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“Nice hotel, but might be boring for kids”

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Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel
Ranked #9 of 68 Hotels in Dubrovnik
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 4, 2013

We recently booked a couple of rooms in this hotel for our week in Dubrovnik. It’s a decent hotel with its biggest selling point being the great view of the Adriatic Sea and nearby islands you get from every room. The rooms are the size of a normal hotel room but they also have balconies to sit and drink some wine while watching the sunset. The décor was physically new but some things, such as the carpeting, seemed stuck in the 70s. We only had dinner at the hotel twice but the food was fine given the price of the hotel and the meal itself.

The beach was a typical Mediterranean pebble beach. I don’t really like these kinds of beaches but I don’t think there are many alternatives in Croatia unless you find a place where someone has dumped truckloads of sand onto the original beach. Anyway, we had a great time after we started wearing water shoes and sandals while swimming.

I think the biggest negative of the hotel is that it doesn’t have a proper swimming pool. This is very important for families with kids or for anyone when the sea water is too cold for enjoyable swimming. The hotel does have an indoor pool only accessible through the ‘wellness center’ but some of the hotel staff suck the fun out of the experience once you get there. We were using the pool one day, for example, and had our children as well as others’ reprimanded by an older staff member because they were jumping, not diving, but just jumping in from the side. You also can’t bring drinks or do the normal things you do when trying to relax poolside.

If you like diving, they have a dive shop conveniently located at the beach. The cost was only about 330 kuna or about $60 per dive. No reservations were required with a license. You just show up and go.

The fitness center had four treadmills or elliptical machines but only one weight machine so it was fine for people who like cardio stuff but not so great for weight training.

Overall, it’s a nice place but I think it’s probably better suited for retired people and couples but not for families with kids. My kids had fun times at the hotel but also got bored if we spent too much time there. I also think the price was a little high for what you get. We've stayed at a few places around the Adriatic/Aegean and have paid less for the same view and quality of hotel.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Valamar_President, General Manager at Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 17, 2013

Dear guests,

thank you for writing this review and giving me the chance to answer a few details.
You are right about the beach and the fact that the Croatian coast is mainly rocks and pebbles and just a few natural sandy beaches.
But this is easily solved with rubber shoes, so people can enjoy the crystal clear sea with no problem.
I am sorry your children were asked not to jump in the pool but these are the pool rules made for all the guests to feel relaxed and comfortable. Jumping in the pool is not allowed for safety reasons and because most of the guests complain on this if they are in the pool at the same time.
The fitness is a cardio fitness and is not ideal for weight lifters but this will be changed next season as we are getting a larger fitness room which will allow us to add more equipment.
I do understand that kids can get bored sometimes as we don't have kids programs, but for families we have Valamar club Dubrovnik with daily and evening animation as well as a mini club for children.
Maybe you can try it out next time, the kids would love it.

Once again, thank you for visiting us and hope you do sometime in the future again.

Yours sincerely,

Belinda L. Božanja - Valamar Dubrovnik President general manager

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Reviewed August 3, 2013

We spent a week in a superior room. The hotel is in the Babin Kuk area built into the cliff. We had da rental car and the car park is next to the hotel, aided by young lads sat at a table hidden in the tress. Ask them for your own spot and you get a metal get to save your spot. People park tightly! The room was fine, superior with balcony and separate raised seated are with tv and DVD , bed and bathroom. The shower is in the bath and its quite a step in and slippy getting out! Air con was good
Breakfast was Buffett style- pay extra for fresh juices rather than the reconstituted juices which change strength daily. There are hot options cooked to order. The hotel organised a trip to the Elaphiti islands for us onvieniently from the towel pier which was excellent
Two small niggles: the lifts, there are two and they are more like cliff trains sliding up the hotel. Often one wouldn't be working or they were slow. Our room was quite a walk from the lift! Secondly, you old only get ice from the bar. Why don't they have ice machines on each floor?
But the staff were friendly. Catch the 6 bus to the old town , parking in Dubrovnik is a nightmare. Eat in the new port- Ottos and Almafi. Mostar in Zaton Velitti is good aswell

Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Valamar_President, General Manager at Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 17, 2013

Dear guests,

thank you for being our guests and for leaving your review on Trip advisor.
It's good to hear you were satisfied with your stay and service apart from a few technical details which will be solved through the planned investment this winter.
Hope you visit us next season and see for yourself.

Yours sincerely,

Belinda L. Božanja - Valamar Dubrovnik President general manager

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Reviewed August 2, 2013

We haven't stayed at the hotel but had a MAGNIFICENT dinner on the outdoor restaurant patio watching the sunset. What a treat! We had the white seafood risotto and rigatoni with vegetables for the kids. Amazing. Of course the white house wine - you can't get enough of that. The atmosphere was incredible, our waiter seemed slightly tipsy but we didn't care. We still got a great service. Coming back for more tonight!

Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Valamar_President, General Manager at Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 17, 2013

Dear guests,

what a shame you didn't stay in our hotel but I am glad you had dinner on the terrace.
It's great to hear it was magnificent and you enjoyed the food and wine as well as the sunset.
Thank you for sharing this experience with all Trip advisor readers and hope you get the chance to stay with us next time.

Best regards from Dubrovnik.

Belinda L. Božanja - Valamar Dubrovnik President

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Reviewed July 31, 2013

I stayed in this hotel in June 2013. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The room was big, clean and had this great balcony with wonderful views of the beach. The breakfast was great and it had a great selection of food. The hotel is located not far from Dubrovnik Old Town and the buses run every 10 mins and it is a very efficient way to the town. The beach has very clean water even that's a bit steap and it gets deep right away. The fish dinner by the sea was excellent together with the live traditional quartet. The elevators were a great idea, but a bit slow since they were only two lifts for the whole hotel. The dinner area had also an excellent view of the Adriatik. I would gladly go back to this hotel once in Croatia.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Valamar_President, General Manager at Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 3, 2013

Dear guests,

thank you for sharing your opinions with us and for giving us the highest scores.
I am glad you liked your room, the food, the beach and of course the unique fisherman's dinner on the beach. It is a great location and would be a shame not to use it in the evening for special occasions.
If ever in Dubrovnik again, please be our guest and enjoy everything the hotel has to offer.

Take care and all the best.

Belinda L. Božanja - Valamar Dubrovnik President general manager

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Reviewed July 31, 2013

I apoligise for the delay in writing this review, however better late that never. Our week in Sept 2012 spent at the Valamar Dubrovnik Prseident Hotel in Croatia was a week of spectacluar service, cleanliness and exceptional value for money. The hotel is situated on its own beach overlooking the neighbouring islands and the approaches to Dubrovnik harbour. It is yet far enough away to avoid the noise form the Old Town but that in itself is still worth the visit(s). The hotel offers all you would expect from a 4 star hotel and, while full, still offers ample space for relaxing. The food is superb, the rooms excellent, cleanliness superb and the climate wonderful. The staff go out of thier way to ensure you receive excellent service and enjoy the experience and obvously take great pride in their work and service.. As a first time visitor to Croatia, I expressed a favourable complimentary comment, regarding all we had experienced including hotel and country, to the bar waitress who, without our knowledge immediately relayed it to the hotel manager. We were then rewarded uneccessarily, with a free desert on our lunch., which was a nice gesture. We were there last year and since then of course Croatia has since recently joined the EEC so that may have an impact on prices etc. Best buy is the local pear brandy called Kruskovac. First class hotel, proud and friendly people, well worth a visit

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Valamar_President, General Manager at Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2013

Dear guests,

thank you so much for writing and still remembering us and of course it is never to late to stay in touch.
I am so glad we managed to fulfil all your expectations, so the best reward for us is the fact you went home so happy and full of great memories.
The staff does go over the top to try and give all the guests the best service possible and me being among guests and employees all the time gives me the opportunity to get a lot of feedback and therefore try to react to them immediatelly.
I am glad you enjoyed the dessert for lunch and hope to see you here again for some more.

Until then all the very best from Dubrovnik.

Kind regards from all the staff members,

Belinda L. Božanja - Valamar Dubrovnik President general manager

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Reviewed July 31, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the valamar president this past September. I have nothing but good things to say about our experience. At the time of travel my son was ten months old and the staff was very friendly and helpful during our stay when we arrived the crib was already set up in our room and care had been taken during the set up. the room was beautiful and the view from our room was exceptional. I would stay at this hotel again or at any of the valamar hotels without question.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Valamar_President, General Manager at Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 3, 2013

Dear guests,

quite some time has passed since your visit in September, but it's great to know you haven't forgotten the lovely service, food and staff friendliness you experience in our hotel.
I hope your little son is great and growing fast.
Once again, thank you for recommending President hotel as well as the entire Valamar group.
It's been a pleasure having you here and I hope we'll be hosting you again soon enough.

Kind regards to you and your little family.

Belinda L. Božanja - Valamar Dubrovnik President general manager

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Reviewed July 31, 2013

My wife and 3 of our kids stayed at the Valamar Dubrovnik last week and had a wonderful time. John at the front desk was very helpful and we felt warmly welcomed. The breakfast was great, the views and the beach are beautiful. When we left and realized we had left an item in the room, John was kind enough to have it sent to us back in the States. I would love to return to this hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Valamar_President, General Manager at Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 3, 2013

Dear guests,

great to read your review and we're all so happy you left to the States with only good memories.
I hope you got the item left behind sent by post.
Hope you get the chance to come to Croatia again and stay at the President of course.
It will be an honour to have you with us and make your next stay even better.

Kind regards,

Belinda L. Božanja - Valamar Dubrovnik President general manager

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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
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Dubrovnik
#8 Spa Hotel in Dubrovnik
#9 Luxury Hotel in Dubrovnik
#9 Romantic Hotel in Dubrovnik
#15 Family Hotel in Dubrovnik
Price Range: $158 - $442 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 292
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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