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Hotel Excelsior

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Hotel Excelsior is located directly on the sea, just a few minutes walk from the heart of the Old City of Dubrovnik. It is made up two buildings, a modern and older one, both of which were fully renovated in 2007 and 2008.

Hotel Excelsior has around 150 rooms and 18 apartments. The hotel’s facilities are truly impressive, a large wellness centre with inside pools, stone beaches, a restaurant with a terrace and view of the Old City, fully equipped conference halls and many other amenities that make the hotel an ideal choice for business guests and leisure guests alike.

All areas and spaces in the hotel have a feel of luxury and taste and the service of Hotel Excelsior is famous for its care and professionalism.

Hotel Excelsior is part of the ALH group, in the same group as Hotel Bellevue and Dubrovnik Palace, and the whole group is renowned for its high standards. One could conclude from observing the interior that the hotel is modern yet not avant-garde. The goal of the designer was to create relaxed Mediterranean surroundings using natural materials wherever possible.

Even though most of the guests to the hotel are foreign, Hotel Excelsior is often used by people from Dubrovnik, especially for weddings and other special occasions and the hotels Palm Terrace is ideal for such events.

Great room + location on the Adriatic

The Hotel Excelsior is a newly renovated hotel directly on the Adriatic near old-town Dubrovnik. It is a modern building, with lots of large glass windows in the lobby and rooms, and a very modern decor.

The hotel is located directly on the Adriatic, and you have direct water access. There is no "beach" at the hotel (there are not many "beaches" anywhere on the Adriatic, being a rocky coast), but the hotel has constructed a concrete platform for lounging and sunbathing. Along the hotel's ocean-front perimeter, the concrete platform stretches next to the rocks, and a roped perimeter creates a private swimming spot in the sea protected from boats. The hotel has also constructed a sea-water swimming pool with a sand bottom out of the rock, which has an inlet to the sea to be refreshed with water. The swimming area is beautiful; the water is a crystal clear blue, and you can see down to the bottom, which is silty and rocky. The water is pretty calm, and often only one or two swimmers were lazily doing the breast stroke or floating in the cordoned-off area. It was perfect. The concrete area has pool lounges and umbrellas, and behind the platform is a covered area which has more seating, tables, and food + drink service. There is also water and towels available, and waitresses service the "beach" area. The one negative is that there is no seaside bar; I missed my tropical drinks!

Next to the beach platform is the indoor pool and "comfort zone." Underneath high ceilings (at least two stories) and next to large shutters open to the ocean, this room has a large infinity pool (heated, 80 degrees Fahrenheit), and two small lounging pools with jets (same temperature) and molded in-water seating. There were also two Jacuzzis, two wet saunas (with changing colored lighting), a dry sauna, and two showers (both rainfall and multiple side jets with cold/hot water cycles). Around the pool were several types of padded lounges and tables, as well as tables, ice, and water. On the second floor overlooking this pool area with floor-to-ceiling glass windows is the exercise room. On the same floor as the pool in a separate, secluded area is a spa and salon.

The rooms are large for Europe and standard for the US in size, with a large bathroom (for both standards). The room has a small desk + chair, a softer chair and side table, a mini-bar, a 27-inch or so flat-screen TV mounted to the wall (with no swivel, which made it somewhat awkward to watch as we weren't facing it), and two twin beds pushed together to make a King. This was the worst part of the room: the beds would often separate from each other in the night, and they had separate sheets. The sheets were ok, but there was only one sheet used to cover, a heavy duvet, which was too warm but had to be used because there was no plain sheet. Other than these things, the room was very nice and well-appointed, very new, modern and clean. The bathroom was great. It had a large tub separate from a glass shower with rainfall shower head and a hand held shower nozzle. The sink had two basins, and everything again was marble, new, and modern. They provided robes, slippers, decent towels (though a bit small), and Aveda rosemary-mint products.

The best part of the room was the view. We requested an ocean view, and we faced north along the coast, with sweeping views of the Adriatic and the old-city. It was amazing to watch the sun set over the city walls.

The staff was very nice and prompt, and requests from room service for things like ice were always granted quickly and with a smile. When we had a driver not show up (which my travel agent had arranged), the hotel staff took over to call the company and get us another car. I did not eat any food at the hotel so I cannot comment on it directly, but others with me ate breakfast in the restaurant every morning and said it was good. One detriment to the hotel is that the way it is built into the cliff requires separate elevators to get to different parts of the hotel, so after coming in the lobby, you'd have to go down one story (by elevator or stairs), walk a hallway and then take another elevator. This was never an issue for us, but some may find it annoying.

The hotel is a ten minute walk maximum to the entrance of the city walls. You walk on a pathway along the cliff along the ocean. It is a pleasant walk and short of staying within the old city, there isn't a better location for seeing Dubrovnik's old town. Along this walk is also the entrance to a public beach (within 5 minutes from the hotel).

The concierge is very helpful and can arrange a variety of activities from a tour guide to scuba diving and was very helpful. She even gave us her cell phone number to call her if we needed to adjust our plans.

Overall, I thought this was a great hotel with good service and a good location. I think they could improve the beach ambience a bit, with a bar and maybe music, but that is just my preference. For Americans who need a reference, I would say this hotel is better than a typical Hyatt/Westin but not as nice as a St. Regis or Four Seasons. I believe it is considered a 5-star hotel.

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For comfort, excellent buffet breakfast and exotic view, it is hard to beat this hotel. >>> more
Enviable views

The Hotel Excelsior was the most beautiful hotel we ever stayed. The view was magical in a very superb room. The room was spacious, modern and had a very luxiorous bathroom (complimentary Aveda products!). Our room faced the Adriatic and Lokrum Island providing enviable and unparalleled views I still dream about. >>> more
Fantastic location, fantastic hotel.

Six of us stayed here in early December. Our rooms were large, modern with balconies that overlooked the Adriatic and also had stunning views of the Old Town of Dubrovnik. The hotel is about a 10 minute walk from the City Gates. >>> more

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