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Where to Stay in Dubrovnik?
The Old Town is the jewel in Dubrovnik’s considerable tourist crown but there are only a handful of places to stay actually within its boundaries. If you’ve a big budget and want to stay right in the thick of it, book into the 17th century baroque Pucic Palace on the Gundelic Square. It charges premium rates, unsurprisingly, but is surrounded by galleries, concert halls, museums and monuments. The smaller Stari Grad on od Sigurat is less expensive but still boasts a terrific location.
The residential area Lapad, just over a mile away from the old town, is a very popular spot for visitors to the city, its Babin Kuc area hugely popular with sunworshioppers. With wonderful seaviews, great beaches including the lovely Copacabana Beach and terrific restaurants and bars, many of the city’s hotels are here and there’s a good choice from one star upwards. If you want to be a bit nearer to the big tourist sites, halfway between the old town and Lapad you’ll find Hotel Leroy which is close to the beach and offers much more reasonable rates than in the old town.
Dubrovnik Accommodation Options
While it’s possible to live like the celebs do and book a room at the glorious Hotel Excelsior following in the footsteps of everyone from The Queen to John Malkovich, you can also get to grips with the real Dubrovnik by staying with a family. Lots and lots of local people rent out extra rooms in their houses and with a famously welcoming attitude this can be the most enjoyable way to see a new city. Look out for the Sobe sign outside private houses.
In between these two levels there are a million and one options for staying in Dubrovnik. One- to five-star hotels cluster mainly in the Lapad Bay area thanks to the picture-perfect crystal blue ocean, sandy beaches and excellent restaurants and bars. Most of Dubrovnik’s four star hotels can also be found in Lapad Bay, most overlooking the sea. From this area it is a very easy bus ride to the old town.
Dubrovnik Hotel Recommendations?
Walk to Lapad Bay’s shops, restaurants and cafes from the pretty Hotel Splendid which lies at the foot of Petka Hill and whose flower-strewn grounds provide delicious shade from the Mediterranean sun. Nearby is the Five-star Hotel Dubrovnik Palace sits surrounded by pine trees below Petka Woods with panoramic views across to the Elaphite Islands while around the headland the luxury Hotel Ariston also boasts amazing views, huge airy rooms and excellent food.
Radisson Blu Resort and Spa is around ten miles up the coast from the city centre but its private pebbled beach, amazing freshwater pools, sumptuous grounds and regular boat cruises to the old town make this place a pleasure to stay in. The Villa Orsula is back in the thick of the action, 600m from the Old Town and perched above sea level with its own private sunbathing terrace. The views over the old town are simply spectacular.
Transport in Dubrovnik
It’s about 15 miles from Dubrovnik small airport to the centre of the city and will take about 25 minutes by road. Hotels lay on shuttles but you can also take an Atlas bus which leaves shortly after scheduled flights have landed into Dubrovnik and reasonable time allowed for passengers to emerge. Public buses also ply this route.
There’s no better way to get around the old town than by foot. Its steep lanes and twisting cobbled alleyways revealing secret squares and tiny snickets are simply not accessible properly by car. However, outside this quarter there is a good bus network to get you around the city. Most tourists will be shuttling between the old town and the Lapad peninsula and there are very regular boat and bus services along this 15 minute route. If you want to venture out of the city and see a little bit more of the coast, car hire is plentiful.