Situated just above Dubrovnik’s old town, the hotel was originally built in the 1890s and went on to serve the great Mediterranean cruise liners docking in the city in the early 20th century. Originally named ‘The Grand Hotel Imperial’ and Dubrovnik’s first modern hotel, it became an immediate hit, with a French Riviera feel and the glamorous cachet of an international clientele. The hotel was subsequently shelled during the Yugoslav war.
Brought back to life in 2005, costly building works meant that the interiors weren’t the main priority at that time and were primed therefore for a completely new treatment. Two phases were completed over the course of eighteen months, including the reception and lobby, The Imperial Bar & Lounge, The Executive Lounge, all connecting and guest-room corridors and all of the hotel’s 149 standard and executive rooms and nine suites.
The brief to Goddard Littlefair was to unlock the true potential of the four-storey hotel’s spectacular location, architecture, reputation and history, in order to appeal to today’s sophisticated and cosmopolitan traveller. The main design challenge was to ensure that the new interiors reflected the hotel’s incredible history, both alluding to and recreating its glamorous heritage, whilst also ensuring it had a thoroughly contemporary sophistication. This was achieved by honouring the hotel’s existing architecture and romance throughout, layering glamour into each individual space via a Riviera palette, soft detailing and a 1920s yachting influence, whilst at the same time balancing this with clean and contemporary lines.
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