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The next stop on my Eurotrip was Dubrovnik, where I had decided to book a room at the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik. The historic property is just a short walk from the Old Town, making the location pretty much perfect for my brief stay.
The hotel has 147 guest rooms and suites. It’s a Category 8 property requiring 70,000 Hilton HHonors points per night in July and August (40,000-70,000 seasonally). Since I was staying for 3 nights, I didn’t want to shell out 210,000 Hilton HHonors points so I decided to pay for this stay outright instead. I booked the cheapest king guest room which was going for 300 EUR ($400) per night. Due to my Hilton Diamond status (through spending $40,000 annually on my Citi Hilton Reserve), I was upgraded to a deluxe suite upon check-in. This is considered a two category upgrade and was selling for about an extra 130 EUR ($175) per night compared to the standard room I booked and netting me an extra $525 in “value” for my stay.
Thanks to the fact that my Hilton earning style is Points + Points, earning me 15 points per dollar, plus the 10 points per dollar I earn on Hilton spend with my Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve card (which doesn’t have foreign transaction fees, so I can use it abroad without being penalized with fees) as well as my Diamond status, which gets me an extra 50% bonus on base points, I earned a total of 36,000 Hilton HHonors points on my three-night stay- almost enough for a free off-peak night!
The Hotel Experience
The exterior of the hotel lives up to its name and is painted in pink and white, with gilded ironwork balconies, giving it a pretty grand presence. . There is a nice bar lounge off to the side which serves drinks and light food. Although it was high season, I noticed throughout my stay that the property was very quiet – so maybe Hilton will rethink its seasonal rates here.
My 500-square-foot deluxe suite was actually pretty sparsely furnished, though I was glad of the extra space. It had a small sitting area with a loveseat and two armchairs and a little round coffee table all in taupe and orange fabrics, which I think is meant to reflect the building materials in picturesque Dubrovnik, but just ended up looking less-than-luxurious.
The bedroom in the deluxe suite had a king-size bed and a flatscreen TV. However, the thing that struck me most was that the bedroom was windowless, which meant I didn’t spend much time in there except to sleep since it was a bit depressing. The rooms do not look like they have been renovated in a long time, and could definitely use an update. I would actually rather have received a smaller room with better views of the city, like those from the Executive Lounge.
As a Hilton Diamond member, I had use of the hotel’s Executive Lounge which was located on the 4th floors and offered complimentary international newspapers, continental breakfast, snacks, and selection of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
The executive lounge also features a nice outdoor terrace, so if you wanted to grab a cocktail and take in the views of Dubrovnik you could head outside and to do so.
While it would be nice to have an outdoor swimming pool, this property only has an indoor pool for guests to use so that was a downside to me, because it would of been nice to relax outside by a pool for an afternoon. There is also a small fitness center, steam room, and sauna. For those who are wondering, the hotel charges 27 EUR per night for valet parking. As a Diamond member, I was able to take advantage of the complimentary in-room internet access.
Hotel dining includes the Porat Restaurant, which serves contemporary Mediterranean cuisine with local ingredients. There is also the lounge bar located on the terrace of the main restaurant, and then the lobby bar.
Overall, the main highlights of the property are the location and the great views from the club lounge, so I would urge anyone staying to get a room with a nice view. At 300 EUR per night, I also feel that this hotel is a bit overpriced, but it’s Europe and in the middle of summer, so everything is pretty expensive here. One day I hung out at the Hotel Excelsior, which is right on the water and has a nice spa and outdoor sunning area. Points aside, I’d probably rather stay there next time in Dubrovnik, because I loved being able to jump into the refreshing Adriatic Sea while basking in the hot sun!
For more suggestions on hotels and what to see and do in Dubrovnik check out our Destination of the Week: Dubrovnik.