Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik, Croatia


The Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik stands proud looking over Dubrovnik’s historic Old Town. The hotel is set in a grand building steeped with history, originally built in 1890. Therefore, it was a great pleasure to be appointed by Hilton to collaborate with Goddard Littlefair to redesign the Lobby Reception and the Lobby Lounge Bar.

When entering the hotel you are greeted by an elegant Reception Lobby with a very striking lighting feature suspended from its high ceilings. The architectural lighting is minimal and discrete, providing good functional light as well as highlighting key features such as the colourful artwork behind the desk. Together with the low level lighting integrated within the joinery and the decorative wall and table lights, the lighting provides a warm, welcoming space.

Leading off the Reception, a few steps takes you to the Lobby Lounge. The Lounge has a luxurious feel, the drapery has been lit with mini ceiling recessed downlights and the antique mirrored archways illuminated with floor recessed uplights. Multiple layers of integrated lighting has been carefully coordinated into the display shelf dividing the Lounge from the Bar, with a beautiful feature chandelier taking centre stage.

The Bar with its blue ceiling and large central pendant has a masculine feel but with the addition of subtle detailing, including the illuminated back bar and the uplighting from the perimeter panelling, it becomes a well-balanced, refined space, where you could easily pass the evening hours away.

dpa are very excited to be continuing to work at the hotel with Goddard Littlefair on the next phase which includes the renovation of the Restaurant on the ground floor and the external spaces.

Operator: Hilton
Interior Design: Goddard Littlefair
Project Manager: Davor Poropat – Abilia d.o.o
Photography: Gareth Gardner