Dubrovnik Palace Hotel, Dubrovnik $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
With a $50 million renovation and a spring 2004 ceremonial opening by the president, this small village of a hotel (and don't forget the Conference Centre and Spa) was Croatia's largest single tourism project in 30 years. Surrounded by pines and fronting the Adriatic on the Lapad Peninsula a couple of miles outside the Old City, the ten-story building is no thing of beauty, but who cares when the design (with its bulging front and setbacks) allows for all 308 rooms to have a private, full-sea-view balcony? Said rooms involve much teak-finish wood and earthy tones, and they have flat-screen satellite TVs with broadband Internet access and pay movies. There are three outdoor pools (one for children) and an indoor one, several cliff beaches, a tennis court, and what is claimed (with good reason) to be Croatia's best and biggest spa. Add four restaurants, a nightclub, four bars, a kids' club, and, in summer, boat service to the old port of Dubrovnik directly from the hotel quay, and you have a good deal. Of course, the gigantic conference center could interfere with your peace, but it doesn't seem to have bothered anyone very muchreports from here are uniformly enthusiastic.