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Hotel Sunce
Ranked #23 of 33 Podstrana B&B and Inns
Reviewed 26 September 2011

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!!

Room Tip: Room 104. Twin-bedded room with huge balcony, sea-view and great sunsets.
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 September 2011

Hotel is located straight on the beach, so close to the sea that you feel almost immersed in the Adriatic. Great views to the islands and bypassing yachts make it really a relaxing stay.
Big, sunny terraces help you to enjoy the landscape.

Clean, modern rooms. Good breakfast. Firendly and helpful staff.
Free wi-fi all over the place.
Indoor swimming pool and sauna for free for the guests.

Hotel parking might be challenging due to small space..

The gravel beach is suitable for children.
Entry into water easy even without swimming shoes.
Sunbeds and umbrellas free for the guests, but if the hotel is full the selection might be limited (still, we could always find a palce for us).

Hotel manager always smiling and making your day 8-)
Really good family hotel.

Room Tip: make sure you get the sea view room
  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Thank Miramaks
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Reviewed 29 August 2011

The Hotel has a good scenery, Split is very closed and also Brac Isle.
The Hotel has 16 rooms but on the beach there are only 4 beach umbrellas so you have to wake up in the morning early at 6/7 a.m. in order to place the towels on the sea bed under the beach umbrellas , during our holiday we had to find another beach nearby because someone else took all the available places on the beach during the morning rise. No beach service, they could clean the beach from the seaweed... but nobody do it. The bar opens at 11.20 a.m., restaurant service is really bad you have to wait 1 h and 15 minutes to start to eat, you have to pay in cash the dinner, the owner and her daughter are not so friendly, the owner speaks only german and croatian language. there's not an elevator and nobody helps you with the luggages, we had a double room on the third floor and it was not comfortable for us.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Thank robertobianchi
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hotelsunce, Manager at Hotel Sunce, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2011

There are some things, that hurts very much the feelings of the staff, when the review is based on half mentioned facts.
It is true there is no elevator, which can be seen on every site we're in.But no guest isn't left with the baggages to lift them up to their rooms by their own. They are always helped.
There is no see weed on the beach, I don't know where our guest has seen it, and for the beach service, all our guests are getting all info on the arruval, among that is the fact that beach bar opens around 11.30 am, but in the mean time they can get whatever they want from the rstaurant above.
It is true that owner doesn't speak English, but she is elderly lady, who at least tries with mimes to get to comunicate. All other staff speaks at leat English, some of them Italian, Spanish, and there is always someone of those people around.
So with this review, I feel personaly touched, and I'm very sorry that we are not 5 stars resort, where the mentioned guest would have all he was dreaming about, on three times higher price then ours.

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Reviewed 6 August 2011

We stayed at the Hotel Sunce for 4 nights and thought it was great. The hotel is modern, very clean and the staff are very friendly, especially the receptionist who spoke very good English and had a good sense of humour! Our room had a balcony probably only 10 metres away from the sea. The hotel has its own section of beach which has sunbeds, umbrellas and tables which are free to use. Breakfast was a buffet style with a good selection. The only minor negative comment is the coffee left a lot to be desired...The hotel is quite a way out of Split city centre in a place called Podstana, therefore you would need to get a bus or taxi into town. The bus stop is about 100 metres from the hotel. I would reccommend getting the Dalmationac minibus as it is had aircon and the radio is playing! It stops at the same stop as the bus...There is very little in the way of things to do or see in Podstrana so if you are looking for a lively time you would definately need to go into Split. I would reccommend getting the ferry from Split to Brac Island. We also got the bus the Omis which is very pretty.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank SWI1
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Reviewed 18 July 2011

We had a great week at Hotel Sunce. The hotel is right on the beach and we loved the view of the sea from our room/balcony. We also loved the fact that the place was so quiet in the night that we could sleep with the door open just listening to the waves. .
The staff was very helpful, the owner too. We arrived at midnight but she was very nice to us. It is not true that she speaks English. She only speaks German and Croatian but she is trying her best to understand what people say in English. Neither is it true that the prices in the restaurant is higher than in other restaurants in the area. The prices were excactly the same as in a restaurant nearby and as in the restaurant in Split. It is also commen that the restaurant do not take visa cards. The food in the restaurant was good.

Altogether I do not understand the critics in some of the other reviews. We had a great holiday and Hotel Sunce is one of the best hotels we have stayed at.

If I should mention one negative side, it would be the music in the beach bar - more fitting a disco than a beach where people just want to relax.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank AnneJO80
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Address: Grljevachka 146 | Podstrana, Split, Podstrana 21311, Croatia
Region: Croatia > Dalmatia > Split-Dalmatia County > Podstrana
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #23 of 33 B&Bs / Inns in Podstrana
Price Range: $108 - $290 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Sunce 4*
Number of rooms: 16
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