What We Love
- Guestrooms have views of one of the most dramatic cities in Europe
- Seaside terrace with direct access to private, roped-off seawater swimming pool
- One of Dubrovnik’s best spas, with a range of Decleor treatments, including four-hand massages
What To Know
- Located a steep walk uphill from Dubrovnik’s Old Town
- Service is generally very good, though some older staff members still favor the more somber socialist-era style
- They don’t block the Old Town views, but visiting cruise ships do blight the vistas by mooring just offshore
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Modern classic. The 158-room Excelsior dates back to 1913, though it has been thoroughly modernized and expanded over the years, losing a considerable slice of its Old World charm. Much of the starkly functional architecture of the modern hotel dates back to socialist times, though a lot of money has been invested recently on upgrading. Swaths of marble abound in the public areas, while the art on the walls is an intriguing mixture of oil paintings and striking avant-garde works. The overall ambience is still a modern nod to classic hotel design rather than too-hip-boutique.
Bed and Bath
Room decor is relaxed, calming and unobtrusive, with neutral browns, creams and light grays, which allows guests staying in a seaview room to concentrate on the vista. Bold modern Croatian art helps brighten up the ambience. Bathrooms feature L’Occitane toiletries and fluffy bathrobes, while flat-screen TVs and free WiFi are welcome modern additions. Superior or Deluxe Rooms boast Old Town views; Deluxe Rooms also have stunning furnished balconies, as do all of the 17 suites.
Executive chef Peter Obad oversees a trio of restaurants in a town where outside tables with Old Town views are some of the hottest seats. The Prora Beach Restaurant is the place to savor fresh-caught Adriatic fish washed down with a crisp Dalmatian Posip white wine, while Satu Sushi Bar and Restaurant serves Japanese and a panorama of other Asian cuisines. Restaurant Salin features lavish buffet breakfasts by day and modern Mediterranean cuisine by night. Aside from gustatory delights, the Energy Clinic Spa is on hand with an eclectic range of Decleor treatments, from simple sports massages to extensive, indulgent packages in which clients enjoy a body rub, body wrap and four-hand massage.
In the Area
The Excelsior sits on a bluff in Ploce just east of Old Town. There are a few decent restaurants nearby, but the main thrust of the action and all the sights are down in the delightful, pedestrianized UNESCO World Heritage–listed Old Town. Avoid the tourist traps of Prijeko and instead savor superb Croatian wine and seafood at Nautika, by the Pile Gate, or at Proto, fresh Istrian truffles with homemade pasta. The narrow lanes south of the tourist-clogged Stradun feature more interesting boutiques and bespoke jewelers, though beware overcharging designed to fleece cruise ship passengers.
How to Get There
This is a stunning hotel with top facilities. We were offered a room upgrade on arrival, at no extra cost. We visited in winter so we loved the heated indoor pools and jacuzzi. The most jaw dropping views of the ocean and Old Town. Good breakfast buffet. Lovely fine dining restaurant called Sensus inside the hotel. Had the best stay here.
As the member of Small Luxury hotel, hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik face the old town of Dubrovnik, you can enjoy the view of town piers bay through guest room balcony. The rest room is clean and well equipped with l’occitane. It’s worth as the brand of luxury hotel
Everything was amazing ! Staff was extremely kind, we’ve been into many many hotels and countries and I’m telling you this staff was beyond kind and thoughtful.....you can easily walk from this hotel to the castle.
The Christmas decoration was so beautiful
We picked the perfect time to visit Dubrovnik, there were hardly any people around which meant we received a room upgrade. The views from both the room and restaurants are sensational. We had a fantastic sunset on our last night. Room was clean and comfortable and service in all areas of the hotel was very good.
Just a beautiful hotel perched on a hill overlooking the ocean. It was a beautiful winter stay and we could see the New Year's firework over old town Dubrovnik from the comfort of our room! Nicely appointed rooms with spectacular ocean views...as if you were on a cruise ship! It was a short, two night stay so we did not get to use all the amenities the hotel offered but would stay here again. They have parking to leave your car and it's probably the closest luxury oceanside hotel within walking distance to old town. That was what I was looking for and it did not disappoint.