Expecting another 'so-so' package holiday, we were immediately taken by the view from the balcony as we were shown to our room. Lapad bay is a small inlet just around the corner from Dubrovnik Old Town and is reminiscent of the Italian Venetian and Adriatic coasts.
The hotel Splendid sports a modest three stars which it surpasses with an assault on any preconceptions you arrived with. The staff are friendly without being imposing, the accommodation is clean and tidy with breathtaking views, the food is varied and delicious - well ahead of the 'Costa Norm'.
Sporting a small sandy beach and two rocky water frontages, a peaceful day can be spent wondering just how Croatia has stayed off the beaten track for so long!
We travelled in early June while the schools were still working so had the best of the weather and a peaceful stay. It's true to say though that Lapad is not designed for the youngest travellers with a lack of adventurous activities or night clubs but for those of us of a slightly more sedate disposition but not yet ready for a knitting holiday, it boasts a perfect balance of bars, evening promenades, lovely restaurants and live music which wafts across the bay towards the hotel.
Needing to always highlight a downside - the pricing policy of the hotel bars and lunchtime snacks desperately needs reviewing with a small beer costing as much as four times that charged in local bars! That said, their was no objection to us bringing-in from the local supermarket for our 'private evening quaffing'.
All-in-all a brilliant find and one we would have no hesitation recommending.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in a picturesque Mediterranean garden leading down to a private beach, the Splendid hotel is a perfect getaway for couples who want to take a break from everyday life and spend some romantic time together. It is situated in beautiful Lapad Bay. A bus leaves every 15 minutes for Dubrovnik's historical quarter. The Lapad Bay promenade with many shops, restaurants and cafe bars as well as large shopping mall are within walking distance from the hotel. The bright and airy double rooms with pleasantly decorated interiors and air-conditioning open onto balconies boasting stunning sea views. Single rooms are with balcony and park view. Enjoy traditional Dalmatian cuisine in the indoor and outdoor restaurant and have a refreshing cocktail on the romantic terrace overlooking the Lapad Bay. The complimentary breakfast as well as dinner are served in buffet style. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Splendid Hotel Dubrovnik
- Hotel Splendid Dubrovnik