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