1914 - 1918 World War I
1930 New owner, William D. Zindin, reopens the hotel under a new name - Hotel Excelsior.
1941 Hotel reopens with a grand opening ceremony on 1 April.
1941 – 1945 World War II
1944
Occupying forces Hotel Excelsior their headquarters. The hotel is shelled and badly damaged by Allied forces.
1947 Excelsior reopens for business.
1950s Mickey Rooney stays at Hotel Excelsior. Sir Fitzroy Maclean, often cited as the inspiration for Ian Fleming’s James Bond, is a regular guest at Hotel Excelsior.
Late 1950s
Jean Paul Sartre stays at Hotel Excelsior.
1958
Renowned Croatian architect Neven Šegvic begins construction of a new adjoining building. 1965 New hotel opens with 329 rooms.
1969 Apollo 11 lands on the Moon
1970
Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti are among the guests at Hotel Excelsior.
1975 Tavern Rustica opens in the former Arthur Evans summerhouse and becomes a renowned fine-dining restaurant.
1977
Danish Queen Margaret visits Dubrovnik and stays at Hotel Excelsior.
1988 Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev spends his holidays in Dubrovnik and stays at Hotel Excelsior.
1989
Fall of the Berlin Wall
1991 - 1995 Croatian Patriotic War for Independence
1990s
The hotel becomes a home for hundreds of war refugees.
1997
Complete renovation of Hotel Excelsior begins.
1998
Excelsior reopens as the first five-star hotel in Croatia.
2000 Hotel Excelsior becomes a flagship hotel under the Adriatic Luxury Hotels brand.
2008 Tavern Rustica becomes the luxurious Villa Agave. Its first guest is Oscar winner Kevin Spacey.