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Admiral Grand Hotel, Slano, Croatia

Among the most beautiful and impressive coastlines on the Adriatic Sea is the Dubrovnik littoral.  Numerous plantations of lemons, oranges, various palms and agaves provide a unique charm to this area.  Farming, (olive trees, vineyards, fruit-growing, tobacco, and herbs, such as sage and laurel) are the primary crops of the tiny village of Slano while fishing and tourism also are leading industries.

The village of Slano is situated in an excellently sheltered bay just north of Dubrovnik, about 27 kilometers.  Human habitation here dates back to prehistoric times with ancient tumuli (burial mounds) and remains of a Roman fortress in the area. There is a Franciscan monastery and church of St. Jerome that was built in 1420.  The area suffered greatly from damage brought by the Serbian and Montenegrin armies in 1991.  Today, rebuilt and thriving, the coastal community of Slano offers a tranquil alternative to the busyness and congestion of nearby Dubrovnik.

Occupying a premium coastal location on the bay, the Admiral Grand Hotel was built on the site of what was once a sardine factory.  It first opened in 1965 and was periodically remodeled and updated until 1982. During the 1991 Homeland War, the hotel was completely destroyed. It was rebuilt in 2008 with state-of-the-art technology and according to all the standards that meet the 5-star rating. The hotel had 300 rooms until 1991, but today it has 241 rooms that are more spacious. Because its construction antedates more recent and stringent building codes, it lies within steps of the Adriatic, affording majestic bay views from seaside rooms and suites that would be impossible to replicate if the hotel had been built just a few years later.

This comfortable retreat features 199 double/twin rooms, 14 single rooms, 2 rooms for disabled people, 14 family rooms (two connected double rooms with a common balcony), and 9 suites (2 four-bedded and 7 two-bedded suites). All the rooms are “intelligent” rooms equipped with air-conditioning unit and heating with own thermostat, interactive TV, SAT TV, radio, mini bar, safe-deposit box, Internet connection, bathroom with bathtub and hair-dryer. After an early check-in—rooms are not normally available before 2 p.m.—we took the gorgeous glass elevator with spectacular views of the hotel’s atrium up to our room on the second floor.  Our spacious 2 bedroom suite featured a living area with a fabric sofa, an elegant solid wood dining table with four chairs, stunning balcony overlooking the Adriatic, one and half bathrooms, and a jetted bathtub. Our corner room had views of the Adriatic from the huge sliding glass doors that opened on to the balcony and from another two large windows next to the dining table.

In all, our well-appointed room featured three flat-screen televisions (one in each bedroom and one in the living room) and each of the three rooms had separate climate control thermostats.  Each bedroom had a writing desk, three lamps, armoire, luggage table, sofa chair and telephone.  Drapes and sheer curtains as well as sofa and chair fabrics were in tasteful brown and beige hues as well as the short-weave carpet. The mahogany furniture and jet black enamel doors and trim accented the cream colored walls.  Four cushioned rattan chairs and a small bistro table on the balcony beckoned guests to sit and enjoy a beverage from the well-stocked minibar while admiring the stunning bay views.

In the 1970s, the Admiral Grand Hotel was a club called Nouvelle Frontiers, and guests were mostly French. Later it became the Neckermann club and since then, most of the guests have been from German-speaking countries, although the number of guests from the UK has been almost equal to the number of Germans in the last two years.

Recently Croatia has become increasingly popular with tourists from all over the world.  Traditionally the playground of Germans, Russians, and Hungarians as well as some Western Europeans, it is now being visited by more and more Asians as well as Americans.  Cruise ships which brought needed economic restoration after the war in the 1990s now are responsible for “over-populating” the city of Dubrovnik as travelers arrive en masse.  Now steps are being taken by Dubrovnik’s mayor to limit the number of cruise ship visitors to 4,000 per day as facilities are close to being overrun by tourists.  For this reason, the Admiral Grand Hotel provides a welcome respite from the crowds of Dubrovnik, yet provides all the five-star amenities one might find in similar class city hotels. Here on the Dubrovnik Riviera, guests enjoy a tranquil setting amidst lush surroundings, turquoise water, a sandy beach, swimming pools, fabulous restaurants, and nightly entertainment.

As any great resort, Admiral Grand Hotel offers sports and recreational opportunities. Only a few steps from the hotel lay one of the rare natural beaches in this region. Indoor and outdoor salt water swimming pools with terraces beckon for sunbathing, overlooking the picturesque bay of Slano. There are three tennis courts, a multipurpose playground for basketball, football and team handball, terrain for beach volleyball, a sandy playground for children, and a large choice of various water sports.

In the evenings there are rich cultural and entertaining events offered at the summer stage of the hotel. Special music evenings are available several times during the season, as well as a special Dalmatian evening once a week. There is also a night club for those who may wish to dance until the early hours of the next day.

The hotel can organize meetings and events in two Congress Halls and one small Meeting room. The capacity for the small meeting room is for 15 persons.  One congress hall seats up to 90 persons, while the other can handle up to 174 persons. Each of the assembly rooms and halls are equipped with modern technical equipment.

The hotel cooperates with all major world tour operators and is present at the largest online sales services. Every year guests confirm the Hotel’s quality of service with their reviews and this is reflected in the number of awards and honors earned.

Ruđera Boškovića 13
20232 Slano, DUBROVNIK
Tel: +385 (0)20 888 888, +385 (0)20 888 000, +385 (0)20 888 200
Fax: +385 (0)20 888 555

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