Valamar Collection Dubrovnik President Hotel
About Valamar Collection Dubrovnik President Hotel
- high speed internet in room
- swimming pool
- free internet
- fitness center
- bar lounge
- business services
- public wifi
- wheelchair access
- free wireless internet in room
- air conditioning
- room service
- dry cleaning
- meeting room
- non smoking rooms
- laundry service
- flatscreen tv
- concierge desk
- banquet room
- family rooms
- multilingual staff
- airport transportation
- breakfast buffet
- outdoor pool
- conference facilities
- rooftop terrace
- private balcony
- breakfast available
- reduced mobility rooms
- hot tub
- heated pool
- indoor pool
- facilities for disabled guests
- poolside bar
- infinity pool
10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Not fantastic, but definitely good.
"I stayed at President Dubrovnik for 3 days recently. The hotel is as earlier mentioned in other reviews located a few kilometers from central Dubrovnik and the old town. But the bus stops is just outside the hotel and a one way ticket with the bus is 8 hrk. and can be bought from the lobby
The hotel is quite big, and it feels a bit old and tired in the indoor and outdoor public spaces. The rooms however are great and feels up to date. The only thing it lacked to be really top notch is a flatscreen tv. The view of the sea from the room is great and you could see cruise ships pass by both day and night. Lot's of channels on the tv, both local and international, there was a bath-tub, minibar, comfy bed and computes access.
The absolutely worst about this hotel except the massive use of concrete is the fee for using the wifi. There are no computers with free internet-access so you have to pay to get on the internet. The price is about 45 kuna for one hours use, or shocking 300 (!) kuna for 24 hours.
Breakfast is great with a large variety of items served. Dinner-buffet is okay, but not great. Staff is nice all over the hotel, but a bit slow. The wellness center is very nice, you can free of charge use jacuzzi, indoor swimmingpool, gym and three different kinds of saunas.
The beach is pretty small but fairly nice, you'll however have to pay for using it's beach-chairs. This is a good, almost great hotel and at a good price you definitely should consider it."
- Travel date: Thu 18th of June 2009
Fabulous trip, Would do it all again!
"This hotel is immaculate, its a small bit out of the way but thanks to the 'magic bus' (it was waiting every single time we stepped out of the hotel) it took no time to get to the centre of the old town. The rooms were big, the balcony and views were beautiful and the staff were very obliging over any request. Breakfast was help yourself and catered for all tastes. The only little problem i would have is that the restaurant stopped serving dinners at 9.30 and the entertainment was a little much some evenings. Piano bar isnt my cup of tea but the other clientele seemed to like it. It wasnt a hotel with many young people in it but that doesnt influence me at all. I loved the hotel and Dubrovnik was well worth the visit."
- Travel date: Tue 16th of June 2009
Great place for good holiday
"This hotel dates back to around 1973 but you would never guess it was that old. It is in superb condition and well deserves it 4 star rating. The staff are all pleasant and go out of their way to make your stay memorable. My wife and I had a wonderful holiday and found it easy to get around. The hotel is on the Babin Kuk peninsular and the terminus for several local buses is outside - including the No 6 but to the Pile Gate of the Old City. There are also 2 easy walks around the peninsular (one in each direction) which take you into the City after about a 1 hour stroll. The sunsets from the restaurant outdoor terrace were stuning. We chose a 'superior' room which was large and spacious with a huge outdoor patio looking out to sea. There was a high speed Internet connection (wired and wireless) in the room but it is a chargable item and typically expensive. However the room did come with a safe which was provided free of charge. The room was well airconditioned and there was also a ceiling fan provided. The only slight issue was the bathroom which was looking in need some TLC, but it was clean and servicable. We were booked for half board. The menu in the evening was a little limited but the food was good with plenty of variety. There is a large indoor pool, sauna, hot tub and exercise room but outdoor swimming is in the sea in a reasonably safe area. The local currency (Kuna) is tied to the Euro so things might be a little more expensive than you would expect. There are some good boat trips from the Old City's harbour especially to Cavtat and to Lokrum."
- Travel date: Fri 5th of June 2009
Stunning position, great staff, a good quality hotel
"We really enjoyed staying at The President.....a lovely location with stunning views over the Adriatic, all rooms have views, helpful and friendly staff made this a great stay.
This is a true 4 star hotel, very comfortable rooms, all with great views, situated at the end of the Babin Kuk peninsula adjacent to the main Dubrovnik town. 10/15 mins by car or bus to the old town, buses run late into the night. The breakfast buffet is good, much food cooked to choice, the only less than good comment is that the restaurant staff, kind and lovely as they are, need a bit more training to warrant 4 star status. But the staff in general were good, welcoming, helpful and pleasant. The beach is stony but the water beautifully clean, and there is a top rate swimming pool, spa, bar and lounger area if you prefer. Luxurious comfort in a beautiful location.
This hotel is difficult to fault......it is a some minutes from the old town but easy to get back and forth, and because of its location wonderfully quiet.
Top marks for a wonderful stay."
- Travel date: Wed 27th of May 2009
Beautiful View of the Adriatic Sea
"This hotel is on the Adriatic Sea with a beautiful view of the sea. Quiet place, good food, very helpful.
We booked with Expedia.ca at the Lacroma Resort, only to find it was still under construction and Expedia rebooked us into the President, but DID NOT tell us they did this. Not a very pleasant experience and was very embarrassing carting your luggage into the Lacroma where all construction workers wondered where you were going. A kind man from the President saw us and helped us with all our problems. This hotel is very quiet, right on the sea and very beautiful view of the sea. There is a pathway down by the sea which you can walk either to the left or right of the Hotel all the way to the Harbour or into the town/old city. Would definitely book with this Hotel again and they were more than helpful with our situation. John (hotel office manager) made our stay most pleasant and was very helpful. Without him, not sure how this trip would have been as Expedia did not have the courtesy to tell us of the change of hotels. Food was more than enough with a variety of specialties."
- Travel date: Wed 13th of May 2009
"When I found this hotel on the internet before we left on our trip, I wondered about its location - being so far from Old Town and the sights. The worry was groundless, as it turned out. We had a rental car, so their parking was a bonus (hard to find in other, closer hotels). The buses to Old Town (or anywhere) were inexpensive (and the front desk gives a discount on tickets), on time, fast (10-15 minutes), frequent, and easy. In fact, the bus stop was the end of the line, so no worries about getting off at the wrong stop, either! It was stress-less.
The hotel itself is large (but not impersonal at all) and offers good amenities. There is a spa (an extra charge except for the basics), a wonderful indoor pool, a small rocky beach, 2 wonderful restaurants (the breakfast buffet was SUPERB), a scuba diving shop (which we took advantage of), internet connection in the room as well as a small internet 'cafe' in the lobby, lovely piano playing in the evening.
The rooms are spacious and comfortable. Each room overlooks the sea and the sunset. It's unbeatable. I think all rooms have balconies with a few chairs and a table, and our section of the hotel had long, thin balconies - more than adequate. We spent every morning outside before heading to breakfast, and the evenings as well, enjoying the gorgeous sunsets. Our room had the bed area separate from the 'seating' area (a couch and a love seat and a table) by a lighted step and a rope rail. Very cute and comfortable. The bathroom also had lots of space for our travel toiletry bags, etc. There was a tub/shower combination, too.
The restaurants (one is a buffet) served delicious food, tho of course at hotel-type prices. But it was worth it!
The lobby didn't have a lot of tourist information displayed, but the woman at the front desk was very helpful, if a bit overworked. Even tho the scuba shop was not open for the season yet, she arranged a dive for us through the shop. She was also quite knowledgeable about other things in the area.
I would absolutely recommend this place for a stay in Dubrovnik! Especially at Expedia prices!"
- Travel date: Fri 17th of April 2009
A fabulous setting
"A very high quality hotel with a tremendous location. The hotel was 5 star quality in almost all aspects with good food , open and airy public rooms , a stony but useable beach and large rooms with outstanding views up the coast. The staff were polite , if perhaps a little more distant than we are used to but not really anything to complain about. Good bus link to Dubrovnik running late into the night with stops along the route giving access to areas other than just the city centre. Short walks around the peninsula and longer ones back along the coast. Overall an excellent experience"
- Travel date: Sat 14th of March 2009
"Hotel Dubrovnik President is situated in Babin Kuk a peaceful area not far from Dubrovnik old town. The hotel is part of the Valamar chain and is a short walk from other Valamar hotels such as the Hotel Argosy as well as some shops, restaurants and bars. The hotel is located on a shingle beachwith free deckchairs and parasols for hotel guests. Also by the beach there is a snack bar which offers lunches, coffees, ice cream, soft drinks etc. The sea is clean however it was a bit chilly (in August).
Also at the hotel there is a wellness centre and indoor swimming pool. The wellness centre is situated on the 5th floor and there is an outdoor terrace adjacent to the pool which offers spectacular views of the Elafiti islands. The only problem we encountered with the swimming pool was local boys (not guests) entering the swimming pool and causing a disruption by jumping and diving in which is against the rules. Thankfully though the manager of the wellness centre certainly wasn't deaf and would send them away. In the wellness centre there is a sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, changing rooms and on-demand massage and turkish baths.
The rooms were clean and offered a good amount of specification including : balcony/terrace, air-conditioning, minibar (local charge payable), safe (free), bath etc. The cleaning staff were polite and always said 'Dobar dan' (hello).
The hotel's restaurant is buffet style. In past experiences I have usually disliked hotel buffets but not this one. Every day there is a different menu including international delicacies and local ones such as gulaÅ¡. The restaurant also offers soups & salads. The desserts included fruit, ice creams and cakes. In the foyer adjacent to the restaurant there is a bar.
Other services the hotel offer include internet access and beach animation, however these will cost you extra.
We found the staff to be very polite and helpful and speak very good english, however you can please them by speaking Hrvatski (croatian). When visiting the old town the best way of transport is by public service bus which cost around 10 kuna one way ( 10 kuna = just over Â£1). Overall if you are looking for a pleasant stay in Dubrovnik I would certainly recommend this hotel."
- Travel date: Sat 20th of December 2008
Above average hotel in a great city
"Stayed at the hotel for 5 days in September. The hotel is quite a way from the Old Town (a long walk in the summer sun) but the regular bus service is excellent and saved a huge amount on taxi fares. The buses were absolutely packed when we were there (still seemed like high season even though it was early Sept) but as the President is at the start of the bus route you can always get a seat.
The hotel itself is quite unique architecturally, with all rooms sea facing, each with a large balcony from which the views are fantastic, with the entrance to the hotel on the top floor. Sunsets were amazing with clear blue sea and yachts sailing by. Whilst the hotel itself looks a bit Communist in its design (think long corridors and austere design) the rooms have clearly been updated and are decorated in a modern style with wooden floors and light coloured furnishings. The bathroom didn't look quite as modern and whilst sparking clean was ripe for an update. The room cleaning staff were absolutely fantastic and better than almost any other hotel I've stayed in (including many 5 star). They seemed to anticipate when you will leave the room and moved in with a ruthless efficiency and regularly had cleaned the room in the 30 mins it took to get breakfast.
In terms of the hotels facilities, the breakfast was a good buffet with huge choice and a chef cooking eggs and omlettes. Orange juice was also freshly squeezed (something which is sadly lacking in many similar establishments). It could be taken inside or outside on the terrace (lovely view, wasps less nice...). Based on previous reviews we didn't try the buffet dinner (which seemed to be fairly mediocre and aimed squarely at those on all-inclusive packages) or the a la carte restaurant. We ate mostly in the Old Town, and in a restaurant about 10mins walk from the hotel right on the water which was absolutely magnificent.
The hotel has a nice lounge terrace with pretty good drinks service, but its not a patch on the lounge in the Dubrovnik Palace hotel which has a stunning view and is very classy. Probably the bit we were least impressed with was the beach bar and the beach itself. Whilst it was clean and private to the hotel, its stones rather than sand (as all the beaches are), is quite small and is surrounded by a lot of concrete and all felt a bit like sunbathing in a carpark.
Whilst initially not being nearer the Old Town seemed like a disadvantage, it was actually nice to be able to go somewhere a bit quieter, particularly during the day when the hoardes of cruise tourists march around. We found it much more relaxing to go into the Old Town in the evening when it was slightly quieter (but still busy) and enjoy the restaurants and cafes then.
Many of the guidebooks are very negative about the general standard of restaurant, but if you are willing to do some research (as well as pay a bit more!) then there are some good places. Many of the restaurants do seem to trade on their location/views, but if you use the standard approach of avoiding anywhere with pictures of the food this is a good start!
In looking around there seem to be a lot of 4 and 5 star hotels in Dubrovnik, with many that have been re-built or newly opened in the last few years. Whilst we enjoyed our stay, If I was coming back to Dubrovnik I'd probably look for somewhere a bit more luxurious, even if that meant paying a bit more."
- Travel date: Tue 11th of November 2008
What you see is what you get
"Whether you like this hotel very much depends on what you are looking for. On the plus side it offers space, excellent views and convenience.
It is located at the tip of a peninsula and looks out on to the open sea, coastline and islands and is west facing so that the sun sets over the islands. The design is quite unique in that it is terraced but each floor has a roof garden and atrium (the lifts run diagonally). From your room you can only see the roof gardens and the sea. The rooms are quite large with big 'balconies'. All have sea view. Public spaces are large. One nice pebbled beach and one smaller one. Very large heated indoor pool but no outdoor pool. The bus stop is directly outside the hotel and the bus service is excellent. We didn't need a hire car.
On the minus side is the food - but breakfast is nice -, the bus tourists, it lacks a bit of character, it is a little dated (the shower didn't work properly) and there was a smell in the corridor at night. Perhaps one could add that you didn't feel you were in Dubrovnik - it could have been anywhere.
We didn't really mind the downsides. We hardly ever saw the tourists as they are in bed by 10 pm and gone before 9 am and we ate somewhere else. The rest of the time we had the hotel to ourselves. It was also a nice contrast to the fairly busy old city streets. Peace and 'elbow room'.
It gave us what we wanted and we would come again."
- Travel date: Mon 27th of October 2008