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Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel
Ranked #6 of 66 Hotels in Dubrovnik
Certificate of Excellence
Aveiro, Portugal
2 reviews
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“Very Good! (Pormenorized review)”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2012

See this review for a pormenorized review of the Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel.
For a first time in Dubrovnik, this hotel didn´t let us down. The conditions vary from Excellent to Average, but overall this is an hotel that you should consider when spending vacation in Dubrovnik. The location is very good, about 15 minutes away from the Old City of Dubrovnik, by bus, or less if you rent a car. There are a lot of good restaurants in the area of the Old City, so our recomendation is to, at least on the first days of the travel,go by bus or car to it, and eat there. Try one of the high rated restaurants in this site, and visit the various monuments, including the Ancient Walls, the Cathedrals; just the life of the city and the people within.
Now about the hotel´s own restaurant. You can eat in two restaurants of choice, one "A La Carte", and the other "Buffet". We only ate in the "Buffet" one, but the other seemed pretty good too. The "Buffet" has a huge variety of food, both on breakfast ( pancakes, ham, cereals, salads, fruit, bacon -ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh....- eggs; you know, all that good stuff. At dinner, you can have fish, meat, salads, a great variety of vegetables, some very good rice and pastas, some desserts and fruit.
The rooms are quiet ( we didn´t hear nothing when we were sleeping aside some occasional footsteps or voices in the corredor, but nothing that would keep us awake. What really kept us awake was the beds. Not the actual beds, they are quite normal; but the pillows where so soft that they tend to be actually uncomfortable. Nevertheless, we had nice sleep, and the pillows are nothing you should worry much about.
The rooms really are spacious, and there are balconies with sea view in every single one, but the TV is quite old, and the bathrooms really aren´t in their best condition.
Now up to the good stuff.
The sea is crystal clear, and has lots of fishies. The pebble is hard on the feet, but you can buy some special sandals in the market close to the hotel that make swimming and snorkeling a million times easier and less painfull :). The sun beds are very good, and the conditions of the beach itself are wonderful.
Now the staff. All the people in the hotel were extremelly friendly, helping us when we needed, and saluting us every single day ( with the exception of some unfriendly people on the beach bar, which by the way serves food for lunch if you want some good ol fashioned burger :b ).
The conditions of the Wellness center are amazing: the jacuzzi, the sauna, the turkish bath, the back rubs ( although I didn´t try this last ones) were, or seemed at least, of the charts, with green areas close to the jacuzzi, sun beds close to the sauna and turkish bath, and an inside pool that is amazing.
There is also a small souvenir and magazines/newspapers shop; an internet corner, with two computers ( although there is free wifi, a bit slow, but still free ) and a path to the right ( when you´re facing the hotel main entrance in front of you ) that should be tried by all, at about 19:00 to 20:00 o´clock, when the sun is going down in the sea.
And we get to the cherry on top of the cake, the views. In the restaurant, in the beach, in your room or in the panoramic elevator ( that takes forever to go up and down ) the views are privileged, from the deep sea, to the mountains, the isles and, finally, the sunset.
Very good hotel, and extremelly recommended, to everyone.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Valamar_President, General Manager at Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel, responded to this review, August 6, 2012
Dear guest,

what a great novel ! Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a detailed review, which I am sure a lot of readers will find very helpful.
I am very grateful for all the tips and suggestions for improvement from your side, they always come in handy.
Of course, a big "thank you " for all the lovely things you wrote about our hotel, it's facilities, the food quality, the wellness, the staff and last but most important the recommendation to all Trip advisor visitors.
It makes me and the staff very happy you enjoyed your holiday so much and we hope to see you again here with us.

All the very best to you and your family!

Belinda L. Božanja - Valamar Dubrovnik President general manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2012

The Valamar Dubrovnik President was an excellent choice of a hotel. The room was spacious, attractive and clean and the hotel facilities were superb. The beach is beautiful, although the shore is pebble rather than sand. Chairs and umbrellas are provided free and the water is stunningly clear and clean. The "wellness" facilities on the fifth floor provide further relaxation options at no extra charge -- an indoor infinity pool, whirlpool (not particularly hot) and an array of saunas, steam rooms, massage showers and chaise lounges. Breakfasts were plentiful and good. The only down side is that the hotel is located about 15-20 minutes from old town by bus. Although the busses come frequently, they can get crowded and hot. However, the plusses far outweigh that negative and we were very happy with our stay at the President.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Lisa P
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Valamar_President, General Manager at Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel, responded to this review, July 31, 2012
Dear Lisa,

thank you very much for the lovely review you wrote and I am extremely glad you found everything satisfactory.
The staff was very happy reading it as well and is looking forward to seeing you again in the future.
The busses in front of the hotel are very convenient and frequent but I know they can get crouded. That is the down side of the peak season in Dubrovnik I'm affraid.

Once again it was great having you here and hope you return again.

All the best,

Belinda L. Božanja - Valamar Dubrovnik President general manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2012

The standout feature of this hotel is the friendliness and attentiveness of the staff.
The staff are rotated around the hotel very cleverly so when you attend for breakfast on the let's say 10 th consecutive day you do not meet the same staff , thus keeping a freshness in relationships between guests and the staff.
The breakfast and dinner buffets are first class, from the non repetitive music, to the consistent quality of the food and more importantly the freshness the food. It is impressive to see the meat cut, the fish fried, the risotto and pasta made in front of your eyes. The beach was a major positive also and while the staff there had more of an edge, this was to be welcomed as it is a public beach and guests are prioritised for sun beds and umbrellas etc. Free wifi, tap water is drinkable, very few flies
( what kind of insecticide is being used ...), efficient fridge in room to stop chocolate from melting and keeping water cool,
Being at the start of the bus route is very handy as you will always get a seat, bus is every 10 minutes, cardio gym needs better AC and more machines. Pool on 5th floor needs to be cleaned more often. ( gym and pool still very good features currently) Other guests are pleasant and relaxed, which is not always the case in hotels we have stayed in on holidays , credit for this must go to this hotel and the management.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Valamar_President, General Manager at Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel, responded to this review, July 24, 2012
Dear guests,

Thank you very much for this impressive review and I am glad you and your family enjoyed yourselves here with us. I see you took notice of many details not everyone sees specially considering the organisational part of the hotel and up to the relaxed atmosphere we always try to create.
Of course there's always things that can be better, so that's our daily task.
Once again thank you on behalf of all the staff and hope to see you again.

Best wishes,

Belinda L. Božanja - Valamar Dubrovnik President general manager
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Norristown, PA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2012

We booked a trip on Grand Circle to Croatia and Slovenia and in Dubrovnik, Croatia, we stayed at the Valamar President. It is located right on a pebbly beach with views of the Adriatic from every room. The staff was very nice and the food, especially the breakfast buffet, was excellent. It is close to but not right inside the walled city. Bus #6 takes you right there and departs hourly. We really enjoyed this hotel.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank CoachLo
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Valamar_President, General Manager at Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel, responded to this review, July 24, 2012
Dear guests,

I am glad you had the chance to stay with us during your tour and of course it's nice to hear you enjoyed everything we offered.
Thank you for choosing our hotel for your holiday and I hope you do so in the future again.

All the very best from President staff !

Belinda L. Božanja - Valamar Dubrovnik President general manager
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Greenock, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2012

This was our first visit to Croatia and we could not have chosen a better hotel in which to stay. On our arrival the very helpful John on the front desk set the tone, and we found all of the staff to be the same - both friendly and helpful. The standards in the hotel were excellent in every area and the service we encountered as good as the several cruise holidays we have been on. Views from the bedrooms are superb and the standard of cleanliness very high. (our one gripe in the room was the difficulty getting in and out of the bath/shower, but a small complaint)
One negative points I saw previously on Trip Advisor had been addressed - ie the influx of locals on to the private beach. This was well dealt with by the staff there who ensured that hotel guests were given priority. We are not normally beach lovers but the set up was so attractive that we found ourselves there every day. Although we usually like to eat out we opted for breakfast and dinner in the hotel - and were very glad. Food at both was first class, buffet style and all freshly cooked with an enormous choice - something to suit everyone. House Wine was excellent and very reasonably priced and dining outside on the beautiful terrace both morning and evening was lovely. Drinks and lunch at the Pool bar were also first class and we were well served by Tomislav and Blaz and all of the other staff both there and all other parts of the hotel.
We have already recommended this hotel to our family and will most definitely be back!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank jan_cannon
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Valamar_President, General Manager at Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel, responded to this review, July 21, 2012
Dear guests,

reading your review made me very happy and proud knowing both me and my staff have succeeded and are going into the right direction.
I see you had the time and checked out all our outlets from dining in the restaurant right down to the beach and it's great to know all was on a high level and that we managed to meet your expectations.
Thank you on behalf of all the staff members for visiting our hotel and for all the nice compliments and for recommending us of course.

Hope you come and visit us again sometime soon.

Until then all the very best !

Belinda L. Božanja - Valamar Dubrovnik President general manager
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Manila, Philippines
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71 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 214 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2012

We did not stay at the President Hotel but we went to its pebbled beach to see how it’s able to get the Blue Flag recognition. The reception staff was not that accommodating us. We asked her the direction on where the beach is, and she just pointed the general direction to us. Luckily, we met a guest on the way to the beach, and she told us that we should ask for a pass from the reception area in order to have access to the lift going down to the beach area. We went there in the afternoon and the wave is quite strong, so we didn’t swim at all. We just took some pictures and then go back to Lacroma Valamar where we’re checked in.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank tansally
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Valamar_President, General Manager at Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel, responded to this review, July 31, 2012
Dear guests,

Thank you for visit us, even if it was just the beach. Sorry to hear the sea was rough that day, so you didn't enjoy a swim as it is very clean and warm.

I apologise if you didn't understand the receptionists instructions to the beach very well.

Thank you for visiting Dubrovnik and Valamar Lacroma where I'm sure you enjoyed your stay very much.
Hope next time you decide to stay at the Valamar Dubrovnik President for a change.

Yours sincerely,

Belinda L. Božanja - Valamar Dubrovnik President general manager
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Herts
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13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2012

We stayed here for 4 nights and were very impressed with both the quality of the hotel and the high standards of service and cleanliness. It was placed right on the beach although, as with most Croation beaches, was not sandy.

Breakfast was excellent as was the entertainment nightly on the terrace bar, which was ideally placed to watch amazing sunsets. Free wifi was a definite plus point.

The lifts were a very novel idea and good fun, but at the same time were very slow!

The only negative comment was that the hotel was a fair distance from the old town. Although there was regular bus service from right outside the hotel, it was often crowded and slow. It was also a shame that there was no airport transportation directly from the hotel.
However, we were generally impressed and would recommend it to our friends.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Boeing747SP
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, General Manager at Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel, responded to this review, July 13, 2012
Dear guests,

I am glad you've gone back home full of impressions and positive comments about the service, cleanliness, food offer etc.
Thank you for the kind review which I am sure will help others to make up their minds easier if having doubts where to go for a holiday.
Hope you come back to Dubrovnik and Valamar Dubrovnik President in the future.

All the best.

Belinda L. Božanja - Valamar Dubrovnik President general manager
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Property: Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel
Address: Iva Dulcica 142 | Babin kuk Complex, Dubrovnik 20000, Croatia
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Location: Croatia > Dalmatia > Dubrovnik-Neretva County > Dubrovnik
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Dubrovnik
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Dubrovnik
#6 Spa Hotel in Dubrovnik
#6 Luxury Hotel in Dubrovnik
#9 Romantic Hotel in Dubrovnik
#15 Family Hotel in Dubrovnik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 294
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This exquisite hotel has undergone an extensive renovation to provide you with the ultimate Dubrovnik experience. Unique beachfront location on the tip of the green Babin Kuk peninsula, only few minutes from the enchanting Old Town of Dubrovnik, provides its guests not only with spectacular views, but also with an unparalleled feeling of unity with nature and the crystal blue sea from every corner of the hotel. Whether you're looking for a romantic retreat or a place for true indulgence, you'll love the brand new look and feel great in Valamar's first five star hotel. ... more   less 
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