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Grand Hotel Park
Ranked #30 of 68 Hotels in Dubrovnik
Reviewed 31 December 2009

The reception staff were fantastic, the location was brilliant, facilities good, lovely pool area (although people kept leaving their towels on loungers all day meaning it was near impossible to get a seat by the pool even during quiet times) room was lovely, big, quiet, clean and relaxing with good temperature control.

We had a fantastic stay in Dubrovnik and would definitley recommend this hotel.

Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 November 2009

I know this is not everyones experience but this is how we found it. The rooms are lovely and modern (although not cleaned very thoroughly). We had the best sea view ever but i'm not sure that makes up for the cramped room. There was no drawer space so you had to leave most of your clothes in your case. The pool area had very few sunbeds. No where near enough to accomodate even a small proportion of the guests. As a result everyone would reserve a bed with a towel before 8am. The restaurant was ok; usually lots of choice.

Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 November 2009

We travelled to Dubrovnik and stayed in the Grand Hotel Park in May 2009.

The Hotel:

The Grand Hotel Park is a modern hotel set in a good location 100M from Lapad beach which is mostly a shingle beach.

Luckily, there is a promenade and a walkway right next to the hotel with restaurants, shops, small supermarkets and people selling excursions.

The Room:

The rooms are modern, and clean, and there's a mini-bar with the normal overly expensive drinks in it. You must note that it is a mini-bar and not a fridge because if you can squeeze some of your own drinks into it there’s a member of staff who does the rounds on a daily basis to top the mini-bar up who will leave you a polite notice to tell you that if you continue to put your own drinks in the mini-bar you will be charged.

There’s the usual satellite TV though only a few channels were in English (CNN was one) and there’s Pay TV with a large video-on-demand selection of films.

The bathrooms are beautifully modern and sleek with elegant square wash basins and a contemporary ‘floating’ toilet. There is also a bidet.

The multi-jet shower takes some getting used to as it can shower you from multiple adjustable angles. There isn’t an alternative because there is no bath.

There’s the usual balcony with either a car park view (which is OK) or pool and sea view.


The Hotel Food:

To me, especially in the first week, the hotel food was very good. Hotel buffet food is rarely anything special but the beef steak with Béarnaise sauce was lovely.

The breakfasts are the usual continental type: cheese, tomatoes, spam/ham, some bread rolls and sausage (continental style) and bacon.

The Hotel Entertainment:

The hotel has very little on the entertainment side of things. There are some musicians in the bar and once a week three musicians sing local songs acoustically as they stroll around the restaurant as you eat.

There is no focused entertainment that attracts guests to gather in some focal point as you might have in some hotels but I would guess that not many of the hotels in Dubrovnik do that and this hotel is not the exception.


The Resort:

Dubrovnik is a small town and there is nothing to do there apart from sight-seeing.

Once you have been through Pilè Gate and strolled down the old Roman road Stradun within the walls of the old city then, other than excursions, that’s your lot.

There is little else to see in Dubrovnik other than the old town and generally this is a place to come to chill out and relax rather than do, or see, anything of great interest.

Transportation:

There are a few buses that run from the road just a short walk up from the hotel.

You can buy bus tickets on the bus but I think they are a little bit cheaper and it is quicker and more convenient if you buy your bus tickets from the kiosks on the pavements.

Tickets are valid for 1 hour after they are stamped on the bus if I remember correctly so if you take one bus you can slot your ticket into the machine on another bus and catch that one having already paid for it as long as you enter the second bus less than an hour after you stamped your ticket on the first..

The number 6 takes you to Pilè Gate and the old town and to Babin Kuk in the other direction where Copacabana beach is.

The only thing that you will find in Babin Kuk are some hotels, a small shopping parade and the ridiculously named Copacabana beach which is a joke and a complete waste of time; you have to go there to see how much it is oversold via the deliberate misnaming of it.

I think the number 7 bus goes to the coach station and if you are adventurous you can take a ride to Split. I wouldn’t advise it because it’s a 4 hour drive but it’s worth a walk around.

You can see the bus routes of the local buses on the bus company Libertas’ website.

Cavtat is nice quiet place (at the end of the number 12 bus route) but again there is nothing there to either see or do.

Excursions:

Because there is little to do in Dubrovnik especially if you are there for over 2 weeks excursions may be the highlight of you trip.

We went on the day trip to Montenegro and it was great. We stopped in Kotor on the way to Budva and I would have preferred to go on holiday in Montenegro and taken a day trip to Dubrovnik rather than doing it the other way around.

Buy your excursions from ‘Lea Ivica’, a nice guy who sells excursions (with his son, I think) on the promenade beside the hotel. He’s usually on the corner where the small supermarket is on the walk down to Lapad Beach. If you are walking by I’m sure that he’ll have a chat to you anyway. Their prices are more reasonable than the tour operators.

You can take a day trip to Bosnia and Mostar too which is worth it because there’s plenty to see on the way even though Mostar itself and its famous bridge aren’t that much to talk about.

  • Stayed: May 2009
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4  Thank trippyLondon
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Reviewed 29 September 2009

We have just returned after spending a lovely week at the Grand Hotel Park in Dubrovnik.
On arrival at the hotel we where warmly greeted by a very friendly Reception Team.
The check-in process was handled quickly and efficiently. We stayed in Room 306 on the third floor which afforded us good views across the bay, although recommend that if booking a sea view room then request a room on a higher floor to get the best views. Rooms at the back of the hotel overlook a road and do not have a good outlook.
Our one major concern, which was also expressed by many other guests, is the distinct lack of drawer space in the rooms. Our wardrobe also had only 9 hangers for a weeks clothing which appeared inadequate.
The restaurant operates a " Free Seating" policy which allows guests the option to sit anywhere they wish although the restaurant does get very busy especially if you arrive for dinner after 7.30pm. Meals are also on a self service basis with a good good choice of dishes available. The restaurant team work hard to keep everything replenished.
We had a problem with the Safety Deposit Box in our room and after reporting the problem to reception a member of staff arrived within a couple of minutes to resolve the problem. Now that exceeded our expectations of good service. I must also mention that there is no charge for using Safety Deposit Boxes in this hotel which is a welcome touch
We booked our holiday with Thomson Holidays and the representative visited the hotel every day except Saturday. We found the rep to be very helpful and he gave us some very useful local advice.
The most frequent bus to Dubrovnik City is the Number 6 which operates from
Babin Kuk to the Pile Gate and is very frequent. Unfortunately it is always packed solid when it arrives at the bus stop nearest the hotel. An alternative would be to catch the Number 4 bus which operates between the Dubrovnik Palace Hotel and Pile Gate and is always only half full at most. This bus can be boarded from outside the Hotel Adriatic which is only about 400 metres from the Grand Hotel Park. Bus tickets can be purchased from either the kiosk at the bus stop or from most newsagent stands for 8 kuna per journey. Alternatively the cost is 10 kuna if purchased on the bus.
If the intention is to walk the city wall (50 kuna) the best place to join the wall is at Ploce Gate. Ploce Gate can be reached by walking to the end of the Stradun and then bear left for about 100 metres to reach Ploce Gate.
Most visitors join the wall at the main entrance to the city at Pile Gate and are immediately faced with a walk up over 300 steps. Ploce Gate is a more comfortable experience with less than 90 steps in total.
A pleasant trip is to take the water taxi from the harbour to Cavtat - single fare is 80 kuna and takes 45 mins and also calls at the Island of Lokrum on the way.
Cavtat is a gem of a town with an attractive promenade. Upon reaching Cavtat the water taxi calls first at one of the main hotels before journeying round the headland to the main part of the town. We got off the water taxi with all the other travellers and then we found out that they were all guests at this hotel although we then enjoyed a pleasant walk around to the main part of the town.
It is possible to return to Dubrovnik by bus from Cavtat, if wished, and the journey takes 30 mins and costs 12 kuna per person.
My wife and I had a lovely holiday at the Grand Hotel Park and found the hotel staff to be very friendly and in all cases went out of their way to make our holiday a pleasant one.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank legend14
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Reviewed 12 September 2009

We stayed therefrom the end of August until the first week of September. The hotel was fine. The rooms were cleaned everyday. There were a few problems, our room was a little small with barely any room for clothes. The pool was very nice, although salty water and there were not enough sun beds for the size of the hotel (about 120 rooms and 30 sunbeds). We went half board and the food was good and they catered for the various nationalities. They do a good offer that you can cancel your dinner the day before and get
lunch, which was very nice. The hotel has it's own sun loungers on the beach (2 min walk) but you have to pay 65 Kuna (about 8 quid) to sit on the hotel loungers. Lost of lovely little bars on the doorsteps. Hotel bar was a bit too expensive. Had a really nice time, but it needs to raise it;s standards to really be 4 star.
Old Town is lovely, and there is a number 6 bus just a short walk from hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank bowie_harrison
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Reviewed 12 September 2009

We had a lovely, relaxing stay at Hotel Park Dubrovnik - the outdoor pool is lovely, the room was a good size, the bathrooms were modern and the beds were comfortable. However, there were a few things that would have put me had i known about them in advance. These are as follows:-

- location: although conveniently placed near Lapad beach, Lapad is a very touristy area with lots of souvenir shops and overpriced restaurants and bars serving poor food at prices similiar to London restaurants. There are some decent restaurants around but they are much pricier on the whole and you really have to rely on guide books to find them in this area. If i went back, i'd probably stay somewhere in the Old Town as there's more choice for dining and more atmosphere at night - Lapad feels rather dead in September after 8pm!

- hotel staff: although friendly enough, hotel staff seem unable to offer any guidance on activities and even bus information. We wanted to go on a boat trip to the Elafiti Islands but there were so many people offering boat trips on the road leading down to the beach, we wanted some advice on which company to go with. When we asked in the hotel, they just said to go with any of them as they were all good. We did go with one of them and it was very poor - bad food, very little information given on the islands and little time to spend on the islands themselves, so in short, a total waste of money.

- gym facilities: not a major issue for me but might be for some people - the gym facilities are a couple of rusty machines circa 1980 in a non air conditioned room (just to the side of the indoor pool). They look like they hadn't been used or checked for at least 10 years.

- general hotel atmosphere: we are both relatively active people in our twenties and we felt a bit out of place in the hotel. There were a lot of older people staying at the hotel and as such the hotel catered particularly for them in terms of food, hotel bars and entertainment. It's still a nice place to relax and unwind for younger people but it's rather lacking in terms of anything for twentysomethings in the evening. I would recommend the hotel only as a good place to relax as aside from that it has little to offer.

- one final thing, if you are planning on going to Dubrovnik, you really only need 2 or 3 days to see and do everything. I'd recommend a kayak tour with Adriatic Kayak Tours (not Adventure Dalmatia) - we did a half day tour to Lokrum and it was the highlight of the trip for me. Also, walk the city walls, go to Wanda restaurant (pricey but lovely, even the inexpensive 1L house red!) The city itself is one of the most beautiful places i've been to and well worth the visit.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank LucyRUk
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Reviewed 3 September 2009

Well what can i say we have just returned from a great holiday at the grand hotel park.what is it with the Brits and complaining???? Having read some reviews on here we were dreading going!!!!
The flight - 2 and a bit hours from Gatwick
The transfer - 40 mins (last drop off . )air con coach, great views on the way
The hotel- arrived checked in within 3 mins smiling efficent reception staff.
upper room with amazing sea views,beds the most comfortable iv'e slept on in any hotel, compact bathroom with great power shower. wardrobe with hangers ect. air con.
powerful and free as was the safe.
On half board so - Dinner always lots of chioce 4/5 meat dishes, 2 soups,loads of fresh veg salads ect. fresh fruit available all the time. example meal for me- veg soup, pork medalion,chicken fillet, mash with garlic(yum) sprouts,green beans.choice of sauce.
i never made it to the puddings saw but cake, ice cream ,fruit, fruit pie ect.
Breakfast lots of hot stuff ,eggs(scrambled fried boiled), bacon,sausage and whatever was left from last night!! lots of cheeses, cold meats, rolls ,fruit tea, coffee, fruit juices ect.ect.
the pool is salt water but clean and large ,people do lay their towels out but hay-ho. kids were few and far between mainly Croation in the late afternoon -but not a problem.
good bar / barman by the pool.
there is a beach within 5 mins pebbles and a bit crowded when we were there but we walked past the beach and swam in the crystal waters from rocky platforms(GET SHOES FOR SWIMMING LOTS OF URCHINS!!!) fantastic
Also went on the 3 island trip good fun get it from the street not the rep much cheaper.try not to get a big boat 28 peopleis about right .Lunch and drinks included (dont be afraid to ask for more wine its paid for!!!
You have to visit Dubrovnik it's amazing.........walk the walls in the morning before it gets to hot(£6.50 but so worth it)
All in all a fab time. staff are friendly. cleaners work hard. Not that many brits lots of unsmiling russians and germans. try to say hallo for a smile from the locals

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank johnboyRyde
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Address: Setaliste Kralja Zvonimira 39, Dubrovnik 20000, Croatia
Region: Croatia > Dalmatia > Dubrovnik-Neretva County > Dubrovnik
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#17 Family Hotel in Dubrovnik
#18 Spa Hotel in Dubrovnik
#21 On the Beach Hotel in Dubrovnik
#25 Luxury Hotel in Dubrovnik
#27 Romantic Hotel in Dubrovnik
Price Range: £52 - £180 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel Park 4*
Number of rooms: 243
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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