We had a fabulous stay at the Hotel Bellevue, which was to celebrate our honeymoon. The hotel made us feel truly special from the second we walked through the door. We were upgraded to a suite and a bottle of bubbly was brought to our room, very nice touches.
As has been mentioned in many other reviews the location of the hotel is a key point. It is located a good 15 minutes walk outside of the old town, however this is both a plus point and a minus point depending on whether you are looking exlusively for a city stay or looking to experience the Dalmatian coastline as well as having easy access to the city. It would be hard to find a more stunning location for a hotel, right on the edge of a sheer cliff face, overlooking a beautiful bay, with fabulous turquoise waters lapping the secluded pebble beach and fantastic views along the rugged cliffs of the coast. As the old town of Dubrovnik is so beautiful it does tend to attract very large crowds of tourists, literally unloaded from heaving tour buses every few minutes. For this reason, it was very refreshing to be able to escape the madness of the old town, so I would definitely recommend a stay outside of the city walls.
The rooms are nicely furnished to a high standard, the indoor pool and spa area is a real haven and an underrated aspect of the hotel, particularly after a hard day sightseeing or on the rare rainy days. The rooftop bar and restaurant is truly stunning, fab food and yet more of those fantastic views. We ate out at most of the top restaurants in Dubrovnik during our stay and can honestly say that the hotel's Vapor restaurant was the highlight, exemplary food and service. Radoslav the waiter deserves particular praise. I did, however, feel that although the quality of the breakfast served was overall quite good, it was not an overly wide choice, particularly the hot food options. Given the relatively small number of guests at any one time they would be best advised to cook all hot food to order at quieter times of year. They do offer a bespoke breakfast options but these are not particularly well publicised and we only discovered this on our final morning.
In addition we did have a few issues whilst we were staying, recurring problems with the wi-fi in the room, misunderstandings with a day trip booked with the concierge and a few slight gripes with the level of cleaning of the room. I should say that the staff were extremely helpful at all times and more than happy to assist in resolving problems and offering apologies, in line with what I would regard as a high level of service throughout the stay.
Whilst it is commendable that the staff dealt so efficiently and helpfully with the issues that arose, I think that to truly achieve a 5 star rating, a hotel should not need to deal with the aforementioned issues or problems, everything should be perfect in the first place, for the duration of your stay.
Will you like this hotel? I think that depends on your perception of what a 5 star hotel should be. If you like a grand institution steeped in history, elegance and the 'big chain' dependable levels of service, then you should probably look at something like The Hilton Imperial. This for me looked to old and stuffy an option, and this is why I'm delighted with our stay at the Hotel Bellevue, which is stylish, contemporary and has a location and setting that absolutely takes your breath away.
For us it was perfect, we would most definitely stay at the hotel again and will be recommending it to all our friends and family.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- HOTEL BELLEVUE DUBROVNIK, one of Europe’s coolest new hotels according to the Sunday Times, is a unique hotel for discerning individual guests with an appreciation for luxury and attention to detail. The hotel is located in a spectacular 30 meter-high clifftop position overlooking the Adriatic, few minutes walking distance from the Old city of Dubrovnik. All 91 luxurious bedrooms and suites have sea views and are equipped with the latest technology. ... more less
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