Comfortable, spacious guest rooms with AC and minibars
All units have balconies, most with sea views
On-site buffet and a la carte dining, plus half-board options
Hotel and beach bar serving drinks and light fare
Free breakfast buffet with hot and cold items
Access to wellness facilities at Uvala Hotel (extra fee)
Room service (limited hours)
Free on-site parking (limited spaces)
Free Wi-Fi throughout
Not open year-round
Far from Dubrovnik's historic center
Dated decor throughout
Guest rooms have limited amenities; some have tube-style TVs
No on-site gym and fees for beach chairs and umbrellas
Located on Lapad Bay, the three-pearl Hotel Splendid is a seasonal property with a garden that leads down to a private beach. It's within walking distance of the bustling Lapad Bay promenade, but far from Dubrovnik's historic center. The 59 guest rooms are tidy and spacious, and all have balconies, most with beautiful sea views. Decor is dated, though, and other than the AC, minibars, and free Wi-Fi, in-room amenities are limited, and some have old tube-style TVs. A buffet breakfast is included in the room rate, but it gets mixed reviews. There's also a garden restaurant, a hotel bar, and a beach bar. Half-board options are available. But there's no gym on-site, and sunbeds and umbrellas for the beach cost an extra. Also, the hotel doesn't have an elevator. For more modern decor and better amenities, travelers can consider Hotel Uvala -- a bit pricer, but perhaps a better value.
Older but well-maintained seaside hotel for vacationing couples
Hotel Splendid is one of the area's older hotels, dating back to 1963, and last renovated in 1997. The bulk of the building is white stucco, with rows of windows on one side, and a balcony-filled facade on the other, overlooking the sea. The lobby shows its age, but isn't without character, featuring a wavy wood reception desk, faux stone accent walls, and a carpeted seating area with armchairs and couches in dated red upholstery. A few plants and floor-to-ceiling windows enhance the space, which opens up to a large terrace overlooking the hotel's gardens and the sea. The hotel has no elevator or pool, but the major draw here is access to a private swimming and rocky beach area. With mostly double rooms, vacationing couples are primary clientele during the tourist season when the hotel is opened.
The hotel is located on the Lapad peninsula in a residential area northwest of the historic Old Town, just a minute's walk to a private swimming area with a concrete jetty and a pebbly strip of beach. About an eight-minute walk from the hotel is the scenic Lapad Bay promenade, which extends along the edge of the peninsula and features many restaurants, bars, and cafes; it's frequented by tourists and local residents alike. It would be a hike on foot to Dubrovnik's Old Town (45 minutes or more), but bus No. 4 has a stop near the hotel and runs regularly, and reaching the city center is about a 20-minute ride. Dubrovnik Airport is about a 30-minute drive.
Outdated but roomy, with minibars and balconies, most with sea views
Hotel Splendid's 59 guest rooms are tidy and spacious, though decor is bland and dated. The newer wood flooring that has replaced carpeting is a nice touch, but the caramel-colored wood furniture, beige upholstery, and pastel-pink bedding lend a 70s air. Wear-and-tear may be evident, but guests generally find the rooms clean and comfortable. Double glass doors open onto the balconies, filling the rooms with natural light, and pieces of local art that hanging over the beds add flair. The majority of rooms are doubles and twins, with a few single rooms and a handful of triples with sofa beds and separate balconies. All rooms have balconies, most with views of the sea and the hotel's garden, though some catch glimpses of the parking lot.
All units have AC and feature minibars and free Wi-Fi (though some guests have complained that service is spotty), but they lack kettles. Small, tube-style TVs are standard, but flat-screen TVs are found in some of the upgraded rooms. Bathrooms, decked out in white-and-rose vitrified tiling, are on the small side, and have shower/tub combos or stall showers, but old, wall-mounted tube-style hairdryers and no toiletries are provided.
Indoor and outdoor dining and drink spots, free breakfast, and beach access
Guest of Hotel Splendid have access to a private swimming area, which includes a stony stretch of beach and a concrete jetty, but umbrella and lounge chair use costs extra. There's no gym or pool on-site, but guests can use the wellness and swimming facilities at the nearby Uvala Hotel (two-minute walk), albeit for an extra fee.
The hotel offers a free breakfast buffet, which includes a selection of standards -- breads, cereals, fresh fruit, and yogurt, plus hot dishes like eggs and sausage. Dinner is also served buffet-style, and guests can opt for a half-board option, though the food gets mixed reviews. Alfresco dining is offered on a pleasant patio overlooking the sea. Inside, a charming bar and lounge serves drinks all day, and a beach bar serves up drinks and light fare in front of a picturesque backdrop. Room service is available.
There are a few free parking spaces, tickets for the public bus can be purchased through reception, and airport shuttle service can be arranged for a fee. Wi-Fi is free, though some guests find service spotty, and an internet-connected computer is available for guest use for an extra fee. Travelers with limited mobility should be aware that the hotel doesn't have an elevator.