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
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.
Comfortable room, 10 minutes walk downhill to the Old City, extremely friendly and helpful host. Tonci helped us with trips to the airport and the marina, where to shop and have breakfast, suggestions for what is worth doing - and help with our bags!
This was a 5 star hotel definitely, we booked the sea view room for an extra cost but it was worth it. We had our own veranda with sun loungers and chairs overlooking the sea and old town which was only a 5 min walk away. great spa facilities, all staff friendly and helpful, we were treated with 5 star treatment all round. Lovely breakfast with plenty of choice. We would highly recommend this hotel
Gorgeous modern hotel a short walk from the old city. Hotel has a stunning, unobstructed view of the walled city of Dubrovnik.
The beach area was lovely, service a little slow for drinks and snacks.
The breakfast was robust, however, we ate one night at the waterside restaurant and the food was disappointing to outright bad.
Spa services were reasonable and professional.
Overall, would recommend this property to anyone visiting Dubrovnik.
WOW! The views on Old Town from the hotel are jaw dropping! The hotel is beautiful and very classy! The decor is contemporary and looks newly remodeled! Even the view from our room was amazing and had all the luxury amenities needed. Breakfast was amazing and food and drinks were great as well! It is a very easy 5 min walk to the old town gates so the location is perfect and cannot be beat!
There were only 2 complaints. First, the service down by the water front on the ocean was so slow! I tried to find an attendant to get towels and never received any. Then I tried to get a servers attention to get a drink and it was very difficult. I actually felt like I was purposely being ignored. It should not be such a struggle to get towels and order food/drinks. Second, a few hours after we checked into our room we were relaxing and a hotel worker opened our room with her key and walked into our room without knocking. She seemed surprised that we were there and she came to pick up some dirty cups that were in the room from the last guests. I think she thought that there was no one in the room therefore came in unannounced. Although these two things happened, it really didn't take anything away from the overall beauty of the hotel. I still give it 5 stars and I would definitely return!