Thursday, February 20, 2014

Where to Stay: Hotel Bellevue in Dubrovnik

I expected our stay at Hotel Bellevue to be great. I knew we were walking into what's considered to be one of Croatia's best hotels; still, nothing could have prepared me for this. It happens every time I visit. The Adriatic views always leave me speechless and Bellevue's got some of the best panoramas I've seen in all of my trips home.

Its construction into the side of a cliff was clearly strategic!

Bellevue's design makes great use of its natural surroundings. Almost everywhere you walk - even in the hotel's airy lobby - you're drenched in happy sunlight. After a busy week in Zagreb, it was the perfect way to unwind for two days.

(By the way, flights from Zagreb to Dubrovnik on Croatia Airlines are so easy - barely an hour. Highly recommend.)

The first thing we did after check-in was plop down at Nevera, Bellevue's beach restaurant, where we tucked into a feast of fresh seafood, salad, homemade bread, and more than our fair share of gemišt (white wine and sparkling water) and Pelinkovac (an herbal liquor, best served on the rocks with a lemon twist). All local, of course.

We hit Vapor for dinner one night, where we watched the sun set over the bay and had one of our favorite meals in Dubrovnik. Other than that, it was a lot of swimming and one trip into Dubrovnik's main square, which is an easy and scenic walk from Hotel Bellevue, for dinner with friends. You can see an exterior shot of Bellevue from this pedestrian pathway in the last image below.

Part of Bellevue's beachfront is actually public, so there's a mix of hotel guests and locals, which I love (but not everyone does). One afternoon, two boats carrying local water polo teams rolled in for what we were told was a regional tournament. There was music, fans, and an intense game. Definitely unexpected, but really cool to see!

We didn't get a chance to check out the spa (too much eating and beaching to do!), but the space is beautiful with floor-to-ceiling windows and an indoor pool.

See more photos of Dubrovnik in the Facebook album!

MORE INFO: Hotel Bellevue
PHOTOS BY: Stjepan Alaupovic

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