Reviews of the Grand Hotel Brioni Pula

Located on the Adriatic coast, on the Verudela peninsula, on the outskirts of Pula, this refined and elegant new three-storey Radisson Collection hotel offers a huge wellness center, an imaginative art collection, three restaurants by the sea water and several bars, direct access to the beach and a long infinity pool. It’s trendy, but steeped in old and new Croatian culture, with the latest technology and supreme levels of comfort. Read on to find out more about our recent stay at this beautiful new property in Istria.

Background and design

While the Grand Hotel first opened its doors in the 1970s (in what was then Yugoslavia), it recently reopened in May 2022 after a comprehensive multimillion-euro 21st-century renovation. During Brioni’s heyday, it hosted many VIPs and celebrities, a legacy that is set to live on as it enters a second golden era half a century later. The exterior retains its original facade, but guests who have previously stayed will find completely redesigned and incredibly luxurious interiors and equipment, addressing a demanding, sophisticated and trendy clientele.

Radison collection

The property is part of The Radisson Collection, a group of unique luxury hotels around the world, each with its own character and style. The modern design of these hotels is sleek and functional, making them the perfect choice for those who want a luxurious hotel experience. Check out the full collection here.

Location

Located on the outskirts of the cultural and historical center of Pula, the hotel is flanked by a dense pine forest on one side and the open sea on the other hand, it takes its name from the Brijuni National Park and the Brijuni Islands, over which the property enjoys a beautiful view. A rugged coastline creates a rural, natural atmosphere and a sense of seclusion, while its clear waters offer magical swimming and snorkeling opportunities right on the doorstep.

Pula

Pula itself dates back to the 10th century BC and offers many fascinating sights including its Roman amphitheater and its short 15 minutes taxi ride from the hotel to the center of Pula.

Brijuni Islands

Learn about the political history of Croatia and ancient Yugoslavia with a visit to Brijuni Islands accessible by ferry from the very pretty tourist town of Fažana. Make a day of it exploring the islands and return to Fažana for lunch.

Getting to Pula from the UK

Great air connections depart from all over the UK to Pula Airport, located just 11 kilometers from the Grand Hotel Brioni. It is therefore easy and quick to get there.

The view and the sunset

The hotel’s positioning guarantees a spectacular evening sunset, which you can enjoy from all the hotel’s bars, restaurants and sea view rooms and suites.

Rooms & Suites

227 rooms and suites have been completely redesigned with modern shades of gray and blue and warm wood finishes. Previously the rooms had a balcony which were removed during the hotel’s renovation, increasing the overall floor space of the bedrooms. Indigenous artwork, materials and colors are present in each, especially authentic Italian and Croatian stone. Now, smart digital technology is a mainstay of the hotel, with access to many in-room services and features available through your devices.

RRooms and suites all come with bathrobes, slippers, ILLY espresso machines, and mini-fridges, while suites have separate living and sleeping areas and private balconies.

There’s nightly turndown service and a pillow menu if you want a different type of pillow to sleep on, while bottled water is replenished daily and some room types also include a fruit basket. free welcome.

Bathrooms are top-to-toe marble with large, powerful rain showers, while amenities are by Acqua Di Parma and also replenished daily.

Our bedroom

All rooms in the hotel have the same layout, the only difference is that some face the sea while others face the forest.

Bedroom

Bathroom

See

The bedroom windows are floor to ceiling with a Juliette glass balcony that allows the maximum amount of light to enter the room.

After

There are 16 suites in the hotel which occupy the corners of each of the wings. The floor space is more than 52 m² depending on your suite. The suites offer a spacious living room with a sitting area and a sofa bed, a bedroom with a king-size bed, two bathrooms with a walk-in shower, separate toilet and luxury toiletries.

Living room

Bedroom

Bathrooms

Balcony

Butler’s Corner

Each floor has its own upscale butler corner — a fusion of boutique and minibar — with in-room dining options, drinks, personal care items, and freebies. Purchases are billed to the guest’s individual room, making it effortless to get what you need, 24 hours a day.

food drink

Like so many areas of the hotel, the Grand’s restaurants take full advantage of the incredible coastal backdrop with settings suitable for a sunny alfresco lunch or a romantic dinner. Its main restaurant, Brioni Forum, serves a fusion of international cuisine and Istrian dishes. The beach restaurant Brioni Lungo Mare is the perfect place to enjoy Mediterranean dishes and fresh seafood, while the Sofia restaurant, open only in the evening, delights carnivores with its incredible cuts of steak.

Forum Brioni

Discover incredible cuisine at Brioni Forum, served buffet style, there is a multitude of choices on offer to suit meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans. You will find a variety of traditional and innovative dishes that will delight your taste buds. The chefs use fresh, local ingredients, including Istrian classics like olive oil and truffles, to create a truly heavenly dining experience. Restaurant seating is indoors and outdoors.

Brioni Lungo Mare

Located at the lowest point of the hotel, just above the beach and surrounded by the greenery of Mediterranean vegetation, Brioni Lungo Mare offers an unforgettable experience for all the senses. You can refresh yourself with local craft beer and wines, enjoy a special risotto with a light salad on hot summer days, and in the evening dine on the best fresh fish while watching that incredible sunset.

Sofia Restaurant

Restaurant Sophia is the perfect place for meat lovers, with an emphasis on the finest cuts of matured beef, from classic American to native Istrian cattle called Boskarin. Dim lighting and darker colors create an ambience that invites diners to let their guard down and simply indulge in the restaurant’s specialties. The ambiance of this steak restaurant quickly captivates its guests and the restaurant’s wine cellar is one of the best in the region. An incredible night of meals to remember is guaranteed here.

Brioni Lobby Bar

Enjoy a pre- or post-dinner drink in the Lobby Bar, choosing between classic and new cocktails, premium gins, whiskey and champagne, or have a light afternoon snack with a glass of wine . Note that the outdoor area also features live music in the evenings.

Bar Brioni Gardina

In connection with the infinity pool and overlooking the sparkling blue sea, enjoy a morning coffee, a cocktail or a glass of champagne or indulge in their selection of dessert bar food and ice cream really tempting.

Breakfast

Breakfast is a grand affair which is buffet style in the Forum restaurant, there is everything you could wish for or desire to start the day. Eggs are cooked to order at the pass and your server will serve you hot drinks. And if you like to start the day with bubbles, then help yourself to a glass of champagne or two!

Relax by the pool, swim in the sea

A long infinity pool filled with seawater runs along the side of the hotel, taking advantage of the spectacular views afforded by the location. Here you can take a dip or walk up the cliff and swim in the sea. The plush white lounge chairs and daybeds for two have bolster cushions for ultimate comfort, while you soak up the glistening panorama and order one of their fabulous cocktails.

Swimming pool

Sea

Gemma de Brioni

The hotel’s wellness center is a real treat. Gemma di Brioni has 1,300 square meters of first-class facilities and daily treatments using Gemology products (made with precious stones) renowned for their scientifically proven results, as well as Thalgo rituals inspired by the ancient Roman influence of Pula. Choose from 11 facials and 10 body treatments, and unwind in the Zen Spa area and three saunas (Finnish, bio sauna and a Soul steam room). Discover the multi-sensory Water Paradise journey of the spa with its hydromassage pool and sensory showers and a relaxation room with a wall of Himalayan salt.

Treatment area and rooms

Spa and Relaxation Area

Gym

If you’re feeling energetic, the hotel has a state-of-the-art gym with the latest Technogym equipment (and we mean the newest because we’ve never seen this version of the equipment before). The gym has fabulous sea views, but you can also watch YouTube, Netflix or your favorite motivational movie to get your digital fix while you work out. And if you wish, a personal coach session can be organized during your stay for you.

local community

Medea Vineyard is a young and exciting winemaker based in the medieval town of Vodnjan, near Pula. It supplies the hotel’s cellars with products made from Malvazija, Chardonnay, Rose, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Teran and Malvazija Istarska grape varieties grown on fertile Istrian soil. The name Medea is synonymous with quality, authentic and accessible wines, all of which can be tasted during your stay in Brioni Pula.

OPG Chiavalon, also in Vodnjan, supplies the hotel with extra virgin olive oil pressed from olives grown in the red soil of a high-altitude family eco-farm. Having produced this liquid gold for two decades, Chiavalon has won numerous international awards and accolades. It follows a tradition of olive oil production in the region that dates back to Roman times.

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for luxury, style, fabulous restaurants and services, close to the UK and guaranteed summer sunshine, the new Gran Hotel Brioni is the place to go. We loved it! This property was included in our guide to the best hotels in Pula.

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