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Hotel Uvala, Dubrovnik

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Dubrovnik, Croatia, Europe: The lobby at Hotel Uvala
Masarykov put 6
Tel: 385 20 433 580's insider take:

This is the newest (2003) and most dramatic project from a hotel chain called Maestral with ambitions to revolutionize the Croatian resort scene. Don't worry, they're working on the boutique scale—so far there are five small hotels, and they're all along this same road in Lapad. This one was reconstructed from a blah four-story 1967 hotel by Split architect Dinko Kovacic, who has done wonders—it's as if he'd superimposed the Pompidou Center onto a Greek village. The 51 rooms with nice amenities (robe and slippers, individual AC, satellite TV, etc.) are plain and white-walled, with salmon-pink drapes and moss-green carpets; the best have balconies with a great view over the bay. A wellness center with saunas, Turkish bath, and two pools debuted in 2004—which is perhaps why the Mantala restaurant offers macrobiotic menus alongside its Dalmatian rump roast and deep-fried shark.

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