When booking our trip to Dubrovnik it was a decision made in a pub in London with the easyjet app open on my phone scrolling through their easyjet holiday sale. We knew we wanted a week away in April but weren’t too fussed on location or even how long. When we saw a week in Dubrovnik at the Hotel Lapad for £375 including a 4* hotel and flights we booked it there and then. Quite unlike any trips I’ve ever booked, I did zero research on Dubrovnik before booking.
It was only in the days after booking, that I looked into what there was to do in Dubrovnik. As it turns out there is actually quite a lot to do with a week in Dubrovnik, if you’d like to read more about that, then click here.
Anyway when we booked our week away, my friend and I had a look at the hotel and found some really stunning pictures as well as reviews online, so were excited to see where we would be staying.
The Hotel Lapad is in the Lapad area of Dubrovnik which was a ten minute car journey from the Old Town and about 40 minutes away from the Dubrovnik airport. It’s next to the Gruz Harbour so if you’re walking, you have to walk alongside the boats but it does mean you can have beautiful views from your room. We walked to the Old Town the first day we got there and it was around 40 minutes, but we didn’t really know where we were going. We also got the bus back each time we visited which was the best way as the bus stop is right outside the Hotel Lapad and the bus tickets were really cheap.
The Lapad area is known for the beach which was a 10 minute walk away from our hotel. There were lots of newer hotels and nice restaurants on the walk to the beach and I believe it is called Sunset beach. It’s catered to tourists and all the way along, it’s bar, shop, restaurant, bar, shop, restaurant. As it’s outside the Old Town it is more modern but the Hotel Lapad gives you the best of both options in terms of location. You can walk to the tourist area for dinner or get a £5 uber to the Old Town for the day too.
The Hotel Lapad is actually famous as it was originally a castle and has been open since 1914, making it one of the oldest hotels in Dubrovnik. From the outside it looks quite old but we soon found out, it has multiple wings and modern facilities. Our room had a marina view and small balcony which was really nice to sit out and relax on but not all rooms have this option. The twin room option isn’t too bad size wise, it wasn’t cramped, just a little compact. It had everything we needed though without being too small.
We didn’t spend a lot of time in the room as we had a lot we wanted to see but it suited us perfectly, especially when we wanted to come back early and watch TV before an early start the next day. The rooms had everything you could want such as hair dryer, tub, tea and coffee making facilities, safe, AC, wifi and a TV with a range of channels.
Our offer meant that we had breakfast included and we took full advantage of that, having a couple of trips to the buffet to try all of what was available. There was a good range of food and I loved that as well as toast and cereal, they also did cooked breakfast, as well as pastries and cheeses and meats. I think a good breakfast makes such a difference when you’re out for the whole day, so we made sure to go down each morning! You sit in a conservatory building that overlooks the pool so it’s quite pretty in the morning too.
There was room service available in the hotel as well as a dinner menu which always looked amazing but we decided to eat out every night instead as we wanted to try all the amazing restaurants nearby. The other guests in the hotel all seemed to fall into the 60+ category and they all seemed to enjoy their dinner at the hotel. There is a bar in the hotel, but again, with so many new places to try nearby, we didn’t feel the need to visit.
There were never any queues for breakfast, the pool, or the reception and I think this was due to how it wasn’t high season yet. I can imagine it can get quite busy there in high season and they seem to have the facilities to cope with that. We spent one morning at the pool and it does feel quite open, people can just walk in off the street. One man came in from the road and started taking pictures even. I’ll link the website underneath, so you can have a look but the pictures on their site show how beautiful the building itself is.
If I were to go back to Dubrovnik for a short stay I would stay here again but it would depend how much time I had. I liked that is was away from the Old Town as we didn’t spend every day there, but for a lot of tourists who come to Dubrovnik for a few days, I could see how you would want to be closer to the Old Town. It did seem that a lot of the guests had visited Dubrovnik before and each day, my friend and I were out early to do different things. I don’t think I could sit around in a hotel all day even if it is beautiful!
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