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Hotel Aquarius Dubrovnik
Ranked #36 of 68 Hotels in Dubrovnik
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 17 June 2011

Stayed at the Aquarius early June for 5 days. Delightful location, away from the throngs of tourists is "old town" Dubrovnik. A 15-20 minute cheap bus ride away. A close block off of a pedestrian way lined with restaurants and outdoor cafes, all the way to the Adriatic and swimming beach (10 minutes walk). Quiet, comfortable, clean and great breakfasts. Good value for the money.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 October 2010

We arrived at hotel and they had no room for us. We booked the room in May but they didn't have our reservation so they moved us for 1 day in another hotel. We came back the next morning and vaited for the room til late in afternon and then we vere moved send time to their villa. The third day we finaly got a room at hotel but it was dirty The reception staff was wery rude, no apology for moveing us 3 times.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 September 2010

Unfriendly staff, and sometimes the front desk is not manned. When checking out we had to go find the staff (smoking in the kitchen) to be able to leave. We also ended up with bites from the bed and no hot water. We asked for a double bed and ended up with 2 twins. Breakfast was a disaster, sometimes fruit and yoghurts running out. For the price we paid, we could have found better accomodation and friendlier staff

The good side was location was convenient but not close to a sandy beach. Plenty of restaurants nearby, supermarket and corner shops and short bus ride to old town.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 October 2009

There is an advertising slogan in the UK which promotes paints and varnishes by saying that they do “exactly what it says on the tin”.

This philosophy would perfectly sum up this small and reasonably priced (for Dubrovnik!) hotel in the Lapad area between the Post Office and the small beach.

It is 3 Star so do not expect luxury rooms with sea views, swimming pools, fitness centres, haute cuisine or any of the other benefits that you get, and pay for, at the 5 Star establishments.

What you do get is an efficient, quiet and comfortable place to base yourself for your holiday.

The rooms are adequate, many have balconies and a few at the front of the hotel overlook a pleasant garden with seating where you can enjoy a coffee or a beer after the exertions of the day. My room at the side of the building was fiercely air conditioned with a mini-bar (that was never restocked!) and a small en-suite containing a hydromassage shower.

The buffet breakfast is in the usual continental style although with orange/grapefruit squash rather than proper juice. Although the hotel does serve dinner, there are many restaurants and cafes nearby if, like me, you prefer to eat out but don’t want to go into the Old City every night.

A five minute walk up the nearby pedestrianised street towards Lapad Post Office will bring you to the bus stop to catch the Number 6 to the Pile Gate. There is a small kiosk here where you can buy advance tickets for 8Kn per journey of up to 1 hour, although this only seemed to be staffed during weekdays.

At times, this bus can get very crowded and you might have to stand for the 10-15 minute journey. Busses run every 15 minutes until after midnight. Most of the Coach excursions will also pick you up at this bus stop. There is also a taxi rank next to the bus stop.

Lapad Beach is a few minutes walk in the opposite direction and there are good walks around the bay and the peninsular.

In conclusion, a hotel with a few irritating features but generally it is good value for money and well placed for exploring the local area.

Stayed: September 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 20 August 2009

Our reservation at Hotel Aquarius was made fairly late on, and was based largely on it's competitive nightly rate when comparing with other Dubrovnik hotels. That the other were so expensive may have had a lot to do with just how busy they were, as the old city seemed to tbe teeming with tourists (top tip: if at all possible avoid Dubrovnik during high season month of August - too many people, plus very hot).

First, the positives: staff at reception spoke very good english, free internet access from lobby (though wi-fi was not working), 5 minute stroll to okay (if ordinary) beach, 2 minute walk to bus stop and supermarket, close to selection of quiet bars/restaurants.

On the negative side, the hotel is located some distance from the old historic city (where most tourists will want to head if not content with the beach), and certainly further than the average tourist will want to walk. The old city is served by the number 6 bus, however this route was extremely popular, and the frequency of the buses was very unpredictable, leading to very overcrowded buses (think the London Cental Line in rush hour when there's a 15 minute gap between trains!).

Even allowing for the fact that this is a 3-star hotel, it wasn't as clean as it might have been. The floor in the breakfast room didn't appear to have been swept during our 4-night stay, and indeed no-one seemed bothered when a cat wandered in and made itself comfortable under a table. Even the grand path and steps leading into the hotel looked as if it was some time since they had been swept clean. Also, the decor is pretty dated and drab throughout the hotel.

In summing up, I got the impression that this hotel has the potential to be so much better than it was, even operating as a 3-star establishment. The staff, while pleasant enough, didn't look happy or especially bothered to be there. With a bit of new life and energy, this could really be a good little place, however in it's current state, I can't see people wanting to return year after year..

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Aquarius Dubrovnik

Address: Mata Vodopica 4a, Dubrovnik 20000, Croatia
Region: Croatia > Dalmatia > Dubrovnik-Neretva County > Dubrovnik
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #36 of 68 Hotels in Dubrovnik
Price Range: €68 - €204 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Aquarius Dubrovnik 3*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Aquarius Dubrovnik is a small, family owned hotel in the center of Lapad Bay, Dubrovnik. Enjoy our summerlicious outdoor swimming pool (opened June 2016) & our poolside restaurant offering tasty fresh food and local wine. ... more   less 
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