What We Love
- Its sea-view pool—the hotel overlooks Lapad Bay
- Sunset aperitifs at Zenith Bar
- In-room charcoal paintings by Zagreb-based artist Saša Šekoranja
- The massive buffet breakfast spread at the ground-floor restaurant, Sphere
What To Know
- -Breakfast and parking are both included in the rate
- The most basic room type (Classic) does not offer views of the bay, so consider upgrading to a Superior
- The property emerged from a complete reconstruction in 2015
- All room types include spacious balconies
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
If the modern Croatian suburb of Lapad—roughly three miles from Dubrovnik’s ancient walls—seems like a curious setting for a freshly overhauled Mediterranean sleep, it’s time to think again. A stay at this peninsular retreat put you within arm’s reach of the restorative, blue-green waters of the Adriatic. The sea remains a scenic focal point throughout this airy and contemporary property, highlighted through floor-to-ceiling windows, a waterside swimming pool (adjacent to the Energy Clinic wellness spa, with a Finnish sauna), and the hotel’s earthy interior palette, which recalls the area’s countless pebble beaches. Though the luxury in guest rooms is elegantly understated (heated floors; L’Occitane bath products), the public spaces aren’t nearly as restrained: massive moon-like lampshades line the boulevard-level breakfast lounge, while a host of cushy ergonomic armchairs can be found scattered throughout the sun-drenched property. The showstoppers here are a trio of bars—strategically perched poolside, beachfront, and on the roof—to ensure you won’t wander too far from this sensational seafront sanctum.
In the Area
Don’t miss a leisurely stroll along Lapad’s renowned promenade, lined with gelato stalls, charming cafés, and trails that lead to clandestine beaches. It begins at the hotel and stretches for about 1.5 miles. A 15-minute bus ride will land you in Dubrovnik’s pedestrian-only Old Town, once home to the world’s largest merchant naval fleets. These days, its streets, though rife with medieval remnants, are also chock-full of seafood restaurants and world-class museums. For the ultimate view, hop on a three-minute cable car ride to the top of Mount Srdj and take in a breathtaking panorama of the city’s copious clay roofs.
How to Get There
The cleanliness of the hotel and the friendliness of all the hotel staff is beyond reproach. Rooms spotless. As an extra item this is the first non-UK hotel that I have stayed at which has a carpet in the bedroom and in the corridors - luxury (and whilst there actually saw the carpets being cleaned). Prices at the hotel for food and drinks were on par with prices for bars etc. outside the hotel - and 'happy hour' should not be missed (I think it was 30% off - but weirdly at different times in the hotel). So why not 5 stars? If you are a Brit you will understand this (if your idea of breakfast is a coffee, a fag and a towel over a sunbed then you will be baffled). A 'Cooked Breakfast' is in the Brit DNA. OMG! (1) Don't even think about eating the sausages (you have been warned - boiled, ignore any references to 'roasted' etc). If this is what Croation people have to put up with then I am sorry. (2) This lost the hotel's fifth star - don't attempt to eat the bacon if you have crowns/false teeth/weak teeth/actually any teeth - it is disgusting. Every day you had the choice between 'burnt black' bacon (I'm serious) or rock-hard over-cooked bacon ('viagra bacon') - but sometimes Chef would make a mistake and produce some bacon that was edible.If you're an apple juice and prunes person then this will be irrelevant but if you appreciate 'an English' then you will be disappointed. Hotel Kompass people: is the bacon chef a sadist? - or just an incredibly bad cook? Get rid of your bacon chef. Anyone still following this review then good luck with using the 'toaster' for breakfast - make sure that the knobs for the upper and lower racks are illuminated otherwise you may be waiting a very long time ...
Perhaps I'm a bit obsessed with the first meal of the day ..... ?
I am a fan of good design coupled with excellent service. Kompas has both... a rare combination.
Centrally located in the town of Dubrovnik, this hotel has dramatic views, access to sandy beaches, and excellent hotel amenities.
The hotel is built on a hillside. The top floor is where you enter. The guest reception, hotel lobby, and bar are on this level. Everywhere you look, there are commanding views enhanced by minimalist architecture, handsome finishes, and contemporary furnishings.
Guest rooms are on the floors below. Our room was on the 9th floor. We had a balcony with two lounge chairs, a great view of the Dalmation Coast, beach and harbor. The room interior was well-appointed, beautifully detailed and accented by contemporary furnishings.
On the bottom two floors have alfresco and indoor dining as well as the beach access and spa. Simple, elegant and wonderful.
Thank you, Kompas, for a memorable experience!
The hotel has an amazizng location - directly on the bay at Lapad, providing direct access to the traffic free walkway. The reception is on the top floor and has access to street level for taxis etc. The rooftop bar provides the ideal setting to watch the sunset over the water. A short taxi or bus ride away takes you to the buzz of Dubrovnik, so the best of all worlds@
I cannot thank the staff enough for the level of care and attention provided. This relates to all staff - from receptionists, bar and restaurant staff and the domestic staff looking after the rooms. They delivered exceptional attention to detail/ and were genuinely interested in our comfort and well being.
Breakfast choices were varied and of a high quality, as was the a la carte menu available at lunch and dinner.