Valamar Rubin Hotel3.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
This is a decent 3 star hotel. It has aspects that are slightly better than 3 star, but overall it justifies its rating. The location is great, right on the seas edge, with safe bathing everywhere and an abundance of loungers, umbrellas etc. Only a short, 10/15 minute, walk into Porec, or you can take the little train that runs back and forth frequently. The hotel has a gorgeous pool and pool bar. The rooms are a little tired and the bathrooms need an upgrade (but would be 4 star then?), you get what you pay for. Above our bed was a very strange construction...what seemed to be a bed frame was attached to the ceiling with a sheet draped over it. Was it a canopy? It was neither use nor ornament, totally superfluous and looked odd. Wi-Fi only available on the 5th (reception/lobby/bar) floor, which was annoying, we were on the second floor so had to go to the Fifth to use internet. Good breakfast to suit all tastes. Just a word about staff, maybe its a Croatian thing, all very serious. All good at their jobs and accommodating but, particularly on reception, is it too hard to smile occasionally?
We are just back from a week in this hotel and I cannot find fault with it. We were in room 718 which had a lovely sea view, huge bed and great shower. The room was cleaned and towels changed everyday by a lovely lady who was all ways cheerie in the morning. Breakfast was the only meal we had and I can honestly say if you can not find anything to your liking then there is nothing that would please you. It is a buffet style with plenty of everything and enough staff around to help you find what you are looking for. The hotel is just a short walk to Porec or you can use the wee train, on wet days we used the train but other than that walked. We didn't use the pool but there looked to be plenty sun loungers around. All the staff were very pleasant and helpful. I would definitely recommend and go back to this hotel.
Stayed here at the valamar Rubin for 1 week ,wish we stayed longer the hotel was lovely set in a beautiful woodland overlooking the beach.The rooms were basic but very clean and fresh towels every day ,we stayed in room 301 we had a mini bar and a safe ,as some rooms don't provide these..The breakfast was excellent lots of choices from fruit cereal yogurts to hot food bacon sausage,fried eggs and huge selection of different types of bread.the pool area was lovely and clean plenty of sun loungers and a nice pool bar ,we found the drinks though to be abit expensive ,down some steps to the beach is a beach bar selling cheaper drinks and cocktails.lovely 15 minutes walk into porec walking the coastal route,stunning scenery .porec itself is lovely ,nice marina and lots of shops bars and restaurants in the old town,Scattered around the main square and amongst all the little cobbled streets.oversll a superb holiday
Lovely setting. Very organised resort with plenty of ways to reach Porec town. Bike, tourist train, water taxi. Good sunsets visible from the hotel. Thought reception staff very efficient. Food consistently good but a little monotonous. Plenty to choose from but felt like the same choice each night. Rooms were ok. We weren't impressed because we were 2 families and one of us was put on the first floor and one on the 6th and it could never be changed! My mum was put on the 6th floor also despite we had written ourselves and the travel agent had written to the hotel stressing we needed a low floor room. After one week we were changed to the fourth floor which was slightly better. Found the drinks in the hotel expensive and disliked the prices for the food in the lunch time pool bar and the drinks throughout the hotel going up in price on 1 August shocking. I've never experienced the prices changing halfway through my holiday before. To summarise. Good clean hotel with good food and good location but would I stay again, I'm afraid not. All the staff are lovely but no rapport and no animation team as they're in the hotel next door as is the kids club.
Just back from a week at Valamar Rubin with my hubby. Location was lovely being in a pine forest and just meteres from the sea. Got a really friendly welcome and although we arrived before the check in time of 2pm, we did get in the room a bit earlier. Room was really nice and spacious but would benefit from an extractor fan in the bathroom. A fridge/minibar would have also been good. However, this did not stop us enjoying this hotel, which had one of the best breakfast buffets we have ever had. Plenty of loungers and parasols by the pool area and also in the garden. Only slight issue was what smelt like cooking cabbage that wafted by the pool area near to the pool bar/. We walked into Porec most days either via the coastal route or the slightly shorter pine forest way. Lots of restaurants and shops in Porec as well as the lovely marina. Hotel Valamar Rubin was good value for money and would recommend.
The hotel is in a perfect location. We loved the sea and the woods next to it, a very stunning place! We emailed before we left to request a quiet room for our son with special needs and a safe as my wife and son have daily medication and we was pleasantly surprised to get put on the 6th floor, a lovely sized room with a safe. The safe didn't work but one call to reception and it was fixed straight away. We over looked the front of the hotel but this meant our room was never to hot when we returned. There is one plug socket on show, there are also three more under the desk, obviously you will need four adapters but there are plenty to charge phones, use the kettle and hairdryer in front of the mirror, shower was perfect, although we did use the bath once and it flooded out the drain in floor. Reception was called and the maintenance man and the cleaner came straight away and we didn't have this problem again. Our room was cleaned daily and to a very high standard, the cleaner spoke little English but was always saying hello and smiled when we passed in the corridor. We always arrived for breakfast and dinner shortly after it had opened, we never queued and always found a table outside for the three of us. Plenty of choice to eat, our son only eats certain foods and always found plenty to eat. Swimming pool was clean and we always found a sun lounger even after being out for the morning, there was always one or two available. Pool bar staff were very friendly, remembered our names and what we liked to drink. Overall we found the hotel very clean and the staff very friendly, even the reception staff. Remember you are in their country as a guest, if you are friendly to them and try to learn a bit of their language they are very friendly and welcoming back. Please ignore the bad reviews. As a lot of people may come away and worry about the colour of the carpet or tiles but is this really enough to ruin a holiday? To be honest we was to busy enjoying ourselves and having fun to worry over small minor details. We have visited many hotels around the world and this is definitely in the top two of our list. If you want daily activities go to the other valamar hotels, this is stated in most brochures or websites. Valamar Rubin is a quiet peaceful relaxing hotel and an ideal walk into old Porec with lots of shops etc there. Great for teenagers near the sea too. If you do have walking difficulties, it is still possible but it is a bit of a steep slope unless you stay on level one then not to far to go to the bottom. This is a three star hotel as stated on their website, if you want 5 star then book one. We would definitely recommend and come back here again.
The room we were put in was not clean, it was also dated and had an odd smell to it. The carpet was awful and the bathroom had mould on the ceiling. The pool area and communal areas were ok and the location of the hotel was good, however the room did really let it down. I would not stay here again or recommend it to others.
We chose the Rubin because of its location. Apart from the hotels in Porec itself, it seems to be the nearest hotel to the town; about a 15min = 3/4-mile walk along the tarmac coastal path. We paid extra for a "superior" room with sea view on the 8th floor, which was high enough to see over the tall trees between the hotel and the sea, and we spent many a pleasant evening on the balcony, watching the water buses and water taxis scooting to and fro, and lightning storms over Italy in the far distance. However, other than the sea view, and aluminium balcony chairs instead of plastic, we couldn't really see what was "superior" about the room - the walls seemed to have been recently painted; the bathroom seemed original from when the hotel was built, and the furniture and carpets, although in excellent condition, and spotlessly clean, seemed just normal 3-star hotel standard. Also, the room safe is actually a drawer in the luggage room behind reception, and is at extra charge! (We are not complaining, though; although with the drop in value of the £sterling, the holiday wasn't particularly cheap; other things about the hotel and resort made this one of our most enjoyable holidays ever!) Choice of food in the buffet restaurant was excellent. I am a faddy eater, but even I found ample choice to keep me well fed, and the staff all seemed exceptionally friendly, even to the extent that two of the waiters taught me to speak a little useful Croatian - hvala vam puno! My only slight criticism of the restaurant is that it is set out entirely with tables for 4 people, whereas most guests were couples, who all used to put their dirty plates in the other two place settings on their table until they were (usually fairly quickly) removed by the staff. This meant that 4-seat tables effectively became tables for 2, and at busy times, it was very difficult to find an empty table, as the overall capacity of the restaurant was reduced. Replacing many of the 4-place tables with tables for 2, would improve things enormously. The hotel has a lobby bar with an outdoor terrace (looking out onto the car park!), where there was occasional live music, but as this was also the smoking area, and we don't smoke, we avoided the terrace. although the indoor part of the lobby bar seemed very little used. I think the hotel is missing a trick here, as they have an excellent poolside bar, with a huge terrace, which normally closes at 6 p.m., but which would make a brilliant "sunset" bar, if it stayed open till midnight! Because of this we walked into Porec every night after dinner, where there's a huge choice of places to eat and drink, and although we also walked back most nights, the minitrains run till 11;30, and the cycle rickshaws seem to run as late as there are people to use them. Literally just outside the sea side of the hotel there is a beach bar, beach shop, minitrain stop, cycle rickshaw terminal, boat trip kiosk, boat and pedalo hire, cycle hire, segway hire, electric scooter hire, kiddies electric car track, minigolf, "go ape", trampolines, loads of sunbeds for hire under the trees and on the concrete "beach", plus inflatables in the sea (extra charge). You can take the minitrain into Porec in one direction, or to Zelena Laguna in the other direction. Or you could walk along the coastal path to Zelena Laguna (4.5km), with plenty of places en route to buy a drink or snack, and get either the minitrain or the waterbus back. There are daily boat trips from Porec to Rovinj, with other stops en route, plus dolphin-watching trips every evening - some of which pick up/drop off very near the Rubin; plus day trips to Venice. All-in-all, as a couple in our 60's, we found lots to do in and around the hotel, but there is something here for all ages - even toddler play parks and a keep-fit trail for grown-ups along the coastal path. Two tips, though; First one is for people with impaired mobility. The hotel has only two public lifts for which you can wait for quite some time on occasions, plus wheelchair access to the coastal path is either down a steep ramp at the sea side of the hotel, or, out through Reception, then all the way round the outside of the hotel and down a tarmac path to the coastal path, (in other words, the hotel is far from ideal for wheelchairs, as there are lots of steps to negotiate). Second is: we took our spending money in euros, thinking that they would be accepted anywhere around the Med; but, no, it's the local kuna that you need - even to the extent that we saw shops in Porec with signs saying "NO EUROS"!
Hotel could be a 4* with a few additions. Food was very good with lots of choice and some dishes freshly cooked while waiting. Room was very clean and bed comfortable. The hotel does seem dated on first impressions but the location is superb - near to the sea and the lovely town of Porec which is a 10 minute walk by the sea and through the pine forest or can be reached by the Noddy train. The staff were very hard working and friendly especially Damir and Dragan. It's a great idea being able to use all the facilities of the sister hotels - Crystal and Diamont. All I would change are the sunloungers which need replacing as they are very uncomfortable, put the safe deposit boxes in the rooms and add a fridge. We had a wonderful stay at the Rubin with our family.
We were pleasantly surprised after arriving at the Rubin after reading some of the recent reviews. The hotel itself is clean, easy to find your way around and is full of helpful and friendly staff. The rooms are a decent size and very clean. They may be a bit outdated but that didnt make our stay any less enjoyable. The pool area could do with some new loungers but apart from that I dont have any negatives. Its close to the beach and only 15 min walk through the forest to Porec town. The food is fantastic and we didnt eat the same thing twice. Damir the waiter is brilliant and works very hard to please all the guests. The whole Valamar resort is working brilliantly together. Its great that you can use the other 2 hotels and their facilities and charge things to your room. The Crystal has a more relaxed atomosphere around the pool and has more sunbeds to choose from as at the Rubin they're all reserved with towels by 10am. Would definately recommend the Valamar resort.
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82% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 298 reviews