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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Splendid Hotel Dubrovnik
- Hotel Splendid Dubrovnik