“The only luxury hotel in Dubrovnik's Old Town - a former nobleman's home meticulously restored”
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...
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.
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.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
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 cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
As the hotel is in the heart of the Old Town, the nearest taxis can get is 200m away