My husband, son, and I just returned from a 7 day, 6 night trip to Dubrovnik where we stayed at the Grand Park Hotel. Overall, we had a fantastic time at the Grand Park Hotel. We travel often around Europe and I thought that the Grand Park Hotel was a good value for the price we paid for a 7 day holiday with breakfast included.
Our room was not in the main hotel---but in the surrounding villas. These rooms were very nice, new, and quite large. Our room had a double bed and a twin bed, which was perfect for ourselves and teenage son. We did not have any issues with cleanliness and felt the staff did a good job of cleaning the room each day. Everything in the room worked properly. We did have an issue with our safe: the safe did not open and a service man had to come out to open/repair the safe. Honestly, it was not much of an issue because I knew that safe had to be opened sooner or later! My advice is to reset the safe each day and you shouldn't have any issues. And if you do, don't panic, you'll be fine.
Staying in the villas is quite nice, but I will caution that they are located close to the evening's entertainment at the terrace restaurant. Our room was directly above the stage and so we went to bed to the sounds of Elvis each night. It didn't bother us at all, but I could see how the noise could bother some people who are more "sensitive" so you might want to request a room away from noise if that might be a problem for you.
The pools are both salt water---which I actually enjoyed! Salt water is great for your skin. My son's acne actually completely cleared up after a week in the pool and a cut on my arm healed quickly. It is also easier to swim in salt water because you are more buoyant and so if you're lazy (like me)---you can just float around easily. Bring goggles and be careful not to swallow water because the salt can really sting! We never had a problem with getting a chair or chairs falling down like some of the other reviewers. But my son did say he saw several people fall down on their chairs. My advice: make sure that you chair is set up properly before you lie down and do not wiggle around too much.
And now the food. Ok --- this hotel is not going to win a Michelin star or anything, but its decent and there are a lot of options. If you don't like the hot food, you can have fruit, yogurt, cold cuts, or toast. My husband has some food allergies and the hotel staff went out of their way to put together some special options for him and special plates for him. I was very surprised by that---not all hotels do that. The hotel gets 5 stars just for that. My advice---if you want something, ask for it.
There were a few 'bad eggs' at the hotel---i.e. rude employees. Namely, a chubby lady at the pool bar and an aloof young man in the towel room. But there were also some very nice and helpful staff---such as the guys at the front desk, the information girl, the restaurant staff, and the thin lady at the pool bar. So, I can't ding the hotel for rude staff...because there were also some 'good eggs' and they deserve credit. Thank you nice people!
Finally, the hotel has a great location right near Lapad beach, tons of restaurants, a bus stop into Old Town (15 minutes, 12 kuna each way), and a supermarket. Don't go to the restaurant near Tommy though---its gross and they served me cold spaghetti. The ice cream shop on the long strip (with a cone outside) is awesome!
For tours: We did the 3 island cruise with a company called Adriatic (just outside the hotel on the walkway strip). My advice---ask for a discount. We did and we got the 3 island tour for half the price that they offered from the hotel. The tour was great! (P.S. the fish option on the tour is basically a piece of grilled fish whole with the head and all. It's delicious, but if you're not used to that---ask for the meat (its just grilled chicken and its safe).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grand Hotel Park is located in the heart of Dubrovnik's Lapad Peninsula and only 100 meters away from the beautiful beach.It has a large outdoor pool and a brand new and modern spa area with indoor pool.Consisting of the main hotel building and 2 historical villas, it offers air-conditioned rooms with shower/bath, minibar, flat-screen TVs, free of charge safe and free of charge Wi Fi.Free WI-Fi is as well available in all public areas.Hotel offers a small complimentary and multilingual library for all guests.Small children corner is located within the hotel and features a flat-screen TV, CD player, books, toys and collection of cartoons.Croatian and international cuisine can be enjoyed at Grand Hotel Park’s main restaurant or in the picturesque à la carte Tavern Maria" s Castle. Bars/Snack Bars are located within hotel, by the outdoor pool,and at the beach ( as a part of beach restaurant "Plaža") , where parties take place regularly.Live music can be enjoyed 3-5 times a week.Tennis courts and a seashore promenade with restaurants , coffee shops, shopping center and magnificent views towards Elaphite Islands are only a few steps away from the Grand Hotel Park.Dubrovnik's Old town is less than 3 km away and can easily be reached in 5 minutes by frequent buses, since bus station is just 2 minutes away from the hotel.Parking is always available and is free of charge at Grand Hotel Park. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Dubrovnik