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A restored 15th-century palace made of creamy Dalmatian stone is the setting for this refined boutique hotel. Bang in the centre of Šibenik's car-free medieval old town, the Heritage Hotel Life Palace really gives you a sense of the city's timelessness and long history. There are only 17 rooms, each blending modern comforts with a reined-in Renaissance style in a way that doesn't feel too over the top. Its café terrace spilling out into the square in front is one of the city's most convivial meeting places for coffee and top-class homemade cakes. Tucked away within its terracotta roof is a tiny but cute little spa with windows overlooking the square. Boutique is an overused word, but it suits this elegant place.

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Mary Novakovich
Travel journalist
An award-winning travel journalist based in Hertfordshire, Mary writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Telegraph and the Times. She is also the author of My Family and Other Enemies: Life and Travels in Croatia's Hinterland, which was shortlisted for the 2023 Edward Stanford Travel Book of the Year.



Enjoy being in the thick of things and surrounded by a warren of marble lanes. And Michelin-starred Pelegrini is just up the street.

The hotel is in the heart of the pedestrianised medieval old town, close to the main shops and sights and three minutes' walk to the waterfront.
By plane: direct flights from London to Dubrovnik take 2 hours 30 mins. The hotel is a 3 hour 15 minute-drive from the airport. Speak to the hotel about reserving a free public parking space.

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Style & Character

Perfect for travellers looking for a classy, central and reasonably priced place that's an attractive example of classic Dalmatian architecture. Feel a real sense of history in this centuries-old palace, as well as a welcome calmness within its stone walls.

Service & Facilities

The knowledgeable staff are eager to offer all sorts of tips on what to see and do in the area.

  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Spa
  • Concierge
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free parking


Our favourite room is the Balcony Executive Suite, with its double-aspect Juliet balconies overlooking the square and the street. Soft colours and plush furnishings give the room a sumptuous look - and the chance to do some serious people-watching is a bonus.

Classic Room, Deluxe Room, Superior Room, Executive Suite, Presidential Suite
Facilities include: ensuite shower or bath, queen size bed, TV, free Wi-Fi, dressing table

Food & Drink

Sitting on the fragrant café terrace watching daily life go by is a lovely way to start and end the day. Perhaps with a hefty slice of homemade walnut cake.

Café terrace: breakfast buffet including omlettes to order, local meats and cheeses and fresh pastries. Also serves coffee, cakes, wine and cocktails.

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