Perched in an enviable position, on a dramatic cliff overlooking the Adriatic, we found the sublime Hotel Bellevue. Having spent the day invading the heritage city, the Hotel Bellevue, Dubrovnik was a sight for sore eyes, away from the humming throng of cruise-ship passengers and just a short walk uphill from the old city.
We stared out to sea from the hotel’s modest reception of the Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik, through the floor-to-ceiling glass, showcasing the absolutely breathtaking view that gives the property its name. Etched into the glass, is ‘Bellevue’ – said almost in a “yes, we know” kind of way.
With a warm welcome, our host pushed the keys of the property’s Presidential Suite into our hands – and we knew we were in for a treat. Our suite was truly spectacular, of palatial proportions, complete with a double balcony, offering the same view as the hotel reception, but totally uninterrupted. The suite’s décor was neutral and contemporary, fusing comfortable yet stylish fabrics and colours – a far cry from Dubrovnik’s other reputable hotels that feature older-worldly, European-style interior design.
With just 91 rooms, the hotel is considered a boutique – we’d say a ‘large boutique’ – but with this moniker comes intimate and on-point service. Seriously, the staff were a dream – discreet and friendly, without any snootiness – despite the clientele being evidently made up of the hard-to-please international jet-set. The Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik certainly knows luxury and isn’t afraid to show it off.
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While you’re Out There
The hotel has a terribly-kept secret, to tempt you never to leave, even to explore the wonder of the world that is old-town Dubrovnik. Down below, beneath the Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik is the hotel’s private beach, a natural, deep blue bay known to the locals as Miramare, accessed by a VIP glass elevator – the perfect place to kill time and top up your tan.