In the cool darkness of my shuttered room, I rest, but visions of this city – Dubrovnik – considered the jewel of the Adriatic, keep me alert. Finally, I give in and once again, throw open the shutters to the delightful view of Gundulić Square, named after Dubrovnik’s 17th century poet and dramatist. It is early morning and the green market is in full swing in the square. Seen from above, the market umbrellas resemble red and white peppermint candies, or pinwheels - both visions teasing the child in me. Beneath their shade, the vendors proffer the freshest of produce, souvenir trinkets and lavender that sends it scent through the air, soft and sweet as a kiss. Straight ahead my eyes take in the red-tiled rooftops and the dome of the city’s cathedral.
Once one of the finest aristocratic residences of Dubrovnik, the 17th century Pucić Palace is no less noble as a hotel, with a history of receiving distinguished guests for over a century. With only 19 rooms, the hotel maintains an air of intimacy and luxury, paying attention to those details that add immeasurably to the enjoyment and then to the memories of one’s stay. A small, flower-bedecked terrace on the same level as the old family chapel has become the Defne Terrace Café, offering light dining that explores the flavors of all the Mediterranean from Syria to Greece, Lebanon to Sicily.
Served in the hotel restaurant, the Café Royal, breakfast is a meal to be savored in a leisurely fashion. Rather than the breakfast buffet that is so popular in hotels today, the Pucić offers a la carte selections. After market hours, the tables of this same restaurant then float out onto the piazza for lunchtime and evening dining. At every turn in our stay, the Pucić Palace has pampered us. The key to their success is in their thoughtful service, their exquisite décor, their noble history. For three days, as guests at the Pucić, we have been given the key. I’m not sure I want to give it back!
All images and reviews copyright 2015 by Ginda Simpson
The Pucic Palace
Ul. od Puča 1, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
View from the Pucic Palace ~ Original watercolor painting by Ginda Simpson