‘The Pearl Of The Adriatic’
Last week my friend Charlotte and I were very lucky to be given the opportunity to stay at the five star Hilton Imperial in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Croatia has been top of my bucket list for a while and this city was one place I really wanted to see.
*This experience was kindly gifted, however all opinions are my own.
The Hilton Imperial History
This incredible hotel was first built in 1897 and proudly presents the finest hotel in the region. It was the first hotel with modern amenities such as elevators, running hot water and electricity. This year the Hilton Imperial, Dubrovnik has been refurbished in the executive lounge, the rooms and the imperial bar and lounge and I can honestly say it’s beautiful.
Outside the Hilton Imperial Hotel at night
We arrived on Tuesday 29th in the morning. Our transfer dropped us outside the hotel and you’re instantly stunned at the location. The Hilton Imperial is situated in the heart of the Dubrovnik Old Town, just a minute walk from the City Walls and the Lovrijenac Fortress which if you are a Game Of Thrones fan you would recognise as the Red Keep in Kings Landing.
The beautiful lights in the reception
Inside The Hotel
We were greeted inside by the lovely reception team. Mia (one of the team) showed us around the bar area, the lounge and the executive lounge which has complimentary snacks and drinks available throughout the day. The hotel is luscious with large arch doorways, marble tables and an Art Deco feel. Mia offered us her favourite cocktail from the menu, which was really refreshing and reminded me of a mojito.
The Imperial Bar and Lounge
Charlotte and I were stunned with how charming the room we were staying in was. The Hilton Imperial have really thought about the little details in their refurbishment. The room had a balcony too with views of the City Wall and Mt Srd with the Memorial Cross and Cable Cars. The bed seemed really comfy with two pillows and chocolates. Our room was air conditioned, and had complimentary water plus a mini fridge with a menu of prices.
The Bedroom and Balcony View
I love the colours of the room, it reminded me of stepping back in time with the Art Deco design but with a modern twist. Art Deco has to be one of my favourite styles, as it combines modernist styles with rich materials representing luxury and glamour. Our balcony view was really pretty too, we could see the famous Bell from Game Of Thrones in the background.
The Dubrovnik Old Town
It was time to start exploring the city. The city walls were just a minute walk away from the Hotel. The city was just how I imagined it, paved with stone and character charms from every direction. We took a look at the bars, marina, gelato shops, and even found a bar with the most amazing view of the sea. After an afternoon of walking around the city, we decided to go back to the hotel and spend some time in the executive lounge before getting ready to see the sunset from the cable cars.
The Executive Lounge
A delicious selection of meats, salads and tapas dishes along with a large selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks to help yourself too is offered in the lounge. The decor is perfect, Black and white marble tables with grey armchairs, green sofas and grey cushions. As soon as you walk into the door, you are greeted by a member of staff who is keeping the snacks and drink topped up regularly.
The Executive lounge
The cable cars run until 10pm and cost €20 or 150 kunas for a round trip. We got told by Mia and read on reviews that the best time to go was sunset so you can see the city lights and they were right, the views were unbelievable. There are a few restaurants at the top too with views looking down to the city. Situated just a five minute walk away from the Hilton Imperial, the cable cars are ideal for a great evening activity.
The views from the cable car and at the top of Mt Srd
After an amazing sleep in a comfy bed we wanted to try the buffet breakfast. The choice of food had everything you could think of, from cooked breakfast, selections of meats and cheeses, cereal, fresh fruit and breads. You can choose to sit outside on the terrace area among the lovely trees or inside in the lovely restaurant which hasn’t been refurbished yet but I found still felt inviting.
I wanted to check out the wellness area so we took a lift down to the lowest level where the gym, spa and pool are. Lit by a charming window above the pool so natural light sparkles across the water. The sauna was the perfect temperature and had a lot of space. Unfortunately we were unable to check out the spa treatments as we had too many activities planned, but I did take a sneak peak at the spa area and it was luscious with white stones and dark wood surrounded by art.
The City Walls
We spent the second day exploring the City Walls which cost €20 or 150 kunas for an adult. This allows you to spend as much time as you wish on the walls. Walking around the whole route taking in the breathtaking surroundings of the city while enjoying the perfect weather. I would recommend doing this first thing in the morning before the boats of tourists start coming in as it’ll be quieter.
Hilton Imperial Restaurant
In the evening we wanted to try out the Hilton imperial food menu, so after a few proseccos in the luxury executive lounge we made our way down to the restaurant which is situated the lower floor. When you get to the bottom of the stairs, you are greeted by a stunning piano. This is the Hilton Imperial original piano.
Our lovely waitress took us outside to be seated and offered us a glass of white wine. I ordered the Milk Marinated Chicken Thighs with Buttered Seasoned Vegetables and Spinach Puree and my friend ordered the Black Angus Beef Fillet with Roasted Vegetables, Corn Puree and Bordelaise Sauce.
Our food arrived quite quickly and was cooked exceptionally well, I enjoyed how tender the chicken was. My friend mentioned how delicious her steak was. The staff were all so professional and enjoyed conversations about Dubrovnik and advice on where to go in the evening. Once we had finished our meal we made our way to the famous cave bar.
The Cave Bar.
The Cave Bar More
Cave Bar More is located in the newer part of Dubrovnik, just a short car journey away and is honestly stunning. It’s spread across three floors and is lined with spot lights. We then travelled back to The Old Town to explore the city at night and see the old town lit up.
Old Town at night
The following morning we had our breakfast and then it was time to leave. I can’t wait to come visit this beautiful hotel again. Thank you to all the professional and friendly staff for making our stay as perfect as it was.
This trip was kindly gifted in exchange for an honest review. A huge special thank you to:
Golley Slater PR:
The Hilton Imperial Hotel:
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