Rovinj was our chosen base, next question where to stay. We were torn between two hotels – one close to the old town or the Hotel Eden. The latter was picked – a snap decision. Its promise of proximity to an ancient pine forest and rocky beach were what swayed it.
I must admit, it was not a case of love at first sight. When we parked up outside after a long day of travelling with a grumpy 3 year old in tow, this was not my dream hotel. It looked a bit corporate, featureless, bland …… but.. never judge the book by the cover. Inside it was a different story – fresh, light, contemporary and bright with helpful and accommodating staff. I changed my mind. Son’s eyes lit up on arrival – all that space to run around in – he set to it straightaway. and the grumpiness dissolved.
Our room was modern, well equipped, extremely clean with a huge comfy bed and a leather sofa bed. It had a flat screen television (which we never watched), ironing board (which we never used) and a mini-bar (which, well… on occasions came in handy). Air conditioning, a modern bathroom and a little balcony completed the set up.
The location of the hotel was the real winner for us. The idea of being just on the fringes of Rovinj initially put us off a little, but in reality it was perfect. The hotel is beside a beautiful forest with a tree fringed lawn at the back, just like a clearing in the forest. Lots of chairs, quiet places to sit and red squirrels running around – a peaceful haven. Turn left at the bottom of the lawn there is sea, a rocky beach, the pine trees and gorgeous views. Turn right there are bars, restaurants, the old town of Rovinj and gorgeous views. The hotel backs onto a quiet cove, perfect for paddling and catching fish.
The walk into Rovinj old town takes about 20 minutes, but it is delightful. The path goes right by the sea with views of the old town in the distance. Lots of little bars and restaurants along the way make for ideal stopping places if the going gets tough. We never tired of this walk and did it every evening. It is one of my favourite memories of this holiday – sunset strolling in the balmy Mediterranean air with views to die for.
We stayed on a half board basis – the meals were buffet style, plenty of choice, but like anything they got a bit “samey” after 2 weeks. It suited Son down to the ground though. At his peak of fussy eating, there was always something he fancied (albeit a crazy mix up of different foods) but at least food was being consumed.
There were 3 pools, all saltwater as well as a gym, mini-golf, bowling alley, table tennis and tennis court.
They had a Kids Club which looked good, we never used it but you could make use of the toys and facilities when the organised sessions weren’t running.
There was nightly entertainment on the outdoor stage (fairly cheesy) but Son loved it and hit the dance floor most evenings.
They have an amazing Italian restaurant at the bottom of the gardens – the Oleander – we had lunch there twice, great pizzas and delicious pastas at bargain prices.
There was a real mix of people staying here – all nationalities, all ages, plenty of children but also plenty of people without children. We loved it and would definitely go back – anytime!