Just returned from a week in beautiful Dubrovnik. May is a good time to go because the tourists/cruise ships are not so plentiful although the place seemed busy enough! Also it apparently gets very hot in July/Aug - too much for us. As everyone says, the people are very friendly, the restaurants are in abundance - 2 stand outs for us were Pizzeria Castro - excellent pizzas for reasonable price and Restaurant Amoret (near Cathedral) for delicious meat and fish dishes.
Now to the hotel:
1. We had a seaview with juliet balcony on 3rd floor - fantastic view of Lokrum, the old town and far out to sea - also it's near where the cruise ships anchor so it was fun to spot new ones every day.
2. The room was modern and spotless the entire visit, We had complimentary fruit and wine which was a nice touch. Our beds were always made up whilst we were at breakfast. Plenty of good useable storage space too.
3. The breakfast is buffet with plenty of choices from fruit salad to egg and bacon and even a glass of champagne. Didn't eat any other meals there.
4. There were a couple of early evening recitals which were good - very romantic watching the swifts dance in the sky to the music whilst the sun set over the Old Town.
5. All staff were attentive and very helpful. A lot of young people anxious to practice their excellent English.
6. Being directly on the coastline the hotel was very quiet - especially at night which is important to us - so we can get a good night's sleep.
7. The gardens are reasonably extensive and so I was always able to find a quiet spot with a view to read my book.
1. The main hotel is a concrete block and the terrace dining, although with great views, could do with more greenery to break it up.
2. The "beach" consists of a series of concrete levels built into the rocks - again it is very stark and unappealing - tubs of flowers would make a huge difference.
3. The outdoor pool is seawater and unheated so didn't get used much - there are steps into the sea anyway!
4. The fitness area was very small. The indoor pool was fine and always clean but the gym could do with a few free weights as a couple of running machines seem rather superfluous when you have such a beautiful place to run around outside.
5. The fitness centre changing facilities are a complete nightmare. There are no male/female changing rooms and just ONE tiny cubicle in a narrow corridor for everyone to use. I saw far too much of some men than I wanted. Also the two showers are communal and very embarrassing. There is a large hairdressers which would be better used as changing facilities. The hairdryer was in the tiny ladies toilet area and I gave up using it and returned to the room. Certainly not 5 star. Can't imagine the chaos if ever more than 3 people wanted to use it at the same time.
6. Be careful if paying extra for a balcony seaview as I noticed that many of them on the 5th floor overlooked the dining terrace so will probably be noisy and intrusive at times.
7. The website features atmospheric pictures of the Victoria Restaurant which we were looking forward to using but it's closed for refurbishment at the moment.
All in all, a good place to stay but just not quite five star! If returning to Dubrovnik I would consider it again but maybe look at the Excelsior too (a couple of minutes further down the road),
Took a local ferry to Cavtat - smaller holiday destination - very pretty but right on the flight path to the airport so not sure if it's noisy at night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grand Villa Argentina is Dubrovnik’s traditional luxury address, combining exclusivity and attention to detail with spectacular views of the sea, backdropped by pine tree-clad mountains. This five-star hotel in Dubrovnik has a regal, old-world charm. Just minutes from the Old Town, it has been an exclusive enclave in the city for nearly 60 years. Sitting on a steep cliffside, leading down to the sea, the views of the Adriatic stretch from the island of Lokrum round to the old harbour of Dubrovnik. As soon as you walk into the hotel reception, the incredible scenery stops you in your tracks. Lush gardens, with stone fences and secluded corners in which to sit, are filled with lemon, wild orange, rosemary, lavender and bay leaf plants – the flavours of a Mediterranean kitchen. Whether you’re sunbathing on the private beach, with its seaside pool, dining on the restaurant terraces or quietly reading your book in the gardens, spectacular scenery follows you wherever you go. ... more less
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