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Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel
Ranked #8 of 68 Hotels in Dubrovnik
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New Delhi, India
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174 reviews
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“AWESOME IS THE WORD”
Reviewed July 10, 2014

This hotel has everything a luxury traveller is looking for. Very well appointed rooms , stunning views of the sea, helpful staff and out of the world buffet breakfast. While some of the other hotels in vicinity claim to be five star - we checked out all - this one really is five star in every which way.

Room Tip: Higher floors with clear sea view.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 10, 2014

My wife and I have just returned after a one week stay at the Valamar Dubrovnik President between 1st and 8th July 2014. We had a wonderful suite on the fourth floor, like an apartment and it was probably the best hotel room ever, Outside there was a well shaded sitting area and terrace with a hot tub installed on a raised decking, with two comfortable chairs in addition to two sun loungers, all with smart cushions. The view out to sea was outstanding. Bed linen was changed every couple of days and room service was daily. Restaurant, restaurant service and choice of food were excellent. This hotel had the official reopening towards the end of June, after a reputed £16M refurbishment and new-build and the quality is excellent and becomes evident immediately upon entering the air-conditioned Reception area, which although ground floor is actually 7th floor as the hotel is built on a slope, down towards the excellent private beach. Restaurants and bars are on the sixth floor and indoor and outdoor pools and accompanying bar are on fifth floor, as are hairdressing, manicure, massage, gym and Wellness rooms. There are some small shops near Reception, one selling bus tickets for Dubrovnik at 12 Kuna each whereas the charge on the bus is 15 Kuna. Dubrovnik Old Town at night is a must as are boat trips to the nearby island of Lokrum and village of Cavtat.The all-Croatian staff at this hotel really are a delight and we wish them all well in what is a new venture for Valamar. Whilst the hotel has a high staffing level and we would like to thank them all for making our holiday so enjoyable, in particular we would single-out Mili Vuckovic - Assistant General Manager, Dragan - the tall, good-looking young man in Reception, Romero who oversaw the running of the restaurant Indoor and terrace - it was evident what a good job he did as you never once had to wait for anything especially having your coffee cup topped up Kate - our lovely waitress who gave excellent service both at breakfast and dinner, Romano - chef whose sea bass was superb, Marje - another attentive waitress and last but not least, the ever-smiling and bubbly Elizabet who was often first to greet us on arrival at the restaurant. In fact we should like to have been able to mention everyone by name but there were so many.
You certainly would not be disappointed by spending a holiday at the President.
Rob and Ann McCaig

Room Tip: North side all have good views.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Durham, North Carolina
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Reviewed July 8, 2014

Our favorite hotel to date! We stayed on the 2nd floor in a standard double room. There is nothing "standard" about this room. Terrific view from private balcony, super comfy bed and lovely bathroom. Beach was beautiful with great views and nice sun beds and umbrellas. Food on hotel grounds was excellent, and staff was really friendly, especially Elisabeth in the main dinning room. We will be back for sure!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 8, 2014

My husband and I stayed at the Valamar President for 4 nights from 3 July 2014. We stayed on the first floor in a standard double sea view room with a stunning view out over the ocean and islands in front of the hotel. Our room also had its own private balcony with two sunbeds and a table and chairs (plus cushions for them stored in the room) which was a nice surprise and proved to be a fantastic sun trap from about 11.30am onwards. The room was very clean and well-equipped and the beds incredibly comfortable.

The staff are very friendly and attentive and there are a variety of restaurants and bars from which you can enjoy the stunning views (which are worth a trip to the hotel in themselves!) We also had lunch in the pool bar on our first day which was very good and a great buffet breakfast is also included in the room rate.

The hotel is in the New Town of Dubrovnik and is about a 15 minute drive into the Old Town. Taxis can be booked very easily and quickly and cost around £10. There is also a public bus (number 6) that shuttles back and forth to the Old Town until 1am and takes about 25 minutes (costing £2 ish each way).

The hotel is very big and was fully booked when we stayed which meant that it was a bit of a scramble to get a sunbed on the beach in particular (every single bed was taken or "reserved" from 11am onwards for the duration of our stay). However, there is also plenty of room by the pool (which is gorgeous) and enough sunbeds up there which suited us fine - and we did stay during peak season after all.

If you are looking for an intimate hotel with a 'boutique' feel to it then the Valamar President isn't for you. However, in all other respects it is a great place and I would definitely recommend it as a great base from which to relax and also explore the magical town of Dubrovnik.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Berlin, Connecticut
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Reviewed July 8, 2014

All in all it is one of the best hotels you can find around Dubrovnik, with great service and top location.The food was excellent in both the buffet restaurant, and the staff were all really friendly.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 7, 2014

We stayed at the Valamar Dubrovnik President between June 4 and June 11 this year and after a very recent refurbishment, the hotel is stunning. There are little touches which made the place seem extra special like a cold towel and non-alcoholic cocktail presented to us as we were checking in, really nice after an early morning flight and got the holiday off to a great start. Although we arrived at 10.45am (with a scheduled Cosmos flight), our room was already prepared for us and we didn’t have to wait around for the normal check-in time.

Our room, on the second floor, overlooked the beach and had an amazing view, especially of the sunsets. All the rooms overlook the sea so whatever room you're in you'll get a nice view. The balcony was big enough for two chairs and two loungers meaning we could sunbathe in comfort. Although the hotel was pretty full there was ample space to sit down on the beach on loungers, on one of the four poster bed loungers or cocoons.

The room was big with a proper seating area with a comfy sofa. The bed was very comfortable, one of the best hotel beds we’ve ever slept in. While the rooms retain some of the pre-refurbishment furniture, the rooms are still stylishly decorated. The one slight annoyance was glasses we’d used we never cleaned or replaced in the week we stayed there.

Most of the staff are so friendly, particularly the lovely Elizabet who greeted us on the door of the restaurant every night of our stay like old friends, we even felt sad saying goodbye to her. Also Ana, who did a lot of the cooking, and waitress Marija, who was always happy to help. The man who squeezed the orange juice (we could never quite get his name Marko we think), although his English was not very good, he always smiled and made our breakfast time.

The food, breakfast and dinner as we were half board, was always fresh and very tasty but our one complaint was the service during meal times. After being greeted by lovely Elizabet on the door, we then entered the restaurant. We would hover by the door expecting to be seated at a suitable table but no-one would come so we would find a two table ourselves. The food is a buffet service where you help yourself or have the food cooked for you at a counter, however you have to be wait to be served drinks. Some nights we waited more than 20 minutes without being able to get catch anyone’s attention to get drinks and then it would take ages for them to bring it to us. It became obvious that certain people had specific roles for a night, but it would become a nightly frustration wondering where to sit and how to get a drink. There also random men walking about it suits, who looked like they should be managing the staff and keeping an eye on the guests, however really didn’t seem to do anything. It was obvious we weren’t the only people having this problem but for us it became a bit of light hearted joke, but to you could really see it getting to some people. It would really be helpful to have drinks menu on the table so one, as a sign of who was waiting and who had ordered a drink, and two, so you know what’s available and how much it would cost.

Also tables were either cleaned very quickly while one of us was still eating or we would be left with all our plates for our starters, mains and puddings. At breakfast time, tables were often missing cutlery or crockery and hadn’t been remade up after others had eaten and left, meaning that we either had to collect stuff from other tables or do without.

The food really is fantastic but the service, especially for drinks, was very frustrating and really does need straightening out before this hotel can be classed as a 5* star. I would still recommend it to anyone who was thinking of a holiday to beautiful Dubrovnik.

Room Tip: We stayed on the second floor so had no balconies under us to obstruct our view of the sea. Any room...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Prague, Czech Republic
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Reviewed July 5, 2014

Croatia, the country of contrasts. Unique nature and horrible service. Rocky coastline is not for everyone. But it seems that as od 2014 the approach towards tourists seems changing. We have seen just forthcoming people in restaurants and especially at this recently upgraded hotel.
Plus it is one of the few hotels around Dubrovnik with pebble beach. And the sunsets ... all the hotel rooms face towards west. We will miss late afternoons on the terrace.
The breakfasts are opulent in mediterranean standards, and you can find even nice brown breads (normally gummy white bread is standard here even in top locations).
Yes, there were few downsides as well - the beach restaurant service and meals need to work it out. Why they offer sterile meals in country of great cuisine? Follow example of Tajmahal or Konoba Dubrava and don`t be shy of great local meals.
The second negative is that in the afternoons many locals occupy hotel beach beds even the premium ones for which you have to pay up to 90 USD a day. Unbelievable and no one cares.
All in all it is one of the best hotels you can find around Dubrovnik, with great service and top location.

Room Tip: The higher you are the better (avoid noise from beach and restaurants). Best rooms (and most expensi...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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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
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Dubrovnik
#7 Spa Hotel in Dubrovnik
#8 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: 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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