September 2021, whilst in Dubrovnik, Croatia I stayed at the Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel in Mlini. This hotel is only a 15 minute drive or a 45 minute boat ride from the World Heritage Site that is Old Town Dubrovnik. I decided I would give my insight into what it's like to stay there. This review takes into account the buffet breakfast, room, entertainment facilities and location. In summary, I'd say this is the ideal stay for those who want a serene and peaceful environment to relax in after a busy day out. This is due to its proximity to the Old Town and the location. I hope this post will encourage you to make a booking, once you've finished reading.
Deluxe Twin Room With Sea View and Balcony -
I stayed in a sea view room and let me just say it is so worth it, waking up every morning to a sea view really lifts your spirits. The room was spacious and contemporary. There were three mirrors and they were all the perfect size. For those over packers the wardrobe space is your dream set up, with enough space to unpack everything in your suitcase. The bed was snug and provided the best nights sleep. You have the luxury of both a bath and a shower, always appreciated. There are also complimentary bottles of water in the room which are restocked every day to ensure you stay hydrated on those hot summer days.
Buffet Breakfast -
The breakfast was definitely an enjoyable one, with a variety of pastries and fruit. Hot and cold food, so you won't get bored. They definitely took into account the visitors. There are Croatian delicacies as well as your typical breakfast foods. It is definitely worth including the breakfast in your stay as there is so much variety. Breakfast is open from 6:30 am to 11:30 am, which I feel is one of the best time slots I've had in a hotel, as this allows for early breakfast before an excursion as well as a later breakfast if you want a lie-in. Additionally, you don't have to worry about there not being any food left as it is constantly topped up.
The main pool is outside, however there is another pool indoors located near the Spa. Speaking of the Spa if you are interested in having any treatments you can do so here for an extra charge. They offer water sports during the summer months. This includes paddle boarding and kayaking. The hotel has two tennis courts to use free of charge. There may be additional charges for these, so it is best to ask the team upon arrival. There is also the piano bar, which is open from 7am - 12am, suiting every guests needs from a cup of coffee in the morning to a glass of wine or a cocktail in the evening.
There are two restaurants located in the hotel, the first Lungo Mare features an À la carte menu with focus on local specialities using the freshest ingredients whilst also making international favourites. This restaurant is set on the Sea front, and offers tremendous views with your meal. They are open from 3:00pm to 11:00pm. The second restaurant is Restaurant Leut, this is where breakfast is located as well as lunch to dinner option. They serve a combination of local and international dishes. They are open from 12pm to 11pm
The location is wonderful with breathtaking scenery. A five-minute walk takes you to a shopping centre, basic but very handy. It has a supermarket, fitness shops and restaurants. Also walking along the waterfront there are numerous cafes/restaurants and you can even stumble across an abandoned derelict hotel. If you are interested in heading to the old town you can get a water taxi (boat) with the option of one way or a return. Something to note is that the water was quite choppy when I went which isn't great for those who get seasick easily.
Value for money -
Overall when considering value for money, taking all of what I've said about different aspects of the hotel into account. I would definitely say it's an excellent choice when factoring in the cost for the location, comfort and facilities. This is a contemporary midrange hotel worth staying at whilst visiting Dubrovnik.