Hotel Kazbek

Dubrovnik, Southern Dalmatia
Hotel Kazbek

Hotel Kazbek is a small luxury boutique hotel with 13 bedrooms and the perfect place both to relax and absorb the the history of Dubrovnik. The entire hotel can be booked for exclusive use for large groups, wedding parties or conferences.

It is a fine example of a Dubrovnik renaissance villa built in 1573 for a Dubrovnik aristocratic family as their summer residence. It is situated in the port of Gruz, a large sheltered harbour for local fishing boats and visiting yachts. Over the centuries the building suffered complete destruction during the Napoleonic wars and eventually fell into a state of neglect. It was even used as a prison in the Second World War, and afterwards as a school. In recent years it has been carefully renovated to its former grandeur by the new Croatian-Swedish family owners.

The hotel sits next to similar old Dubrovnik villas, some of which are still in the state of faded grandeur, waiting to be modernised inside. All of them are glimpsed through their ancient wrought iron gates from where you can spot large fish ponds and front gardens shrouded in Mediterranean greenery. This whole section of the town has blended into everyday life, but it is a remarkable example of the way the rich old Dubrovnik families used to live in the hot summer months.
 

RESTAURANT AND BARS

The hotel restaurant serving Mediterreanean and Austro-Hungarian cuisine is set in the stone vaults of this ancient building creating a peaceful and historic atmosphere with views into the garden and a picture window overlooking the harbour. It is a very pleasant and light room with lots of character period furniture and damask tablecloths, which are illuminated with a large modern designer chandelier hanging from the vaulted ceiling. The Balcony Terrace with views over Gruz Bay is a cocktail bar and lounge area. From this terrace you can enjoy watching the yachts, fishing boats and cruise ships come and go and enjoy the night time lights of the harbour.

The hotel offers several outside seating areas. Breakfast is served in the Courtyard Terrace paved with the local stone and partially covered with a green leafy pergola. An interesting vaulted passage leads from the dining room into the sitting room and the library - all can be used to sit and relax, read, and watch TV. A large fireplace and wood panelling decorate the room.

The reception room, with deep comfortable sofas, can also be used as an additional sitting room.
 

SWIMMING POOL AND SAUNA

Within the walled garden of the hotel is a large mosaic-tiled swimming pool (14m x 7m), a hot-tub, sun umbrellas and sun loungers - towels are provided. A ground floor passage leads to a sauna/steam room. The garden is stocked with typical local Mediterranean vegetation of palms, jasmine, bougainvillea, ferns and cool green leafy plants.
 

LOCATION AND TRANSFER

The hotel is 30 minutes drive from Dubrovnik airport and guests can be collected at the airport by the hotel's own transport. Also the hotel speed boat can provide transfers to to Dubrovnik old town.

Accommodation

The hotel has 13 bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms. All bedrooms have air conditioning, satellite TV, wireless internet, mini bar and bathrobes.

A marble and wrought iron staircase leads from the reception sitting room to the first floor bedrooms which are set off the luxuriously carpeted corridor. Most bedrooms have a view of the courtyards and the bay beyond. All bedrooms are furnished in a traditional country-house style, with comfortable double beds or double beds furnished with single mattresses and covers. The bathrooms are modern and tasteful. The décor is reminiscent of a 19th century country house with quality furniture and furnishings and typical Dubrovnik window shutters.
 

SUPERIOR Double Rooms (sleeps 2)

King size double bed, bathroom with bathtub, 25-30 square metres floor area.
 

DELUXE Double Rooms (sleeps 2)

King size double bed, bathroom with bathtub and shower, sea and pool view, 42 square metres floor area.
 

KAZBEK SUITE (sleeps 2)

Bedroom and separate sitting room, king size double bed, bathroom with bathtub and shower, 45 square metres floor area.
 

CONFERENCE FACILITIES

Two conference rooms. A small room for eight persons in the main hotel and a 40 person room in the hotel annexe. Overhead projector, sound system, WiFi and natural daylight.

Outside

GRUZ HARBOUR
Outside the hotel is a small one-way street and a car parking area, and a couple of hundred metres away are a few street cafes and a small yacht club marina, where the hotel's boats are moored. The marina restaurant Orsan is delightful and serves simple, reasonably priced cuisine based on fresh seafood, meat and salads. The hotel has its own additional private car parking area.

BOATING
Hotel Kazbek has its own sailing yacht and a rib speed boat. Each can take up to 10 people on day trips to the islands, which are perfect for a leisurely stroll through the island harbour towns and villages or for swimming in quiet bays. These can be booked for an extra charge

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Described as the pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik will not fail to impress with great City walls rising out of the brilliant Adriatic against a backdrop of steep mountainsides. Within the walls of the old town are some fine architecture and lively streets crammed with shops, cafes and restaurants. Walk the City walls to enjoy the beautiful roofscape of the old town and the seascape beyond. Visit the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries and stroll down the cobbled streets and alleyways or relax in the cafes. During the summer months the Dubrovnik festival hosts concerts on most nights providing music of all types. The wonderfully preserved fortifications and atmospheric squares and alleyways of Dubrovnik old town were the perfect setting for Kings Landing in the Game of Thrones. Croatian Villa Holidays can arrange Game of Thrones tours that will guide you through all the locations that played a significant part in Game of Thrones. Dubrovnik has an equally dramatic real history, We can arrange private or group tours that will introduce you to Dubrovnik's history from the middle ages to its recent history when for eight month from October 1991 to May 1992  the City was under siege and shelled from the surrounding mountain tops. 

Gruz
Gruz is the port area of Dubrovnik where the cruise ships dock and where mega-yachts tie up at the quayside around this large and sheltered natural harbour. The gentle banks of Gruz harbour was where the Dubrovnik noblemen chose to build their fine summer palaces to escape the heat and bustle of the ancient city. Many of these stunning Renaissance buildings are still standing and some have been renovated as luxury hotels or spectacular private houses. Today Gruz is a shopping and commercial centre for Dubrovnik as well as a living museum of Renaissance architecture.

Eating Out
Dubrovnik offers everything from sophisticated restaurants in spectacular waterside locations to simple bistros in alleyways and side streets of the old town. The choice is endless. We can provide you with our recommendations.

Beaches
In Dubrovnik there are popular beaches all around the Lapad Peninsula, for example Copacabana beach where you can relax in a beach club environment with cocktail bar and comfortable sunloungers. From the old town harbour ferries go regularly to the small island of Lokrum just a few minutes away, where Dubrovnik people traditionally like to go for a swim. For a relaxing afternnon you can stroll around this wooded island with its park like landscape and stop for a swim anywhere around the coastline.

A short distance down the coast from Dubrovnik there are sandy and shingle beaches at Kupari and Mlini.

Islands
The nearby islands of Lopud, Sipan and Kolocep are easily reached by ferry from Dubrovnik. Much quieter but still historically interesting. Lopud has one of the best sandy beaches in the region which can be reached by walking across the narrow neck of the island from the town of Lopud. The charming harbour front village of Suderad on Sipan has a well preserved fortified palace from the 15th century.

Trsteno
About 10km from Dubrovnik is the famous landscaped garden and arboretum of Trsteno a Mediterranean garden with a fine array of trees and breathtaking views. The gardens were created by the nobleman Ivan Gucetic in the grounds of his summer villa built between 1494 and 1502. Tresteno gardens was the setting for High Gardens for the filming of Game of Thrones

Dubrovnik Airport

Dubrovnik Airport is located near the town of Cavtat to the south of Dubrovnik.
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