This is the second year running we have stayed at this hotel and have again had a very enjoyable stay here.
The hotel is an eight storey building overlooking the sea, located at Babin Kuk about a 20 minute journey from the centre of Dubrovnik.
On arrival we were quickly dealt with by Reception, all the staff speak good English. On entering the room all the surfaces were clean as was bathroom, we had same cleaner as last year so knew she did a good job.
Bedroom: consisted of twin beds( extra pillows in wardrobe), TV, kettle, safe( free to use), and small balcony with sea view.
Bathroom: reasonable size with shower( no bath), hair dryer.
Breakfast served between 6.30 and 10.30 in large Mediterraneo restaurant, down steps by swimming pool( this is surprisingly small with correspondingly small number of sun loungers). Plenty of choice of food which is of a decent quality,self-service and sit where you like either inside or out. The restaurant is located right above the sea so outside tables offer fabulous views out to sea and along coast. New this year a chef is on hand to cook omelettes, fried or poached eggs whilst you wait.
Tip1: for the second year running no mention was made by Reception that a swipe card they give needs to be taken with you for entry into restaurant.
Getting about: too far to walk into Dubrovnik but excellent bus service operates. Bus stop is 5 minutes walk from main entrance, service number 6 runs every 10 minutes from early morning until very late at night seven days a week. It takes about 20 minutes to get to Dubrovnik, stop is at Pile Gate just outside city walls. Tickets can be obtained in advance at Reception and each journey costs 12 kuna( 15 kuna if you pay on bus).
Tip 2: if you intend using the bus a lot check out the Dubrovnik Card, actually two cards for either 1,3 or 7 days. One ticket offers specified number of journeys on bus whilst other gains free entry to City Walls, some museums and discount at certain restaurants. It can save you money and can also be obtained at Reception.
Behind bus stop is a small park, walk across this and you find a small shopping mall with mini-market, bar/restaurants, shops and 2 x ATMs.
When entering breakfast restaurant you cross footpath, if you follow this it runs alongside shoreline to Lapad where you will find more bars, restaurants and a ice cream / pastry cafe.
Dubrovnik is a lovely vibrant city and, depending on your point of view, the hotel may be too detached from the city centre, however we did not mind travelling in and out. Babin Kuk offers a more relaxed atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Tip 3: Dubrovnik is very popular as a port of call for cruise ships which means the city streets, city walls and cable-car can be very congested when the large ships are in port. Google "Dubrovnik cruise ship schedule" or go Croatia Traveller website to see when ships are visiting and so avoid worst of the crowds.
All the staff at the hotel are pleasant, never walked passed one without them smiling and saying hello. Check-out is at 11am.
Tip 4: we had a 6 hour wait from check-out to airport pick-up time. Ask at Reception about using free facilities of fitness centre where there are cubicles for getting showered or changed. Much better than getting changed in toilets!
Couple of points prevented me from rating this hotel as excellent. No case rack in room so previous guests seem to have kept cases in different parts of room resulting in quite a lot of scuff marks on lower parts of bedroom walls. Needs a lick of paint. Also air conditioning was a bit noisy.
Sorry for long review but hope it is helpful to you. After two visits we would definitely recommend this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Secluded seaside hotel surrounded by nature with panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea and nearby islands. Only a short ride to the majestic Old Town of Dubrovnik. All restaurants and beach bar have open air terraces only a few meters from the coast line. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dubrovnik Neptun Hotel
- Hotel Neptun Dubrovnik