One of the most perfectly preserved walled towns in Europe, Dubrovnik is Croatia’s single biggest single tourist destination, and it’s not difficult to see why. An essentially medieval town reshaped by Baroque planners after the earthquake of 1667, it seems to have been suspended in time ever since.
Where to stay in Dubrovnik
In recent years the city has developed a reputation for being overcrowded in the summer season, although this is frequently the result of day-tripping cruise-ship tourists rather than the visitors who come and stick around. For those that do stay in the city, Dubrovnik can still wield overwhelming charm – especially in the mornings and evenings when the cruiser-crowd are back on their ships. Accommodation is spread throughout the city, the modern parts of which extend for several kilometres along the coast. Rooms disappear fast however; and if your heart is set on a particular kind of stay, it’s crucial to book well in advance. Here’s our guide to where to stay in Dubrovnik to help you find the right accommodation.
The Old Town
With its calvacade of historical buildings, maze-like alleyways and imposing town walls, the Old Town is by far the most beguiling part of the city in which to stay. Almost all of the available accommodation is in historic houses of considerable vintage, so expect an evocative whiff of history wherever you choose to stay. One word of warning: the Old Town is full of steps and will not suit those with baby buggies or mobility issues.
Best for history and culture: Prijeko Palace
Prijeko Palace boutique hotel in a fabulously-restored 14th-century mansion is packed full of contemporary artworks. On the top floor is a Michelin-listed restaurant – Stara Lozo – with an amazing roof terrace.
Best for rooms with a view: Fresh Sheets Kathedral.
Located on the upper floors of a former guest-house for nuns, the rooms at Fresh Sheetsoffer some pretty amazing Old-Town perspectives, with birds’ eye views of statues, churches and historic piazzas.
Best for home comforts: Karmen
A family-run outfit offering studio apartments in an old stone house decked out with antique pictures and objets d’art, Karmen is an intimate, friendly and above all, affordable option.