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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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.
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great service, ok breakfast, amazing location. great staff
we also stayed at the villa dubrovnik and would stay here first
next time. Make sure to stay in the north tower if you can the rooms
seems to be more updated. full ocean view rooms can't be beat make
sure you get that if you can.
Excelsior Hotel is very beautiful and very beautifully located. It is walking distance to the main gate of the old city. The view of the sea and the old city is very romantic from the hotel balcony. The room is very spacious, clean and with high ceiling. The staff is very courteous. Water is complimentary in the room. The bathroom is very spacious and beautiful with tub and standing shower. The breakfast buffet is very big and the choice of food is very good. The hotel is ideal place to stay.
Hotel Excelsior is a beautiful property with an outstanding location. The views of Dubrovnik are stunning from the hotel rooms.
The rooms are modern, clean and spacious. We were able to sleep with the door opened to the sound of the ocean. We had a very nice experience.
The bar area is well decorated.
Everything about this hotel is outstanding, and we really enjoyed our stay.
The city of Dubrovnik is only a 5-10 minute walk.
This is a beautiful modern hotel with great breakfast and clean comfortable rooms! We had a nice terrace overlooking the sea and the Old City. The front desk staff were helpful and the walk into the old City was less than 10 minutes.
Luxury hotel with large rooms with balconies with amazing views over the water to the old walled town of Dubrovnik. Only 15 minutes walk to old town and harbour. Huge breakfast room with similar views. Excellent fine dining in the Sensus restaurant or eat on the seaside terrace. Highly recommended.