Monday, September 3, 2012

HOTEL CHECK CROATIA, part 5, Rovinj hotels

Rovinj on the Istrian peninsula is a beautiful fishing port, full of history. Rovinj is "very Italian", apparent in the fare of the local restaurants and people talking Italian. The town felt undiscovered and most people we saw were locals. We loved this town...

Sunny cafe stop for Jennifer (left, UK), Pernilla (Sweden),
Marita (Finland) and Erland (Norway, behind the camera)

There are lots of restaurants and boutiques to choose from in Rovinj.  Many of these restaurants serve food or drinks on the cliffs, very romantic. The narrow cobbled streets are full of charm; and only a 15 minute walk along the promenade to both our Select hotels - Lone and Monte Mulini, which lie side by side.

These hotels are perfect for people that want to stay near to an authentic and charming town and are not too concerned about having a beach nearby.

Both hotels are by the sea and close to protected forest with trails. The water is clear and good for snorkeling. Though there is no real beach there are small coves with grainy sand. 

Monte Mulini

Monte Mulini opened in 2009, a boutique hotel with 99 rooms and 14 suites. The lobby area is situated on a high level (floor 4) with spectacular views over the bay, creating really good first impressions. Monte Mulini has a very personalized feel and is very exclusive.

The pool area is stunning and has great views. It is situated at the back of the hotel overlooking the bay with swim up bar and one heated pool.

Gorgeous pool area for sunny enjoyment

The rooms are smaller than Lone (next hotel below) and only 2 adults  are allowed, while the terrace is also much smaller than Lone's. The best room category at Montemulini are the Deluxe rooms located on the top floor, with great sea views. The naming of their room categories is unusal, and the next best room category is called Executive and next comes Premium. Only the deluxe rooms are interconnecting. All rooms have sea view.

The Spa is very stylish and referred to as the “golden cave” as all the d├ęcor is gold. Very personalized and intimate, it is much smaller that Lone spa. Guests at Monte Mulini can use the spa at the Lone however Lone guests are not welcome to Monte Mulini spa. The treatments are unique and reasonably priced.

The exclusive "golden cave"

There is a gourmet restaurant, called Wine Fault, only open in the evenings. A second restaurant lies higher up on terrace level. We had lunch at this Mediterranean restaurant and food was excellent, service fantastic, and views fabulous looking over the bay. In general it created a very comfortable atmosphere.

Free parking in Monte Mulini and free bike hire.



By the sea and surrounded by forest, this 250-room hotel lies in a national heritage site with walking trails. The water is lovely and clear, but there is no beach. The outside pool is shared with guests from neighboring hotel Eden. (Lone are planning a new pool and beach club to share with hotel Monte Molini – should be ready for next summer season).

Lone is the only design hotel in the whole of Croatia and only just opened, 23 June 2011. All furniture and architecture are made by Croatian designers.

Design hotel built like a cruise liner
Lone's contemporary feel

The leading category are superior rooms, situated on the bottom floor, and two superior rooms can connect to make a family room (one double and one twin bed room). All have huge terraces and garden and pool view. These are large rooms with nice spacious bathrooms, and pets are allowed.

Lovely balconies

We particularly liked the Bay suite (8 units) with 2 on each floor. These are ideal for families and have great views over Lone Bay. In all rooms you can add 1 extra bed and cot.

The hotel has 3 restaurants – L on the bottom floor serves a la carte, on the second floor restaurant ON serves buffet dinners and breakfasts, while E on the 3rd floor serves seafood. On the ground floor you also have a night club (open on occasions, not every day) and conference rooms.

 The spa is free of charge and is connected via a tunnel to Monte Mulini spa (Monte Mulini guests can use Lone spa but not vice versa).

Parking costs 14 Euro per day and bike hire is free.

How to get to Rovinj

The Lone Hotel and Monte Mulini are located 40 min by car from Pula Airport (PUY), 40 min from Rijeka-Krk International Airport (RJK), and 2 hrs from Trieste-Ronchi International Airport.  It is possible to get a ferry from Venice to Rovinj four times a week, departing every day at 5pm from Venice. This could be a good combination (crossing only 2 hours) or you can drive from Venice in approx. 3 hours.

Who to stay

Best for adults perhaps because of the lack of a sandy beach, and the adult fascination for exploring a historical and charming town.

Note: the images are informal snapshots by our Select team

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