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Osmine 2.5

Slano, Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Dalmatia

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Pros

  • Attractive and secluded beachfront location, with beautiful sea and mountain views
  • Functional rooms with air-conditioning, TVs, and safes
  • Croatian-style breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets offer reasonable variety
  • Seasonal outdoor pool, plus sunbeds on sheltered beach
  • Guests get free use of bicycles, kayaks, and paddle boats
  • Hotel is all-inclusive
  • Free Wi-Fi in public areas (but signal patchy)
  • Free parking 

Cons

  • Lots of steps; not suitable for those with mobility difficulties
  • Rooms are basic and lack fridges; some have tube-style TVs
  • Decor throughout is dated
  • Wi-Fi signal is patchy, and doesn’t reach all rooms
  • Advertised all-inclusive is more like full-board, and drinks are poor-quality
  • Unremarkable daytime and evening entertainment

Bottom Line

The Osmine is a budget all-inclusive-only hotel alongside the beach by the same name, a five-minute drive from Slano village. There are beautiful sea views, a seasonal outdoor pool, and beach sunbeds -- but decor is dated, rooms are basic (though they have air-conditioning, TVs, and safes), and entertainment is underwhelming. The buffets are decent enough, but drinks are of poor quality, and guests describe the advertised all-inclusive as more like full-board. There’s free use of bicycles, kayaks, and paddle boats. Travelers with mobility difficulties may struggle with steps here. In Slano proper, the similarly priced Admiral Grand Hotel has up-to-date rooms and comprehensive facilities.

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Tired ‘80s-style property that doesn’t make the most of its beautiful setting

While the Osmine does a decent job of providing low-cost seaside vacations to package travelers, there’s little denying that this is a dated ‘80s-style property, long overdue for a refresh. It lacks much atmosphere, and decor is old-fashioned throughout, from the lobby’s white ceiling tiles and long, curved dark-wood front desk with marble-effect countertop, to the peach-colored patterned sofas and armchairs. Externally, it’s a low-rise, whitewashed building, with PVC-framed floor-to-ceiling windows and doors off the lobby, and an old-fashioned blue-and-white awning. The paved terrace space could be used to make things more inviting, given that the views of the sheltered cove and stony beach are rather attractive. Travelers with mobility difficulties should note there are lots of steps, especially to access the restaurant, plus elevators are tiny and don’t reach all floors. Most of the guests are families. 

Location

Direct beach access, but a trek from the nearest village

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The hotel has direct access to Osmine Beach, but is a five-minute taxi ride away from Slano. This adds to the seclusion, but it means getting to the village’s bars and restaurants, or father afield, can be challenging.

  • Five minutes to Slano by car (35-minute walk)
  • 19 minutes to Trsteno Arboretum by car
  • 20 minutes to Ston village and Ston Walls by car
  • 28 minutes to Stikovica Beach by car
  • 38 minutes to Dubrovnik by car
  • 57 minutes to Dubrovnik Airport by car

Rooms

Dated but functional rooms with air-conditioning, TVs, and safes

Split-level, air-conditioned rooms are functional, and decent enough to be comfortable, but they are on the basic and dated side. Large, old-fashioned tan-wood bed frames are composed of built-in headboards, bedside tables, and wall lamps. Walls are plain white, carpets are gray-green, and there are some exposed drainpipes. Decoration is otherwise minimal beyond a few framed prints, and there are outdated built-in closets with mirrored doors, but no desks. Windows are covered with floor-to-ceiling curtains and connected lounge spaces have frumpy teal patterned sofas and tan-wood framed armchairs upholstered in the same design. 

Standard amenities include individually controlled air-conditioning, flat-screen or tube-style TVs with satellite channels, phones, safes, and hairdryers -- but there are no fridges, coffee- and tea-making facilities, or toiletries. Free Wi-Fi is advertised as available in public areas only, though guests report it does reach some rooms.

Bathrooms are clean, but they are even more old-fashioned than the rooms and decked out all in white and gray. Dated built-in cream vanities have submerged sinks, plus fluorescent lighting above wall-mounted mirrors. Shower/tub combos with power showerheads sport cheap-looking, blue-and-white aquatic-themed shower curtains.

Pleasant balconies are furnished with simple outdoor tables, and weary-looking, water-damaged window box planters. Many (but not all) of the balconies also have beautiful sea and mountain views.

Features

Pleasant pool, beach access, and hit-or-miss all-inclusive dining 

The Osmine’s seasonal outdoor saltwater pool is a good show for a two-and-a-half-pearl property. There are also sunbeds and umbrellas here and on the beach. Hotel rates are all-inclusive (a drawback for some), but guests report it’s actually more like full-board package -- expect three meals a day but no unlimited snacks in between. Croatian buffets offer decent variety, but drinks get poor reviews (there are no cocktails, and it’s not possible to pay extra for better-quality drinks). Live entertainment is unremarkable, and the gym is poorly equipped, but free use of bicycles, kayaks, and paddle boats is a nice perk.

Free Wi-Fi is advertised as being available in public areas only; it does reach some rooms, but is patchy throughout. Guests can use the computer terminal in the lobby, and there’s free parking. 

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Put Od Osmina 1, Slano, Dalmatia 20232, Croatia

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