Where to stay in Dubrovnik part-2 - Hotel Dubrovnik Palace.

The second hotel on our review schedule, is on the peninsula of Lapad, a mere 10-15mins from Old Town by car or bus- namely the resort of Hotel Dubrovnik Palace. Newly renovated, it's modern architecture and interior, oozes sophistication and elegance. The view from the lobby is breathtaking, with glass lining the whole back wall. With 308 rooms and suites, each with a sea view and balcony, it really is an exceptional venue for your stay in the city. Where it is slightly away from everything, it is the perfect 5* retreat for a professional couple, or business executive.

Award winning and packed with amenities, this hotel boasts x4 pools (both indoor and outdoor options), private beach (patio areas onto water), spa, tennis courts, Diving centre, and range of dining facilities.

When we arrived, as we were travelling from hotel to hotel, our check-out times from the previous hotel differed to check-in times to allow for cleaning. As such, if you are intending to tour like us- do ask if you can leave your luggage at the front desk safely. At Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, they have a store room just for this, so we felt happy to then relax by the bar, and quickly get our swim suits out of our case.

It wasn't the best day weather wise, but this was an anomaly in our week, and it was by no means cold. As you can probably note by the view of the sea below, it was a tad too rough to use the private beach patio area, although I did try, but only managed about half a minute of swimming into a rock. I then noticed the red flag on the shore and promptly returned slightly bewildered. There are lifeguards, however I am not sure if they monitor the beach. I had actually asked for directions to the sea steps, and they simply pointed and let me go on my way without mentioning it shouldn't be used. I was at the time, sporting a rather 'chic' snorkel set, so I presume it was rather obvious I was set on a swim.

We retired to the outdoor pool itself, which included a swim up bar- something Mr Biscuit always get strangely over-excited about, so we ordered some cocktails. Unfortunately compared to the wonderfully put together drinks we later tried from the lobby bar, these were a bit of a disappointment- especially with the grumpy staff- but none the less it does not detract really from the lovely pool itself, and general calm atmosphere. Indeed, we also adventured the indoor spa area, as we heard about the sauna, and we really enjoyed the great ambiance and quiet pool.

Our suite was set to be ready for 3pm, which is usual for most hotels, and it was delayed slightly so we waited in their tasteful minimalist reception. The staff were polite, yet did seem rushed and distracted, something that was consistent over our stay. None-the-less, they answered any questions we had, and we were soon given our room key.

Our executive suite was, quite simply, a delight. It was a mix of modern and retro, and had a choice of x2 bathrooms depending on whether you wished to use the walk in shower, or enjoy a relaxing bath. We loved the comfortable lounge and dining area, and the bed was just superb, like ridiculously comfortable, and it had such wonderful views of the coastline that we actually had an afternoon nap gazing out to the ocean. Unfortunately, the TV did not work (not that bothersome considering we weren't there to watch tv, but with 5* you expect everything to function), and the showers alternated between ridiculously hot and cold by themselves. The TV was fixed by a staff member who came up from reception, however we never did find out what was going on the the showers.

The views speak for themselves, so it made sense to utilise the waterside restaurant for dinner that night. The Maslina Tavern is just the first of the dining options available, but we wished for an a la carte experience overlooking the sea, especially as it happened to be Mr Biscuit's Birthday. We were well and truly spoiled by the wonderful staff team there- so much so, that we wrote all about it separately here.

Breakfast was included in our rate, and it was possibly the most abundant spread we ever did see. A full variety of continental options are available, from cereals, yogurts, fruit, and cakes. To cooked options and even an omelette station. It is self-service, but staff wander the tables to bring you fresh tea and coffee upon request.

Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, is a beautifully designed venue in a blissful location. There is a local bus stop directly outside the hotel which you can buy tickets for from the reception. A service runs every quarter of an hour during the day to get you to the Old Town promptly.

For more information, and to make reservations here is a link for your convenience.

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