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Hotel Excelsior, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Marrying an original 1913 hotel of pale Dalmatian stone with a modern 1970s addition, the five-star Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik lords it over the Adriatic from its prime coastal spot. Inside, though, it's harmoniously cool and contemporary, seamlessly moving from the venerable Villa Odak to the newer mirrored Tower. Set just south of the medieval walls of the Old Town, the hotel puts in you full sight in one of the most heavenly views of Dubrovnik. From the three restaurant terraces to the stone bathing platform and the sea-facing rooms, that view of terracotta rooftops and stone walls follows you around. But if you find yourself in one of the rooms facing the street, it's worth stumping up for a sea view.
The convenience of having the Old Town practically on your doorstep is a huge bonus during the busy high season.
The hotel is a 10-minute walk from the Ploče Gate entrance to the Old Town, and just a few minutes' walk from the beach.
By plane: direct flights from London to Dubrovnik take 2 hours 30 mins. The hotel is a 30 minute-drive from the airport. There is free private parking on-site. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
Ideal for holidaymakers and businesspeople looking for more of a grown-up vibe and a relaxed atmosphere. A nicely understated wall of fame in the Abakas Piano Bar features illustrious previous guests, Morgan Freeman and Elizabeth Taylor among them.
Service & Facilities
We love it - the sort of service that makes you feel well looked after without being smothered by too much attention.
- Three restaurants
- Bathing platform
- Indoor pool
- Fitness centre
- Free Wi-Fi
- Free parking
Enjoy a fifth-floor Tower deluxe balcony room, or a Villa Ordak ground-floor terrace hovering over the sea. From either you can watch the constant maritime theatre of boats and yachts flitting back and forth in the sea.
The Tower: Classic, Superior, Deluxe, Junior Suite, Excelsior Signature Suite, Executive Suite, Deluxe Suite, Presidential Suite. Villa Odak: Classic, Superior, Deluxe, Suite
Facilities include: ensuite shower or bathroom with L'Occitane toiletries, bathrobe and slippers, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
We love to sit in the moonlight on the broad terrace at Sensus, with the lights of the Old Town twinkling in the distance. A generous dish of handmade spaghetti came with clams, mussels and the addictive taste of bottarga.
Prora: beach restaurant, regional fish and meat dishes such as lobster with homemade pappardelle. Open daily Jun-Sept, 11am-10pm. Mains from 165 KN.
Sensus: contemporary cuisine, signature dishes include lamb chops and tortelloni with lobster. Open daily 12am-11pm. Mains from 195 KN.
Salin: buffet breakfast overlooking the Old Town fortress. Open daily 6.30-10.30am.
Abakus: piano bar, sea views, cocktails, snacks. Open daily 7am-midnight.