things to offer especially an ATM right outside the front door! Free safety deposit box, free air conditioning (not always working adequately) and all the bits mentioned above. Staff very friendly with one or two exceptions, (you will always get them)…..you make your minds up on that one as to who they are. The food on the whole very good, slight gripe at breakfast, choice of eggs here, scrambled, boiled or omelette with fillings…….not a fried egg in sight and bacon a little suspect to say the least! Evening meals varied with good choice of meats, vegetables and salads. Sadly lacking in entertainment in fact, none but that went for the places outside of the hotel we could not find a place with any form of it. Even up “The strip” nothing at all but apparently it was to do with the time of year and we had missed it all literally by a week! We hope you have found this informative and if you are still awake, found things you can take away with you that will make your minds up to visit this wonderful place called Croatia. If you do visit have a great time as we did, I would thoroughly recommend it as a place to go and spend some time and relax. Happy to answer any questions on any points mentioned. The Cornish Pixies.
Had a 5 night stay at this hotel. The hotel has a bus stop to the old town outside with buses every 15 minutes. The hotel was very clean and our room cleaned daily. Lots of storage space in the rooms and comfy bed. Pillows a bit too puffy for me. Fridge and tv in the room along with bathroom hairdryer. The breakfast was good with lots of choice. We had half board and dinner was also plentifyl with lots to choose from. Although pork 4 nights running was a bit much. All staff friendly. Tip - hire a car in advance and get out of Dubrovnik. Not only is the scenary beautiful not all of Croatia is as expensive as Dubrovnik. Only complaint of the hotel is drinks with dinner are expensive and they don't serve jugs of tap water.
Just back from a week at hotel uvala. Good hotel, comfy beds, nice and clean. Fantastic view, we were in room 314. Staff friendly. Bus stop right outside into Dubrovnik. Lots of places to eat and drink. Lapad is a lovely peaceful place. Nice to come back to after Dubrovnik.
Just back from a fabulous week at Hotel Uvala in Lapad just outside Dubrovnik old town.We had a sea view room on the top floor and the views from the balcony were amazing.The room was spacious modern and cleaned everyday.Towel changed regularly and free toiletries replaced as required,there is also a mini bar/fridge in the room.There is both indoor & outdoor pools with sunbeds and also a wellness centre.We were half board and both breakfast & dinner were buffets.There was always plenty of choice for everyone and in copious amounts.Plenty of staff on hand to keep the food topped up clear dirty plates and serve drinks from the bar.Marina & her team were very friendly & efficient making a great dining experience.This is only a small hotel (about 50 rooms ) and all the better for it making for a very friendly atmosphere with both staff & guests .Situated in a slightly elevated position giving fabulous views of the bay ,it is only 5 minutes walk to a pebbly beach with safe swimming and also 5 minutes to many bars & restaurants.Although slightly out of Dubrovnik old town it is only a short bus ride away which only costs 12 kuna if you buy tickets in advance at the local kiosks (about £1.60p )Being out of Old Dubrovnik is a distinct advantage as it gets very busy when the cruise ships come in (of which there was at least 10 in the week we were there. It is easy to combine relaxation and sight seeing from this hotel and this area has a lot to offer.
This hotel is well located with a lovely view and an excellent bus service to get into Dubrovnik. However the accommodation is very average and certainly not 4 star [2 star at best]. The bedroom appeared clean and the beds were comfortable. The bathroom also looked clean but was definitely not cleaned every day. However the biggest downfall with this hotel is the food - breakfast is poor, serving greasy, fatty bacon with tough scrambled eggs. Fresh pineapple and melon are lovely but not EVERY day please.There was little or no choice except where leftovers from the previous evening meal were served - are there no food hygiene laws here? Dinner was also very disappointing. The food was unappetising and unrecognisable at times. Some of the staff were friendly but in the main this was from the female staff - some male staff were rather brusque and unwelcoming. Unfortunately I don't think we would stay here again if we re-visit Croatia.
My friend and I stayed in this hotel from 25th of July until 1st of August and we regretted not booking a few more nights here. Compared to other hotels here, Uvala is very reasonably priced, yet will make sure that you get everything you want at top quality. The hotel is located in Lapad bay, two minutes away from its center. There are a lot of cafes and gorgeous restaurants near the hotel. There is a beautiful pedestrian street that takes you from Lapad to Babin Kuk bay. Don't forget to take a slow and deep breath here, because the smell of pine and other evergreen trees here is definitely a unique experience. At night, concerts of famous Dalmatian singers and groups (klape) are held in Lapad's center, but if you decide to stay in your room, the noise won't bother you at all. Bus number 4 will take you to the city of Dubrovnik within 10-15 minutes. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Rooms are not that vast, but have just enough room for you to move around without bumping into furniture. Most rooms have a balcony which offers you a unforgettable view of the bay. Both breakfast and dinner offer a great variety of food, so whatever your preferences are, you can find something to eat here. Breakfast is mostly continental and as for dinner, make sure to try fish, seafood and dishes that are characteristic to Croatian cuisine since those are one of their specialties. Just relax and enjoy your stay!
I stayed at the Uvala hotel and was more than happy with the room and service. The staff were friendly and helpful. The hotel had good facilities. It was far enough away from the hectic tourist crowds of the old city of Dubrovnik but just a short ten minute bus trip into Pile gate. It was near the beach area with Uvala Lapad Beach just a few minutes walk away. Pros - close to the bus stop (out the front) - close to Lapad Beach - close to a small supermarket and ATM - friendly and helpful staff - money change service at the desk. They'll break big bills for you. - restaurant and bar - outside deck with pool, spa and bar - Wellness spa for treatments such as massage - good breakfast - great views from seaview balconies Room has: - comfortable bed - large bathroom - plenty of storage space - bar fridge and mini bar - hot shower and bath - telephone - clock radio - air conditioning - basic toiletries in the bathroom - Free WiFi (I measured download speed of 44Mb/s, upload 0.9Mb/s) - electronic safe (small, not laptop sized) - TV with some English channels Cons - none It was a pleasant and memorable stay.
This hotel is well located - as others have said, with a good bus service. The overall bus service is good to the old town but this particular route isn't as crowded ( mid sept). The views from the 4th floor balcony across the bay & out to sea are tremendous, but alas you don't get any sun. The spa facilities are great but the outdoor pool seems very chilly - I'd say only 16degrees when the sea is about 20-22, but there is a heated indoor one. Echoing the comments about the staff. The only downside is that the Thomson picture leads you to believe you are on the beach front when in fact you are another level away, there's a road to cross and another hotel to pass by before you are on the front.But you get the views as a result. The food is pretty good, not exceptional but they are always topping up so you don't lose out towards the end of sittings. The main negatives are that the bar lacks atmosphere so no-one really stays after meal time, the drinks are a bit pricey and the wine is just about drinkable.
Lovely hotel, large and peaceful. All of the staff were helpful and efficient, but they did not hassle you unnecessarily. Room was clean and the view was nice. Breakfast was plentiful with something to suit all tastes, I did not eat an evening meal at the hotel so cannot comment on that. All in all a very enjoyable stay.
Second visit .staff couldn't do enough for us .food good . excellent location.bus stopped right out side for Dubrovnik.and pleasant beach within walking distance .small hotel no fighting for sunbeds .would definitely go again
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81% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 461 reviews