We stayed at the Zlatna Vala for three nights after travelling down to Croatia by motorcycle. Our room overlooked the sea and had a small balcony. We dined in the restaurant and enjoyed beautifully cooked and presented food together with local wines. Our stay was was made more pleasurable by the staff who went out of their way to accommodate our requests and a special thanks goes to Ivana and Anna the daughters of the owner who our stay perfect.
Overall an excellent next to the sea enjoying wonderful sunsets and a splendid restaurant.
We stayed here on our trip though Croatia. We were amazed when we arrived how close we were to the water. The room was well appointed and had our balcony overlooked the water. We also had a lovely meal in the restaurant. As is common in Croatia the waiter spoke 5 languages and was friendly as were the hotel staff. The hotel and location were quiet. We really enjoyed our stay here and would definitely stay again.
Our room overlooked the water and the view was delightful. There is a bit of traffic noise from the main road over 200 metres away, but not of any significance and you are only really aware of this when taking a drink on the veranda. The room itself was immaculately clean and very well serviced. We went for breakfast and on our return the room had been fully refreshed. There was everything to hand and although the room was not big it had all of the facilities you could want. We ate both breakfast and the evening meal here. What was amazing was that after conversation with the hotelier we more or less selected the menu for the evening meals. The food was well cooked and nicely presented. We had lobster and of course lots of fresh fish. It was a treat and so unexpected for a three star hotel. The September evenings are a bit chilly so we ate indoors, in the restaurant, which was fine.
We would go back without any hesitation as it represents good value for the money.
We had a room with a balcony that overlooked the sea, and it is so close to the water's edge I almost felt I could dive right in! So, a perfect location in a very picturesque quiet spot, and the room itself was superb - immaculately clean, with a comfortable king-sized bed and a stunning, modern bathroom. The lady who checked us in was great but every other member of staff seemed nervous and the owner himself was downright surly. This could not have been a language problem as my husband speaks fluent Serbo-Croatian. On the plus side, the breakfast (served on the lovely sunny terrace overlooking the sea) was excellent and filled us up for the day. We made the mistake of paying an extra 15 euros to go half board which meant that we were limited to either a "meat" or "fish" menu - there were 4 courses but no choice, "you have to eat what we give you" as the owner so charmingly put it. Reviews were good so we went for it - my husband opting for "meat" and me for the "fish". The "meat" option turned out to be roasted vegetables followed by vegetable soup, then lamb pasta then cake. It was fine but unexciting and my husband would not have chosen any of it given an alternative. The "fish" menu was more problematical - octopus salad, fish soup, a huge platter of whole squid and cake. I love fish but can't eat octopus or squid, which we explained in perfect Croatian and offered to pay extra for a grilled fish. The meal was spoiled by the uncomfortable tension this caused and although they did not infact charge me any extra for the fish, the wine they brought us was really expensive so they got their own back! So if you do go for the half board option insist that they tell you exactly what it entails.
We stayed for one night at Hotel Zlatna Vala, enjoyed a wonderful fish supper in their restaurant and watched the sunset into the sea from our comfortable room. The staff were very attentive, especially Christina who couldn't be more helpful. The place is also excellently placed for touring the north west of Istria and very close to Umag. Great also for walking along the sea front and having a jog through the forest behind. Hidden gem, would definitely recommend a stay.