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
Being on the water just a few hundred meters from the old town, the views are impressive. We were upgraded to an executive suite which was spacious with balcony views of old town. Its an easy walk to the old city.
The staff was very friendly and efficient.
The breakfast buffet is one of the best that we have encountered. Eggs cooked to order and lots of choices.
The bed is particularly comfortable and I want to steal their pillows.
This luxurious hotel was just perfect, located close to the old town, by the beach and with a stunning view.
The hotel itself was really modern, we liked the style and the staff was very nice and helpful.
The bar on the terrace was magic especially during sunset.
We had a good time at the restaurant, we enjoyed the food but for the prices it was not what we expected, an improvement on the taste is needed for a five star hotel... a bit disappointed but service was perfect so it balanced!
This place is one of the best in Dubrovnik, we recommend it!
This hotel is in the perfect location, just a 10 minute walk to the old Town. We actually stayed here twice during the same trip as our itinerary took us to Split, Montenegro, then back to Dubrovnik. Now, the return trip to Dubrovnik, we did not have reservations and wanted to leave that open, just in case, but nope, we were not disappointed and booked immediately the return trip. I don't recommend this during their "high season" as this hotel is generally booked. Our room was an executive suite with ocean view and a spectacular view of the old town. The food and service here was amazing and the staff always had a smile and kind word when interacting. The hotel is just a short walk to the old Town, it was great to be away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It boasts an amazing terrace area where the food and drinks were well served and you can relax in a comfortable atmosphere to wind down, or, wind up your day. This place gets a 10 of 10 from us as we really enjoyed our experience here.