Hotel located on peninsula clustered with four other Valmar group hotels. They are well spread and not overcrowded. You have the opportunity of easily walking between the hotels and using the facilities, you can try the bars and entertainment at each and all prices are the same ( enjoyed trying the various versions of mojito's. we chose to watch the sun setting from the President hotel outside bar area. You can also use the President hotel beach area and hire parasol/chairs ( they are free of charge at the Argosy pool area) all pools are 'bracing' not heated.
On arrival reception was good and service quick. On getting to our room we discovered it was next to a playground and fairly noisy . We asked to move and this was done without fuss resulting in a better sea view ground floor room (143). Room was a comfortable double, room bar, good air on, etc. bathroom in good condition, most Importantly we had excellent sleep each night.
For transport you can catch the local bus and buy tickets from hotel shop. Bus is caught from in front of President (2 minutes from argosy) runs every two minutes and is first/last stop - couldn't be easier.
You can buy the Dubrovnik card in 1'3 pr 7 day form.this includes bus travel, access to 5 museums, 2 galaries, city walls. Good value but note the following :
2 of the attractions are closed on Monday's
The cable car and museum are not included
If you walk the city walls avoid time when cruise ship is in town if you can and buy an audio tour (70 kuna) - a tip just hire one and share it - easily done and is fun!
We went on 2 organised trips - Korcula and the countryside visit. Korcula was lovely as is the entire area(truly a string of pearls in he Adriatic!) guide was ok but could have been better.pick up and drop off was well organised. Country side trip was great, I would highly recommend, wine, licquer, cheese tasting, seeing how traditional wine growing and press worked, some local dancing and crafts. Guide was very good.
Would recommend walking along the seashore path that runs from past the President, past in front of hotel Neptune . It's well lit at night , well paved and has some great bars. Right on the waters edge - good for watching the sun go down ( you can see where we spent our early evenings). I can recommend the total More sea Fron bar which is literally on the waters edge. Good cocktails too.
The Argosy has a very good breakfast which is buffet style. Good variety and quality. Minor point to note - fresh squeezed orange juice is 27 kuna per glass (large) extra - this is a 3 star and nice to have the option, the standard ' juice' is lightly flavoured water!
Dinner is plentiful buffet and was always tasty with food freshly made. One downside is that it can become very busy with coach trips etc and can be a bit frantic. It lacks any real ambience - more an atmosphere of competition and challenge :-) again it's 3 star and therefore lacks a separate option to pay more for table service. It would good to see an option to be bale to use one of the other higher star hotels at a charge but it was unclear , not advertised . The sharing of they different hotels was not promoted and perhaps is not encouraged - having said that there's nothing stopping the more adventurous simply JDI. You can opt for a packed lunch if you wish we we did and eat out in the old city twice.
Beaches - president beach is les than 5 minutes walk - access it via the hotel lift! Alternatives are cava and copacabana beaches - again all within 5 minutes. All are pebble beaches so don't expect white sandy beaches! At all the beaches you can hire boats and there are water sports.
Overall we have an excellent stay, comfortable, clean, good service, good food, great location and we used the valamar hotels and explored and used options available including using each pool!
It was a lovely stay, good value and I would highly recommend. My advice would be to be clear n your expectation of a 3 star, opt for one of the four star valamar hotels if you can't abide the buffet only dinner! Architecture of Argosy and indeed President is a little dated and minor points of maintenance/grounds maintenance but I must stress this is a strong 3 star (European standards). Thanks to all the very hard working staff especially those in the restaurant .
PS the Argosy Mojito took the award for best Mojito , ahead of President and Lacroma! All were conservative in their rum measures !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Romantic garden paradise in Dubrovnik's green oasis Set in the picturesque and peaceful Babin Kuk peninsula, the Valamar Argosy Hotel welcomes you as a newly refurbished and upgraded 4* hotel. Its stunning landscaped gardens, stylish rooms, infinity pool and wellbeing area, all set the scene for an ideal relaxing and romantic getaway. With the old town of Dubrovnik just 15 minutes away and a selection of beaches at your fingertips, you can mix and match the activities you love to create your own unforgettable Croatian holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Argosy Hotel Dubrovnik
- Argosy Dubrovnik
- Hotel Argosy Dubrovnik