Firstly the good things;- the bedrooms and bathrooms are well fitted out, the staff are efficient and friendly, very helpful. It is not a hotel catering for children so was nice and quiet by pool and in garden.
It was good value.
It was spotlessly clean.
The not so good - standard rooms are small, not much room at base of bed between furniture and small hanging wardrobe space.
Breakfast and dinner are served as a buffet and food is not warm enough.
Dining room lacks character and only one side of the building has a view - of the pool.
There are only a few tables for two at the edge of the restaurant others are grouped in fours.
The swimming pool is very cold and the towels very small.
It is the other side of the hill from Lapad main resort but is quiet.
Overall we liked the hotel, we reluctantly went with a package tour operator as we booked only a couple of weeks before departure and the hotel own site said they had no availability - they do seem to cater mostly for package holiday makers (as do most hotels in the area) hence the buffet dinner which we don't care for. We were however once there, able to upgrade to a suite from the standard room with balcony. Neither had much of a view but that didn't worry us, unless you like staring at cruise ships that look more like apartment blocks I wouldn't bother about a room with a view. The suite (205) was very comfortable having a sitting room in addition to the bedroom, a spacious bathroom two wardrobes (take extra clothes hangers if you want to hang several things) and an extra WC and washbasin.
It also had a terrace with two chairs (balconies are only big enough for one chair). The only thing we missed was tea making facilities for early morning. It had a view of a small garden area and you could see the sea between buildings. It was a quiet and convenient location not too far from reception.
A lot has been said about the lifts and stairs, we never went right to the back of the hotel so can only comment on what we found. From reception you can either take the lift to the 1st floor or walk up the wide elegant staircase. Once there you walk on a short light and airy corridor which links the buildings and then take a lift to where you want to be (or in our case we used the stairs as we only had one floor to go).The lifts are modern and efficient and we never had a problem.
There is a terraced garden area through an arch from the pool where there are also loungers and give more shade if you need it (it was too hot some of the time we were there in early October). I think meals are also served here in the summer months (a la carte). There was no a la carte option when we were there apart from the bar terrace by the pool which was very good for lunchtime food. Having tried the buffet the first two nights we then went out to local restaurants. Orcan at the yacht club just a short distance from the hotel was lovely (turn left out of the hotel follow the road keeping to the right and it is through a door in the wall on the right.) Tables are arranged right by the water with boats moored, candles on the table and excellent fish dishes. We also tried the pizza restaurant next door to the hotel who serve a lot more than pizza on the roof terrace and is good value. Lapad itself - (left out of hotel left again up the hill cross at roundabout and down the pedestrianised walk) has lots of restaurants and hotels we didn't find anything special there though.
We understand the hotel plans to build an indoor pool, conference facilities etc on adjacent land so that they can stay open through the winter months.
I would go again but only on a b & b basis in a larger room/suite, and independantly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Lapad is situated in an elegant building by the waterfront on Lapad peninsula, just 10 minutes from the nearest beach with views of Gruz port across. It is surrounded by the renaissance garden where gala dinners and wedding receptions take place and has heated outdoor pool. It consists of 163 rooms, spacious superior rooms in the old traditional building and comfortable classic rooms in the 1980's block. With the beautiful setting overlooking the harbour, warm welcome of its helpful staff and outstanding service Hotel Lapad ensures you a wonderful and memorable holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lapad Hotel Dubrovnik
- Lapad Dubrovnik
- Hotel Lapad Dubrovnik