This was our first trip to Dubrovnik, but our companions have visited before, and it was they who chose this hotel. Our stay was only brief, 3 nights, so we were not able to sample all the amenities the hotel had to offer. Our overall impression was, nevertheless, that this was a delightful hotel, with breathtaking views, pleasant and efficient staff.
The hotel is a way out of the immediate vicinity of the old city, on the Lapad peninsula. It's a 15 minute ride on the number 4 bus, which means that it is relatively quiet and away from any heavy traffic, and looks over to the Grebeni lighthouse. It is something of an upside-down hotel, built on a cliff-face. The hotel reception is at the top, and the rooms descend down towards sea level. If you want an uninterrupted view out to sea, you will need to ensure you book rooms on level 7 or above; lower than this and the view is increasingly compromised by a row of pine trees the lower you go.
Our party had rooms on level 8. The rooms are rather narrow, but otherwise perfectly adequate in terms of space. There is plenty of storage and wardrobe space, enough to get the cases out of the way during our stay. Rooms are air-conditioned, but this can be noisy, and the setting seemed to be only plus or minus three degrees, but we never did find out relative to what! The bathroom had a bath with an over-bath shower. There was a mini bar in the room, but no tea or coffee making facilities (although I understand that these could be requested), and no complimentary water, although a rather a nice chocolate was left on the pillow when the beds were turned down in the evening. The beds were comfortable, but were twins, and not doubles.
Breakfast and a buffet dinner are served in the Elephati Resuarant. As the Maslina Tavern restaurant on the lowest level was fully booked on the evening of our arrival, we used the Elephati instead. Dinner was a buffet, but not exactly as elegant as the hotel's website claims. The choice of food was rather limited, and vegetables rather over-cooked for my taste. One of my companions tried the fish, but took it back and had the beef instead. The room is very big, and there were only a few other people there alongside us, so the general atmosphere was not the best, and not exactly helped by the way the tables were laid out in two regimented rows. For breakfast there is the usual assortment of food that you would expect from an upmarket hotel, and the general consensus within our party was that both the choice and quality was excellent.
Our send evening meal at the hotel was in the Maslina Tavern. This is a much smaller restaurant, and is full waiter service. The menu was more expensive and varied, and it is safe to say that we enjoyed this meal much more that the previous evening's. I must also recommend the local white wines. They made an extremely refreshing change from the usual Pinot, Chardonnay, or Sauvignon varieties, to the point that I will certainly look for more wines from this region when back home.
If criticism is to be levied at this hotel, it is that it is beginning to show some small signs of wear. Some fittings in the bathroom were starting to come loose. There was some quite minor damage to some of the furniture, There were some scuff marks on the walls, and the TV was clearly an early flat panel type. For the current generation of connected traveler, without which an array if iThis and iThat devices is tantamount to a near death experience, there are simply not enough sockets with which to recharge those devices. Having said that, the free WiFi works very well. The time is fast approaching when a good refurbishment will be necessary if this hotel is to maintain its position. Nevertheless, given the opportunity to return, I would, most certainly.
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