Hotel Splendid - 80th Anniversary
It was built in the period from 1935 to 1938 and it represents the work of the well-known Croatian architect Dragan Galić. At that time, it was a project of very modern and unusual lines and, as such, imposed number of questions among modern-day people.
Hotel’s business started as Pension Splendid with only 24 rooms. Thanks to its unique location, which has contributed to the name of the hotel itself, situated between the crystal blue sea and untouched pine forest, the hotel has become a popular gathering place for the wealthy clientele and locals. Untouched nature surrounds it even today and gives each of its guests the best that Mediterranean has to offer.
Over the years the hotel has changed its appearance. In the sixties of the last century another wing was built and in 1997 it was thoroughly renovated. Today the hotel has 59 rooms, almost all with balcony and sea view.
During the Homeland War the hotel served as the Croatian Army's headquarter (Southern Battle of Command). In addition to that, from September 1991 to March 1993, refugees from the surrounding areas of Dubrovnik lived in the hotel.
In 2002 a garden restaurant Glorijet was opened, situated in the perfect place overlooking beautiful Elaphite archipelago. It has become a favorite place for family gatherings, birthday celebrations, anniversaries, business lunches and even smaller intimate weddings. The restaurant is located next to the Mediterranean Garden. The Mediterranean surrounding of the hotel was awarded in 2003 from the Dubrovnik Tourist Board as the 1st prize winner in the project “I love Croatia – Let Us Beautify Our Place”.
It is interesting to note that, thanks to the quality and excellence of its gastronomic offer, the hotel has been catering many statesmen and other prominent visitors and guests of the neighboring, residential Villa Banac.
Many celebrities from the public and political scene, numerous current and honorary ambassadors, distinguished scientists and other well known visitors worldwide enjoyed the hospitality of Splendid.
Of a large number of permanent guests, Mr. Daniel Ljubić is visiting hotel for over 40 years and stays in the same room No. 205 and Mr. Andrzej Zylak, honorary consul of the Republic of Croatia in Poland, is a hotel guest for almost 30 years and also is always staying in the same room No. 102.
Perhaps the words of Mr. Ljubic best describe this hotel: Spendid is truly splendid, a combination of top hosts and a unique environment.
Some of the materials were used from the book "A History of Dubrovnik Tourism" written by Mr. Lukša Lucianović.
The eighty-year anniversary will be marked by a commemorative donation for those in need.