We stayed here for a week in mid November. The hotel wasn't our original choice (we were moved from the Hotel More less than a week before we were due to arrive) but we really enjoyed our stay. A big advantage was that the Rixos was within walking distance of the walled city, whereas the More was much further out. The reason for the move was that a lot of hotels, including the More, close in November, as do restaurants in the old town. Visitor numbers are lower, it was lovely to see the city with just a few tourists, and the weather on the day we walked round the city walls was perfect - 20 degrees and perfect blue skies.
The Rixos was in a perfect position, a 15 minute walk into town, 20 minutes back, but also close to a number of bus routes and buses were very frequent. The number 4 came closest, but those going to the port (1A,!B, 6 etc) were also nearby. There was also a lovely bakery at the end of the road, so you could get off the No 4 and pick up something from the bakery to take back to the hotel. I don't know how the price would have compared with some of the hotels closer to the old town as we had used reward points for the trip.
Our room (floor 9) was spacious with a balcony looking out to sea where we could watch the sunrise and sunset over the sea - and the thunder and lightning later in the week! The arrangement with the opaque glass partition between the bedroom area and the bathroom may not suit all but we didn't find it an issue. The breakfast buffet at the hotel had everything you could want to set you up for the day. We didn't eat any other meals in the hotel, preferring to try out the restaurants in the city that were open. Only the main restaurant was open because of the low numbers. During the week there were only 20-30 rooms occupied (out of over 400) but it was noticeably busier at the weekend, and this was when we noticed the chairs being moved above us, although it was only for short periods and didn't cause us any real disturbance. The indoor swimming pool was lovely for a relaxing swim, and the gym was very well equipped. The spa was open but we didn't use those facilities. All the staff were very friendly, in particular those on reception and guest relations.
I would definitely recommend the Rixos as a base for visiting Dubrovnik. We did have day trips to Mostar in Bosnia, and Kotor and Budva in Montenegro. I can't comment on how the hotel would be when full, or even half full, as we didn't have that experience, and on reflection perhaps mid November was a bit late for the trip, October being better. But it was lovely seeing the old city with few tourists, and I can't imagine how it copes in high season.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A landmark of exceptional Croatian hospitality, the waterfront Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik has been reborn as the ultimate contemporary design hotel with luxurious facilities for discerning travelers. Home to 254 guest rooms that combine panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea with pampering facilities that indulge and inspire, it is conveniently located only 15 minutes away from Dubrovnik Old Town and 25 minutes away from the Dubrovnik International airport. ... more less
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