The Pucic Palace

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia Book from Book from £145 per night

The original luxury hotel in Dubrovnik's Old Town - a former nobleman's home meticulously restored
It was aristocrats who originally swanned through the halls behind the honey-coloured walls of this splendid building. Three centuries later, the Pucic Palace's doors swing open to guests who seek a touch of grandeur in their lodgings.

Located on Dubrovnik’s atmospheric main square, the hotel has been traditionally restored with wooden-beamed ceilings, wrought-iron balustrades and lustrous green marble. Corridors are lined with glass cases displaying antiquities, walls are hung with valuable artworks on loan from city museums, and each of the 19 rooms is named after a famous Croatian poet, musician or artist. If it’s all sounding a bit too much like an over-stuffed cultural excursion with Great-Aunt Matilda, don’t fret... there are Bulgari toiletries in the bathrooms, CD/DVD players in the bedrooms and not a stitch of pretentiousness in the staff. The Pucic Palace is comfortably modern and yet conveniently located on the doorstep of Dubrovnik’s tremendous history.


  • This is just 1 of only 2 hotels located in the old town
  • You'll have no need for a car - just walk out the door and you’re in Gundulić Square, ready to stroll down the Stradun and explore the cathedrals, outdoor cafés and hidden corners of this impressive walled city
  • Gracious, charming and helpful staff
  • There's a swanky private beach just a 5-minute walk away


  • Because the palace is within the walls of the old town, you will miss the views of the sea from the lower floors
  • Rooms may seem smallish and a little basic for the price
  • If you decide to bring a car, the closest parking is several streets away, outside the car-free city walls

Best time to go

To enjoy the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, you have to go in July or August, but this is high season and the city gets very crowded. By far the most pleasant time to visit Dubrovnik is in September, when it’s still warm but the tourists have gone home.

Our top tips

Men will want long trousers and women a skirt to enter the churches and some of the nicer restaurants.

Great for...

City Style
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 19
  • Restaurants and bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Beach club
  • Excursions


Ok, maybe you haven’t heard of Ivan Gundulic, the 17th-century Dubrovnik-born writer who predicted the downfall of the Ottoman Empire in his epic poem ‘Osman’. But if you stay in the suite named after him, you can read one of his manuscripts - it’s hanging on the wall, along with other fine works of art. Every room has the motif of an esteemed Croatian artist on its door and all are tastefully decorated with Italian and Turkish period furniture, antique rugs, polished olive wood floor and lush silk-and-velvet-draped windows.

Splash out on the Senior Suite, on the top floor, with its own in-room Jacuzzi for that extra bit of luxury. Or opt for the Junior Suite which has a balcony overlooking Gundulić Square. But the rooms are also excellent options, with high beamed ceilings and dark oak floors.

The bathrooms are especially spectacular - both the roll-top bathtub and sink are encased in copper and the mosaic floors have been laid by local artisans. Here you can step on the designer scales in your Japanese bathrobe before pampering yourself with Bvlgari toiletries. Then, dim the stylish lighting alcoved in the high ceilings and choose a CD or DVD from the library before falling asleep in cool cotton bed linen. Luxury and history aren’t often bed fellows but they seem quite comfortable here...

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Cd player
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Dvd player
  • Extra beds
  • Internet access
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi


A trinity of gastronomic venues make up the Pucic Palace - and one does double duty day and night. Café Royal, a Parisian-style café by day, serves up freshly baked pastries for breakfast, right by the bustle of early-morning market traders in Gundulić Square and when the stalls are cleared, re-emerges with an evening menu of Croatian specialities such as smoked ham with marinated figs and ‘sea stone soup’.

Lemon and bay trees border the terrace of Defne Terrace, the first-floor restaurant in front of what was once the palace’s private chapel. Here, a robust seafood-based Eastern Mediterranean cuisine is on offer, with Dalmatian dishes like octopus salad, squid-ink risotto and plenty of fresh fish.

Late-night beatniks can bed down in the plush green leather interior of Razonoda Wine Bar. Here again, local produce is on hand, from a zingy glass of red zinfandel to the smoky cheese and ham nibbles - even the groovy jazz trio are sure to be stalwarts of Dubrovnik’s buoyant music scene.

There are numerous restaurants within walking distance serving a range of cuisines. Ask the hotel staff for recommendations.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby


  • Stroll the marble-polished Stradun which runs the length of the pedestrianised Old Town, from the harbour to the Pile Gate - lined with open-air cafes
  • Walk the vertiginous city walls for amazing views of the city’s red terracotta roofs and the dazzling blue of the Adriatic sea
  • Drink in the wonderful range of medieval and Baroque buildings, from cathedrals to palaces to chemists (Europe’s oldest)
  • Pose on your complimentary sunlounger at East West beach club - the hotel's private beach - a 5-minute walk away
  • Diving trips, windsurfing and other outdoor excursions can arranged by staff. There is also a private sailing yacht on hand for hotel guests’ use (extra cost)
  • Take in a classical concert or theatre performance during the Summer Festival (July/August)
  • Pop over on the ferry to the pretty island of Lokrum and have a bite to eat before a snooze in the sun
  • Or just stay put and people watch from one of the many cafés dotted about Dubrovnik and see how many pastries you cannot resist!
  • Go on a day trip to one of the islands further afield, such as Hvar, Mljet, or pop over the border to Montenegro. The hotel are more than happy to arrange this for you

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Boat trips
    • Historical sites
    • Museums / galleries
    • Private guided tours
    • Sailing
    • Scuba diving
    • Snorkelling
    • Traditional cultures
  • Kids

    Children are welcome at the The Pucic Palace and babysitting can be arranged. Supplements apply for for the use of cots and extra beds. You're in the heart of the pedestrian Old Town for easy sightseeing.

    Best for:

    Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

    Family friendly accommodation:

    The Double Deluxe rooms can fit either an extra bed or a baby cot and the Double Executive rooms can fit both extra bed and cot


    Babysitting available by arrangement

    Baby equipment:

    Baby cots available on request

    Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

    Kids Activities nearby:

    • Game of Thrones Tours
    • Walk the Old City's walls
    • Head to the hotel's private beach
    • Charter the hotel yacht for the day
    • Kayaking
    • Head to the beach (Copacabana in Lapad is the best)
    • Boat trips to nearby islands

    Families Should Know:

    As the hotel is in the heart of the Old Town, the nearest taxis can get is 200m away


    • Airport: 40 minutes
    • Shops: 1 minute
    Kid Friendly:

    Our guests' ratings...

    Based on 5 independent reviews from i-escape guests


    The level of care and service at Pucic Palace is unmatched. We felt like treasured guests, and as though the entire staff from reception to housekeeping wanted nothing more than to ensure our comfort and happiness. I could go on and on about Pucic Palace and highly recommend it to any and everyone traveling to Dubrovnik.


    Right in the center of town. Full marks for efficiently meeting our taxi at the perimeter of the pedestrian zone and carrying our bags to the hotel. Our concerns centered on the bathroom in our room (#10), which we found irritating and other guests might find a deal breaker. The bath had a rigid glass panel to prevent water escaping from there bath area. The space at the end of the panel was quite narrow and partly blocked by the washbasin area. This is definitely not a bathroom for non-gymnasts!


    Fantastic location in the heart of Dubrovnik. Our Junior Suite was spacious and well equipped with a gorgeous copper bath and a small balcony overlooking the square below. Staff were courteous and helpful in every way. Excellent parking and Meet & Greet arrangements which all went smoothly.


    Great hotel; lively setting with great staff, surrounded with very good restaurants.


    Room was good and overlooking main square in Dubrovnik. You could just leave hotel and be in the centre of the Old Town. Breakfast was very good and service excellent. Staff helpful in booking restaurants. Couldn't really fault it.


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