After two nights at the Hotel Excelsior, I moved on to Villa Dubrovnik, a beautiful boutique hotel that really shines if you are looking for a more intimate guest experience.
Villa Dubrovnik Review
What I loved about this hotel is that it only has 56 rooms. It is intimate and you know it the moment you walk in. It’s quiet. The staff greets you by name. The service is incredibly personalized. I greatly appreciated the amenities and ambiance at this hotel, which was quite different than the 158 rooms at Hotel Excelsior.
During the peak summer season, nightly rates run about $1100/night for a base-level room (with a sea view). If you book via American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts with a Platinum or Centurion Card, however, you will receive:
- Daily breakfast for two
- $100 Property credit to be used during your stay
- 4:00 pm check-out guaranteed
- 12:00 pm check-in, when available
- Room upgrade at check-in, when available
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
Pricey? Of course. But if you are paying with cash instead of points, it certainly makes sense for this splurge (in my opinion, of course) over a larger property that may be slightly cheaper.
While this property is above my comfort level in terms of spending for a hotel room, even during my brief stay I could perfectly understand why many find this hotel so attractive.
The old adage, “You get what you pay for,” is not always true, but there is something to be said for spending a bit more for something over-the-top nice when you are already spending so much anyway for a hotel room during peak season.
Built into the rocky bluffs of the Dalmatian Coast, Villa Dubrovnik is located within walking distance of Old Town (about a 15-minute walk to the Medieval town walls) and offers great views of Lokrum Island. You’ll notice the pine trees, which were unique in an area that is dominated by olives and cypress.
I’m of the opinion that if you come to a very nice hotel property, you want to spend the bulk of your time here. If you’ll be out every day sightseeing or on a boat, it’s still a nice hotel to come back to, but seems to partially defeat the many amenities that help to justify the high price tag.
As you pull up to the hotel, you’ll be met with an edifice that extends into the air, like a piece of modern art. It is an elevator that will take you down to the hotel lobby.
If you’re driving, a valet will take your car and there is a parking area right outside the hotel entrance.
I’m not into beaches, but the hotel offers a private beach so you won’t have to go far if that is your thing.
The deluxe room included a king bed, a terrace overlooking the water below, and a small bathroom.
Some sea view terraces have whirlpool tubs, though mine did not.
The restroom was small, featuring a single sink, toilet, and shower bathtub combo.
I loved the charging bank, which included two universal power ports, three Apple lighting ports, two USB-A ports, and a USB-C port. This is something I’d consider using at home.
A minibar featured drinks and snacks for purchase.
Disappointingly, there was no espresso machine, just a hot water kettle.
Bathrobes, slippers, and a safe were located in the closet.
Wellness facilities are well-appointed and include a steam room, bio sauna, and relaxation area.
This is located one level below the Villa Spa. While spa treatments and beauty treatments are pricey, you can use the wellness facilities at no cost.
An indoor pool is available with glass walls that open to a shaded terrace outside.
A wide selection of drinks was available for purchase:
Compared to the spartan fitness center of the Hotel Excelsior, I was elated to enjoy a more comprehensive workout thanks to an all-in-one strength resistance machine. Still, the gym was cardio-heavy.
Private classes were available on-demand:
Free headphones were also available:
The hotel offers a main restaurant and bar as well as room service and a rooftop.
Breakfast (7:00 am – 11:00 am) and dinner (7:00 pm – 11:00 pm) are offered at Pjerin. Chef Robert Račić focuses on Mediterranean dishes, though there is a wide assortment of a la carte items available for breakfast like eggs benedict with salmon or freshly-baked croissants. I prefer cooked-to-order breakfast over a buffet, especially when Orange juice is fresh-squeezed and the espresso-based drink of your choice is available from a fancy coffee machine, though I think my barista needed more practice on his latte art…
Dinner menu here.
The dining room, lounge area, bar, and outdoor terrace are perhaps the most beautiful part of the hotel.
Al Fresco Bar Giardino is only open from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and also offers Mediterranean cuisine under the shade of pine trees.
Prosciutto & Wine Bar
Views are beautiful on the roof and the emphasis is on cured meats and cocktails.
It was here I met Manny, who was the nicest guy and representative of the great personalized service offered at this hotel. He was engaging and attentive and we had a great conversation about traveling around the world.
After getting settled, I worked for a bit and then ordered lunch from the room. My friend, who had stayed here before, suggested the cheeseburger, which was a great suggestion…filling, delicious, and quite substantial (even after skipping the bread). The French Fries were also nice, demonstrating precisely why fine hotels always have a hamburger and French Fries on the menu… because people appreciate comfort food.
My friend came over and joined me, trying a grilled ham and cheese and some sauteed vegetables. I ordered some orange juice as well, which was fresh-squeezed and delicious.
The fresh fruit for breakfast was perfectly ripe and the coffee strong.
I like that every room at this hotel is overlooking the sea. I like the private beach. The service struck me as incredibly personalized. But the price…this is an expensive place. So if you’re looking to use miles and points, you will find better value at the Hilton or Excelsior. But if you’re willing to splurge and looking for a better overall experience with fewer people and a more private feel, this is the place.
Have you stayed at the Villa Dubrovnik? What was your experience like?