Grand Villa Argentina, Dubrovnik
Tel: 385 20 440 555
Concierge.com's insider take:
Inside Old Town, you rarely see the sea, and it's hard to grasp the fortified walls' dramatic immensity. Which brings us to the Grand Villa Argentina: a very good hotel with an even better location (just outside the walls on coastal cliffs that tumble into the ocean). It's an Old World, classy sort of place, where the courteous attendants meet the demands of their sophisticated, moneyed clientele. While the overstuffed-armchair-and-heavy-curtain ambience isn't exactly design-inspired, it is unfailingly comfortable—especially pleasant if you've been traveling around the islands, where comfort is barely an afterthought. (You'll take the lumpy double bed and like it.) Ask for a room with a sea view—if you can't see the water and the walls, what's the point? And if you've been looking for a splurge-worthy room, we recommend staying in one of the four villas, separate from the main hotel—Suite 914 at Villa Orsula has its own balcony. Or, to the tune of 6,000 euros a day (it does hold ten guests in five bedrooms), the Villa Sheherezade: a Moroccan-style building built in 1939 by a Latvian banker for his belly-dancing lover, complete with banquet hall, a private dock for small boats, butler, and beach attendants.