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.
How to Get There
Where do I even begin with this fabulous hotel? First - the location is incredible. An easy walk to Old Town and everywhere you want to be in Dubrovnik. The view from our Villa Odak room was phenomenal. We looked out right over the Adriatic - it was stunning. The room service was top notch, with a turn down service each night that included delicious hazelnut chocolates. The breakfast was just unbelievable. Everything you can imagine to eat, plus champagne. And the view of the Adriatic from the tables at breakfast was stunning. The staff - just incredible. My husband and I decided to take a two-day trip up the coast of Croatia - didn't check out of the hotel, just didn't stay there for one night. When we came back, the staff immediately recognized us, asked us if everything was okay because they'd missed us the night before. How amazing is that? And then on our final morning, they packed us a breakfast for our flight because they knew we were leaving too early to get breakfast with them. I think they thought they were feeding us for a week, with everything they gave us! Obviously, I can't say enough about this hotel. It's the best decision we made for our vacation.
Best hotel in Dubrovnick!!
Just steps for the old city and they have the MOST AMAZING views of the old town.
As soon as we check in they scorted us to our room witch was very modern, spacious and clean, also had loccitane amenities witch I love
The from desk is very attentive and helpful, we had a issue and the fixed it immediately
The restaurant is big and had a good selection also the beach area was fun to hang out and the food was great there
We loved the variety from the breakfast buffet
Look no further !
Location: a beautiful less than 5 min walk from old town. The view from the hotel is breathtaking on the sea and the old town.
Facility: a new huge modern facility with direct access to the beach, which serviced with sun beds. A big restaurant where they serve a variable breakfast buffet. A nice spa and small gym.
Check in: very welcoming and informative, he escorted me to the room and explained it’s contents.
Room: The room was clean and spacious with a nice modern bathroom. Closet area is generous too.
Conciege: Paula was so helpful
House keeping: very good
Overall: a nice hotel in a perfect location, I will definitely come back when I’m in Dubrovnik.