Dubrovnik, Croatia

Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik

Rates from (ex tax)$129.62

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR123.99), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Historic heavyweight

Setting

Overlooking the Old Town

You could feasibly spend your entire stay at Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik with eyes a-glue to the lobby view: behold the Old Town and the Adriatic. However, that would in fact be a great shame, given that there are plenty of other items worthy of prolonged admiration here: the rocky private beach, the debonair staff in their ink-black uniforms and preppy polo shirts, and the hotel’s on-the-money mish-mash of old and new, which spans a historic villa, a modern Tower, concrete floors, pops of colour and aquatic-green and blue velvet furniture.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

158, including 19 suites.

Check–Out

Noon; earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $129.62 (€110), excluding tax at 13 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.00 per person per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR123.99), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include breakfast (pick from Continental, American, buffet and à la carte options).

Also

Architecturally speaking, this hotel has something of a split personality: there’s the handsome historic section, Villa Odak, which dates back to 1913, and the modern – but equally majestic – Tower.

At the hotel

Private beach (rocky, not sandy); spa; hairdresser; fitness centre; gift shop; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, free WiFi, desk, air conditioning, minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, black-out curtain, L’Occitane bath products.

Our favourite rooms

We love the Superior Rooms set in the historic Villa Odak, especially number 208, which has high ceilings, a ravishing terrace, an antique carpet and a bath tub with an overhead shower. This room is dangerously romantic (you might put a ring on it, if you haven’t already).

Poolside

Rub your flippers together with glee, mermaids and mermen: not only does the hotel has a heated indoor pool, but the Adriatic is right on its doorstep (you'll need to walk down the coast a little if you want a sandy beach). Guests do get access to a private rocky beach, which has day-beds and a delightful beach restaurant.

Spa

Even indecisive Smiths can expect to enjoy decision-making at Excelsior’s spa, which goes a little something like this: Jacuzzi whirlpool first, or begin with the steam- or Roman baths? Soak up the intense heat of the Finnish sauna, or succumb to a massage by an expert wielding Sisley products? There’s an air-conditioned gym too, but we really don’t expect you to use it.

Packing tips

Bring deck shoes, diamonds and an appetite for seafood.

Also

The hotel has a hairdresser and an on-site gift shop, should you need your barnet beautifying or a little something for the folks back home...

Children

Little Smiths are welcome (water-babies will love it here). Families can request interconnecting rooms and there are lifts, so no buggy-lugging is required. Extra beds for over-2s are €50 a night; babysitting is €20 an hour (book a day ahead).

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Work out your favourite view and pick accordingly (tables outside win hands down, in our book).

Dress Code

Deck shoes and diamonds for Sensus; ‘kini and cover-ups (or the male equivalent) for Prora.

Hotel restaurant

Fall hook, line and sinker for Excelsior’s three brilliant restaurants. Salin Restaurant serves breakfast on a dreamy terrace; landlubbers will also love elegant Sensus, where you can spy on the chefs in the open kitchen, or nab tables on the terrace and soak up the cityscapes. The clever chef hails from southern Croatia and knows his way around local ingredients: toothsome lobster comes with home-made pappardelle, baby tomatoes, olives and pepperoncini; sea scallops are served with Romesco pesto, courgette, spaghetti, white wine and a zingy pink-grapefruit sabayon. There’s also a beachside restaurant called Prora, which comes with knee-weakening views. Unless you’re cursed with a seafood allergy (poor thing), do not bypass the local oysters – they’re famous for good reason. The just-plucked-from-the-waves fish is another obvious highlight.

Hotel bar

Laid-back Abakus Piano Bar is sitting pretty on the ground floor, with spectacular views: come for sunset and stay put until your thirst is quenched (or your shoulders shiver). Live music performances are hosted here throughout summer; resident DJs also take to the decks. Don’t miss the interesting Croatian wines, especially the moreish white. (Add light bites from the bar if you’re peckish.)

Last orders

Sensus and Prora are open until 11pm; breakfast is served at Salin til 10.30am.

Room service

Rejoice, nocturnal nibblers: you can order treats to your room 24/7. The menu includes breakfast options, salads and other snacks.

Location

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Address
Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik
Ul. Frana Supila 12
Dubrovnik
20000
Dubrovnik
Croatia

Planes

Dubrovnik airport is a half-hour drive away. Let Smith24 know if you’d like help with flights and hotel transfers (they’re €45 each way, in a car). EasyJet flies to Dubrovnik from major cities in the UK, France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. Flights across the Pacific arrive via Dubai (or Charles de Gaulle airport) and Frankfurt.

Automobiles

Smith24 can sort your car hire from Dubrovnik airport. Free parking is available at the hotel; plenty of parking spaces await. If you're travelling through Croatia, Split is a three-hour drive away.

Other

Jadrolinija (www.jadrolinija.hr) runs ferries daily between Italy (Bari) and Dubrovnik, from May to October.

Worth getting out of bed for

Start with what’s just beyond your bedroom: splash in the sea and top up your tan on Excelsior’s rocky beach. Visit the spa for some Sisley-product pampering before hitting the beachside restaurant. Toast the sunset with ice-cold drinks at the bar; you might get to watch a band play or a DJ work the decks. The hotel can arrange guided Old Town tours, which last two hours and end on a high with wine or cocktails at the top of Srđ Hill (accessed by a cable car), while enjoying Dubrovnik’s panoramas. Join a tour that takes in the neighbouring wine region and oyster farms, where you can taste some succulent bivalves (they’re something of a local headliner). Spend a cultured afternoon ticking off the city’s museums and galleries. Set off on a day trip to the neighbouring islands, or make a beeline for beautiful Banje Beach.

Local restaurants

Aim for the stars (of the Michelin variety) at Vapor (+385 20 330 000), the pearl in the crown of the elegant Hotel Bellevue. Croatian produce stars bold dishes that look to the Med; the decor is as stylish as the dishes. Friendly Pantarul (+385 20 333 486 ) at 1 Kralja Tomislava serves unpretentious food that puts a spotlight on local fish, meat, game and produce; expect to be bowled over by the delicious home-made bread and pasta, charming waiters and highly gluggable Croatian wines. Nautika (+385 20 442 526) has swoony views, thanks to its prime perch at the very edge of the sea at Pile, by the western entrance to Dubrovnik's Old City. Highlights include lobster from Vis and other Adriatic seafood; this romantic restaurant is housed in the former Dubrovnik School of Maritime Studies, which has welcomed seafarers since 1881.

Local bars

Get a taste for Dubrovnik’s relaxed nightlife at the exemplary, cliff-hugging Café Buza at 9 Crijevićeva. Pleasingly, it’s accessed through a sneaky little hole in the wall, marked with a wooden ‘cold drinks’ sign; in a city that doesn’t stint on sunset spots, it’s one of the best options.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this historic hotel in Croatia and unpacked their deck shoes and white wine, a full account of their coastal city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik...

You know you’re doing things right when two of the world’s most demanding Lizzies – Queen Elizabeth II and Elizabeth Taylor, to be precise – count among your distinguished guests. Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik knows a thing or two about flawless hospitality, having welcomed queens, movie stars and other discerning globe-trotters to its prime Dubrovnik perch since 1913. Sorry to disappoint any foot-stamping divas reading this, but there’s absolutely nothing about Excelsior that will prompt an impassioned temper tantrum (other than check-out, natch). The hotel occupies a palatial patch of the city, spying on the glittering Adriatic and the medieval, walled Old Town; staff mind their Ps, Qs and a few other consonants, rattling around the hotel efficiently in their sleek black uniforms (or preppy polos on the private beach); there’s a spoiling spa, a clutch of seafood-focused restaurants and rooms styled with citrus-bright hits of colour, striking artworks and velvet furniture in aquatic hues of green and blue. Old-fashioned types can bed down in historic Villa Odak; modern lovers will be bowled over by the sleek, contemporary Tower...

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