Hotel Bellevue, Dubrovnik
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Stylish, Relaxing, Pricey. Great Location.from WilliWonka
The first thing to say is that the location is perfect. Every room in the hotel faces out to sea and the view of the cove is lovely. You do have a sense of seclusion from all other hotels in the area, even though in reality you are only a short walk downhill to both the old town and the new town. The beach is a small shingle beech, typical of the area, and when the weather was good the water in the cove was still, crystal clear and great for swimming. Note, that on the two days of rougher weather we had, litter did get washed into the cove which would put you off swimming – however, the hotel staff did a great job in removing this quickly and when the weather improved, both the beach and the cove where pristine again.
A couple of the earlier reviews have made mention that the hotel doesn’t seem quite finished. At the time of writing, it is very clear that the hotel has undergone massive investment and seems to be 95% complete. While we were there they were literally putting the finishing touches to the beach area and the lift to the beach is now working. I would think that anybody who goes from June 2007 onwards will be visiting a fully finished hotel. Be aware that just over the hill they are building another new hotel, you cannot see this from the beach or the rooms (though you can see a Crane sticking over one of the hills) but when the wind blows ‘the wrong way’ you can hear construction work. I wouldn’t expect that to be completed in 2007. We didn’t find it that annoying but if you are looking for perfection it may put you off.
They have got the décor bang on. I’ve stayed at so many hotels that go for a ‘contemporary’ look which end up feeling like cheap Ikea show rooms. This place’s fittings are contemporary, classy and manage to look actually Croatian rather than Scandinavian. Full marks to the design team.
There are a couple of watch-outs with the hotel. Although it does have an indoor pool and wellness centre which are very well presented you should be aware that they are very small and feel a bit tokenistic. This shouldn’t be a worry if the weather is with you. We didn’t try the treatments so can’t comment on the ‘spa’ aspects.
The rooms were well presented, roomy and had all mod cons. This includes free broadband wifi for the geeky. One minor annoyance was that the electricity is controlled by your room key card which is a proximity card (as is the case in many hotels nowadays). You don’t have an old fashioned ‘do not disturb’ cards to hang on the door knob – you have a button to press which turns on a light. The problem is that when you go to breakfast you have to take your key card, so the ‘do not disturb’ light goes out while you are away. As I really like my privacy for half an hour or so after breakfast it was annoying to come back every day and find the maid already in the room. Bring back paper ‘Do Not Disturb’ cards! (Alternatively, make sure if you are a couple ask for two key cards when you check in – we did not!). I know that is me being weird, but it really did annoy me!
The hotel restaurant managed to put us off by being so quiet and so expensive. If I’m being asked to spend a heap on a meal I like to think I am getting something great, if I am getting something great I like to think word of mouth will have other people there. All nights we were there the restaurant was deserted so we never tried it. We did try the equally expensive ‘Nauticus’ by the pile gate which would get points for its setting rather than the food, but also ate at ‘Seseme’ at the bottom of hill which was the winner for both value and authentic Croatian feel.
The hotel was quiet for the whole time we were there. That suited us fine. My wife worried that the beach may be a little on the small side if the hotel were full as I am sure it will be at the height of summer.
Dubrovnik is a great place for a short break – you can see the main sights in a day and then enjoy the beach guilt free for the next couple. This hotel has both the location and the amenities to make the relaxing a joy. If you can get into this place at a fair price I would recommend it.
Could of been better!!from halfamo
Room was fine, great views etc although I would say more worthy of a good 4* hotel.
Although on the whole we found the breakfast service more than adequate we found that for a hotel advertising itself as 5* the fact that on a number of occasions we were served tea with hot milk rather bemusing.
The restaurant facilities are quite limiting if you are staying for more than a couple of days especially the bar menu. It depends how much you go in to the old town.
Overall the holiday was great and would probably go back again as we agree that once everything is finished the hotel may be worthy of its 5* rating.
Never got what we expectedfrom lorygee
However, not all was good. We booked the holiday via the hotel website on the understanding that it had a private beach with a beach bar and several restaurants to dine in, however this was clearly not the case. What the website fails to tell people is that the hotel is still under construction! Whilst the actual hotel appears complete, there is no beach bar, no beach bar restaurant and no Restaurant Nevada. Quite how the website can claim to have these up and running is bizarre!! Instead there is one Restaurant Vapor (which is quite pricey - however the food is good) and one drinks bar called The Spice Lounge (again quite pricey - about £4 for a beer) but down on the beach area there is nothing except numerous builders working all day, drilling, loose wires hanging from walls and a very unsightly beach.
We complained to the Management and suggested they were advertising something that they were not able to deliver. They said in their defence that the season did not start until the 1st June but it was clear to see that the building work will not be completed by that date. After airing our disappointment we were offered either alternative accommodation at another 5* hotel, or to be moved to a suite within the hotel where the balcony was large enough to accommodate sun loungers so we did not have to lie near the building works. This was the option we chose as we did like the hotel in all other aspects, just not the beach area.
The suite that we were moved to was great, very spacious and decorated lovely with a long balcony. However, on closer inspection, again our suspicions that the hotel was still in the final stages of being completed were aroused. There was no shower screen or shower curtain so if we had a shower we would have soaked the whole bathroom, 2 plug sockets did not work, 2 lights did not work, the patio doors in the lounge and the bedroom did not shut properly, the fridge was not working and the electronic sun canopies on the balcony were not working either. We did advise the hotel about the shower and fridge, and these were promptly fixed, but we did not like to complain about the other items as it did not affect our holiday, and perhaps these minor issues will be ironed out over the coming months when the hotel settles into its routine.
The day after we complained about the beach area, the loungers were put out, the beach was cleaned up, a life guard was on duty and a member of the hotel staff was allocated to stay down at the beach to serve guests who may require drinks or food. So the hotel was quick to make amends.
Overall once the issues we had were ironed out, our stay was excellent. The staff were eager to please and when we checked out, the management apologised again and gave us a bottle of wine and some sweets as a gesture of goodwill and hoped we would return again in the future.
We would return again - maybe in a year or so when the hotel is totally finished. The location is excellent for both the old and new town and the views from the balconies are outstanding, just dont go expecting quite what the website offers, as this wont be the case for what appears to be quite some months.
**TIP** The supermarkets are very cheap. A bottle of beer in the hotel which would cost £3.00 plus, was only 65p in the supermarkets, so stock up your mini-bar in the room and avoid paying hotel prices!
Great Location, Fab Hotelfrom albertanprincess
reputation and I have to say that our room had probably the best view
I have ever had anywhere. The decor is decidedly chic - clearly someone invested a good deal of money in a decorator - and the room was large; well equipped with a mini bar, a/c, flat screen tv (with movies and satellite tv) and good sized bathroom. But it is the view that really makes this hotel. The hotel is situated on a cliff overlooking a cove of the Adriatic. The sun sets around the corner and lights up the cove and surrounding cliffs with a pale colours ranging from soft orange to a pinkish hue as it drops into the sea. Amazing. We sat with a bottle of wine, read a book and enjoyed the view. The hotel also has its own "beach" (beaches in Croatia tend to be made of pebbles and rock, and not of sand - this one was no exception) and private louning area. At the moment, the only way down is the stairs (which are fine until you have to go back up again - there are 125+ of them), but there is an elevator and I expect that it's probably up and running again already. Restaurant had a good selection of breakfast and the patio has the same view - life is tough when you're sipping you cappuccino on a stylish terrace under a big umbrella overlooking the Adriatic. As an added bonus (if, once you arrive you're inclined to actually leave the hotel and head to the old town!!) the Bellevue is only about 1km to the centre of the old walled city. Great stay. Wish we would have stayed longer.
You will want to return to this hotelfrom SharpView
The rooms were good; we spent some time sunning ourselves while overlooking the beautiful views over the Adriatic, the adjacent coastline and the small beach below. You could also enjoy breakfast and other meals outside on a terrace with a similar view. There were some minor room teething problems and all were dealt with well and efficiently. The rooms have wired internet access and WiFi is throughout the hotel with no extra charge.
Miki at the Wellness Centre did a very good physio-therapy job on my back which had some real problems. I would not have enjoyed the holiday so much if he had not sorted me out.
We recommend this hotel and would definitely stay there again.
A fantastic place to stay!from natandpat
It's recently renovated, and our room was just the perfect size, with a fabulous little terrace that we could sit on. We left the windows open at night to hear the waves lapping on the beach...a tremendously quiet hotel!
The bed was large and comfortable, with a really nice comforter. Much more comfortable than many hotels we have stayed at.
The bathroom was nice and roomy, with a great shower/tub - much larger than many european bathrooms.
The service was fantastic - easygoing but responsive. We thought the desk staff did a great job.
The only tiny complaint - we thought the bar and restaurant were a bit expensive and overpriced. That said, the food was fantastic, much more creative than most tourist places. Breakfast was tremendous.
While it's a little bit of a walk to the walled city, it is a pleasant one, and easy to do. We wouldn't have given up our view, beach access, and fantastic room for anything!
We thought the Bellevue was great value for the money, and it really made our trip to Dubrovnik a great one.
t be disappointed herefrom redclayjohn
Fantastic Hotel and Wonderful Cityfrom darjw
A treasure of a hotel!from AdventureRUs
I have to commend the staff. It is really an art form to be able to accommodatte all of your guests' needs without sounding condescending, and I must say that the staff members did just that. They answered all questions with a smile, which some former communist countries have not yet learned. I saw the staff deal with one surly guest who did not know how to use the phones; they were most pleasant even though the guest was in the wrong and blaming them for his own error. Would highly recommend the restaurant Proto right inside the gate of Stari Grad although all meals were satisfactory wherever we ate.
We stayed for a few days, traveled up the coast and then on the island of Hvar taking our car with us on the ferry. Returning to the Bellevue felt like home! We were lucky enough to return just as the trees began to bloom, filling the air with their perfume. Romantic and lovely! I highly recommend both the staff and hotel. Quiet, classy, clean, convenient, comfortable.
Great Value Now!from TheTaylorBoy
Top Local Tips for Dubrovnik
Dining for youngsters Whilst the older children and I enjoyed the variety of food available, my youngest only wanted fries!! An excellent coffee shop (and purveyor of chips) was the Dubrava in the old town main street. You can't miss it as it is the one with the outdoor seating near the Eastern end of the town. For an evening meal try the Domino Steak House. It is not 5* but had a varied menu and it was very busy with (some) locals - always a good sign. Advice from locals is to avoid restaurants in Prijeko Street area of old town. South side is best... but I can't vouch for the former as I never ate there (just took the advice).
Best time to go One of the staff told us the best time to visit Dubrovnik is June, September or October. The summer months are extremely busy. We went in April - the very start of the season - and it was quiet, especially in the hotel. This suited us fine, but you do get the feeling that things aren't quite open yet! The weather was amazing, but make sure you wear sun lotion, especially when walking around the city walls! Note: you can only get sun lotion at the pharmacy - which isn't always open!!
Walking the Wall We walked the Old Town Dubrovnik Wall. The views are spectacular and the wall is well worth the money. I would also recommend puchasing the tour. However, don't go in the heat of the day. We started at 11:00 and it takes at least an hour and a half at a reasonable pace to walk the 2km around the city. It is brutal in the midday sun. Do it earlier.
Other names for Hotel Bellevue
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- Address: 7 Pera Cingrije - Dubrovnik - 20000 - Croatia
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