Valamar Crystal Hotel

5 Reviews

Star Travel Rating


Review type



Date of travel

May, 2013

Product name

Product country

Product city

Travelled with


Reasons for trip


This was our first time in Croatia & we were pleasantly surprised. The hotel was very nice & spotlessly clean (the only thing I had to clean was the T.V control, which is not unusual). The staff at the hotel were all so friendly, everyone speaks English & everyone will greet you. The hotel has been recently refurbished thus all the furniture etc was in excellent condition. The bedding was changed every three days, the towels daily if you wish. The towels were not thick luxury ones but they were all new, more than adequate & a good size. The hairdryer was not wonderful the standard dryer/shaver but the wife said it did the trick. There is no tea/coffee & although I took my travel kettle which I used, after about 5 days a new information file arrived in the room which stated no household equipment to be used, not sure if that statement includes travel kettles since they are not technically household!!! We had room no 436 with a balcony which was very nice & not overlooked, the only issue if you are a sun worshipper would be that you did not get the sun! There was an excellent table & 2 chairs set also a fixed rail for drying your bathers etc. The room was not large but again adequate & included a mini bar whose door did not open fully but into the bed, not a problem but not much space between the bed & fridge either. The bath could also pose a problem if you have mobility issues as it was quite high to step into & too small to bath in if over 5’3”. The shower is over the bath, would be better/safer as a wet room, all very nice & new though, although the temperature was up & down (hot & cold in the same shower!!!). The location was stunning with all the pine trees & wildlife; we saw red squirrels, wood peckers, Hoopies & Jays. Rooms at the rear have the view over the park/gardens. There are no sandy beaches but they have overcome this by laying lots of paved areas where you can sunbathe should you wish. The food was very good with plenty of choice, the only complaint would be the restaurant opening time of 7pm, they did try to open a little earlier but it meant it got very busy very quickly. There was no problem at all with the service it was excellent i.e drinks were served very promptly & the rest is self-service. When busy it was a bit like a feeding frenzy!! Luckily we were out of season & this only happened a couple of times. The walk into Porec is along a beautiful path with the sea on one side & the trees on the other takes approx. 20 minutes, but if you have mobility issues then the train is great at just 10 kunas each, the train (small lorry towing wheeled carriages) will also take you in the the opposite to Zeana Laguna which is also a pleasant journey. Coffee & cakes were sadly amazingly cheap 2 lattes & 2 cakes for around £5, we found a wonderful café/bar Café du Mar right by the sea & the cakes were amazing! There is also an excellent supermarket not far from the train stop where you can stock up on water or wine then get the train back to the hotel (the prices are amazingly cheap). There are several tours on offer most of which include food & drink. We did The Plitvice Lakes which were so beautiful & well worth the effort ( a long day by coach), The best of Istria again excellent with a fabulous lunch out in the countryside, The Hilltop tour with amazing scenery & The fish barbecue cruise which also serves chicken. We stayed 11 nights (Thomson Holidays) so these trips broke it all up very nicely & gave us a great insight to Istria. Just a quick one about Pula airport, all the prices are in Euros & not Kunas although they accept both. To summarise this really is a beautiful location, excellent value for money & with so much to see & do so go & do it I am sure you will not be disappointed!!!

Judith Lightfoot

Join the club

Become a member to receive exclusive benefits

Our community is the heart of Silver Travel Advisor, we love nothing more than sharing ideas, inspiration, hints and tips between us.

Come feel the love on a Princess cruise. You’ll enjoy the MedallionClass experience others simply can’t, and it’s exclusively for everyone. Visit incredible destinations and be involved in the best experiences around each one of them.

Experience more with Princess and connect effortlessly with the world around you, spend time away with loved ones, take a moment for yourself, and fall in love with your holiday of a lifetime, every time.

With over 20 years of experience, Wendy Wu Tours has mastered the art of creating exceptional, fully inclusive tours which showcase the very best of each destination.

Each tour is led by a world-class guide, who will highlight the very best of their homeland, and includes authentic cultural experiences so you are not just seeing the sights, but truly immersing yourself in local life.

Say hello to ease at sea. Ambassador’s purpose is simple: they want to inspire every guest to experience authentic cruising, effortlessly and sustainably. Passionate about protecting our oceans and destinations, their ships comply with the highest industry emission standards and there is no single-use plastic on board.

On your voyage, you will receive the warmest of welcomes from the Ambassador community as you sail upon the friendliest ships afloat.

This is a global co-operative co-owned by local partners using real local experts and guides, which supports local communities, environments and wildlife. It offers travellers quirky places to stay, activity holidays and learning experiences. Not In The Guidebooks gets travellers off the beaten track into local culture with day experiences and longer, immersive adventures.

From wild wellness breaks in Wales to painting in Portugal, sustainable adventures in Mauritius to food safaris in Brazil, this is immersive, exciting travel.

Seabourn’s five intimate ships carry guests to the heart of great cities, exclusive yacht harbours and secluded coves around the world, while two new purpose-built expedition ships will combine exhilarating adventures in remote destinations with the sophisticated amenities of the world’s finest resorts at sea.

From the luxury of all suite accommodations to complimentary fine wines and spirits, and a no tipping policy, Seabourn exemplifies the definition of travelling well.