GVA Hotel Argentina Dubrovnik

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GVA Hotel Argentina Dubrovnik

5 star

Rooms: 169

Frana Supila 14 - Dubrovnik - 20000 - Croatia Hotel Website | | 020/ 440 555
311 Traveller

Reviews - GVA Hotel Argentina Dubrovnik

Beautiful Restful Hotel
Submitted by: Cathy in 01/04/07
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Luxury Traveller
Great location close to Dubrovnik, so easy to walk into for an evening meal. The hotel was friendly and comfortable and the views over the sea and the town were stunning. Excellent bathing area - could do with some more umbrellas as you had to get there early to have one.
Up to expectations
Submitted by: William in 03/10/06
  • Age Group: 60 +
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Retired
This is a lovely hotel in superb location with friendly and helpful staff. The dining terrace is a delight and breakfasts were excellent. Hotel facilities also excellent. Service in their upmarket restaurant was very good but the food itself at an evening meal was a little disappointing.
Great location with friendly & efficeient staff
Submitted by: Brian in 27/06/06
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
We stayed at the Grand Villa Argentina which is part of the hotel in an older building. All completely refurbished. An amazing location within 10 minutes walk to the City. Access to its own beach is via the lift and a seawater swimming pool within a yard or two of the Adriatic for those that don't wish to swim in the sea itself. A special place to stay.

Historical Traveller Reviews of GVA Hotel Argentina Dubrovnik

Nice Hotel

from el1947
We spent a wonderful week in May this year at the splendid Hotel Argentina. The weather was brilliant and although we didn't have a room with a sea view the grounds were beautiful to walk in and we were very close to a small beach. It was only a short 8-10minutes walk in to the old walled city of Dubrovnik which was full of history and culture. The staff in the hotel were very courteous and helpful and the breakfasts delicious - such a selection of foods.

A really enjoyable experience.

Highly Recommend the GVA

from TheaterGal
I just got back from staying three nights at the Grand Villa Argentina. It was one of the more beautiful hotels that I have ever stayed at. Yes, it is expensive but you are paying for wonderful service and views in an extremely confortable setting. Plus, anyone who thinks Dubrovnik is a cheap city is sorely mistaken. If you want an inexpensive but beautiful hotel go to the Regent Esplanade in Zagreb.
The breakfast buffet is immense and delicious. It is serrved in a restaurant that overlooks the ocean and the old city and provides one of the best views of dubrovnik--to have it every morning is worth the price alone. The pool deck provides a welcome reprieve from the city beaches--it is very comfortable and though it is crowded the staff is helpful in providing chairs. The conceirge was able to help us arrange a private boat tour of the city, which we throughly enjoyed. The rooms are normal sized but decorated with simple elegance. Overall, because its convenient location to the old city, its wonderful service and, most importantly, the comfortable pool deck I would highly recommend a stay at the GVA.

Excellent choice

from NWLondon
The Grand Hotel Argentina (together with the Excelsior) is highly sought after for its private beach, views of the old town and proximity to the old town.
We stayed in the Villa Orsula, which has a small garden overlooking the sea. Rooms with balconies are not really worthwhile, as the balconies are too small even for a couple of chairs. The bathrooms vary in size and level of luxury, with that in room 901 significantly better than in 902. The air conditioning in both rooms was not as cool as it should have been. However, the beds were wonderful.
The buffet breakfasts, served on the terrace, could not be faulted, offering an excellent selection of fresh fruit, hot food (even pork casserole!) and a cold platter. A good selection of refreshments is provided from the beach bar, as well as some respite from the sun and excellent views.
The sea is lovely and refreshing and accessed by 2 ladders from the beach / swimming pool area. However, the beach area gets very crowded and noisy and the outdoor swimming pool is dominated by young kids and not really suitable for adult swimming.
The hotel could not be bettered as a base from which to explore Dubrovnik.

Very pleasant hotel, although not 5*standard and overpriced.

from mrypg9
My partner and I have just returned from a very enjoyable stay at this hotel. Our sea-view room (no balcony) was comfortable, very clean and pleasantly furnished. We were disappointed at the lack of standard 5* amenities such as bathrobes, slippers, iron and coffee / tea making facilities. The bathroom was OK but we were rather surprised at the 'plastic' bath and details such as the situation of the shaving mirror and hairdrier. Clean sheets were supplied on a daily basis and towels were replaced twice a day.

The 'beach' and outdoor pool area, although extremely attractive early in the day, was rather cramped by noon and sunloungers tended to run out on occasion. The staff here were very good, very helpful, attentive and observant.

Overall, we found the staff at this hotel to be highly professional and correct. Some people could mistake this Eastern European standard as abrupt. Since coming to live in Prague, we have come to realise that over-friendly 'matey' service is seen as unprofessional in establishments with high- class aspirations.

Breakfast was satisfactory - is it unreasonable to expect British-standard bacon and egg in Croatia? We tend to think so. There was a good variety of fruit, breads, cheeses, cold meats, smoked salmon, as well as hot breakfast fare. Champagne for Bucks Fizz was a nice touch, but standard in 5* hotels.

We were picked up from and returned to the airport by hotel chauffeur driven car service: a very large, shiny new Mercedes. Well worth the £25 each way.

Whilst agreeing that the hotel is over-priced and more like a 4* hotel in standard, we will definitely be returning to this hotel for short breaks as it suited our holiday style - not a resort hotel, had its own character and the clientele were mainly like us. Not wishing to sound snobbish, but a pleasing lack of the more 'chav-like' element that can so often ruin a holiday.

We would recommmend a room with balcony in the older villas. A room facing Fran Supila would not, in our opinion, be worth more than £50 a night, let alone the price charged in high season.


from amhlaoibh
We stayed in this hotel for 6 nights in July 2006. I would agree with other people that the hotel is overpriced. The breakfast is average without being outstanding. The staff arent very friendly. The first room we had overlooked the garden. Water leaked from under the bath/shower and flowed behind the sink and around the toilet. We had to go to the reception desk 4 times to complain before they agreed that the maintenance people werent fixing it and moved us to another room. The rooms are small and the air conditioning is not great.. The views to the old town of Dubrovnik are spectacular which is the only good thing about the hotel. The pool area is very small and all the sunbeds are up against eachother. You will have problems getting a sunbed unless you are up early in the morning. The cushions on the sunbeds are dirty. We wouldnt stay here again.

Grand Villa Argentina

from value counts
Our stay at the Grand villa Argentina was very good although I do think it is over-priced. The views are special and the setting of the outdoor pool is fabulous, but umbrellas and cushions at the pool area are not as easy to obtain as one would expect. The rooms are comfortable, spacious and well decorated- we had a sea facing room without a balcony and anything else would feel like a let-down because it's the views over the sea that are the strength of this hotel. It would be good to have a kettle with tea and coffee in the rooms.
The indoor pool and jacuzzi is particularly good, not crowded with large windows that open onto the garden. The biggest critcism is the small gym and lack of equipment like a rowing machine - it is not the standard one would expect for the price being paid.
Breakfasts are good, not exceptional but above average with a wide range of choice and good quality food.
Restaurants in the old town are plentiful but most are over-priced. Do not walk into the first restaurant you see. Look around and off the beaten track, you'll find smaller, beter value for money places to eat with better food.
Overall Grand Villa Argentina is good but in terms of value for money they need to take a careful look at themselves.

Terrific location but poor service

from MariaErnst
We spent a week in the Villa Argentina. 7 nights (booked directly) cost USD 2967, for a small double room with a sea view, poor air conditioning, poor tv reception, and clearly substandard for a luxury hotel. More irritating than the room was the rather poor service from the reception - they clearly prefer not to be bothered. A similar attitude issue can be encountered at the pool or at the spa. A notable exception was the staff of the Victoija restaurant.
In my view, the Villa Argentina is totally overpriced, reflecting too little capacity in the upmarket hotel sector in Dubrovnik. Do not expect a place that can compare itself to similarly priced hotels in Italy, France or Spain.


from GibsonFamily
Stayed at the Grand Villa for a week, very nice hotel although wished we'd booked a room with a balcony as ours faced the front of the hotel which was quite noisy on an evening with all the cars going by. Would have expected tea and coffee making facilities , bath robe and an iron as standard as they rate this hotel as 5 star!! Breakfast was plentiful, lots to choose from to suit all tastes, even complimentary champagne which was nice.
Views are to die for, whilst having breakfast you can enjoy the old town with views out to sea and the island of lokrum opposite. Outside sunbathing is area is very good with an outside pool when needed. Inside pool and jacuzzi was very good, gym left a lot to be desired but it had the usual, treadmill, bike, cross trainer and a multi gym. Its about a 10 minute walk ish into the old town but thats quite good in that your far away enough not to be on top of everything but close enough to get to it when needed. All in all I would definately stay at this hotel again but in a room with a balcony, we stayed in the argentina part of it, maybe the villas they have adjoining the hotel might be better.

Dubronik Old Town - Great Combination

from Big_Blue_Traveller
We have just returned from 5 days in Dubrovnik at the Villa Argentina and have had an excellent short break.

Firstly, Dubronik. It is a wonderful town and the restoration after the war is simply amazing. The Old Town is well worth a couple of days just wandering and exploring, but its best done early in the morning before the tour buses and cruise boats arrive. We will be returning some time to expore the rest of Croatia. There are lots of lovely small restuarants and bars to just sit and let the world go by - try the cheaper ones - the food is excellent value and quality.

As for the hotel - top notch. We only had one or two tiny gripes - the lack of bath robes in our room and slightly iffy equipment in the gym (we had a rainy morning otherwise we would not have used it!)

We booked over the web after reading reviews on this site and everything was very efficient, including the hotel car from the airport. We stayed in a sea view room with a balcony in the old part of the hotel and the standard of the fixtures & fittings was excellent, although the room was "compact"! But then again, we didn't spend much time there. Everything you would want is there - mini bar, tv (no BBC World when we were there), safe, good amounts of hanging & drawer space, access to check the bill on the tv and a good sized marble bathroom. The bed was a little soft for us but wa svery comfortable.

Our balcony came with two reclining chairs with cushions, and a view out to the island of Lokrum , nicely screened by pines to hide the cruisers when the anchored. There was also an electric awning if needed.

Breakfast is relaxed and plentiful, lots of choice, and the sun area by the sea & its associated pool was lovely for a lazy afternoon by the Adriatic. The gym was a little small, but the indoor pool & jacuzzi were very well maintained. Bath robes would have been good as the changing facilities in the spa were limited. We didn't use the hotel restaurant for dinner - too many other options in town.

Final touches - an English daily paper in reception every morning printed off the web and reasonably priced web access.

All in all, it restored our faith in European "seaside" hotels after our very poor stay at The Thalassa in Cyprus last summer (reviewed elsewhere on here). The lack of pretention at the Villa Argentina vs the Boutique Hotel concept of Thalassa, for a better level of service was notable.

One final comment - don't believe some of the guidebooks that Euros are as good as Kuna. They will take Euro but you may lose on exchange rate. Best option is Kuna and also may be worth getting them from the ATMs that are common - apparently the ex rate is better. Do visit Croatia, it is a very friendly and interesting place - and Dubrovnik is its star attraction.

Excellent hotel

from Kinnik
Good hotel - got to be one of the best in Dubrovnik. Rooms are reasonably sized, well appointed and clean. Staff are friendly and efficient. There is a turn-down service every night (with an evening chocolate mint provided!). Food in the restuarant is fine (with a good breakfast buffet), but I would agree with other reviewers that better fare can be found in town. (The best restuarant in town, apparently, is the Nautika - which offered superb views and food which was very good, if not inspiring). The gardens of the hotel are lovely, and there is a private sunbathing area and salt-water pool. The hotel offers excellent views of Dubrovnik (it's worth having breakfast outside just for the views), and is a quick 5- 10 minute walk away from the city gates. If we return to Dubrovnik, we will definitely stay here again.

Top Local Tips for Dubrovnik

Eating Out Try Domino's steak restaurant in the Old Town. Excellent cuisine and service.

Having a drink on the outside of the old wall surrounding Dubrovnik Do not miss taking a walk along the wall surrounding the old city. It takes about an hour to an hour and a half and taking the walk during the late afternoon is nicest. We found around 5 o' clock to be a nice time to start the walk. When you get to the ocean side of the wall peep over the wall and down towards the sea and you will see two separate spots where you can have a drink on the ouside of the wall. You need to exit the wall and follow the alleys on the inside to get to these two spots. We had a beer at the one that said Colddrinks. It is a magical spot and well worth the trouble to get there.

Sea urchins Be wary of standing barefoot on sea urchins that attach themselves to rocks just under the water surface.


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  • Address: Frana Supila 14 - Dubrovnik - 20000 - Croatia
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