Grand Hotel Park
Travel Blogs from Dubrovnik
Today we had a trip into Montenegro, hugging the coastline down to Kotor which was a lovely old walled city (nice Kiwi ice cream). It's located on a Fiord and a popular place for the cruise ships to stop (just like Dubrovnik) which dramatically increases the population in town.
In the afternoon we stopped in a really nice town called …
Woke up this morning and opened the door to the balcony to find out it was reasonably windy and all my clothes were on the floor of the balcony, except a t-shirt which I could see 6 floors down on the ground. Got up and dressed, went downstairs, but by the time i got there it had disappeared.
This morning we had a walking tour of old …
This morning we did a walking tour of Sarajevo. B & H is full of Muslims. I had no idea. But you can't spot a Muslim by the way they dress like at home, They effectively dress the same as 'us'. They say if you see a Muslim woman covered up she is a tourist. Our tour guide for our walking tour was half Muslim, half Jewish! Hard to be live that …
... hot from all that walking so we stopped at a restaurant in the city to get a nice cold drink. We sat there for a while just cooling down and after a bit we finally left and explored through the old city. It was quite busy with people everywhere and just as many shops. After a while of walking in and out different shops we decided it was enough and we hopped into another taxi that took as back to the ...
... the whole city. On the last night we saw the opening match of the World Cup, Croatia verse Brazil in Croatia. There was lots of people in the cafes and bars and we had a good seat in front of the TV. The Croatian fans lit up flares. Brazil won 3 - 1.
What I liked the most about Dubrovnik was watching the World Cup opening ceremony, and the pizza!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Hotel Park Dubrovnik
Happy at the Grand
I stayed in the Grand Hotel Park for the 1st week in June of this year and we found the hotel very nice. The rooms were large and clean. The staff were always friendly. The food was buffet style. You could prebook tours there as well as in town. You could get a boat tour to some of the islands from just around the coner. They did have music in the evening but this mostly consisted of a guy playing a keyboard without singing. Not what we were looking for. They were suppoesed to have a late night bar opening this summer in their building by the pool but there was no sign of it opening at all while we were there. But the Kompas hotel around the coner had outdoor music. Very nice. The Grand has an outdoor and indoor swimming pool, massage, sauna etc. Short walk to bus stop into Old Town. All in all a very pleasant stay.
Great location and very good value for money
I stayed in the anexe, called 'villa park'. The room was modest but clean. There was a satellite TV and air conditioning, with was not a given for a 2* hotel. It is very close to the beach and to Lapad main street. The bus to go to the old town is at a few minutes walk. We had a great time there and in Dubrovnik and I definitly recomment the place !
Great hotel, would certainly go back.
We stayed in a inland facing room with the half board option on a First Choice package holiday. This was in teh main hotel building, not the annexe. Despite facing inland the views were still terrific.
The room was clean and well equipped with satellite TV, mini bar, hairdryer and air-conditioning, safety deposit boxes were available at reception at no extra charge. The room was a bit on the small size but not uncomfortably so, most of the furnishings were fairly new but the carpet was showing signs of wear. All rooms had a balcony although it was only large enough for a small table and two chairs, at either end of the hotel the balconies were larger as they wrapped around the side of the building. The bathroom was small, the bath was not full size but the shower was both hot and powerful. The whole hotel complex was in a good state of repair.
The daily maid service to the room was excellent, beds were always made, the bathroom restocked and cleaned. On arrival our toilet cistern had a slight leak, we reported this to reception and it was repaired within a couple of hours. The restaurant is always a buffet, waiting staff are only present to serve drinks and clear tables. Drinks service in the restaurant was slow and on more than one occasion we had almost finished our meal before being offered drinks. Service at the poolside bar was pretty good but there was nobody bringing drinks to people on loungers, the only way to get a drink was to get up and go to the bar.
In general the food was very good, the evening buffet always offered three or four main dishes as well as starters, sweets and fruit. Breakfast was reasonable with both hot and cold offerings although we found the fruit juices tasteless. There was no restaurant lunch available at the main hotel but the pool bar offered a range of snack lunches which were fine. A more substantial meal could be had at the hotels beach-side restaurant which was only a two minute walk, the food here was excellent and very good value.
The Hotel had both indoor and outdoor pools, both were clean and appeared well maintained. The brochure indicated that the pools were salt water but we were convinced that this was not the case and it was in fact fresh water. Sun loungers were plentiful and despite the hotel being full there was never any trouble getting a lounger either in the sun or shade. Two internet terminals and a table tennis table were also available, there was a car rental agency and tourist shop next to the hotel.
Grand Park Hotel is about 4km from Dubrovnik old town which is a shame as it would be almost perfect were it within walking distance. The hotel does run a minibus to the old town but only in the morning and evening and they will only take you in, not bring you back, the charge is roughly the same as the local bus service (about one pound each way). The local bus offers a regular service to the old town and is about a five minute walk from the hotel, a taxi worked out at about five pounds each way.
Next to the hotel was a pedestrian walkway leading to the beach and lined with restaurants/bars (noise was not a problem). There was a jetty at the beach and plenty of vendors were offering day trips from here to the local islands for less than half the price our tour operator was asking. There was also a supermarket, small shopping centre, Post Office, money changers and ATM's nearby. The pebble beach was in a small bay with calm clear waters good for swimming and snorkelling, sun loungers and parasols were available for a small charge but it did get very busy by mid morning. The swimming area was protected by a perimeter of buoys but the only sizeable boats were the tourist ones and they all left at 10am and didn't return until 6pm. There were no Jet skis, water skiing etc. available, long may it remain so!
Dubrovnik old town was both beautiful and spectacular, the wall walk was well worth doing. Restaurants and bars were plentiful, the food was good and very reasonably priced, especially the sea food. Drinks were pricey, almost UK prices, we found the exception was house wine by the carafe which was cheap and quite drinkable. English was spoken almost everywhere and we had no problems being understood. However most of the service staff were pretty miserable, not unfriendly or unpleasant, just not happy.
The downside is the distance from the old town but there are few hotels nearer and nearly all of these lack a pool or such a short walk to the beach. In summary this a great place to go on vacation if you want a peaceful holiday with plenty to see and do.
Excellent hotel in good location
We stayed in June 2005. The seaside rooms are worth the extra money because of the spectacular views. The hotel has a lovely outdoor swimming pool and plenty of sunbeds. The beach is just a short walk away and is safe for children. Although pebbly, if you walk out a few yards into the sea you will find sand. The best places to visit are Catvat, by boat from Dubrovnik harbour and Lokrum. Do not miss the walk around the walls of Dubrovnik as the views are incredible, but remember to go in a clockwise direction from the city gate in order to do the steep bits when you are less tired. All in all a great holiday and highly recommended.
What a lovely hotel
What a surprise Dubrovnik was.Spotlessly clean,crystal cear water,beautiful scenery,and very friendly people.The Grand Park was a lovely hotel, ideal for adults and couples.The choice and standard of food,which being buffet style,means you have as much as you like,which was excellent,as was the friendly staff.The pool was lovely and big,with a friendly waiter for drinks.Entertainment is low key,but next door is a lovely taverna with music every night,or 2 mins away is lots of bars and restaurants to choose from.Perfect.It is an ideal place to explore the old town.The hotel provides a bus,but bus stop 2 mins walk and goes every 10 mins.Have a nice time!
Grand Hotel Park - Great Place To Stay
We greatly enjoyed our week's stay in Dubrovnik at the Grand Hotel Park. The staff were helpful. Our room was clean & comfortable. The buffet Breakfast & Dinner were fine - not gourmet dining but good cooking. We thought it worth paying extra for a sea view room with balcony. It was wonderful to sit and admire the view every evening - even better with a pivo or two (local beer is very cheap in the nearby supermarket)
The hotel is in a picturesque location. Near its own beach and well sited for walks around the Lapad & Babin Kuk penisulas. Unless you love uphill walking, the Old Town is best reached by the hotel minibus or the regular Number 4 or Number 6 bus that leave from separate stops near the hotel. The fare is 8 Kunas for a ticket (bought at kiosks) or 10 kunas (exact fare required) on the bus. There is a Kerum supermarket nearby along with lots of bars and restaurants. We liked the Caffe Bar Doc near the Supermarket and the Number 6 bus stop. This bar has a bakers next door.
Dubrovnik Old Town is magnificent - start your visit by walking the walls. A boat out to visit Lokrum (Botanical Gardens, beaches, views and the bar) was a good afternoon. Our day trip to Mostar was a highlight of our holiday.
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Good Place to Stay
This hotel in Lapad was modern and very pleasant with gardens running down to the seafront, swimming pools and sun terraces, Most rooms have their own balconies where you can sit and watch the lights at night. A few minutes from a very good supermarket and up-market boutiques in strange shopping complex. Several coffee bars and restaurants scattered around. No. 6 bus from the main street takes you to Pile Gate in Old Town and runs every 10 mins or so. Also a minibus service from the hotel several times a day. This is cheaper for airport runs than using local taxis. Breakfasts are excellent, supper mainly buffet and staff on the whole very helptul. Good position.
We stayed here in september of 2004, nothing to complain about but than again nothing extraordinary either. All in all, rooms were clean and the people nice, close to restaurants and the supermarket. Not too far from the beach or the old town. Would i stay here agin.......maybe.....
If you get a chance make sure you visit all the islands around Dubrovnik.....great experience!!!
Great hotel in Great location
Great hotel in the Lapad area of Dubrovnik.
Rooms were very modern and comfortable.
The hotel is just steps from the beach, which is shingle, not sand.
In the immediate area there are a whole load of cheap restaurants and bars.
A regular bus service to the old town stops just up the road from the hotel. Journey
takes about 10-15 minutes.
The hotel food was good, although I didn't like the fact we had to sit at the same table every day. If you are self catering there is loads of restaurants nearby, plus a big supermarket less than 3 minutes walk.
The hotel had both an outdoor and indoor heated pool. Friendly staff.
I would not hesitate to stay here again.
Great location in a quiet residential area.
Visited this hotel in May/June 2004.We had booked two twin rooms for my wife and self and two teenage children but as they didn't have any ajoining rooms we had a suite instead.The hotel is in a great location in a nice quiet residential area and only about 25 minutes walk to the old city.The meals we had were quite good and the staff were very friendly and professional.The hotel is surrounded by woodlands and it is a few minutes walk to the sea.There are lots of things to do and see and we took advantage of several excursions ,Montenegro,Bosnia visiting Mostar and the local three island trip which we all enjoyed immensely. There is a large supermarket ,bank ,post office and bus stops about 5 mins walk from the hotel.We visited Dubrovnik nearly every day when we did'nt go on any excursions ,there is so much to see.A good day out is a visit to Lokrum the little island opposite the old city. On reflection I think we made a wise choice as this hotel had every thing we wanted ,good location ,clean,and the meals were good .I would definitely recommend this hotel and revisit it at some time.