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Travel: A modern take on an ancient city: Hotel Kompas, Dubrovnik





Perched overlooking the beautiful Lapad beach and gazing out to the Adriatic sea, less than 4km away from the medieval Old Town, the newly designed Hotel Kompas offers a breath of fresh air with its modern interpretation of Dubrovnik’s rich culture.




Thanks to its incredible popularity, Dubrovnik is now synonymous with being the location of the majority of Games of Thrones most memorable settings. And deservedly so, many an afternoon can be spend wandering around in admiration of its grandeur and when it comes to retreating, Hotel Kompas and its recent redesign offers a breath of fresh air amongst the history of one of Croatia’s oldest towns. The crisp graphic interiors have been designed by Croatian artists and every bedroom features original minimalist pieces that really wow on entry. It’s relaxed feel and attentive accommodating staff makes Hotel Kompas a perfect choice for younger travellers who value local aesthetics and quality.



Being built into the cliff face offers you the unique advantage of enabling sea views from all 173 rooms, so no arguments or haggling at check in! The Sphere restaurant offers an extensive a-la-cart menu of Croatian and international dishes, and is located on the ground floor which mere steps away from the beach for an after lunch paddle to work off their gloriously rich cuttlefish risotto. Or of course there are the gorgeously stylised in and outdoor pools for the perfectly posed Instagram post should you be so inclined!



Next stop, the bar, and with their guests in mind the team at the Zenith bar, have lovingly curated a rather impressive cocktail list. YOU recommends (no implores) you to order one to accompany the magnificent sun set over the ocean from your hill side perch, there is no bad seat in the house!




Being sat on the Adriatic Sea unsurprisingly the quality of the areas seafood dishes cannot be beaten (see my previous point re the cuttlefish risotto!). As well as the Sphere restaurant at Hotel Kompas be sure to visit both Pantarul and Otta Taverna for fresh local dishes and expertly selected Croatian wine lists, you will not be disappointed! But be sure to book as these places are very popular with locals due to the fresh local produce and reasonable prices, if you are a big group in peak season you may struggle to get a table.


Out and about

It goes without saying a Game of Thrones tour is a must, you certainly will not struggle to find a provider in the old town, and usually your tour guide is in full medieval dress to offer you full immersion into the fantasy! The Old Town is truly a place of wonderment, but as a recommendation try to visit in the morning before the influx of cruise ships as the said admiration of your setting can be dampened when viewed through the never-ending throng of guided tourist groups!


Away from the hussle and bussle back to the serenity of Hotel Kompas, be sure to exit at the beach level and take a stroll along the Uvala promenade and treat yourself to an indulgent gelato, you are on holiday after all!


Hotel information

Transfer: Less than 30 minutes drive from Dubrovnik airport.


Hotel Kompas, from €113 per night,


Lucy Coghlan