For our first trip to Croatia my wife and me stayed at the Lapad, half board with Inghams and we were not dissappointed.
In accordance with the Ingham brochure the accommodation would be allocated in the new wing and our booked superior room was on the 4th floor although because the building is on a hill our balcony was actually an outside area with two chairs and a table and a view of Gruz harbour from the outside area. The room was very clean with some modern lighting controls which did take some getting used to. The air condition was effective and the rain shower in the bathroom very good. Unlike some of the reviews I have seen, I found the Wi Fi very effective in the bedroom and in the public area's for the whole week.
All staff were very friendly although we did find the male receptionists rather curt in their response. The same could not be said for the bar staff who were very friendly and courteous at all times.
Excellent English was spoken by all that we met and it was true what the driver of our excursion coach said at the start of one of our tours - I bet I can speak better English that you can Croatian. He was dead right there!
A number of reviewers have commented on the lack of sunbeds for the hotel. I think the issue was more the confined area of where the sun could be captured especially in the September/ October late afternoon sunshine. There were plenty of stacked unused beds in the garden area.
Regarding the restaurant, the breakfast buffet was good and there was plenty to chose from. As for the evening buffet, although it was acceptable it was much the same on most evenings especially the sweets which was just fruit and mostly cake. It would have been nice to have some cheese and biscuits on offer. I wish now that we had tried the a la carte menu seeing other comments since our return.
Getting around Dubrovnik was quite easy and the No 6 bus was well used by us although full on most occasions. Taking the full run to Babin Kuk was worth the effort as we was able to take a short walk to Copacabana beach. Not a lot there but very pleasant sitting having a drink on a warm day.
Finally and this is more for the holiday provider than the hotel, the one excursion we took was to Montenegro. The vehicle we had was a minibus which was full and we was fortunate to have the front seats beside the driver. The excursion itself was very good but the surprise to us was the driver was also the guide who was holding the microphone and driving at the same time. How someone can concentrating on driving on quite bendy roads while at the same time giving a very good in depth description of the surrounding area and history of Croatia / Montenegro beats me. I doubt such activity is against the law in Croatia but it would not be allowed in the UK. Not certain this is a common practice on excursions as the driver did make a point of telling us that he was having to do both activities.
Overall a very enjoyable stay and would not hesitate to recommend the hotel to others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Lapad is situated in an elegant building by the waterfront on Lapad peninsula, just 10 minutes from the nearest beach with views of Gruz port across. It is surrounded by the renaissance garden where gala dinners and wedding receptions take place and has heated outdoor pool. It consists of 163 rooms, spacious superior rooms in the old traditional building and comfortable classic rooms in the 1980's block. With the beautiful setting overlooking the harbour, warm welcome of its helpful staff and outstanding service Hotel Lapad ensures you a wonderful and memorable holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lapad Hotel Dubrovnik
- Lapad Dubrovnik
- Hotel Lapad Dubrovnik