We stayed for a week at Hotel More in April in the rain. The hotel more than made up for the terrible weather. I can't fault the staff, who (like all the locals we came across in Dubrovnik) were attentive, discreet, friendly and welcoming. Our room was small but what a view! From our 'infinity bed', a straight view of jade green water and a high, forested hill. Beautiful. Whoever designed the hotel seems to have thought of everything except a kettle. There was an umbrella in the closet, along with snug dressing gowns and slippers, a full collection of wine glasses to serve yourself delicious Croatian wine on the balcony, and even a courtesy mobile phone so that wherever, whenever you are, help is always at hand. We had to chuckle over the second phone right next to the toilet (?). The bed was soft yet still firm, and down pillows and duvet made for good sleeps. Our friendly cleaning ladies made the bed, cleaned the bathroom, and changed the towels every single day. I wish I could have brought them back home with me!
In terms of design, the layout of the hotel is breathtaking, making clever use of vertical space against a sheer cliff. There are nooks on almost every level for sitting and looking at the sea, starting from the top (level 7) with a bar and outside wicker seating, and going right down to the sea (level -2). I wish it had been warm enough to use the pool and jacuzzi on level 5, which commanded a spectacular view. The dining area on level 0 has an outdoor terrace with glass panels for keeping out the wind. But of all these areas, the cave bar was my favourite. They have taken a spectacular natural limestone cave, replete with stalactites and stalagmites, and - dare I say it - improved it. All credit to the architect. Sipping on a lemon sorbet champagne cocktail in the midst of such beauty made me feel like a millionaire (which I'm definitely not). On days when the sea was raging over the concrete platform outside the cave mouth, we sat there too, and had our coffee with the waves roaring at our feet. Ingeniously, the architect has also worked the natural cave into other areas of the hotel, such as the not-to-be-missed outside toilets on level 0, and the gym on level 4. Brilliant.
There are only a couple of negative things I can say about this amazing hotel. A kettle with cups for tea/coffee would be nice in the rooms. The food at the restaurant was highly variable and seemed to depend on whoever was cooking rather than a set standard - as an example on one day we ordered a chicken salad and received delicious grilled chicken strips on a bed of mescalin, the very next day this same dish came out as lots of spiral pasta soaked in mayonnaise with a few wet strips of mescalin and not much chicken. We were disappointed with this and tended to eat away from the hotel after a few attempts (check out Restaurant Amfora on the other side of Lapad next to the marina). Finally, the staff on reception did not have the same high level of attentiveness and friendliness as all the staff everywhere else in the hotel. They seemed to prefer chatting to each other.
Getting to the old town on the bus is not recommended as people are pushy and the bus is overcrowded. We walked in a couple of times - this takes about 45 mins. The best way to get there is by taxi. There are plenty waiting right next to the number 6 bus stop.
All in all, it was a great place to stay and needless to say we will be back - hopefully in the sun next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel More is an exclusive five-star boutique hotel situated in the Bay of Lapad, one of the most beautiful locations on the area of the City of Dubrovnik. The hotel view of calming green pines, of Mediterranean vegetation abundant with colors and scents, of the glaring azure sea, of rocky cliffs - those eternal stone guards and memorable sunsets, will astonish any traveler and guest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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