First of all have to laugh at previous review having just got back from a weeks stay I can ensure any visitors the Hotel Bellevue is definately NOT a nightclub and is pretty tranquil/quiet all day/evening long with the hotel bars shutting at 12!
Anyway back to my review, stayed for a week on a non balcony room. Knew upfront I wasn't getting a balcony and to be honest did not miss it much. The rooms (well at least ours) was extremely spacious and very well kept with nice amenties and regular cleaning/turn down service. Slight negative is our room faced on to to the road which is the main single carridgeway into Dubrovnik and gets quite busy and Croatia drivers like to use their horn at 6 am onwards which is muted somewhat by the walls but can still be heard however I think most rooms will not have this problem as the balcony rooms sit below groundlevel on the cliff side so as previous said a minor problem for the 4-5 rooms I counted inward facing.
As previously mentioned in other reviews the hotel is circa 15-20 min walk from the old town taxis are frequent and relatively inexpensive if required. We utilised the hotel airport transfer service both to and from the hotel and this was arranged and carried out with no trouble and for the minimal increase in price (circa 5-10 EUR on a normal taxi) was well worth it in my opinion.
Big sell point for this hotel is the beach/cove it sits in, with direct lift down to reception and a paved section for guests only this was great way to spend afternoons and left very picturesque views from both beach side and hotel lobby/room. There was only a handful of "locals" on the beach most days and none of the noise previously reported so if you want peace and quiet you can certainly achieve it here.
A huge attraction and somewhat a suprise to us having vistied other balkan countries previously is the service levels and friendliness of the staff. Truth be told we found this almost everywhere in Dubrovnik (apparently there is a Tourist university which is almost compulsory in the area for young Croats within the Dubrovnik area to attend as almost all will end up in the tourism industry) however no more evident was this in the Bellevue. The manager should be very proud of his team...particular praise to Ivan on the Spice Bar (I know the boss reads these reviews) who injected a bit of personality/humour to his work and was well appreciated by us and others.
We ate at all three restaurants and truth be told this is the one area I feel could be improved on - also noted this on the hotel questionairre so not just sniping post trip! The Beach restaurant & Spice Bar/Lounge are meant to be the more casual restaurants but both had only circa 6 things on the menu of which the dishes varied greatly from a tuna sandwich to monkfish tails in addition there seemed to be things you could get on the room service menu and the Spice bar menu but not the Beach restaurant and vice versa which seemed alittle bizarre. I noticed things are "available on request" e.g bolied eggs at breakfast although this isn't advertised and maybe could be to offer more variance and also cater to what most 4* + hotels offer in means of casual dining.
Finishing off on the food we had the tasting menu with wine paring, at Vapor which is the hotels fine dining. This was really quite dissapointing (Beef Carpaccio was part cooked not raw, soup was luke warm, sea bass & lamb were both overcooked and in the case of the lamb very small portion) as this was our first night dining out we really didn't know what to expect with food in Croatia (To put this in perspective my partner and I regularly eat out in "fine dining" establishments back home in London and are blessed with good food back home) and while I don't want to come across as pedantic, Dubrovnik has a large number of restaurants so competition is high and having eaten out elsewhere throughout the week there are better places (both in atmosphere/food/price and equal service levels) to go to (will review these seperately in the restuarant section for anyone interested). Credit where credit's due though the chocolate souffle was superb and we ordered it almost every night back at the spice bar (available there as well) skipping desert at whichever eatery we had visited...and noticed others doing the same!
To summarise I came to Dubrovnik with no real expectations and both the place and the Hotel Bellevue made for a very enjoyable week. I would happily stay again and recommend Bellevue to my prospective friends although feel somewhat tempted to try one of their sister hotels (Excelsior or Dubrovnik Palace) which are somewhat larger and maybe have more of an "atmosphere" in the evenings....my partner and I were literally the only ones in the bar area most evenings from circa 10 pm to closing....
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- 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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