VIllas Kolocep Hotel, Dubrovnik
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fantastic valuefrom emah
Villa Kolocepfrom SeafarerNorway
hotel first: good standard on rooms and facilities, helpful and nice staff (if not all overwhelmingly friendly: but then we are in croatia, I guess the natives are naturally a little reserved.) Especially the reception and technical staff are very forthcoming. Good internet and multimedia-coverage. (good wireless coverage too.) However several internet-services are closed, they run the internet through a company-sized firewall, rulesets and all. msn/yahoo messenger for instance, dont work, (skype and ICQ does) but you can use webclients. spam-and sexfilter on websites etc. All in all, I think it's a good solution, after all, I'm here to swim, walk, and relax in the sun. and it's no problem letting the kids loose on the net in the evenings.
The remotes for the TV/multimedia PC are a bit cryptic, but the machines reset beautifully if you screw up, and the technical staff is helpful if you _really_ FUBAR them. so go ahead and click...
Food is good, nothing fancy, but good quality and reasonable variety. rooms are nice, pool is good... what can I say.. oh, water-sports. they now have a good dozen or so sea-kayaks, and a handful of three-man unsinkable kayak-kanoe-surfboard hybrids. I rented one yesterday and paddled with my daughter around the island, used 6 hours or so, with plenty of bathing, cave exploration (dont miss the blue cave between zuzej and Plava splija on the hotel's map: you can swim in, and inside it widens out. sandy bottom makes the light fantastic blue.) and a good dinner in the tiny village restaurant in Gornje Celo. 6-hour rent set me back 30€. well worth it. Remember to bring bathing shoes and swimming goggles and/or snorkling gear. oh, and sun-screen lotion :D Something to drink is a good idea too, and perhaps a little fruit or something, since it is a long paddle.. I havent used any of the other activity alternatives yet, but there are several available. no reason to be bored unless you want to...
so the island:
in Donje Celo, where the hotel is, there is one mini-market, one souvenir/drink shop, one bar and one little restaurant side by side. (in fact hard to tell there is two) the one furthest from the hotel serve some hot meals(at least I saw someone eat pasta..). so the sunset romanic dinners is a posibility. In the few days we have been here, there have been one concert( dalmatian singer) and one dance/party. both free admittance.
The other village, Gornje Celo only have the one little restaurant. food is good there, and they have a fairly varied menu.
Communications: There are boats to and from dubrovnik and the islands further west coming and leaving all the time. Jadrolinija is much cheaper than Nova, Nova runs more often, and later in the evening. (last boat from Dubrovnik 11 pm I believe.) regular taxi-boats are also available in Dubrovnik.
ok, I'm off to the really nice sandy beach in front of the hotel now, cant sit in the room all day..
Wife and two daughters are down there allready. I can assure you, we are all having a great time here! Recommended!
Beautiful Islandfrom kleadesigner
We initially thought that staying on the island might stop us from doing things but we had a very active holiday. We loved getting up early to catch ferries to other islands and Dubrovnick, then making it back by 8pm to have dinner in the hotel. The views from the hotel are stunning. Sitting outside each meal time was a treat. The buffet, we learnt, was better the earlier you arrived as it was then hot. There was always plenty of choice.
I'd like to recomend that you go but want to keep it a secret so it keeps the charm! If you do go, hire a kayak and paddle around the island - great fun.
A real island experience only minutes from Dubrovnik Old Townfrom mrbobke2
Rooms in the villas are comfortable and each has a private balcony, as well as a flat screen media centre with complementary internet access. Although the buffet-style restaurant is a little dated, the food quality was good, and the terrace setting very pleasant for dining. A sandy beach (rare in Croatia) is directly in front of the hotel, and there are good quality walking trails around the island. Ferry service is offered by both Jadroliniia and by Nova, and offers convenient and regular access to and from the island from the Old Town and the main harbor.
Would definitely stay again!
Beautiful locationfrom TravelGuy79
The rooms are all clean and functionable and have satellite/movies/internet.
The food was of a decent standard- buffets for breakfast and dinner. Certainly not the standard of a top restaurant but I definitely did not go hungry.
I must admit that the staff were not particularly friendly but this seems to be a Croatian trait and not something unique to the hotel.
In general I would say that I had a great holiday but it totally depends on your expectations. I knew the island was quiet so I did not expect a wild nightlife. I went along with my girlfriend (we are both in our mid-20s) and we had a lovely time chilling and sunbathing. There were plenty of kids at the hotel and they also seemed to be enjoying themselves.
The island is very pretty and the hotel is situated on the best part of the island. If you are someone that gets bored easily then this might not be the best place for you but the hotel is perfectly reasonable and we had a lovely stay
Do they know how to run a hotel?from RosB
Service in the restaurant and bar area was poor, on some evenings we couldn't get a drink with our meal (even water) until we'd almost finished eating. The pool bar did not open at all during our stay of a week in July/August, so we had to go to the one shop on the island to get an ice cream. There was no information provided about the hotel facilities - not even about meal times!
Despite asking twice in Reception, we were unable to get our TV/Internet working properly, and only learned by accident from a fellow guest that there were movies available to watch. Another problem for some people was the lack of a lift, with some blocks up several sets of steps.
It's a lovely island, but very quiet with only a couple of small bars and no way to go anywhere else in the evenings.
Fantasticfrom A TripAdvisor Member
We were dubious to start with from reading some of the reviews on this website prior to our departure but we were very happy that we disagreed with a lot of the points!
The staff were so lovely and would do anything for us, if the guests make the effort then the staff were very friendly. This is the same for all the locals on the island.
Also, the food was nice, a good variety of dishes and all of excellent quality.
Kolocep the island is a perfect quiet getaway and we would definately recommend it to others.
Fantastic Holidayfrom bella82
We are a young couple in our early twenties and have just had an amazing holiday, beautiful hotel, stunning country, nice people.
Before we went on holiday we read the reviews on Hotel Kolocep and we now find that we disagree with many of the points made
Quick run down of are holiday with details that we hope will help others on their visit
Flight time was around 2hrs 40mins, we booked with First Choice holidays who we had know problems with at all. Nice plane, no delays, good transfers and very good reps. Transfer time from the airport to Gruz (the harbour where the boat is that takes you across to the island) is around 40mins.
From Gruz over to Kolocep is around a 20 minute trip, but on the transfer from and to the airport they use a slower boat and it take about 35mins
On arrival on Kolocep, your baggage is taken around the harbour whilst you follow walking, it only takes about 5-10mins to reach the hotel. After check in you make your own way to your rooms, which are not part of the main complex (reception, bar, dining area, swimming pool, gift shop and games area) the accommodation is in 8 separate blocks behind, each one no higher than three floors. There are no lifts and therefore you have to carry your cases!
The hotel was very clean and the rooms were very large and modern. All areas of the hotel were maintained to a high standard, dining room, pool area etc. The staff were friendly, once you were friendly to them!! i'm not sure whether this is a result of people being rude to them in the past. But they are really nice people and even with the language barrier it only takes a second to smile at them.
The hotel has its own private beach which is never that busy, you can also use the hotels pedalo's and sea kayaks and Canoes, which we did and really enjoyed. The sea is crystal clear and excellent for snorkelling.
The food in the hotel was way above the standard i expected from a 3 star hotel. We both have travelled to many countries and stayed in many good quality hotels and have had a lot worse food!.
Breakfast was a selections of breads, cold meats, cheeses, jams, spread, tea, coffee, cereals, eggs, sausages !!!
Evening Meals were excellent, we never in the whole week had the same thing to eat twice, not even the same flavour of soup!! The meal consisted of soup, then a starter, a main and a pudding. All of which had a number of different choices every night and they were all fantastic and to an extremely high standard - and after having a quick peek through the kitchen door the kitchens were spotless!
Kolocep is a very sleepy relaxing island, ideal for a complete get away, on the island itself is a small shop which sells everything you need (please note the lady in the shop is also really friendly, all that she requests is small change instead of notes to pay for small items!!!), a post office exchange, 2 bar/restaurants by the hotel and another one over the other side of the islands (about 20mins walk).
Main land croatia is not far at all and we did visit Dubrovnik Old Town and the boat service to the main land by Nova is not expensive and is quite frequent. We also went on one of the First Choice organised boat trips around the other Elephite Islands of Sipan and Lopud, which included a fish lunch this cost £30 each and it was a brilliant day, really good atmosphere, good food and free wine!!
I would recommend Hotel Kolocep to anyone and i will be returning next year. My boyfriend and i enjoyed the holiday that much, we are hoping to work in Croatia next summer and maybe in the long run to live their, as it is such an beautiful country.
A little disappointing!from A TripAdvisor Member
In daylight the hotel looked slightly better but in no way lived up to the pictures from the brochure. The canteen was adequate, but very much reminded us of a school canteen. Generally the staff appeared to be fed up with tourists, and were not particuraly helpful. The exception to this was the holiday rep (who was extremely friendly and helpful, and some members of the reception staff). Food at the canteen was moderate but in no way matched up to the food bought in the local restuarant (lunches only) or on the other island of Lopad.
The rooms were clean, and well looked after throughout the week stay.
While the island itself was quiet, the packed hotel did not help a relaxing holiday with several hundred people staying within a small area.
The scenery was lovely and I would recommend the islands for a relaxing holiday out of season, but would suggest anyone looking for this type of holiday considers self catering and the island of Lopud, which has nicer scenery and an altogether better atmosphere. The islands are easy to get to independently so would not worry about the day trips. The airport is 17 kilometres from the island so transfers may be helpful here.
Definately a holiday for those able to entertain themselves, and probobly not for kids!
Getting away from it all ....from MidlandsBlonde
The island of Kolocep is small and pretty. Bikes can be hired from the hotel reception and it takes only 20 minutes to cycle to the bay on the other side of the island for a different perspective. The tiny cafe there provided a welcome drink! The small, sandy beach (very rare for Croatia) outside the hotel itself was never busy, even when occasional tourist boats came in. Do be wary of what some tour operators describe as "watersports" available at the hotel. When we were there this consisted of two pedaloes and a canoe!
The food at the hotel was ok - what you tend to expect from a package holiday such as this rather than any gastronomic delight. There was always plenty of choice, even if things were a little over cooked. There are only 3 other places to eat, two of which are also owned by the hotel (which therefore offers little variety) and the third on the quayside seemed to provide a hit and miss menu - the occasional spitroasted lamb and little else! But do stroll round to the far side of the bay in the evenings and sit in the garden of the cafe which is only opening at lunchtime; the sunset viewed from here is absolutely stunning. We "wolfed" down our dinner on more than one occasion to make it there by eight o'clock for this spectacular sight. It's such a shame that romantic evening meals cannot be purchased here.
I would recommend the Hotel Kolocep to anyone seeking a totally relaxed, low key holiday, who would be happy with occasional trips on the extremely cheap ferry service to Dubrovnik and the other two islands in the Elefiat range. Great if you want to get-away-from-it-all, but less suitable for the active holidaymaker or those with children, as the emphasis here is very definitely on relaxing.
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Bikes Don't rent bikes on this island, there isn't much road at all and you will see much more hiking or kayaking.
Don't go in July & August We arrived on 15th June and left on 26th. The last few days showed signs of what Peak season would be like.... very hot (32 degrees and very humid) and very busy (with both locals and tourists).
Taxi Taxi to the Port Gruz from the airport, or return trip, will cost around 250Kn (approx £30), and is about a half hour journey, so if you can find someone to share with, do it. Other than that, if you have time to spare before your ferry leaves, wait for the regular Atlas buses that go from the airport every 30 mins.
Other names for VIllas Kolocep Hotel
- villas kolocep
- kolocep hotel dubrovnik
- kolocep hotel
- Address: Donje Celo - Dubrovnik - 20221 - Croatia
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