As boutique hotels go, this one was not on the lower end of the price scale, nor was it at the top end. It was one that fell somewhere in the middle, but was worth every penny.
My wife and I just returned from our two week Croatian adventure and wrapped everything up with four days at the Bellevue Hotel in Dubrovnik. And although not everything was perfect (please read on), it was certainly an experience I would recommend for discerning travelers.
Let's start with the only thing that we didn't really like all that much. Minor thing that didn't affect the overall experience too much, but perhaps an area of consideration.
The (over) use of perfumes in the halls.
Not sure what their reasoning is - but it is a bit overwhelming when you first walk the halls. Fortunately - it does not filter into the room itself!
From the warm, friendly greeting at the door, front desk and the concierge, you realize that you're in a good place. In fact, the first impression of the building itself makes you wonder if you're in a small, boutique hotel... but once the big glass doors slide open to the expansive lobby and full glass windows looking over the Adriatic - you then know you're in a special place.
Everything about the Bellevue is updated, chic and modern. Contemporary design is evident in every aspect of the hotel. Rooms, restaurants, lobby, elevators (there is a panoramic elevator that is all glass overlooking the beach and sea... very cool!), fitness centre, etc... it's all gorgeous.
The beach at the very base of the property is lovely. Not large, not sandy and can be a little crowded on weekends (as it serves as a public beach for locals too), but you simply can't resist it. Taking the elevator down (or the steep stairs, if you wish) is like traveling through a portal to a new world. The elevator is carved right into the rock that underpins the hotel itself... transferring guests about 30 meters from hotel to sea. It's quite a marvel or construction, when you think about the work that went into it. A friendly staff hands you a clean towel and off you go. Remember to bring something to wear on your feet... the pebble beach is not easy on them. But nothing to keep you from going, that's for sure. The water is clear and clean as anything you will see... and there is a cool cave just 20 meters off shore. Water is about 21 degrees now, so a little refreshing at first... but should warm up in the coming weeks to a nice 25 degrees. Enjoy! Oh, and there is a restaurant at the beach. Not cheap for drinks or food, but the convenience can't be beat. It's one of the few hotels with a beach... and a lovely one at that.
The included breakfast is delicious. The view from your seat is priceless. Coffee is hot, service is efficient and selection is good. What more could you ask for from a 'free breakfast' ;-)
The spa, while smaller in size, has what you need to take the edge off. I good steam room, a hot dry sauna and a funky water feature for you feet that I never really wrapped my head around. The pool is lovely and the spa (hot tub) is warm-to-hot with a central jet that will surprise you if you're not expecting it. Try it and you'll see... ;-)
There are many hotel options for travelers heading to Dubrovnik... but the Bellevue's combination location (1.3 km walk downhill to the Old City), beach, facilities, service and price make it a worthy contender. It's not cheap, especially as we head into peak season pricing, but it's something to consider if you're looking for something modern and hip.
If you go, enjoy!
David & Mandy
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- HOTEL BELLEVUE DUBROVNIK, one of Europe’s coolest new hotels according to the Sunday Times, is a unique hotel for discerning individual guests with an appreciation for luxury and attention to detail. The hotel is located in a spectacular 30 meter-high clifftop position overlooking the Adriatic, few minutes walking distance from the Old city of Dubrovnik. All 91 luxurious bedrooms and suites have sea views and are equipped with the latest technology. ... more less
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