Hotel Laguna Parentium4.0 out of 5.0
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Clean and comfortable rooms, but the one for 3 people was too small, the bathroom was very modern. The food was delicious and various. The whole crew was nice and polite. The hotel has a private beach with grass and some big trees, which was excellent for relaxing and it was clean, too. On the other hand, the entrance of the sea was rocky.
Firstly, the room. As others have suggested this is a contemporary designed hotel with good storage for clothes in the room. No tea making or ironing facility or bath but fridge, safe and hair-dryer. We hadn't booked a sea view room and were initially shown a ground floor room that was located along a slightly dismal corridor and overlooked the hotel entrance where cars drew up. We asked for a different room and were readily given an alternative standard. This was a different layout on ground floor, quieter but balcony outlook was a wall. Croatia had just suffered a heat wave but despite this we expected the ac to cope. It clearly didn't in many of the rooms including this one (minimal temp 27 degreesC fully on) An engineer called and said that he would do what he could but the minimum we could hope for was 24. Nothing changed and we spent an uncomfortable sweltering first night. We asked for move and were offered a room on 3rd floor. This was better getting down to a bit less than 25. The two couples at the welcome meeting thought they were getting act down to 20 ish so still not sure what to expect. As outdoor temp had dropped a bit last few days have been bearable but check how good your ac is if coming in hot months. Pool area is really good. The saltwater pool was a nice alternative. Pleasant views through the pine trees to the nearby sea. Bar music not intrusive. Drink prices ok. Rather than moan about it just do what others do and put towels on sun beds before you go to breakfast. I agree with comments about evening entertainment. Whilst it's not a vital thing for us and we didn't seek disco party entertainment the old guy playing on the piano was a bit lacklustre musak and the hotel's idea of sexing things up for Friday night was getting a younger piano player that thought playing Abba numbers quick tempo was the way to go. Hmmm.. Hotel staff seemed generally ok with cleaners being more cheery than the waiters. Spa facilities good, prices reasonable, underused indoor pool and adequate gym perfectly good if you want it. Food. Generally speaking this was ok and probably in line with the 4 star hotel rating. The breakfast was good with lots of choice. Coffee not bad, not great, served in insulated metal pots. Could get your standard English breakfast if you wanted it but don't expect more than streaky bacon. Best thing is the fruit, fresh and tasty. In terms of evening meal the hotel, as with breakfast, tends to put its energy into providing variety of food (which is impressive) at the sacrifice of some quality. I don't want to be too critical here as the food is not poor at all. It was quite clear that, when they want to achieve it though (as on Friday night when your chairs get covered in white linen and bow) the quality can improve. ?different chefs. We went on two trips, both eventful for different reasons. The fish picnic and the Postojna cave& castle. The fish picnic on the Astral was nice enough. Having been on similar trips before we would say it compares reasonably well. The staff are attentive and repeat info many times so you have no excuse for being late for departures. Rovinj was pleasant and the narrow streets attractive (no more so than any Greek island chora though) There are lots of boutiques and clothes shops dotted along whichever route you climb up to the basilica. You have to be prepared for staff approaching you as soon as you enter their shops, some pushier than others. The food on board is ok, nowt special. Usual meats basic salad and luke-warm chips. They do provide lots of drinks (apart from a nice tot of liqueur at the start) including white wine. The wine is probably best used to get stains off t-shirts rather than drink tho (unless any alcohol will do!) Best thing to do with the chips is to chuck them for the seagulls as they follow the boat at sea. Very entertaining and slightly risky if you hold out your chip-laden fist! A stop off at Vrsar on way back was less interesting. However, if you're keen on snorkelling as we are it offers you better variety of fish species after you walk along the promenade a bit (noticed a couple of scuba divers there) Saw a nicely coloured cuttle fish there. Take some bread with you to attract the fish. We met a storm on the way back and it was hairy going for a while. The ship was listing, rocking and rolling with the waves and the wind was so strong it ripped some canvas awnings off on the top deck. The crew ushered us down stairs, some of us got drenched by rogue waves and we did notice one crew make the sign of the cross! To be honest it was more exciting than scary but we did have to shelter at Porec harbour eventually which meant catching the bumpy tourist train back to the hotel. Word of warning..Elspeth, the very competent Jet2 rep did say that the ferry taxi to Porec always stops at the Romana Villa jetty close to the hotel. Not so! It would have sailed on by had we not flagged it like at a bus stop! The trip to the cave was worth it but you have to endure time spent picking other folk up along the way and possible long delays at the Slovenian border (40 min wait going but only 5min coming back) Passports are checked and Russian passports doubly checked. The cave entrance area is teeming with folk ( the resort purports to host 30 million visitors each year!) However once through in your English speaking queue the train ride and 2km walk takes you through some of the most spectacular cave scenery I've ever seen ( makes Ingleborough Cave and the likes seem very paltry) Everywhere you look begs photographing. I liken the train ride to a trip through HP's Gringots underground chambers. The cave guide cracks a pace so if you linger a little you'll miss his chats but you may want to do that to be alone in the various cave chambers along the way. Cave floor concrete, not slippy. Perhaps too much is made of the little salamanders that inhabit the cave (likening them to dragons with their soft toy representations being sold in souvenir shops inside and outside the cave) but proteus observations may kick start kids' scientific interest so that's ok. The castle, by contrast is a little underwhelming inside although it looks great bedded into the rock face as it is. It supposedly has medieval origins which I guess explains the sparsity of its contents. Too many tourists tramping through for my liking. The excursion price does not include the electronic tour guide. Slovenia uses Euros (we got away with paying for drinks with Kuna at the lunch venue) so if you want souvenirs bring a few. The Croatian guide on our coach had a very likeable way about him (spoke English then gave German equivalent) He gave lots of information about the region and itinerary and even spared us a few philosophical life guidelines centring around our need to be optimistic about things! Thanks but I'll carry on with a modicum of English cynicism if you don't mind!
Very nice hotel south of Poreč. Modern building, nicely located in Zelena Laguna with large, clean rooms. Definitely worth to book a room with sea view - view on inner court not nice at all. Very nice pool area and inside swimming pool. Staff very friendly and helpful. Good buffets for breakfast and dinner - good choice of Istrian and mediterannean food and good wines from the region. The house wines were very good at a reasonable price. A few details were missing though, like nuts or grains for breakfast or fresh orange juice. It is worth going to dinner not too late as the choice of food is going down after 20h30 - in particular a good desert is a bit hard to get afterwards. The fitness room is OK but unfortunately some of the gym equipment were broken and not repaired during our 10 days stay. The animation team is phantastic and very dedicated - the daily aqua sport was great fun. Opportunities for sports in the hotel are very limited unfortunately - there are possibilities in the surrounding hotels or camping grounds but this is still 20-30 min away and planning is a bit more difficult. Near the hotel there are nice little restaurants and water sports facilities. Finally, Wifi in the hotel is for free but slow at times - in the early evening, download speed fell sometimes below 1 mb/s. This being said, overall it was a very nice experience and we would recommend the hotel for exploring Porec and Istria (you can book boat trips to Porec or Rovinj just in front of the hotel).
Stayed in August and booked half board via Thomson. Pula has a small airport but flights and security were fast and smooth. Transfer with Thomson is a private taxi and took 35 - 40 minutes to the hotel. The ATM's at the airport give a very poor exchange rate, wait until you arrive as there are plenty of ATM's available around the hotel. As per previous reviews the hotel is a very good standard, nice size rooms, air conditioning struggled but it was super hot, sound proofing excellent. There are several different styles of room, I would say ours was short on useful storage only 7 hangers in the wardrobe. We had a garden view which was fine but the best are the pool views although the lower ones are over looked and may pick up some noise. Be aware some of the photos are misleading. The beach area is not part of the hotel and loungers are charged for as is some of the garden area to the side of the hotel, the public also have access to hotel facilities such as the pool toilets. Porec is lovely and easily accessed via walking, ride on the tourist bus or taxi boats. This is a prime holiday area, beautiful but also expensive. Breakfast is excellent and runs from 7 - 10. The evening sitting starts at 7 and is very promptly packed away for 9, so you need to get there relatively early. Oddly the entertainment tends to start in the middle of the dining time. You will need mosquito spray as there are definitely a few bugs about, especially in the grass. As mentioned before people are putting towels on loungers at 7 in the morning and on some days it was difficult to get any at all - this did vary from day to day but meant you needed to get down early. Not a budget holiday but worth it.
This is an excellent quality 4 star hotel in a fine location near Porec. The grounds and pool area are beautifully maintained. The service is attentive and courteous. Standards of housekeeping and cleaning are very high. The rooms are well furnished, but were showing some real wear and tear when we stayed in August 2017. Our bathrooms were the wet room type with no separation between shower and basin area, which would probably bother some people. An SOS alarm button at floor level in the shower looks pretty ominous! The food in both the buffet and the a la carte restaurants was definitely the best we have encountered in a 4 star hotel anywhere in the world. Friday night is 'gourmet evening' when the buffet is raised a level furtner . . . fantastic value. Drinks are reasonably priced and the range of wines is modest but well chosen. Bear in mind that you'll need to book a 'garden view' or 'sea view' room otherwise you'll be overlooking the car park or internal areas. We booked with Thomson / Tui, and the airport taxi transfer was waiting on arrival and went smoothly. Highly recommended.
Guests or intruders? Our arrival was as expected, just before midnight after a long journey. We wondered if we were in the wrong place when we checked in. No welcome, just handed our keys and told that everyone was sleeping! The receptionist didn't offer any information about the hotel, restaurant times, facilities and just laughed when we asked if there was anywhere we could get food or drink. Eating in the restaurant was another challenge! Despite the excellent food, the challenge was to find a waiter who could bring cutlery, a drink or any crockery!! The few waiters kept their eyes down to avoid contact with guests. No smiles and minimum interaction. It's such a shame that such a lovely hotel does not invest in training for customer service! Nobody ever asked us if we were having a good time or if everything was ok. Not even at check-out where they wanted to charge us for a shower before we left in the evening after already paying quite significantly for our 7 days half board! Even the pool bar staff ( when it was open) were grumpy. It made us think that none of the staff really wanted to work there or maybe they just didn't like guests! Our rating for this hotel is excellent for location, facilities, decor, food , cleanliness and comfort! Would we return? Not likely unless they change their approach to customer service and we see smiles and friendly people when we go on holiday! Shame!
Laguna parentium didn't disappoint on our second visit there in 2 years. We were so excited to be returning but a little worried that things wouldn't be the same. The hotel was just as beautiful, amazing grounds that are so well kept. Some great shady areas beneath the beautiful trees or the choice of two pools to sit around with lovely loungers and new towels every day if you wish. The views out to sea are amazing and the cool breeze was welcome. The rooms were just as good and had been well maintained with the most wardrobe space I've ever had in a hotel. There were two cupboards still empty even after we had unpacked. The rooms were cleaned every day and our sheets were changed twice in a week. The bathroom was spotless with lots of toiletries available. The air conditioning was great too. We were sold the hotel as adult only through Thompsons but this wasn't the case for other holiday companies as there were quite a few children at the hotel. They were very well behaved though and as there are no children's club or children's facilities we weren't disturbed. The dress code had slipped a bit and people were going to dinner in what they would wear down the pool but again this didn't spoil our holiday and my husband felt quite relaxed in smart shorts and a tshirt in the evenings. The food was just as good as we remembered and the only disappointment was that we couldn't attend the wine dinner as they were only having one and it was on the day we arrived. We had been up since 3am so didn't feel we would have done it justice. My husband really enjoyed all the different fish and the Risotto was some of the best I've ever tasted. The choice at breakfast and dinner was brilliant so much to choose from and all expertly cooked. Some amazing bread and lots of fruit everyday. The pool area and surrounding grounds were pristine. And the surrounding promenade with all the showers and sunloungers meant that you were spoilt for choice. The miniature train and boat to Porec was so easy to access we caught the 9.30 bus in and the 12pm boat back. The only tiny criticism of the hotel was that some of the rugs in the lobby were threadbare which worried us as we arrived just in case the hotel had slipped (which it hadn't). The entertainment was very low key at the hotel, which we liked, but if you wanted to find something more lively it was a short walk along the coast to some bars and shops with an arena with lots of very well organized things for children and a great bar called Laguna Lounge. We loved staying at the Laguna Parentium again and would definitely recommend it to our friends.
We had a fabulous holiday in this well run hotel on the Zelena Laguna. The hotel is well situated for walking or water sports. Transport systems in the form of boat, road or road trains are reasonable priced and frequent. We stayed for a week half board and we were delighted with the fresh and well cooked food that we received at every meal. All the meat and fish was coked to perfection! Drinks in the hotel were at hotel prices but you could walk a few hundred yards to local restaurants for more reasonably priced drinks and food. Remember the mosquito spray-we forgot and were bitten during the day!! They sneak up when you are napping on the sunbed!! The guests and staff were really friendly (mainly Germans and Austrians who drive from their relative countries). Great for couples or families xx
We have stayed in the Dubrovnick area of Croatia a few times and decided to try elsewhere in the country as we absolutely love it. After deciding on Porec area we checked out various reviews and chose the Parentium and we are so glad we did. Check in, despte arriving on an early flight around 10.00am we were shown a room with a nice garden view, room 278. the room was spacious, modern and loads of space for clothes, a safe , nice bathroom and a huge bed. The only thing missing was tea/coffee making facilities (however we always bring a travel kettle so no real dramas). the floors in rooms and corridors were carpeted which made it nice and quiet so we got some great nights sleep. Cleaning was to a good standard too, The public areas of the hotel were kept spotless and good quality furnishings made the bars and terraved areas a great place to sit for drinks during the evening with live music and some stunning sunsets. Drinks were slightly more expensive than in Porec but still cheaper than the UK. the grounds again were immaculate with plenty of areas to sunbath in the shade of the trees or around the pool areas or the bathing areas along the promonade. We were half board and the meals were really good, great choice, breakfast and evening meals were buffet style and there were sufficient choices to keep the most fussy eater happy and full. I must admit however, service was a bit hit and miss and a minor point was that hardly any of the staff were smiling, they always seemed a bit unapproachable. We used the "train" and the water taxi most nights to go into Porec which is beautiful with some brilliant bars and restaraunts, interesting side streets full of character and shops selling a wide range of things. The bars along the quay side were a great place to people watch and look at the super yatchs moored there, prices were really good, we paid around £5.00 for a large beer and glass of prosecco. We hired a car and explored the nearby resports as well as some of the mountain top villages and even went to Plitvic National Park, a good 3.5 hours drive away, but well worth the trip. We also went on a Jet2 excusrion to Venice....if you get the chance, please go, a brilliant day in a stunning city, we paid to have the ecsorted tour which gave us a meal, trip on a gondola down the small back streets (well the canals), and also a water taxi up the grand canal. Some people on the tour didn't do the guided element and hardly saw anything like the Rialto Bridge, paying slightly more we saw everything in a relaxed informative manner. Would we stay at the oarentium again, we certainly would, and are even looking to take the whole family there next year as we had 1 of our best holidays ever....and weh have holidayed all over the world. So see you next year Parentium
From the minute we walked in we felt extremely comfortable here. The rooms were spacious and spotless and we were never bothered by anyone. The only downside was that we were on the 3rd floor and we had a concrete fronted balcony so could not sit and look out at the garden view from our balcony. Other floors had glass fronted balconys. There is plenty of storage in the rooms and a free safe. There is also a full sized hair dryer in the bathroom with complimentary toiletries topped up every day. All the staff in the hotel were friendly and worked really hard. I would like to give special thanks to Peter, Kristijan and Maja who looked after us the most. The hotel is not in the centre of Porec but there is a small train which takes 35 minutes to Porec. We walked and followed the route a few times and this took about an hour but there are plenty of places to stop on the way to view the beautiful coastline. We also hired a car and driving was easy, the roads are quiet. Just along from the hotel are a few bars and restaurants which although very quiet in the daytime are buzzing in the evening. The entertainment in the hotel was generally quite good, usually a band, but in particular Blonde acoustics were excellent. The hotel has two evenings where you can opt for a wine dinner which is a three course meal with a different wine with each course and live entertainment. Book this from reception and they will give you a piece of paper to knock 80 kuna off the 210 kuna meal if you are half board. We enjoyed both of the wine dinners we attended. Just be aware that at the end they will come round with a trolley of spirits that are at an extra cost. There are just a couple of things that would improve this hotel in my opinion. There is a pool bar but no waiter service and no one clearing away the plastic glasses until the end of the day. We put ours in the bin. Secondly there is a restaurant near to the pool but this is quite formal. It would be good to have pool snacks, ice cream available. The sun bed issue is mixed. There are definitely people using the hotel who are not staying there and they have the hotel pool towels. There are lots of sun beds but I felt there was room for just a few more. The problem is that people are reserving sun beds and are expecting to have the same ones each day. I am being picky with my last three comments and had a very chilled and relaxed holiday thanks to the atmosphere of this hotel. I would definitely recommend it and wouldn't hesitate to stay there if I visit Porec again.
- Free buffet breakfast
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Onsite dining
Located in Zelena within 2 miles (3 km) of Aquacolors Porec, Hotel Laguna Parentium is within a few miles (5 km) of Brulo Beach. This 269-room, 4-star hotel has 2 outdoor pools along with a marina and 2 restaurants. It's on the beach and also close to Porec Marina and Church of Our Lady of the Angels.
Free buffet breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning from 6:30 AM to 10 AM. Enjoy dining at Bacchus, one of 2 onsite restaurants. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, or make new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge.
All 269 air-conditioned rooms provide furnished balconies, minibars, and safes. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and LCD TVs with satellite channels. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. Phones are also included.
Guests of Hotel Laguna Parentium have access to a marina, 2 outdoor pools, and an indoor pool. Self parking is available for EUR 1 per day. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to help with dry cleaning or laundry, and answer any questions about the area. Other amenities at this beach hotel include a fitness center, a sauna, and outdoor tennis courts.
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88% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 475 reviews