The Best Room At...Hotel Excelsior in Dubrovnik
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Dubrovnik might not be the first city that comes to mind when you think of über-luxurious Mediterranean destinations, but it should be. The yachts are plentiful, the cuisine is exquisite, and a handful of five-star hotels promise service that's on par with the best resorts in Mykonos or the South of France.
Particularly the Hotel Excelsior, a posh, history-rich property that overlooks both the Adriatic Sea and the Old City's hulking stone walls. Dating back more than a century, the hotel has hosted royalty (like Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret) and celebrities (everyone from Elizabeth Taylor to Ashley Judd) alike.
Below, the hotel's general manager Matea Brnin takes us inside Excelsior's best suite.
DESCRIBE THE HOTEL IN A SENTENCE.
Hotel Excelsior is a true illustration of classic Croatian tradition with a modern edge that exudes luxury in the most sophisticated way.
WHICH ROOM IS THE BEST?
People love our Presidential Suite because comfortability truly meets luxury—guests don't feel like they are in a museum. Located on the top floor in the Tower of Hotel Excelsior, the exclusive suite offers panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea & Old Town from a wraparound balcony, allowing guests to soak in unbeatable views of Dubrovnik and giving them a true sense of place. The suite includes two beautiful bedrooms each with a luxury bathroom as well as a relaxing living room and elegant dining room that’s perfect for entertaining guests.
WHAT’S THE AVERAGE NIGHTLY RATE?
Starts at 4000 EUR per night.
WHO IS YOUR TYPICAL GUEST?
Our typical guest is someone with a discerning taste that is looking to enjoy life’s treasures in a relaxing and soothing environment. Whether that be strolling through the Old Town to learn about Dubrovnik’s culture and history, unwinding in our serene spa by enjoying a blissful treatment, dining at our signature restaurant Prora for some of the best local seafood and meat dishes, or taking a dive in the tranquil waters of the hotel’s private beach. Dubrovnik is a place that rejuvenates the soul and Hotel Excelsior aims to grant that to our guests every day.
ARE YOU ABLE TO MENTION ANY CELEBRITIES THAT THE HOTEL HAS HOSTED?
At Hotel Excelsior, we’ve had the pleasure to host celebrities from many countries. American celebrities and personalities include Elizabeth Taylor, Owen Wilson, Michael Bloomberg, Christopher Walken, Orson Welles, Ivana Trump, Woody Harrelson, Darren Aronofsky, and Ashley Judd.
WHAT’S ONE LOCAL RECOMMENDATION YOU ALWAYS GIVE FIRST-TIME VISITORS?
If they have the time, we love to always encourage our guests to take a day trip to the Pelicjac Peninsula to enjoy Croatian wines.
CAN YOU SHARE AN INTERESTING TIDBIT ABOUT THE HOTEL'S HISTORY?
Hotel Excelsior has remained a timeless piece of the city's history for 100+ years. It is known for hosting royals from around the world including:
British Royalty: King Edward VIII (1936), Elizabeth II (1972), and Princess Margaret (1977)
Monaco Royalty: Princess Caroline of Monaco (2000's)
Japanese Royalty: Princess Sayako Kuroda (2000's) & Prince Akishino (2000's)
Bhutanese Royalty: Queen Mother Sangay Choden (2000's)
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.