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Hotel Zagreb 3.0

Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Dalmatia

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Pros

  • Atmospheric villa hotel with lush gardens
  • Five-minute walk from Lapad Beach and the promenade
  • Tasteful contemporary accommodations, some with balconies
  • In-room amenities include air-conditioning and flat-screen TVs
  • Tempting garden-view restaurant, bar and patio
  • Buffet breakfast included in rates
  • Free on-site parking and free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • Located a 20-minutes bus trip away from Old Town
  • Institutional-looking lobby and halls, and generic rooms
  • No elevator, meeting rooms, or fitness facilities
  • No in-room tea/coffee-making supplies
  • Closed from November to late March
  • Mini-fridges only available on request

Bottom Line

Located on the Lapad Peninsula, within walking distance of the eponymous beach, this seasonal three-pearl hotel was originally built as a private residence, and its exterior retains the appearance of a vintage villa. Inside, the style is more contemporary but less appealing: the lobby, for instance, looks rather institutional and the 24 guest rooms -- all outfitted with air-conditioning, digital safes, and flat-screen TVs -- are pleasant but uninspired. Since a buffet breakfast, parking, and property-wide Wi-Fi are all included in the rate, the Zagreb offers a good value. It is, however, short on features. Aside from lovely landscaped grounds and the popular restaurant/bar area that overlooks them, there’s little on-site… not even an elevator. Travelers looking for extras such as a pool, a full-service spa, or business facilities should consider upgrading to Hotel More.

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Scene

A charming Old World villa surrounded by lush gardens

Set in a large garden of jasmine bushes and magnolia trees, this local landmark offers vacationers a refreshing alternative to brand-name chains. Once a private villa, the Zagreb became a hotel in 1932, was turned into a nationalized health resort after World War II, then served as Dubrovnik’s Croatian Army headquarters during the Yugoslav Wars in the 1990s. Now, more than a century after it was erected, the four-story Neo-Classical building has come almost full circle. Blessed with curvaceous stone stairs, ornate balustrades and balconies, its salmon-pink facade has been restored to its former glory, and its conservatory has been transformed into a charming restaurant/bar area. On the downside, the lobby still bears a Communist-era look and no elevator has been added, which may prove challenging for guests with limited mobility. 

Location

On a pedestrian street within walking distance of Lapad Beach

Situated on the Lapad Peninsula (a pretty, pine-scented suburb of Dubrovnik), this hotel puts guests within a five-minute walk of the beach and seaside promenade. Being set back on a pleasant pedestrian-only street heightens the calm atmosphere; however, restaurants and bars are close at hand. When sightseeing is in order, the nearest public transit stop is a quick walk away, too; from there, you can hop the No. 6 bus which departs every 15 minutes for Pile Gate on the edge of the Old Town. The trip takes 20 minutes. Reaching the airport takes just under half an hour by cab or car.

  • Two-minute walk to the nearest bus stop 
  • Five-minute walk to the beach and promenade
  • 10 minutes to Port Gruz by public transit 
  • 10 minutes to Dubrovnik Main Bus Station by public transit 
  • 15 minutes to Fort Lovrijenac by public transit 
  • 20 minutes to the Dubrovnik Cable Car by public transit
  • 20 minutes to the Walls of Dubrovnik (main entrance) by public transit
  • 20 minutes to the Franciscan Monastery by public transit 
  • 20 minutes to Pile Gate and Old Town by public transit 
  • 29-minute drive to Dubrovnik Airport 

Rooms

Tasteful but uninspired rooms that don’t live up to the setting

The rooms here are laid out differently, though most -- befitting the building’s age -- have beautiful bones (picture high ceilings with molded edges and windows adorned with Venetian shutters): a few also boast stone balconies overlooking the landscaped grounds. In contrast, the simple contemporary decor seems rather bland. Built-in blond-wood furnishings, creamy walls and bright white bed linens set the scene, while striped carpeting and draperies in autumnal tones add just a hint of color. All come with air-conditioning, electronic safes, 26-inch flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi (mini-fridges and a selection of pillows are available on request); the beige-tiled bathrooms, meanwhile, have showers or combination shower/tubs and an unfortunate lack of counter space. Note that most options are twin or double rooms; the latter can accommodate a sofa bed and, if you need more square footage, there is one suite with a separate living area.

Features

Expect lovely grounds plus an inviting restaurant and bar -- but little else

Hotel Zagreb -- a seasonal operation that’s open annually from late March to November -- has character yet few actual features. There are no business or fitness facilities here, nor even an elevator. What it does have are gorgeous landscaped grounds and an overall air of gentility that extends into the conservatory restaurant, which has floor-to-ceiling windows to maximize the view. That gracious space doubles as the breakfast rooms where a sustaining free buffet that includes gluten-free and vegetarian choices is spread out each morning; in the evening, the à la carte menu focuses on favorite local dishes with prices discounted for guests. An adjacent bar and elegant patio offer alternate places to dine or just kick back. Other noteworthy amenities are ticket/tour assistance, laundry/dry-cleaning services, free on-site parking, and free property-wide Wi-Fi. 

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Address

27 Setaliste kralja Zvonimira 5, Babin Kuk, Dubrovnik, Dalmatia 20000, Croatia

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