....which should tell you what you need to know, but there are a few points that need to be made / understood about this superb hotel. Firstly, it's one of 3 that make up the Importanne resort - basically 3 hotels joined together, the Royal Princess being the newest and the most luxurious of the 3. Whilst it has it's own reception you still have to check in at the main original hotel a couple of hundred yards down the road. Also, facilities are shared to a degree which until recently (since we came in May at any rate) extended to all restaurants and leisure options. The RP now has its own restaurant which RP residents use for breakfast - a nice airy room with a beautiful,decked area outside. This however does not extend to evening meal service for half / full board customers as the new restaurant becomes an a la carte "stand alone" restaurant open to passers by. Those staying at the RP need to take dinner at the communal Mediterranean restaurant a short walk away OR they can choose to forgo and pay for a la carte. Not a big problem as such - the Mediterranean is closer to the seafront and has superb views from its outside area BUT the food is only average. This is the only area I could criticise the overall package and I would suggest that they offer RP residents the option to "trade up" to a la carte - say 100k a head allowance perhaps?
Accommodation in the RP is staggeringly good and its USP - suites comprises 2 big airy rooms lounge and bedroom, huge bathroom ensuite plus separate additional loo and shower, massive plasma screens in both rooms plus a kitchenette area with minibar in a full size fridge, sink, microwave, kettle and safe. Quiet, private and from most sea-side rooms, views to die for - truly awesome. To sit either on the outside balcony off the lounge or on a chair (or in bed!) in the bedroom is breathtaking, the latter view having almost an infinity effect where you could imagine that there is nothing outside except the sea gently lapping the rocks below.
Location on the Lapad peninsula is picturesque, verdant, quiet and on an excellent bus route that can get you to either the Gruz Harbour area or the Old Town in a matter of minutes - Dubrovnik card passes can be bought from the hotel or online and are excellent value and avoid messing with change on the bus which irritates the already grumpy drivers!!
So, overall verdict is a worthy five stars despite its idiosyncracies BUT the RP is probably more for couples than families as facilities and activities for the latter are limited (which suits us just fine having done the kids club thing with our bundles of joy several years ago!!).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Royal Princess Hotel 5*, with its 54 deluxe high-end accommodations, offers the utmost in luxury. Each suite feels like a private sanctuary equipped with lavish furniture, balcony, living room, kitchenette and boasts breathtaking sea view or relaxing garden view. The hotel is situated steps away from the Adriatic Sea, only 4 km from the Old Town of Dubrovnik. ... more less
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