Natalie Joos

Villa Dubrovnik

  • Where:
  • Why:For a wedding.
  • When:June 2014
  • Who: I went on my own, but there were many New Yorkers staying at the hotel...I was never alone!
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Villa Dubrovnik
Villa Dubrovnik The rooms are spacious, convenient and overlook the sea...albeit slightly shaded by pine trees.

The rooms are spacious, convenient and overlook the sea...albeit slightly shaded by pine trees.

Villa Dubrovnik The hotel entrance is just a simple sign and a door on street level. To reach the reception and the rest of the hotel you take an elevator down.

The hotel entrance is just a simple sign and a door on street level. To reach the reception and the rest of the hotel you take an elevator down.

Villa Dubrovnik I didn’t spend much time in the bar, but it looked nice…

I didn’t spend much time in the bar, but it looked nice…

Villa Dubrovnik Villa Dubrovnik seen from a boat.

Villa Dubrovnik seen from a boat.

Villa Dubrovnik The interior wall of the hotel entrance.

The interior wall of the hotel entrance.

Villa Dubrovnik If you want privacy, you can find your own little nook.

If you want privacy, you can find your own little nook.

Villa Dubrovnik I didn’t swim in the pool, but I can imagine it’s nice in the winter.

I didn’t swim in the pool, but I can imagine it’s nice in the winter.

Villa Dubrovnik
Villa Dubrovnik Villa Dubrovnik is the last hotel up the hill from the old city. It’s about a 15 minute, beautiful walk to the center.

Villa Dubrovnik is the last hotel up the hill from the old city. It’s about a 15 minute, beautiful walk to the center.

Villa Dubrovnik Horizontal!

Horizontal!

Villa Dubrovnik Dive in!

Dive in!

Villa Dubrovnik Me, on the dock.

Me, on the dock.

Villa Dubrovnik The rocks are everything!

The rocks are everything!

Villa Dubrovnik View of the hotel from street level.

View of the hotel from street level.

Villa Dubrovnik Breathtaking views for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Breathtaking views for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Highs & Lows

  • Great location off the grid, so not for the die-hard tourist. It’s quiet and refined.

  • Friendly staff. Always smiling, always ready.

  • The views are stunning, especially if you are on a higher floor, where you get sea view and trees and beautiful sunshine all day long.

  • Internet! Disastrous.

  • The breakfast should have been buffet style.

  • An outdoor pool would have been nice.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 46/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    This is a 5-star hotel. It was recently renovated and feels very fresh and new.

  • Vibe

    Peaceful and magical. It’s minimal and modern with Croatian charm, ideally located away from the swarms of tourists descending on Dubrovnik from the big cruise ships. It’s a place for refined people who appreciate privacy.

  • Location

    I loved that it’s a little out of the way, basically the furthest hotel from the city. There is barely any traffic and definitely no one walking around. I explored even further up the hill and found an abandoned hotel that was the last outpost during the war. It looked like a squatters paradise, but it was mainly eery and empty. Apparently a Russian has bought the property and plans to renovate.

  • Rooms

    The hotel has just four floors so it’s quite boutique in its setup.

  • Music

    I don’t think I ever heard music play… it’s pretty damn quiet in this hotel!

  • Year Opened

    Villa Dubrovnik opened its doors in the 1980s.

  • Designed By

    Originally built in 1961 by Famous Croatian architect Mladen Frka, the hotel recently underwent a renovation and restoration.

  • Health & Wellness

    I did not see a gym, probably because I wasn’t looking for it…I went running out on the street, and swam in the sea. The hotel also has an indoor swimming pool that I never used. You’re better off in the sea, but watch out, it’s CHILLY! The spa is quite zen...I got a great massage from a guy in harem pants.

  • Restaurant

    The restaurant has great food. I tried the poolside lunch service, the dinner menu, the room service menu and breakfast. The staff is extremely helpful and forthcoming. I told the receptionist that I needed almond milk and rice milk and rather than sending me to the supermarket, they offered to go for me and kept my things in the restaurant fridge, which I thought was very accommodating. One regret: breakfast should be buffet style. I think people prefer this over ordering a la carte…

  • Bar

    Looked nice, although I never stopped by. There is a wine bar on the roof that apparently has amazing sunset views of the old city.

  • Minibar

    I ate my small box of Pringles religiously, every day. The mini fridge was stocked generously. I didn’t see anything out of the ordinary…as a courtesy, the cleaning staff leaves a new bottle of water every morning. And they bring a little chocolate at turn-down.

  • Children

    You could bring your children, but I don’t know if they’d have as much fun…there is no outdoor pool and the sea is simply too dangerous. You would have to move your family to the East West beach closer to the town.

  • Price

    It’s not cheap! But you get your money’s worth. You get all the sun you need, all the rest you want and a friendly Croatian staff waiting on you hand and foot. They even made an effort to remember your name! I was Miss Natalie….

  • Website

    Visit website

Walk the walls of the old city

Walk the walls of the old city

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Take the cable car up the top of the hill

Take the cable car up the top of the hill

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Spend your life’s savings at Maria

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Villa Dubrovnik

Villa Dubrovnik

Ul. Vlaha Bukovca 6, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia

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