"Nice views in Mlini"
Good hotel that needs attention to details, beautiful view, good buffet, however the rooms had carpet worn out and dirty and the pool staff could be better trained in customer satisfaction. You had to ask twice to get answers.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
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This hotel is rated 3 stars. It well deserves that rating and did not disappoiint.Genuine Expedia guest review
Lovely setting for all the family and the new sea front swimming pool & childrens' pool looks brilliant. (the builders were just doing their tidying up on 6th July 2013) Opening soon.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Good location, and not bad for the price."
Arriving at the hotel, we were horrified at the condition of the beach, as tractors had been trailing up and down it to reach the building site which was for a new outdoor pool and bungalows. A member of staff apologised and explained that bad weather had delayed the building work. However, we found a very pretty beach 5 minutes walk along to the next […] village. Every day, we had to walk through a building site to reach the village. The only other negative that we found, was the unbelievably bad breakfast dishes. I have never seen or tasted anything like it, so gave up after day one and stuck to toast, cheese and yogurt. On top of this, the assistants strolled up and down with a trolley, scraping the left overs into a bucket right under our noses ! On a positive note, the hotel was clean and peaceful. Mlini village was quite pleasant with a few old buildings, a stream and a beautiful old tree. We tried 3 of the restaurants, which were all good, but the Lanterna was our favourite. The shuttle minibus was easy to book, pleasant and convenient. The bedroom was fine, but it could have been a travelodge on the M1 if you didn't look out of the window. The beds were very comfortable, with cool cotton sheets, and the bathroom was well designed although tiny. We were not allowed food or drink in our room which I thought was a bit strict ! In the evenings, we enjoyed dancing in the Piano Bar where a musician sang and played guitar to a backing track. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Good location and cleanliness"
The hotel is situated midway between Dubrovnik Airport and Dubrovnik Old Town. Expect to pay approx 180kuna (about £19) for a taxi from the airport to the hotel. The hotel itself is spotless (even though it was undergoing some building work during our stay). Reception staff were helpful and attentive. Our room was in the annex, which is not as bad as […] it sounds - lovely sea view, newly fitted bathroom and a comfortable enough bed. Only negatives might be the reception area lacking much atmosphere, and the food. We were bed and breakfast, but on our night of arrival opted to pay for the evening buffet service at a cost of approx £15 a head and the food was bland and tasteless and definately not worth the money! Breakfast on the other hand was adequate and set us up for the day. The hotel beach is a little sparse, and again, lacks atmosphere. There are only three alternative restaurants close by to the hotel. The indoor pool was nice. An outdoor pool is under construction. The hotel is definately popular with an older clientele, with the average age at least 60! Special mention should go to Joseph who arranges transportation too and from the hotel. He is friendly and helpful. Buses too and from Dubrovnik and nearby Cavtat are relatively easy to negotiate, but the long slope to the bus stop could be tricky for some. Overall, a good stay and excellent base for exploring this part of the country. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Brilliant for some relaxation!"
This hotel is definitely targeted towards an older crowd, however the services available and provided are great for all. I read a number of reviews quoting the staff as rude or not very forthcoming. I think this is a misinterpretation and an injustice towards them. They were always helpful and tried to assist wherever possible. I do think their level […] of English language sometimes made them feel uncomfortable, but they could converse more than adequately. The swimming pool, gym, sauna and other amenities may cost extra (£3 per amenity), but it appeared this only applied in the evening (albeit the attendants were rarely there to accept the payment!). There is a shuttle bus that runs a return trip to Dubrovnik (7 miles away) for £5 pp or alternatively, there is a bus stop 200 yards from the hotel entrance on the main road which has regular buses (number 10) to Dubrovnik for £1.50 (the last bus back from Dubrovnik is at 0130 hours). The hotel itself is very quiet and idyllic for people looking for a relaxing break away from the hustle and bustle of the cities. There is an acoustic guitar player most nights in the bar from 9pm and drinks are relatively cheap. Breakfast was brilliant and there are a number of restaurants nearby to have a good choice of evening meals. All in all, it is a superb place and I would definitely recommend it to family and friends, but not if you're wanting an adrenaline packed holiday. The sunsets from the hotel are spectacular! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Handy for the airport otherwise avoid"
Smelly shower curtain, tired decor. Rude overstretched piano bar staff. Staying for just one night so did not have the energy or time to complain at the time. Check in desk staff were helpful and efficient. Location handy for airport, good choice of surrounding restaurants, tried the pizerria food was tasty and service efficient. Not to bad if you can […] book it cheap and your not staying long otherwise avoid. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"beautiful location for a hotel."
The hotel was of easy reach from the airport, only a 15min drive. Staff were polite and helpful, providing a brilliant service and went out of their way to arrange excursions for us. Breakfast was satisfactory, it was the same thing everyday, a bit of variety would of been nice especially for vegetarians. cleanliness of the hotel was exceptional and […] the daily cleaning of the room was good. This location was good for those who want a quiet break, not for party goers. The view from the hotel was beautiful, from the sunrise in the morning to the sunset in the evening and watching the moonlight glisten over the sea was so surreal. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Well located hotel"
The views from and around the hotel are stunning. The hotel itself is fairly basic, having adequate amenities. We went during the London 2012 Olympics so we were often hanging out in the bar area hoping to catch some action on the TV screen. On the whole this was a much underused area of the hotel even in the evening. Food was our one disappointing […] factor. We had breakfast included and this was not great but ok if you are not fussed about the quality of what you eat. Be aware use of the gym is at an extra cost if that is one of the attractions of this hotel for you as it was for us. We decided not to use it in the end as it was charged by the hour. We did have free use of the swimming pool but as the sea is literally on the doorstep of this hotel you will probably not make use of it like us. The hotel had car hire facility on site and a number of tour operators if you wanted to see the sites and was happy to let someone take care of that. We ended up hiring a car to see more of the area. This cost about 450 Kuna's which is about £50. It's worth doing when travelling further afield otherwise use public transport, which is pretty cheap. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
We really enjoyed our stay at this very clean and well located hotel. It is an easy bus ride from the old town, there are lovely walks around the bay and the lunch in the beach side cafe was superb.Genuine Expedia guest review
Rummen var rena och fräscha, inget att anmärka på. Starka lukter i korridorerna dock, lavendel, som inte alla tål även om det är en bra sak. Service på hotellet bra över lag. Konstigt att gymmet tar bra betalt för att träna vilket borde ingå i totala priset som ändå är ganska högt. Hotellets läge är bra men dock tycker jag att det inte finns så mycket […] att tillgå runt i kring i Mlini överlag. Lugnt och trevligt tycker jag ändå att det är om det är detta man söker:) Maten bra på hotellet, fin frukost och fräsha bufféer. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Utrolig hyggelig personale!"
Påske er ikke sesong i Mlini. Det meste var stengt og dessuten var været svært dårlig i 10 dager i april, derfor blir "karakteren" til hotellets beliggenhet og nabolag noe negativ. Men betjeningen veide opp for mye av det negative; vennlige, hjelpsomme og personlige.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
와이파이가 리셉션 근처에서만 됩니다. 그거빼곤 좋아요Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"hôtel, proche Dubrovnik"
Important hôtel au bord de mer avec parking, proche de Dubrovnik. Nous sommes allés dans cet hôtel hors période touristique fin octobre donc nous n'avons pas d'avis sur la plage, ni sur l'hôtel en période d'affluence. Nous avons profité quand même de la piscine d'eau de mer chauffée et très propre, agréable après une grande journée à Dubrovnik. Nous […] n'avons pas déjeuner, ni diner dans cet hôtel, donc pas d'avis non plus à donner. Il y a beaucoup de choix au petit déjeuner. La chambre était propre avec une literie très correct. En revanche, la salle de bain n'est pas très propre et est petite : la porte ne s'ouvre pas entièrement car bloque sur le lavabo, la douche avec un petit rideau de douche donne sur le WC et la pomme de douche avec son flexible pas adaptée à la fixation murale. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"ruhiges Hotel am Strand"
Wir -3Erwachsene- hatten 2 Zimmer mit Meerblick und HP gebucht. Der Meerblick war toll, Frühstück OK, Abendessen wohl eher an die überwiegend älteren Reisebusgäste angepasst (kann in der Hochsaison anders sein). Geschlafen haben wir gut; in den meisten Nächten machte der Mühlenfluss das lauteste Geräusch. Nur einmal hat eine ( seltene) Gruppe Jugendlicher […] nachts die gute Akustik für laute Unterhaltungen genutzt. Der Strand ist nicht so besonders. Im Sommer gibt es eine schöne Außenpoolanlage (war im Oktober leer). Der Indoorpool ist groß und mit Meerblick, könnte aber ein bißchen Farbe an den Wänden vertragen.Wir waren mit dem eigenen Auto da, es gibt aber einen Shuttelservice nach Dubrovnik. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
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"Hotell i ein roleg og idyllisk landsby"
Dersom ein vil ha ein roleg ferie i ein idyllisk og roleg landsby er dette plassen. Landsbyen ligg mellom flyplassen og Dubrovnik. Det er lett å koma seg til Dubrovnik med buss, shuttlebuss frå hotellet og med båt. Mange gode restauranter i landsbyen og sjømaten var spesielt god. Vi budde i eit anneks til sjølve hotellet. Dette annekset var utan heis, […] hadde nålefilt på golvet og eit kondisjoneringsanlegg som laga bråk. Dessutan var det ein stram lukt på rommet. Desse romma treng oppussing. Hotellet ligg i ein bratt skråning ned mot sjøen og ein må difor gå i bratte bakkar og trepper for å koma seg fram. Hotellet har eit flott bassengområde og ei roleg og fin strand. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Bel hôtel à proximité de la plage"
Hôtel accueillant et propreté indéniable. La vue sur mer est agréable. Les chambres sont de tailles correctes et bien équipées. Le bémol concerne le petit déjeuner (mets insipides, fruits pas assez mûrs, rareté des produits dès 9h30, personnel pressé de débarrasser dès 10h!). Les infrastructures (piscines, sauna, bars) sont de qualité. La région offre […] de nombreux attraits avec la visite de Dubrovnik, des îles voisines, du Monténégro proche... A noter que des cars desservant Dubrovnik et l'aéroport passent à proximité de l'hôtel ainsi que des vedettes permettant des liaisons maritimes. Un bon séjour que je recommande Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"bellissimo hotel con ottima location"
ottimo hotel sulla spiaggia,con piscine,solarium, sauna ed una buona colazione.belle camere ma personale un po' acido.Genuine Expedia guest review
Bra beliggenhet. Det er vel det mest positive å si om dette hotellet. I løpet av de 10 dagene vi var på hotellet fikk vi rene glass på rommet en gang, etter å ha etterspurt om dette. De skiftet på sengen en gang og det var etter tredje døgnet. Frokosten var kjedelig og manglet helt variasjon. Kokt bacon til frokost er ikke særlig godt. Air condition […] på rommet var alt for lite i forhold til varmen og størrelsen på rommet. Vi kunne bare kjenne en kald luftstrøm om vi satt 10cm fra anlegget, som sto montert på gulvet inntil en vegg. Videre er det nå i dag dårlig å ikke ha internett tilgang på rommet og at man må be dem om å resette ruteren for at nettet skulle virke i resepsjons området. Generelt så bar all service på hotellet preg av manglende interesse for jobbene sine. Veldig synd for dette kunne ha vært bra. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
De første to nettene ble vi plassert i et rom med nydelig utsikt, på Astarea 2. Utsikten kunne vi derimot desverre ikke nyte for om vi gikk ut på verandaen slo døren innover, uten mulighet for å lukke utenfra, og aircon slo seg derfor av. Det var utrolig høy temperatur på rommet, sikkert 29 grader, og vi sov på skift på sofaen for å ligge nært aircon. […] Trolig dårlig isolasjon og konstant solbaking på bygget førte til temperaturen. Etter to netter her fikk vi byttet over til hovedbygningen, og hadde 8 netter der som var slik vi forventet, kjølig rom, fortsatt utsikt til havet, og rent og pent. Flere restauranter å velge mellom, men vi brukte 3 dager i DUb og 3 dager i Cavtat for å få litt bedre utvalg og oppleve mer liv. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"OK Standard, Good facilities"
We enjoyed staying at Hotel Astraea, mostly because of the closeness to Dubrovnik (10 minutes with local bus), the new, fresh pool area, the calm surroundings and the cheap price. Mlini did not offer to many restaurants or pubs, but you can easily get to Dubrovnik. from the hotel. Unfortunately the breakfast wasn't the best, neither was the dinner. […] But it´s an OK budget alternative. The room cleaning was good and the facilities okay, however we did really miss a fridge. What´s a balcony with a sea view without a chance to grab a cold beer before entering? Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Mlini er topp"
Mlini er et koselig lite sted, perfekt for ferie. Litt stort og upersonlig hotell med kjedelig frokost. Ellers var vi godt fornøyd - spesielt med at hotellet kunne tilby nydelig strand med gratis solstoler og nå flotte utebasseng.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"travauxà 6h du matin"
les travaux en cours ne sont pas mentionné avant la réservation,les travaux commencent des 6h du matin ,se terminent vers 21h ,tronçonneuse,marteau piqueur...les materiaux sont stockés sur les places de parking reservées aux résidents.les chambres sont propres ,mais petites,l'acceuil a l'hotel est tres convivial et chaleureuxGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Voyage 3 adultes"
Juste que la chambre que nous avons eu était un peu trop petite pour 3 personnes.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Fint hotell med super beliggenhet"
Vi hadde bungalow som lå ned mot sjøen med en fantastisk utsikt utover den Kroatiske rivieraen . Kort vei fra flyplass 10-15 min og 10-15 min inn til Dubrovnik med bil . Det gikk rutebuss fra flyplassen til Mlini som stoppet rett ovenfor hotellet 35 Kuhna eller ca 35 norske kroner.Genuine Expedia guest review
Vid första anblick verkar Astarea vara ett bra hotell, men tyvärr är det en liten besvikelse. Då vi i bokningen efterfrågade havsutsikt frågade vi om detta vid check in redan. Som vi misstänkte höll vi på att få ett rum på nedre planen utan utsikt. Receptionen var dock mycket tillmötesgående och uppgraderade oss till översta våningen utan problem. Servicen […] i receptionen var mycket bra! Det finns dock annat som inte var lika bra. Rummen (vårat iaf) saknade kyl. AC i rummet fungerar inge vidare. Servicen i den sk pianobaren var usel. Han som servade oss kan aldrig blandat en drink förut. Bekvämligheter som pool, bastu, gym osv finns på hotellet, men allt kostar extra. Kostar inte så mycket, men att det inte ingår i hotellpriset är ju värdelöst. Frukosten var helt ok. Stor buffé innehållandes det mesta, men kvalitetsmässigt ingen toppklass tyvärr. Hotellets läge är dock mycket bra. Bara en kort promenad till en del fina restauranger och en del barer. Mlini/Srebreno som samhälle är mysigt och perfekt för de som bara vill slappa på semestern. Hotell Astarea förstör inte din vistelse på något sätt, men den höjer den inte till några högre höjder heller. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Muy bueno, excelente personal, el pueblito de Mlini es un sueño. Volveremos sin duda alguna. A pesar de que era invierno y el hotel estaba en etapa de algunas reparaciones, lo pasamos muy bien y se notaba el esfuerzo del personal por atendernos bien, siendo que algunas noches yo creo que eramos los unicos huespedes. Diez por el Astarea. JaimeGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Das ruhige Hotel liegt in dem kleinen Ort Mlini zwischen Dubrovnik und Cavtat direkt am Meer"
Wir waren vom 23.10.2011 - 2.11.2011 im Hotel und der Aufenthalt hat uns bei wunderbarem Wetter, immer um die 20 °, rund um gefallen. Das renovierte Hotel ist in einem ausgezeichneten Zustand, das gilt für die mit hochwertigen STAFF-Decken und - Leuchten ausgestattete Lobby, mit kostenlosem W-lan ebenso wie für die freundlichen und mit hellem Holz gestalteten […] Zimmer , Balkon mit Blick auf das Meer - dazwischen ein mit Zypressen, Kiefern, Granatapfelbäumen und anderen Bäumen der Region bepflanzter Park. Angegliedert das gute, gemütlich eingerichtete Restaurant Konobar Astarea, das 100 m entfernt, unmittelbar am Strand liegt. Ausgezeichnete Beratung und Essen. Ein riesiges Schwimmbad, etwas in die Jahre gekommen, war wohltuend beheizt und unterschied sich erfreulich von den sonst in Hotels meist üblichen Minipools. Allerdings konnten wir auch im Meer schwimmen, bei geschätzten 18-19 ° Unser Frühstücksbuffet war reichhaltig und vielfältig. Das deutsch- oder englischsprechende Personal in Rezeption oder Restaurant war ausgesprochen freundlich und zuvorkommend. Abends spielte ein Alleinunterhalter in der Bar. Die Gäste waren hauptsächlich ältere Kader, zumeist aus England. Dazwischen auch einige mittelalterliche Germanen und eine jüngere spanische Gruppe. Mlini ist kein Ort für Hi-Life, obwohl am Strand Richtung Srebeno einige Cafés/Bars liegen. Cavtat u. Dubronik sind aber in 10 min. mit Auto/Bus zuerreichen. Wir werden sicher zurückkommen. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
j,avais reservè astarea 1 à l,arrivee chambre à 2 lits dans astarea 2 (lors de notre sejour nous nous sommes aperçu que nous n,etions pas les seuls dans ce cas).la chambre possedait une climatisation inneficace et tres bruyante et je ne parle pas des couloirs d,acces ...... le self propose un service de cantine :qualitè tres moyenne peu de choix si […] vous n,etes pas le premier à vous servir. malgrè que l,hotel publicite des loisirs aucune info sur place voir meme aucun acces le comble on demande de payer son transat sur la plage privèe de l,hotel Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice views good base popular"
07/30/14 rory5 Swansea, United Kingdom
Nice hotel we were on half board but prefer "all inclusive",, room was small and although we requested a sea view had a view of half the front car park and half sea view we were on the 2nd floor eventhough we requested a high floor, best ask for a garden/sea view on a high floor 3rd. Best take a travel kettle as there is not one in room nor was there a fridge. The wardrobes were small and the sliding doors have a cunning way of trapping your fingers , you have been warned , shower room is tiny. There is an excellent shuttle bus service to Dubrovnik well worth a visit and other places of interest a small charge of 100 Kuna for 2 is good value. Not much in the good way of entertainment you can go for a walk on the promenade for other bars/restaurants.Food was ok nice view from reataurant. Beware there are lots of steps outside if you have difficulty walking TAKE CARE . Montenegro is a excursion also the village of Cavtat use the shuttle for this one.
07/29/14 Finmack_10 Dundee, Scotland
About 8 kl. from Dubrovnik it was an excellent base for exploring the area. A courtesy mini bus takes you into the old town for approx. return of £5.We used this about four times during our ten day stay and the drivers are good crack! The hotel food is good, but could do with a few more choices, especially on the main courses. The hotel is situated where you can have nice evening walks after dinner. In my overall rating I would have given this hotel a 4 if it could have provided a fridge in the room.
07/27/14 MAUREEN S Leicester, United Kingdom
Just returned from 1 weeks stay at this hotel, the main positives are the spectacular sea views and location to Dubrovnik. The room was a small but adequate superior room, the towels and bedding were changed daily. We stayed half board but found the food dull, lukewarm and repetitive also they advertise 'happy hour' cocktails all round the hotel but the staff didn't know about it. The hotel was nice but overpriced, a pint of beer was 29 kunas which works out over £3 a pint and seeing as the hotel owns the beach bar and pizzeria the price was the same everywhere. Another negative was the lack of entertainment in the evenings except for some singers at the beach bar, its such a shame as the piano bar is lovely but always empty. Mlini is very pretty and getting about is easy, hotel shuttle bus to Dubrovnik is great and boat trip to Cavtat is a must. A walk around the bay to Kupari is very interesting, the hotels still show the scars of war but it is a lovely beach and very reasonable beach bar. Loved Croatia and glad to have seen it before it gets over commercialised as there is a few new hotels popping up.
"10 day stay"
07/20/14 Moira D London, United Kingdom
We stayed in this hotel from 23rd June to 6th July 2014 in room 232. Had a wonderful sea view, spotlessly clean room, good new, walk in shower, clean towels every day, Very friendly staff. Lift down to the pool area which overlooked the sea. Choice of swimming in the pool or in the sea which is sandy when you get in and safe for swimming - unusual in Croatia. Food selections for dinner in the evening were sometimes a bit unusual (!!) but we ate twice at the A La Carte restaurant which was excellent and very reasonable, lovely setting. Also some restaurants within walking distance of Mlini and a Pizzaria in Mlini had just reopened as we left. Live music by the beach most evenings to sit and listen to, but if you want any other entertainment this is not the place for you. Enjoyed the water aerobics in the pool in the morning, very funny! The two hotel reps were very entertaining! Bus or boat ride to Dubrovnic and Cavtat which were easy. Took two guided trips out, both excellent. Will return we loved it!
07/19/14 Bryan B
We have just returned from a 10 night stay in this hotel and we were highly delighted with the hotel in general. The staff were polite and professional, the room we had was spotlessly clean, the air - con worked a treat and the amenities were to a high standard. Meals were all self service buffet style with, we thought, a better selection of dishes for meat eaters than vegetarians as usually there was only one or two vegetables on offer every night (one of which was potato in one guise or another). One or two pasta dishes and usually three meat and two fish choices but everything was cooked to perfection, the gravies/sauces were delicious. Breakfast did not vary all that much but there was a huge selection of breads, three types of cereal, cheeses, meats, fresh fruits and yoghurts. Hot breakfast consisted of hard boiled, fried or scrambled eggs, bacon or baked ham, chicken or pork sausage and tomatoes (unfortunately, the pork sausage had skin so thick you could have soled your clogs with it!) but the filling was very tasty. The location of the hotel is pretty good and there is a regular bus service to Dubrovnik or Cavtat but the hill leading from the hotel to the bus stop is not for those with mobility issues. 50 Kuna per person return for the hotel mini bus is what we paid whilst we were there for either Dubrovnik or Cavtat or you can use the taxi boats at 80 and 60 Kuna respectively. We walked round the headland to KUPARI and we wished we hadn't - the hotels are still there showing the bomb and firearm damage from the Croatian war in the nineties - a sad reminder of what the former Yugoslavia has been through. There is unlimited access to the hotels at the moment but you may have to fight your way through the overgrown gardens and wreckage to see any of it close - up. Mlini is a typical Croatian village with it's orange tiled roofs and cobbled streets but we would strongly recommend visiting Cavtat for it's harbour, pleasant walks and choice of restaurants and shops but obviously Dubrovnik is one of the most beautiful (and busiest) cities we have ever seen. Enjoy your time in Croatia.
"A beautiful place to visit"
07/17/14 Ian C Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Stunning scenery from the annex, clean rooms serviced every day off our stay. The staff were all very helpful polite and honest. I suffer from Ceoliac disease which means i have a restricted diet and have to know ingredients are in the food, every night the chief met me to tell me what i could or could not eat even preparing individual things for me to eat if there was nothing that I fancied nothing was a problem to them. It was a sad day on the 16th of July we had to come home but we will always remember this trip our first to Croatia and hopefully it wont be long till we return to the Astarea Hotel.
"Nice hotel but rude staff"
07/16/14 fl0psybunny Port Talbot
I went to this hotel with Newmarket Holidays. Most people on the trip seemed to have rooms overlooking the car park, but I had spent one night there on another trip so requested a sea view room. We paid a large supplement for a double room for single use. The room is adequate and clean - no. 313. The aircon works but is rather ineffective as it is very old-fashioned. The view is nice from this room. It is in the sun in the afternoon. It has two single beds but they are rather narrow. 311 is similar. There is no fridge in the room which is a disadvantage. The TV only has Sky News and BBC news. I do not agree with a previous reviewer that the staff are friendly - rather the opposite. Everything seemed to be too much effort and customer service needs attention in this hotel. Newmarket Holidays does not provide local guides on the trips to Mostar and Montenegro which is a disadvantage. Also it is quite a distance from Dubrovnik and the steep hill to the main road means reliance on the shuttle bus, which has to be booked ahead and costs 50 kuna return. The cable car is worth it for the wonderful view of Dubrovnik but the shuttle bus will not stop there even if you ask and the man at the desk agrees to do so, so it's not worth asking. There are a couple of hundred steps to get up to it, but it is worth it. I would recommend the restaurant up there for a nice relaxing lunch. The buffet meals in the hotel have an extensive choice and the quality is good. Newmarket customers get a free bottle of water with the meal. Service is rather slow as staff will only get drinks if they are taking cleared dishes back on their trolleys. They scrape food off the plates which is rather offputting. The dining room is rather busy but there is room to eat on the terrace. Staff will begin to clear away 30 minutes before closing time so choice is limited from this time. Mlini is quite a small resort but there are a couple of nice eating places along the sea front. There are some bathing areas but they are small and rather crowded.
"Modern clean apartments"
07/16/14 AMD0310 Holywood, United Kingdom
We stayed in the apartments within the Hotel Astarea complex the first two weeks of July 2014 and were delighted with their standard. Rooms were larger than expected and very clean and bright. The view from the balcony was over the whole bay, one slight drawback of the balcony was that it got very hot in late afternoon so some form of awning would have been ideal. The pool area was also kept clean and was not too overcrowded. The restaurants were all within walking distance and off a high standard with menus suiting both adults and children. A handy shuttle bus was also available from the hotel to Dubrovnik and Cavtat. Overall ,no complains, a super location.
07/16/14 Jennifer C London, United Kingdom
We booked 2 apartments at this destination and the scenery was just stunning. We had read that each apartment slept 4, with a double bedroom and a sofa bed in the lounge. I was travelling with my son and daughter-in-law and 5 year old grandson. I decided to book a separate apartment for myself and was very glad I did. The apartments are small, and the bedroom is not air conditioned, the only air conditioner is just inside the front door. For 2 people, the apartments are ideal, but I really would not recommend any more than 2 people stay in them. The kitchens are well equipped, and the balconies spacious, and private. We ate breakfast in the hotel, it was consistently good, and the staff were extremely pleasant and helpful. The pool is large and there is a beach in front of it. There are several restaurants and bars and the food was always good. It is very clean. The only downside was the wifi provision which only worked in reception.
07/13/14 Harnser St. Neots, Cambs.
We stayed at the Hotel Astarea from June 29 to July 6 booking with Newmarket Holidays and were very pleased. Our room on the 4th floor was one of the updated rooms with fridge, good air-con and a super shower in the modern bathroom and wonderful views of the sea. Our friend who was travelling with us and had booked a single room was not so fortunate. Her room was very tatty with no air-con and sub standard, but after a trip to reception when she told them (in no uncertain terms that the room was unacceptable) she was moved to another one which was much better though smaller than ours. The Buffet meals were excellent, we had planned to eat out occasionally but had no need to. The swimming pool area was lovely as was the surrounding area. Dubrovnik is close by and easy to get to by hotel shuttle, boat or bus. Our holiday included four excursions, one a tour of Dubrovnik, Mostar, Montenegro and a boat trip to the Elefiti Islands (the only one a little disappointing). Don't miss the cable car in Dubrovnik up the mountain or hill really but the views are spectacular. When all the rooms at the Astarea are renovated I think it can call itself 4*
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