We have just returned from a stay at this hotel, situated a few miles away from the Old Town. The main question everyone is asking is 'is it worth the five star rating'. The answer is yes and no. Facility wise, yes. There are two great spa pools an indoor pool, outdoor pool, sauna, steam room, gym and several restaurants. However, the standard room we stayed in was akin to that of any standard three star hotel, save for a delightful view overlooking the sea.
We dined twice in the hotel buffet at night, as bad weather meant we could not venture out to the Old Town. There was a reasonable choice, but food verged on the tepid. The waiting staff also had a habit of taking your plate away, if you leaned back in your chair for a second, without asking if you had finished. This was either super efficiency or slightly officious like, I could not quite decide. There was also an air of oppression in the dining room, nobody seemed to be speaking and the only traces of sound were the occasional whisper and a clink of cutlery.
The staff were all polite enough, but did not really speak or seem overly animated. Guests followed suit and tended to tip toe around. Most guests were around sixty to seventy in age and wore beige. Most guests ate breakfast early and must have been in bed at nine, because there was never anyone around past that time.
The hotel was clean and comfortable, plenty of room to move about and the lifts helped us get from floor to floor speedily. The Sunset Lounge is all very sleek, if not a little sterile in feel. We enjoyed listening to the pianist play for half an hour, then he vanished into the toilets for half an hour. I think the fact he was playing to just three people might have upset him.
Prices are verging on the ridiculous. We looked at one restaurant menu where a fish dish, comprising several seafood items was one hundred pounds. Even in the gift shop at the hotel, a hand-drawn picture postcard was priced at nearly forty pounds!
I think we would probably go back to the hotel, but whether it warrants the price tag remains questionable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on the beautiful peninsula of Lapad, the hotel's dramatic cliffside location, below the aromatic, pine-covered Petka woods, affords spectacular views in every direction.Fully renovated in 2014, each of the 308 contemporary rooms and suites all have private balconies and beautiful sea views. Great food and excellent service prevail. During your stay, you will be tempted to try out everything that is on offer: four swimming pools, one of which is indoors, a private beach, tennis courts, fabulous snorkeling and a PADI diving centre, as well as a leafy jogging path and walking routes through the woods behind the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dubrovnik Palace Hotel