5 star style
5* hotels aren't really our usual holiday style - as you'll see if you check out the rest of the hotel tips on this Dubrovnik page, but sometimes we like to splurge and, when we do, the place that tempts us to do so has to have something special to offer. In the case of the Dubrovnik Imperial Place Hilton, that something special began with the fantastic location, just two minutes walk from the Pile gate entrance into the old city and the easiest of access with our hire car pickup and drop-off available at the hotel. Being met by courteous and helpful staff, and gorgeous views of the city walls from the main terrace and hotel lounge ... it just got better and better. A spacious, comfortable room decorated in warm tones of soft terracotta and sage green that complemented and picked up the colours of the view from the window (we looked out to the hillls behind Dubrovnik, not the sea) and a lavish breakfast eaten outdoors on a garden terrace all added to the amenities and made staying here something we'd be more than happy to recommend to others.
Unique Quality: Although there are any number of rooms and small apartments available within the walls of Dubrovnik's Old City, there's only one luxury hotel - the Hotel Pucic, with just 19 rooms. The next best thing ( for anyone considering staying in a 5* hotel) has to be the newly refurbished Dubrovnik Hilton Imperial. The location couldn't be better, the Pile Gate entrance to the Old City is no more than a 100 metre walk - perfect for making your way back to your room for a mid-afternoon siesta when the heat of a summer's day and the crowds that throng the city's historic centre make a little escape just the thing to set you up to enjoy the pleasures of a balmy Dubrovnik evening.
The 19th century building started its life as a nobleman's palace before being converted into a hotel in the years before WWI (Dubrovnik was a top tourist destination even then). The refurbishment has recreated all the elegance and style of those imperial days, plus introduced the facilities expected of a modern 5*hotel - indoor swimming pool, sauna, fitness room, high speed internet, business centre, air conditioning, etc, etc.