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“An Oasis of Tranquility”
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Hotel Splendid
Ranked #42 of 68 Hotels in Dubrovnik
Coquiltam, British Columbia, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
135 reviews
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“An Oasis of Tranquility”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

After a hectic 20 hours in transit, due to four airport transfers, we finally arrived at Dubrovnik - a day before a one week cruise through the south Dalmatian Islands. There waiting for us at the airport was the driver from the Splendid Hotel as previously arranged. From then until we left Dubrovnik two weeks later everything went like clockwork. We used the hotel drivers for all of our transfers. On check-in we were greeted by a very gracious older front-desk gentleman. He said the Hotel would look after all our needs, and we should just enjoy our stay. How true! They booked our tours, arranged transfers, changed monies, sold us city bus tickets and provided concierge services for all our needs - including finding an optical shop to repair glasses. Our room faced out on to Lapad Bay, and the beach below the hotel. Our patio abutted a Mediterranean garden with paths leading to the beach. The communist era hotel itself is perched a couple of levels down on a hillside between the main Lapad road and the ocean. Everything is at different levels. We were told that the large estate immediately to the west of the hotel was Marshall Tito's former summer residence, and that Queen Elizabeth II had stayed there along with many other dignitaries. Our clean, quiet and spacious room had all the usual amenities with a large bathroom. We were unable to increase the volume on the TV, however, to past barely audible. We were very impressed by the "old world" charm of the dining room staff and its nearby bar. We had the reasonably priced buffet dinner with local wine. Breakfast was included in our tab. It was served buffet style in the same dining room. You could either eat inside or outside on the adjoining patio. It included almost everything North Americans or Europeans could enjoy. Unfortunately, Croatians consider decaffeinated coffee cursed, and we never found any in our two weeks stay. We substituted "lemon bitters" for coffee. An outdoor restaurant served lunch another two levels down towards the beach which was a further two levels below. The beach was rather small. But after two weeks we realized there were almost no sandy beaches in Croatia, and really appreciated ours. Our room was so enjoyable that we requested the same room for another week's stay when we returned from our cruise. The next morning we threaded through the crowds as we headed to our 30 passenger cruise ship at the nearby Gruz Harbour. Two large ocean liners were disgorging thousands of passengers. On our return from the cruise the Splendid became our base for exploring the Old City,south Croatia, Bosnia and Montenegro. A very modern and clean city bus ran from the road above the hotel to the Old City 20 minutes away. Bus tickets were cheaper if purchased at the front desk. Dubrovnik was already crawling with people in May. Yet the locals said the real crowds came starting in June. A few blocks walk down the hill from the Hotel was Aquarius Park with a selection of restaurants. Nearby was a shopping centre with further restaurants and take-outs. Dubrovnik is a rather expensive city with its mass of tourists. Every day when we returned to the Splendid, it seemed like an oasis of tranquility. The water in May was about 21 C - too cold for us to comfortably enjoy swimming. The evening before our 4 am departure, the Front Desk gentleman informed us that they would, of course, have breakfast set up for us in the Dining Room before we left for the airport. We've stayed in many hotels in many cities. But our stay at the Splendid was our best ever! Its name says it all! We certainly hope to return there some day for another stay.

Room Tip: Main floor adjacent to the gardens was very pleasant. All rooms face out to the ocean
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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General M, Manager at Hotel Splendid, responded to this review, 28 August 2014
Dear Madam / Sir,
Thank you for your time to share your experience with us.
We are pleased you were satisfied with your stay.
We will be especially glad if you choose to visit us again.
Best regards from the entire hotel staff and me.

Jerko Caleta
Hotel Manager
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Reviewed 16 August 2014

It was beginning of June. The place is really nice, on the shoreline. Clean and spacious rooms, calm and nice ambient. Reminds us a bit the communist time, with a square architecture and a bit old fashion service. But people are nice, a bit shy though… If you're looking for a relax place to spend a few days at the see, not expensive and comfortable, this is it. It's not far from the main street with restaurants, and a shuttle brings you in 15 min. to Dubrovnik. I guess it gets very crowded in summer, like everywhere in the Mediterranean...

Room Tip: Ask for a junior suite, with view on the sea shore...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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General M, Manager at Hotel Splendid, responded to this review, 28 August 2014
Dear Madam / Sir,
Thank you for your time to share your experience with us.
We are glad you were satisfied with your stay in our hotel.
We look forward to welcome you again.
Best regards.

Jerko Caleta
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Reviewed 13 August 2014 via mobile

The hotel is in a great location with amazing views over the bay. The bus stop (bus 4) stops right outside the hotel and it takes 15 minutes to get to the Old City. The beach area was a little crowded so get to the sun loungers early. It's a really nice sea to swim in. Very clear water! The room was basic and a little old fashioned. The breakfast was just about ok.

  • Stayed August 2014
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3 Thank Catekeogh
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General M, Manager at Hotel Splendid, responded to this review, 28 August 2014
Dear Madam / Sir,
Thank you for being our guests and for sharing your experience with us.
We are glad you were satisfied with your stay.
We will be pleased to welcome you again.
Greetings from the entire hotel staff and me.

Jerko Caleta
Hotel Manager
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

Great location,great staff from past times (especially Luce from restoran and Djuro from reception),very tasteful food, nice sea but beach overcrowded afternoon . rooms need renovation,
wi -fi slow,good value for money when you are in Dubrovnik very nice but expensive city

Room Tip: all are same
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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1 Thank Pavle D
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General M, Manager at Hotel Splendid, responded to this review, 14 August 2014
Dear Madam / Sir,
Thank you for your time to share your experience with us.
We are glad you were satisfied with your stay. We will be pleased if you choose to visit us again.
Greetings from the entire hotel staff and me.

Jerko Caleta
Hotel Manager
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Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 August 2014

Hotel Splendid did looked quite old when we first arrived late the first evening, but already the next day we had forgot that it looked old. It was clean and all the staff where very nice and helpfull in all settings. The location of the hotel was great; 5 min. walk to street with lots of restauranst, close to sea and easy to take bus to Old Town. But the staff where the ones that really made this hotell a great place to stay - I will for shure og back to Hotel Splendid!

Room Tip: There are rooms with and without seaview - if it is important for you to see the see from your room...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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General M, Manager at Hotel Splendid, responded to this review, 28 August 2014
Dear Madam / Sir,
Thank you for being our guests. Your compliments about our hotel staff, cleanliness and location make us very happy. We hope to welcome you again soon.
Kind regards from the entire hotel staff and me.

Jerko Caleta
Hotel Manager
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Stalybridge, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2014

This is a small hotel, the staff are very friendly and go out of their way to meet any request. We were allocated a room in the older part of the main hotel. The room was small but adequate. I would have preferred a fridge to put our own drinks rather than a mini bar as the drinks were expensive, I also believed I had booked a room with a full bathroom and we only had a shower but the views from the room were pleasant and we did have air conditioning and the rooms were carpeted thus reducing noise. The bathing area and gardens are fantastic with a small pebbly beach and access to the sea from a concrete bathing platform which was ideal but beware the cost of 2 sunbeds and 1 parasol is roughly £7. 00 per day and we felt this should have been reduced for hotel guests.
The food was very good with adequate choice although we did eat out quite a lot.
The bus to Dubrovnik old town stops directly outside the hotel and cost 12. kuna if the tickets are bought at reception as opposed to 15 kuna if bought on the bus. The last bus to leave Dubrovnik is around 02.00 in the morning which makes visiting the restaurant and bars in the old town very easy. The buses are very frequent.
The restaurants and bars in the Lapad area are a few minutes walk downhill or can be reached along the beach. If you walk a short distance further you come to the port (try the Wind bar at the beginning of the port for large beers at 20 kuna) This hotel had all we needed and was in a perfect location. On the downside this hotel is very quiet at night with hardly anyone using the bar however I would go back.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank sheila b
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General M, Manager at Hotel Splendid, responded to this review, 14 August 2014
Dear Madam / Sir,
Thank you for your time to share your experience with us. We are glad you were satisfied with hotel staff and the food. Thank you for your suggestions and observations. We will take them into the consideration. We will be pleased if you choose to visit us again.
Greetings from the entire hotel staff and me.

Jerko Caleta
Hotel Manager
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Polzela, Slovenia
1 review
Reviewed 1 August 2014

The hotel is small, cozy and very homely. The staff were friendly, helpful, communicative and cheefful. The room is small but comfortable, clean and has all the necessary: air conditioning, mini bar, balkony with a beutiful view of the bay. The food is varied and tasty. Service quick and friendly. Free parking, clean beach near the hotel, wondelful location in a quiet bay of Lapad. A pleasant walk to the Old town. The hotel is quiet and very suitable for those who want the evening rest and peace. We got what we werw looking for...

Room Tip: Rooms on the sea side have beautiful view (higher floors).
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Alenka S
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General M, Manager at Hotel Splendid, responded to this review, 14 August 2014
Dear Madam / Sir,
We thank you for being our guests and we are glad you enjoyed your stay.
We will be pleased if you choose to visit us again.
Best regards from the entire hotel staff and me.

Jerko Caleta
Hotel Manager
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Property: Hotel Splendid
Address: Masarykov put 6, Dubrovnik 20000, Croatia
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Region: Croatia > Dalmatia > Dubrovnik-Neretva County > Dubrovnik
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#24 On the Beach Hotel in Dubrovnik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Splendid 3*
Number of rooms: 59
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in a picturesque Mediterranean garden leading down to a private beach, the Splendid hotel is a perfect getaway for couples who want to take a break from everyday life and spend some romantic time together. It is situated in beautiful Lapad Bay. A bus leaves every 15 minutes for Dubrovnik's historical quarter. The Lapad Bay promenade with many shops, restaurants and cafe bars as well as large shopping mall are within walking distance from the hotel. The bright and airy double rooms with pleasantly decorated interiors and air-conditioning open onto balconies boasting stunning sea views. Single rooms are with balcony and park view. Enjoy traditional Dalmatian cuisine in the indoor and outdoor restaurant and have a refreshing cocktail on the romantic terrace overlooking the Lapad Bay. The complimentary breakfast as well as dinner are served in buffet style. ... more   less 
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