This is an excellent 3-star hotel right on the beach at Podstrana (Split).
We were welcomed on arrival by Ita Carminatti who is a very service-minded lady willing to help and advise at all times. She made our vacation a special event and our big thanks to her.
The location is about 8kms from Split town with good transportation possibilities. We used the local bus service without problem. There are two bus companies operating, Promet and Dalmatinac. Promet uses normal busses of varying standard but Dalmatinac is preferable as they are vans rather than a bus, air-conditioned and more comfortable.
We found that they charge the same price, 12 kuna single trip. (September 2011)
The bus stop for Split is to the right from the hotel, across the road and about 60 meters to walk. At the bus stop is a newsagent/tobacconist and in the square behind is a Konzum supermarket, very useful for buying water, fruit, etc.
First impression of the hotel was the cleanliness which we have as our first priority. The room was big enough for the two beds and the bathroom with shower and useful shelves for our toilet bags was well equipped with a hair-dryer, shampoo and soap and electrical outlet. The wall-rack for hanging bath towels was very useful.
A tip is to bring your own beach towels as these are not supplied and room towels are not permitted to be taken out of the rooms.
The balcony we had (room 104) was very large with two chairs and a table, ideal for sitting outdoors with an evening drink watching the beautiful sunsets. Also, two excellent sun-loungers which we could only use in the early morning and late afternoon as there is no shade on the balcony during the day. For light-skinned north Europeans, the sun is very intense and shade is essential to avoid burning but for visitors with darker skin this may not be such a disadvantage.
The hotel built on a slope from the main road down to the beach so there are stairs to the different levels. There is no lift/elevator but staff is able to assist if requested.
Breakfast was quite sufficient with hot food, eggs, bacon, sausage, etc. plus cereal, bread cheese, ham, jam, honey. Tea, coffee and juices are also available. A tip for Scandinavians, who like their coffee strong, is to bring some instant coffee along to add to the breakfast coffee.
To sit outside the restaurant on the terrace in the early morning sunshine to enjoy breakfast was a lovely start to each day.
On the beach there are plastic sun-loungers but no cushions/mattresses for the beds.
Good to lie down on but a bit uncomfortable after a while when sitting up reading. There are four big sunshades which can be a bit difficult to raise in the mornings but provide sufficient shade when open. This is not a sandy beach but is stony and swimming shoes with good soles are desirable. The water is clear and salty, just as it should be and taking a dip now and again was refreshing.
Along the beach to the left, there is restaurant Jure which we used a number of times. The food with pizza, spaghetti, fish was good and reasonably priced. The waiter, Mario, was efficient and spoke English.
In the other direction on the beach there is a 30 minute walk to the big hotel Le Lav Meridien with all the big private “yachts” moored in the basin. Take this walk and smell the money!!
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