The Best Luxury Hotels in Dubrovnik

The view from Grand Villa Argentina
The view from Grand Villa Argentina | Courtesy of Grand Villa Argentina / Expedia
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10 January 2021

It’s no wonder that Dubrovnik, with its Unesco-listed Old Town and the beautiful Adriatic as its backdrop, is a city that tourists flock to over and over again. While the Old Town is the clear star with its narrow lanes, cobbled streets and towering city walls, some of the Croatian city’s most luxe offerings lie further afield. Read on for Culture Trip’s pick of the best luxury hotels in Dubrovnik.

Scalini Palace

Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast
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Just three minutes from the Old Town’s walls, Scalini Palace is primed for exploring the ancient city. Set in a 16th-century stone house, each of its rooms and suites pays homage to its heritage with exposed stone walls combined with very modern interiors. If you can, opt for one of the rooms with balconies for the best views of the famed sunrises and sunsets.

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Hotel Excelsior

Hotel, Villa
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Perched above Dubrovnik’s Old Town (with the azure Adriatic as its backdrop), Hotel Excelsior is nothing if not picturesque. Built as a royal villa in 1913, its rich history has seen Queen Elizabeth II and Elizabeth Taylor as guests. Now, the hotel exudes minimalist charm – pops of rose, mustard and midnight blue adorn the rooms – and there’s a gargantuan spa to get lost in as well.

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The Pucic Palace

Hotel, Boutique Hotel
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Down a cobbled lane in the heart of Old Town, The Pucic Palace sits in a 17th-century baroque building on the Gundulić Square. With just 17 rooms and two suites, there’s an intimate atmosphere here. Rooms are opulent – think deep, rich hues and mahogany fixtures – but it’s the bathrooms you’ll want to write home about. Clad in Romanesque Italian mosaic tiles, sink into the deep soak tub using the Bvlgari amenities provided.

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Boutique Hotel Stari Grad, Old Town

Luxury, Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel
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Plonked near Pile Gate in the Old Town, Boutique Hotel Stari Grad dates back to the 16th century, when it was the home of a nobleman. Today, there are just eight guest rooms – kept contemporary with bursts of colour. Just across the alley is the Icona spa where Thai massages are on offer for guests, but this is only when you can pull yourself away from the hotel’s rooftop restaurant. The views across the terracotta-topped abodes are unparalleled.

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Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik

Luxury, Chain Hotel, Hotel
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With the city walls just down the road, Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik is far enough away from Old Town to escape the tourist hubbub but close enough to explore it at your leisure. The Imperial was Dubrovnik’s first purpose-built hotel when it opened in 1895. Despite its Wes Anderson-esque facade, inside the hotel has had a very modern refurbishment – all blonde wood floors and abstract chandeliers – but many of its original features have been beautifully preserved.

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Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik

Luxury, Spa Hotel, Hotel
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Carved into a cliff face, overlooking the strikingly turquoise bay, Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik is set in a quiet area of Croatia’s largest city. Most rooms here boast sea views. When you’re not dining on Dalmatian cuisine at the hotel restaurant or relaxing in the spa, it’s best to take one of the ladders that lead directly into the crystalline waters of the Adriatic.

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  • Hotel Croatia

    Luxury, Spa Hotel, Hotel
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    Minutes from the historic centre of Catvat, with views to Dubrovnik across the bay, Hotel Croatia sits neatly on a peninsula surrounded by swathes of pine trees. Its brutalist exterior makes way for welcoming, neutral rooms. Wander to one of the hotel’s beaches (yes, plural) or treat yourself to a full-body pampering in its luxury spa.

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    Valamar Collection Dubrovnik President Hotel

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    With the Elaphiti Islands peppered across the horizon, the Valamar Collection Dubrovnik President Hotel makes the most of its commanding view from the Lapad peninsula. Here, days are best spent at the private, palm-lined pebble beach or relaxing in a whirlpool at the in-house spa. Scuba diving lessons are available from the neighbouring Abyss diving centre.

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    Grand Villa Argentina

    Luxury, Spa Hotel, Hotel
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    Sitting pretty atop a steep cliff, Grand Villa Argentina boasts some of the best views of the Old Town. Decor here is palatial and rooms with balconies are best to take in lungfuls of fresh sea air. Days are best spent lounging on the wicker sunbeds by the pool. For dinner, try the seafood risotto at La Caravelle Restaurant and Piano Bar.

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    St Joseph's

    Boutique Hotel
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    Set in a quiet street just off the Stradun, the main thoroughfare in Dubrovnik’s Old Town, St Joseph’s is a blissful hideaway in the middle of a tourist mecca. Here, there are just six luxury suites, each with high-beamed ceilings, exposed stone walls, marble-clad bathrooms and oodles of space. Breakfast, including the signature St Joseph’s green smoothie, is served in your room.

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    These recommendations were updated on January 10, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.