This hotel was a lovely place to stay as a base to travel around the Dubrovnik area. I can't wait to go back to Croatia but would not necessarily stay at the same hotel, partially as I would like to see other parts of the country. The hotel was very accommodating to all our needs; having travelled with my other half, it was his birthday on the day we arrived. I emailed the hotel about 2 weeks before we went on holiday requesting we have a room higher up in the hotel to make the most of the views (it really is worth paying for a balcony and sea view!) and if they could provide a surprise bottle of beer or wine for him. I was emailed back the same day saying they would ensure both my requests were met. when we got into the room on the day we arrived low and behold we had a mini champagne and a top floor room. the views were wonderful and I could watch the sun set into the sea every night. the room was great and served its purpose - staying in Croatia there is so much to see and do you'd be wasting your time spending a day at the hotel! we both needed an extra pillow which arrived in the afternoon. in the room we had a safe which on one occasion wouldn't open, after we called the reception desk someone came and sorted it within 5 minutes. the bathroom and shower areas were clean and modern, there was no lock on the door but when theres two of you it should be fairly obvious where the other is! there was a tv with limited English channels but again you don't go on holiday to watch tv! the staff were friendly and spoke English certainly enough to get by and most were fluent.
the location was perfect for us; a nice quiet beachfront area, which was quiet at night. there are a handful of bars which are open late, and along the past heading round the headland there is the Hotel more with The Cave bar - I would thoroughly recommend this! there was a small shingle beach, with a nearby bar and the loungers are free. the water is crystal clear but you will need some beach shoes to get to the water.
USEFUL INFO: you seem to be able to change any currency into Kuna at the reception desk at a very good rate. You can buy bus tickets at the little shop within the hotel reception for the same price as a Tisak stand (which are located close to hotel too) - you need a ticket per trip but can buy bulk amounts of tickets if you want and one ticket is also valid for an hour so if you get to town and find you've forgotten your purse or something you can go back and get it on the same ticket. buses on Friday and Saturday nights are VERY busy. if you don't like squeezing up against perfect strangers don't bother getting the bus - get a taxi! the hire car service from hotel reception is very good.
THE NEGATIVE POINTS: having been up at 2am to get to the airport for a 6am flight we could not check in at the hotel until 2pm - we arrived at the hotel about 11am (local time). If the hotel is full those checking out can stay in the room until 12, and then these obviously need to be made new again hence the 2pm check in. however after an already long day, and the hotel knowing so many guest will be dropped off that morning it would be nice if they could change their check out time to accommodate the incoming guests - a 10am check out wouldn't be all that painful for those checking out! we both felt this day was wasted hanging around waiting to check in - we went for a wonder around, and had lunch and some drinks but would have been nice to change out of our travel clothes etc.
the food - generally the food was plentiful but very average, although breakfast was good. I had a small fried breakfast every morning which was yummy but the bacon was occasionally riddled with cysts and so did put you off a bit - you just had to be careful picking your slices! The coffee by all accounts was terrible but there was a variety of teas, fruit juices, fresh fruit etc. being buffet, the food was never quite hot when it reached your plate, but some dishes were tasty (Gnocci with chicken sauce, fish varieties...) I feel that if you are a vegetarian you would struggle to have a good meal here. we ate at the hotel 6 evenings out of 7 mainly because we paid half board and felt we did not want to pay twice to eat. the desserts, whilst very pretty were just not as good as they looked and was often disappointed.
I look forward to seeing Croatia again :-)
- 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