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Hotel Lapad
Ranked #17 of 68 Hotels in Dubrovnik
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 August 2010

We had a great week staying in Hotel Lapad. The location is excellent. We preferred to be away from the bustle of the old town but within close proximity. The buses are so frequent and cheap and stop outside the hotel. The area aound the harbour is quiet and relaxing. The hotel is very inviting. The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful. Our room was a 'superior' and overlooked the harbour. It was large, exceptionally clean and comfortable. The see-through bathroom door is not to everyone's taste though!!
The pool is great and very well maintained. We ate in the restaurant and enjoyed the meal. The breakfasts are excellent with a great choice.
A great hotel!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 August 2010

I would really recommend this hotel if your looking to relax and unwind.We had the first four days in the hustle and bustle of the old town,took in everything there and had the last three days of our trip in lapad hotel.Which we found perfect for relaxing by the pool and chilling out before we reluctantly had to come home.
The rooms were lovely,spotlessly clean and exactly like the photos on the site,which is not always the case.Staff were friendly and very helpful when needed.
Breakfast buffet was fab,lunch was light and tasty,and dinner was no frills but enjoyable.The buffet dinner for 20euro was fine,you get what you pay for and i wouldn't agree with the previous review that it was like a staff canteen,not in any canteen i have ever eaten anyway!
It was lovely relaxing by the pool but some people really took advantage of the sun loungers,towels on them at all hours of the morning,then arriving at midday.Also leaving the hotel for hours and leaving towels in place,when it was obvious people were waiting for a lounger,some people are just inconsiderate i guess!
The night time entertainment wasnt anything to write home about but was fine for what we wanted,just to chat and drink cocktails.They pricey compared to other bars but worth it as they were so tasty!!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 August 2010

We stayed for 11 nights from 25th July 2010. Staff very helpful and plentiful. Breakfast excellent.
I booked a "superior" room - which was very well appointed and very modern. However it was an interior room with no balcony or terrace. After a few days I asked to be moved to a "standard" room. Although a little smaller it was still well fitted and had the benefit of a lovely little outdoor terrace which overlooked the bay. Definitely better than the "superior" room.
I recommend the hotel but would advise that 11 nights is too long to be in the area. Book for three or four nights - enjoy the hotel and the city - then move on.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 August 2010

We stayed for one night at the end of the holiday. The hotel has been completely refurbished, so the rooms are modern and stylish. It was the best nights sleep of the holiday. Excellent air conditioning system with modern security cards. Fantastic shower/bath in ultra modern bathroom. The builing itself looks historic and chartacterful. There is a short walk (5 mins) to the Lapad centre where there are bars and restaurants and the old town is a short bus ride away.
The pool is great - I suppose small considering the number of rooms in the hotel. When we were there the loungers were all occupied, but the pool itself was not busy and there were no children playing in the pool. It all felt very calm and relaxed.
The staff are polite and extremely helpful.
We wished that we were staying a few extra nights, but had to get our flight home...
Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank edandlucy
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Reviewed 7 August 2010

There is not a lot wrong with the Hotel Lapad. Most of the reviews on Trip Advisor paint it up to be an excellent hotel and we wouldn't disagree, we had a delightful ten days there. What we're NOT going to do is slag it off - we're going to give you a list of goods and bads to help you decide.

1) The rooms are comfortable but minimal. The bathroom is modern with a single-stem glass hand basin but it has no plug so in the evening, when you want to wash your smalls, it's a bit of a problem. We solved it by walking round the harbour to a plumbing hardware store and buying a plug for £2, you might want to bring one with you. Problem solved.
2) The opaque glass bathroom door, criticised by others, is no problem at all and contrary to many comments, you can't see through it so your modesty is preserved. Additionally there is another opaque glass door between the bedroom and the corridor/bathroom.
3) The food is generally good. Best described as Western International, it was always very tasty with no extremes of flavour and a good variety but we were left wondering where the local dishes were. Surely Croatia has some national dishes (I'm sure it must have) but they weren't there so at times a touch of gustatorial boredom crept in.
Given that the restaurant was always busy in the evenings despite there being plenty of eateries in nearby Dubrovnik it would have been nice if the hotel had put on a weekly barbecue or something different but sadly that remained pie in the sky. Thus gustatorial boredom was reinforced by repetitive routine.
Alternatively, you can arrange in advance to swap your included evening meal for lunch and then go out in the evening to one of the numerous eateries locally or in Dubrovnik.
4) Breakfasts were good, plenty of choice although there were no changes to those choices on a day-to-day basis. The breakfast coffee which some have criticised justified its criticism but we discovered that if you ask for half coffee/half milk, it tasted much better.
5) Evening entertainment was frankly a joke. Sometimes a small band of four would perform, but as Eric Morecambe once astutely observed of Andre Previn, all the right notes but not necessarily in the right order to which we would add "and not necessarily the right notes, either". At other times we got what amounted to the playing of either an album of light music or an album of a crass copy rendition of pop music from years gone by - the Abba tape to a disco beat was particularly excruciating.
6) Pool towels ARE available but at an extortionate charge of £2 per day each, it may be worth bringing your own. Or alternatively, you might want to buy a towel locally for the cost of a couple of days' or so rental. We think towels should be included in the cost, perhaps against a returnable deposit.
7) The poolside beds are moulded plastic with no cushions of any sort so they're ungiving. And the back collapses suddenly on some of them because the hinges are worn - that would do a fragile spine no end of good, we fear. Bring your own padded buttocks.
8) However, the upside of the pool environment was a displayed notice that any towels left on beds for more than one hour would be removed, which they did, an excellent idea which should be copied throughout the holiday hotel trade.
8) Finally, for those unable to stay away from t'internet, there is free Wifi on each floor and in Reception. We couldn't get Wifi to connect reliably on mobile or laptop in the bedroom but thoughtfully there is a working RJ45 socket in the room as well so if you're unsure and need to connect, take a 2m network cable with you.

Contrary to many reports, the staff are not in yer face and once you get to know them, are quite friendly.

Overall, we were happy with Hotel Lapad and would recommend it.

In line with many other commentators, there was no problem getting in to Dubrovnik, a bus ride for around a pound on a frequent service. And there's absolutely oodles to see both locally in the old town and on day trips.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 August 2010

We stayed in the Hotel Lapad in for a week in June and it was lovely, right on the water's edge overlooking Gruz harbour with nice views of the hills beyond. The hotel, as others have said, is a refurbished old building with a modern annexe but tastefully done. We had a standard room with a small balcony and it suited us perfectly - spotlessly clean, modern, comfy and with plenty of storage space. Don't be put off by the 'glass' bathroom as there's a 'modesty' door which you can slide over if you're a little on the shy side. The pool area is nice though not huge and I think it could run short of loungers in high-season. There's an attractive terrace adjacent serving food and drinks and the bar is behind. The weather was a bit mixed when we were there so it was good to be able to sit indoors away from the wind. Drinks were reasonably priced and it was nice to have a nightcap there. I was surprised to see a poster advertising 'Pool Party with DJ Vlad' but he turned out to be about 70 and it was all over by 10pm and we missed his set . (Dont worry, this definitely isn't a raucous establishment and you won't be kept awake by ravers!)

Breakfast suited us to a tee with with the usual combination of hot & cold buffet, fruit and pastries. We decided to eat in on our first night and had the buffet dinner which was fine but not very exciting/romantic. There are so many lovely places to dine in Dubrovnik that I'd recommend eating out if you can. One of the best pizzas I've tasted was in the small establishment literally next door (come out hotel and turn right) and if we'd stayed longer, I'd definitely have gone back.

At first glance there doesn't seem to be many bars/restaurants close by but if you turn left when you leave the hotel, walk along towards the end of the road and take a left up the hill, you'll come to a pedestrianised street with lots of establishments. Personally, I thought it was a bit 'tacky' but it's ok for nights when you don't want to head back into the Old City. For us however, the Old City was simply beautiful. We walked there and back during the day, about 30 mins each way and not a horrendous road like a previous reviewer said. At night we took the bus and tried a different restaurant. I can't remember names but one which described itself as the 'most romantic restaurant in Dubrovnik' was lovely and our favourite was an old roof-top establishment next to a hotel (again within the city walls). All white napkins, silver service and little amuses bouche but without being stuffy or ridiculously overpriced.

Dubrovnik is a lovely place and I'd go back in a minute but Lapad is the better place to stay particularly in the height of summer, when it gets incredibly hot and busy. The hotel Lapad may not be the biggest/fanciest/most up-market but for me, it ticked all the boxes..

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 July 2010

I planned my trip many months ago and was excited to stay at this inviting hotel. The rooms were great and the breakfast was fantastic. Disappointing was the "European Culture" (for lack of a better was of explaining it) of putting ones belongings on the pool chairs early in the morning and leaving them there all day. All of the chairs would be taken and only 1/3 of the people at the pool. We chose to check out early since I traveled with young children, paid a high price and couldn't even use the pool. Front desk staff was fine if you didn't ask for anything out of the ordinary (such as "is there a fee for out early?"). It took 3 people and 45 minutes to get that one answered.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Address: Lapadska Obala 37, Dubrovnik 20000, Croatia
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Region: Croatia > Dalmatia > Dubrovnik-Neretva County > Dubrovnik
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 Business Hotel in Dubrovnik
#15 Romantic Hotel in Dubrovnik
#16 Luxury Hotel in Dubrovnik
Price Range: £67 - £209 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Lapad 4*
Number of rooms: 163
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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