My friend and I decided we'd like to re-visit Croatia having gone in 2008 to the island of Korcula. On the coach trip back, we saw Dubrovnik and promised to return one day. This year, we planned our return and decided that we would do a bit of a luxury city break, staying for 3 nights.
Much research was conducted as we had a list of things that were important. Sea views, a slightly more luxurious than normal hotel, ease of travel to the Old Town and value for money. We kind of blew our original budget but came to the conclusion that we should treat ourselves.
Having looked at many hotels, Dubrovnik Palace stood out as having all the necessary requirements. A hotel spa (just in case the weather was shocking), outdoor pools, situated right on the sea front and sea views to die for. It also has free wifi.
We booked through Travel Republic who I use a lot and booked the flights, transfers and hotel altogether.
The hotel is approximately 30 minutes from the airport and on arrival you may be mistaken that it 'doesn't look like much to write home about'. The frontage is uninspiring, but when you step inside you'll see why they've spent the money elsewhere!
We checked in and were surprised to be told that we had received a free upgrade to a junior suite. This was a lovely surprise and the room was really quite lovely. It smelt like it'd just had new carpets and the decor was modern with two bathrooms (one wet room and one bathroom). The balcony had views overlooking the sea and the terraces below to the outdoor pools. Our views were interrupted by trees, but it didn't spoil it for us and to be honest, every restaurant, bar within the hotel makes the most of the sea views and so you're never far away from an amazing sun view or sun set..
There are a selection of restaurants and I can highly recommend the Lean and Light restaurant on the top floor. Lovely meals and great views whilst you eat them! The Maslina Restaurant (a la carte) on the 1st floor was slightly disappointing but it may just have been our choice of meal on the night.
The staff were always very polite and attentive and nothing was too much trouble. You can buy bus tickets into the old town from reception which saves you a bit of time. The No.4 bus arrives every 15 minutes outside the hotel and takes you right into Dubrovnik Old Town where you can explore the city walls, take a boat trip from the Old Port or get the cable car up into the mountains and see a fabulous view of Dubrovnik.
Three things I'd recommend:
* Cable Car - costs 100kn (about £12) to see magnificent views.
* Take a boat trip around the Elaphiti islands - we took a boat (although in hindsight we should have got on a larger boat as ours was quite crowded). You can haggle with the operator as we saved 50kn and had a whole day out which included lunch and drinks (nothing special but better than nothing). Go from the Old Port as opposed to the new one as the trips are cheaper)!.
* Sit and have your dinner in one of the hotel restaurants and soak up the sun set.
Personally, I was glad that we weren't staying in the old town part of Dubrovnik. It's very busy and full of tourists. It was great to visit for the day and then return to the tranquility of the Dubrovnik Palace.
I'd recommend you take crocs or jelly shoes as access to swimming in the sea is via rocks (as is most of Croatia) and although there weren't too many sea urchins, they are about and you don't want to stand on one of them)!
The buffet breakfasts are quite immense - massive selection and I've probably put on a stone from all that I ate in the space of 3 days!
Great hotel, great location, great place to visit. Short city break, well worth a visit!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on the beautiful peninsula of Lapad, the hotel's dramatic cliffside location, below the aromatic, pine-covered Petka woods, affords spectacular views in every direction.Fully renovated in 2014, each of the 308 contemporary rooms and suites all have private balconies and beautiful sea views. Great food and excellent service prevail. During your stay, you will be tempted to try out everything that is on offer: four swimming pools, one of which is indoors, a private beach, tennis courts, fabulous snorkelling and a PADI diving centre, as well as a leafy jogging path and walking routes through the woods behind the hotel. ... more less
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