Grand Villa Argentina
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TravelPod Member ReviewsGrand Villa Argentina Dubrovnik
The hotel was located a short 5-10 minute walk from the old town and had great views of Lokrum Island and the old town. The hotel had on-site restaurants and a small cafe/bar. The room we had was quite large and had a balcony and seaview. The staff were helpful and polite and any questions we had were promptly answered. We could not fault the hotel and recommend it for people staying in Dubrovnik. The hotel can be a bit pricey, especially in peak season but it is on
the scenic side of the old town compared to hotels in Lapad.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Villa Argentina Dubrovnik
Great hotel, fantastic views
just got back from a wonderful vacation in dubrovnik. we stayed in the villa argentina and had a great time. the hotel is in a perfect location, just a five minute walk from the old city. the rooms while not huge were very comfortable with all the usual five star trappings....turn-down service etc. Pretty good breakfast(but I'm Irish and its hard to beat an Irish breakfast anywhere in the world!) very friendly staff. Had a wonderful massage in their spa. we didn;t eat in their restaurant but their prices seemed very reasonable compared to Nautica and Taverna Rustica.
Would really recommend it if your planning a trip to this lovely city
Superb Hotel with Fantastic Sea Views!
This was our first visit to Dubrovnik and it won't be our last! The Grand Villa Argentina is an excellent hotel with wake up views to die for. The staff are very pleasant and helpful. The hotel has recently been completely refurbished to a very high standard with delightful rooms and very up market bathrooms.
Food in the hotel is Croatian standard - does the job but we only had breakfast and one lunch at the hotel. So many restaurants in Dubrovnik that it would be a shame to waste time in the hotel eating.
Dubrovnik is such a lovely centre that it is worth taking time to explore and enjoy the atmosphere.Would not hesitate to go back to Dubrovnik and we would stay at GVA again and again
Wonderful hotel - beautiful city
I have just had the good fortune of staying at this hotel on a business trip and was very impressed. The hotel is very well situated with wonderful views from the hotel terrace over the old town from which it is only 10 minutes walk.
The hotel is spotless and the decor in good condition. The rooms are well kept and have all facilities you'd expect - big comfy bed, loads of storage space, mini bar (one you can put your own things in, not one of those annoying automatic ones), sat tv, air con, bath robes & slippers. Extra touches like turning down the bed and leaving a chocolate each evening add to the feeling of luxury.
There is a piano bar with a terrace over-looking the sea and old town, another bar at reception with views, a small outdoor pool by the sea (there's access to the sea via a ladder but no beach here - there's one within 10 minutes walk), an indoor pool and a small gym.
The staff were very polite and extremely helpful. As a vegan I expected to struggle to find something to eat but the waiters persevered and came up trumps. You do have to make the effort to catch the waiter's attention on the terrace of the bar but this may be welcome if you just want to admire the view.
I only had a limited look around Dubrovnik, all within the old town, but I liked what I saw. There are lots of little side streets with beatuiful buildings and plenty of retaurants and cafes. My only criticism would be the lack of variety in restaurant menus but a less fussy eater would probably be adequately catered for.
All in all I would recommend Dubrovnik for a short break and would love to return for a proper look around. I would certainly stay at this hotel again (budget willing).
Wonderful hotel in a wonderful place
I should focus on the room, except that isn't the best part - rather it's the view from the dining area and the hotel pool that is adjacent to the Adriatic. The hotel is in a perfect location - perched above the sea a short walk (5 minutes at a brisk pace, 8 minute stroll) to the old town (which allows it to have the amazing views). The included breakfast was also very good - a wide selection of breakfast items. In general, the hotel is fantastic while the actual room is good - it was clean and comfortable but a little cramped and not as luxurious as one might guess if they just saw the lobby, the restaurant and the other public areas. I have to recommend the 4 handed massage to any one who is coming off a 20 hour plane flight - I don't know how they do it, but it was like the 4 hands were operated by one brain!
Having read previous reviews had high expectation of the hotel.
Fantastic sea view room - definitely worth paying the extra. We also overlooked the gardens and could just see the outside pool. Delightful seeing the different schooners, tall ships etc arriving. Beautifully comfortable bed.
All facilities excellent though we were disappointed with the food - not 5*. Breakfast was fine - except they cannot fry eggs! Scrambled was delicious though! The main restaurant we ate in the first evening. Nothing wrong with it - just not 5* standard. Booked The Victoria as advised due to its great balcony and view of the Old City expecting fine cuisine - again disappointed. Seem to be stuck in a timewarp of what they consider 5* - more like 80's & 90's.
Taverna Rustica definitely more like it (linked to the Excelsior) but expensive. There are lots of reataurants so it is possible not to eat in the same place twice. Prices in Dubrovnik are more like UK prices. We discovered some excellent Croatian wines - great drinking.
Also recommend Cafe Royale in the town, part of the Pucic Palace Hotel - great service whether eating in or in the square.
Having said all above would not hesitate to stay again at Grand Villa Argentina. Something different with atmosphere - The Excelsior for example could be anywhere. And Dubrovnik is the most wonderful place - absolutely adored it. Go!!
This was our first visit to Croatia and certainly won't be our last. I can't wait to return;the hotel was excellent in every respect - staff were very friendly, especially at the pool. the gardens and views were wonderful. I cannot think of one fault!
Breakfast was the best ever with everything you could wish for including champagne.
Dinner wasn't really an event at the hotel, but Dubrovnik is full of great places to eat, The Nautica being the best and most expensive, but a real treat.
I loved, loved, loved the whole holiday!!
Smart hotel Good location
Very satisfactory week at this hotel which we enjoyed despite the unseasonally cold and wet start to the week. Pluses are super beds, bed linen and towels, well equiped modern and well modernised rooms, good housekeeping standards. smart decor - and the nice gardens and views of what is a fabulous city. Nice clientele too.
Negatives were the freezing unheated pool, road noise(recycling bottles and bin emptying at 5.30am!) to the non sea view rooms, and somewhat indifferent, inefficient service at times, particularly pool staff who were not looking to do alot! Not sure good service is what the Croatians do - bit like us Brits - however the Argentina wasn't noticeably worse than the rest of the town. Not really 5 star service though.
Overall would recommend a stay here but worth upgrading to sea view room not just for the view, but also for little more space and peace and quiet overnight.
Only hotel which compared seemed to be the newly refurbished Palace on the Lopud penninsula which was very smart but obviously more resort hotel and not so well located for the city.
PS Didn't eat dinner at the hotel, as many more atmospheric options in such a super city. Taverna Rustica (next door) good although expensive, as was Villa Durovnik resaurant 10 minutes walk in the opposite direction to town.
Very Pleased indeed
My husband and I spent a week at the Grand Villa Argentina in May 2005
and found everything surpassed our expectations.
Dubrovnik is a wonderful holiday destination and we will certainly consider returning to Dubrovnik and the Argentina in the future.
A wonderful retreat
This hotel is one of the best I have had the pleasure to stay at. As soon as I arrived I felt "de-stressed". The room was overlooking a fantastic view of the sea and nearby island "Lokrum". The hotel room didn't have a balcony but it had french style doors which fully opened and there was a half height glass panel in front of the doors which gave the feel of a balcony within the room.
The beds were comfortable and the bathroom luxurious as you would expect for a high quality hotel as this. Service at the hotel was good, although at times, a little abrupt.
The sunbathing terraces may be a little difficult for older or infirm/disabled people to access (down numerous stairs in the cliff side or via a lift then more stairs) but the views there are worth the effort. Attendants bring fresh towels and cushions, drinks and food, attending to your every need.
Something not to be missed is dining on the terrace of the restaurant, overlooking the sea, Lokrum, and nearby Dubrovnik. I will never forget that pleasure.
A short walk into town takes about 15/20 minutes. Try dining just outside the old town where good quality, fish restaurants are plentiful for a fraction of the cost.
I'd highly recommend the Argentina.
Beautiful 5* Star hotel with incredible views of the walled city. The hotel appears to be recently renovated. The rooms are good size and have all the amenities expected of a quality hotel. The decor is all new with lush bedding. The restaurant is of excellent quality and the dining room has views of the Adriatic. A small gym and beauty salon on the premises. It is a delightful 10 minute walk to the city or hop a bus outside the hotel.