We were celebrating our honeymoon and decided to take a trip to Dubrovnik. We had paid for a room with a balcony (and had hoped for an upgrade, or some sort of perk!), but we got a seaview room without balcony. It looked onto the bar, so was a bit noisy until about 11pm to midnight. We also had requested a double room but the room had twin beds pushed together...7 nights of that on our honeymoon wasn't exactly ideal! The reception said that the hotel was fully booked so we couldn't change rooms.
That aside, the room was clean and up to standard for a 4 star hotel. The hotel amenities were very good - indoor and outdoor pool, spa, live music every evening at the bar etc. We were worried that because the hotel was so big, it would seem busy and overcrowded, but it was very spacious so it didn't feel like there were too many people. There was always space by the pool, and the pool staff were very helpful and attentive.
We paid for half board which was worth it. Breakfast - loads of choice: pancakes, omelettes, croissants, cooked breakfast, fruit, cereals, yoghurts etc. Dinner - fair amount of choice too, although I found it a little 'samey' by the end of the week - salads, fish, pizza, Croatian dishes, pasta; good desserts (including ice cream!). My only gripe was that at dinner, you have to pay for drinks which were expensive (UK prices), and they didn't offer jugs of tap water so you had to pay each night even if you bought alcohol but wanted some water as well. They made freshly squeezed juices for 3 pounds but were measured so we thought was a bit tight as ended up being only half a glass! At breakfast, the juices were watered down, like squash, so that was a bit disappointing.
The staff were fantastic - really good natured, attentive and very helpful. The waiters worked hard and were very pleasant, always ready to clear up used plates etc. The restaurant manager was a little fierce, however, especially when he saw us take a piece of fruit with us from breakfast!
As other reviewers have commented, whilst Lacroma doesn't have a beach, you could use the beach at the President hotel down the road. We also wanted to play table tennis and were told we could play for free at the Club hotel (another sister hotel nearby).
In terms of transport, the location of the hotel is good in that it's away from the crowds of the Old City, but just a short bus ride (number 6) into town for only 1.5 GBP for a single trip (valid for an hour). You can take that bus close enough to the main bus station near the harbour for trips to different islands as well. We took the shuttle bus from the airport (7 GBP return) to the Old City and then changed to the number 6 bus to get to the hotel. Took about an hour in all - definitely worth it than spending money on a taxi.
All in all, a very pleasant stay but would say that off-peak would be better (May or Sept) to get away from the crowds and the intense heat!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dubrovnik's flagship business and leisure hotel Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik Hotel, the proud recipient of the prestigious 2013, 2015 and 2016 World Travel Award as "Croatia's Leading Hotel" and the 2014, 2015 and the 2016 World Travel Award as "Croatia's Leading Business Hotel", is located on the tranquil Babin Kuk peninsula, surrounded by pine tree forests and soothing white pebble beaches. Renowned for its fusion of nature and state of the art facilities, the hotel offers ultra modern rooms and suites, the largest MICE facilities in the area, memorable gastronomic experiences in its gourmet restaurant, a wine bar terrace with panoramic views of the Elaphiti Islands and an abundance of activities to let you create a perfectly balanced holiday in Croatia with an added touch of luxury. ... more less
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