The Abandoned Hotel in Dubrovnik: Hotel Belvedere

‘Do the sunset kyack, walk the walls… oh and visit the abandoned hotel in Dubrovnik’

abandoned hotel in dubrovnik belvedere

As soon as a friend mentioned the ‘abandoned hotel’ in Dubrovnik I was fascinated. Abandoned? Why? And you could explore it?…..

abandoned hotel in dubrovnik belvedere

The Hotel Belvedere was a 5-star luxury hotel destroyed in 1991 during an attack by Serbian forces on the city of Dubrovnik during the Croatian War of Independence.

abandoned hotel in dubrovnik belvedere

The hotel lies on the corner of the headland opposite the town. If you follow the main road out of Dubrovnik old town you should get there. The walk isn’t quite as long as it looks- probably about 25 mins until you reach the hotel itself.

abandoned hotel in dubrovnik belvedere

The main entrance doesn’t really let you in (unless you’re ready for some proper trespassing), with big gates and warnings about trespassing and cameras.

abandoned hotel in dubrovnik belvedere

abandoned hotel in dubrovnik belvedereA peek through a window and my levels of fascination were growing. Boxes of wine glasses were stacked, layers of dust accumulated, some smashed from trespassers long gone.

abandoned hotel in dubrovnik belvedere

abandoned hotel in dubrovnik belvedere

This wasn’t just the shell of a building. This place had stories. This wasn’t a hotel methodically cleaned. This felt truly abandoned…

We took the steps down and again the walk was covered in netting to stop people getting through.

abandoned hotel in dubrovnik belvedereI’d heard the backpacker stories- bottles of wine were the fun discoveries, the unused grenades a more threatening one. My dreams of exploring the ghostly Belvedere seemed to be fading, but I was being far too much of a pessimist- and soon reached a hole in the net.

Ducking through the hole in the netting, we started our first exploration of the Hotel Belvedere….

abandoned hotel in dubrovnik belvedere

I won’t lie- it was creepy. What had previously been some kind of club had retained its mirrored ceiling, but the rest had been victim to the hands of time.

abandoned hotel in dubrovnik belvedere

Venturing onto the small balcony area, we had an incredible view of Dubrovnik, but parts of the balcony floor had started to fall apart.

abandoned hotel in dubrovnik belvedere

abandoned hotel in dubrovnik belvedere

It felt haunted- I could almost hear the music and see the lights flashing.

abandoned hotel in dubrovnik belvedere

Even now in it’s derelict state the view was breathtaking- how incredible had it been back in its prime?

abandoned hotel in dubrovnik belvedere

We didn’t want to venture too much further into this part, having talked ourselves up with stories of broken floors and potential crack heads living the darker rooms ahead. Jake had given me a hush as we ventured in and it had caused a rush of adrenaline. Going back down the stairs, we hopped over a wall to explore the lower part of the club.

abandoned hotel in dubrovnik belvedere

There was lots of debris, but you could still tell this would have been incredible back in the day. My mind was torn between imagining it back when, and imagining rebuilding it now. We had been warned the hotel was huge, and we soon found out this was no exaggeration. So far we had only explored a small part.

abandoned hotel in dubrovnik belvedere

abandoned hotel in dubrovnik belvedere

abandoned hotel in dubrovnik belvedereWandering further down we stumbled across the pools.

abandoned hotel in dubrovnik belvedere

abandoned hotel in dubrovnik belvedereWhen I say ‘stumbled’, it’s hard to miss them. They’re huge and there was clearly multiple.

abandoned hotel in dubrovnik belvedere

A landslide into one of the grander outdoor ones made it clear just how much work would need to be done.

abandoned hotel in dubrovnik belvedere

 

abandoned hotel in dubrovnik belvedere

Later on, we found out the hotel has been bought by a Russian. However, previous ownership is complicated and has caused delays in any work starting. Although the government was the main owner of the previous Hotel Belvedere, individuals were involved too.Whoever ends up taking up the throne, there’s clearly a lot of technical work to make it secure before they can make it majestic again.

abandoned hotel in dubrovnik belvedere

abandoned hotel dubrovnik belvedere

abandoned hotel dubrovnik belvedere

abandoned hotel dubrovnik belvedere

abandoned hotel dubrovnik belvedere

abandoned hotel in dubrovnik belvedere

Finally we made it to the locals beach.

Hidden Beach Dubrovnik

Hidden Beach Dubrovnik

Hidden Beach Dubrovnik

Hidden Beach Dubrovnik

Heading left was best, quiet, with rocks to lie on (and jump off). It was dreamy escaping the hoards on the main beach and to get to relax (and snooze) in peace. We did head to the other beach to grab some food (top tip: don’t- stick to stealing the yummy figs off the trees en route…).

Croatia beach

The truth about the Hotel Belvedere? That you don’t want to know the truth. Because exploring abandoned buildings and making up the ghost stories as you go along is part of the fun. Like Goosebumps for grown ups.

Dubrovnik Croatia

DISCLAIMER: exploring the hotel Belvedere is trespassing, and there is risk of prosecution and injury. I didn’t tell you to do it….!

4 Comments

  1. September 18, 2017 / 4:26 pm

    This looks such a cool place to go to with photos in mind; thanks for giving us all the low-down on this one, I promise I won’t cite you as inspiration should I end up getting caught. Joking aside, great post, can’t wait to read some more!

  2. September 19, 2017 / 7:07 am

    Really interesting every picture tells a story .

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