Overlooking Gundulić Square, where Dubrovnik’s open-air market is held each morning, in the charming pedestrian-only Old Town. All the city’s main cultural attractions are within a 10-minute walk.
The 19 rooms and suites are peaceful and comfortable, with wooden beamed ceilings and polished parquet floors, period antiques and sweeping brocade curtains. Modern comforts include dimmer lights, DVD-player and free WiFi. I love the mosaic-tiled bathrooms, with old-fashioned free-standing bathtubs, heated towel racks and Bulgari toiletries.
On the ground floor, the hotel’s Café Royal has outdoor tables on the square overlooking the bustling open-air market, adding local colour. The adjoining Razonoda wine bar is a slick wooden-panelled space, perfect for an aperitif. The hotel restaurant, Defne, has a lovely first-floor level stone terrace, lined with potted jasmine and lemon trees.
Eating and drinking
The excellent a la carte breakfast is served in the Café Royal - think fresh fruit, omelette, and local hams and cheeses – and you can sit outside if it’s sunny. Defne serves creative Mediterranean cuisine (rather pricey) while Razonoda wine bar is the place to sample local Croatian wines by the glass.
For chilling out by the sea, the Pučić Palace affords its guests free sun beds and parasols at the chi-chi Eastwest Beach Club (just outside the city walls, a five-minute walk away). To explore the coast and nearby Elafiti islands, the hotel has two motorboats for private excursions.
Being a small hotel with just 19 rooms, the Pučić Palace is able to offer its guests truly personalised service. The staff are friendly, polite and professional.
Who stays there
Couples in search of a luxurious romantic hideaway, including honeymooners. A good mix of nationalities, all with the money to foot the bill.
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- People watching
Pros & Cons
- Personalised service
- Sumptuous interior décor
- Atmospheric historic building
- Old Town location
- No pool