Dubrovnik Boutique Apartments

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Reviewed by Jane Foster
Three stylish self-catering apartments in a carefully restored 17th-century townhouse within the medieval walls of Dubrovnik’s Old Town (each sleeps 2-3)
Medieval carved stonework and contemporary oil paintings come together here, to provide a homely base for exploring Dubrovnik’s magnificent UNESCO-listed historic centre. The 1-bedroom abodes are hidden away on a peaceful side street off the Stradun, the thoroughfare that runs through the heart of the pedestrianised Old Town. The location is just a 5-minute stroll from the glistening blue Adriatic, on the Dalmatian Coast - you might recognise it, as Dubrovnik has been used as a film set for HBO’s fantasy TV series Game of Thrones and the Canal+ series Borgia.

The 3 apartments are all in the same building, on the first, second and third floors. A slick wooden staircase takes you up through the stone stairwell - the details are impressive but you’ll need a good pair of legs if you’re thinking of staying on the top floor. They're ideal for couples or families with well-behaved kids, and having your own cooking facilities gives you the added freedom of being able to plan your own schedule and meal times. The Old Town location takes you back through the centuries, and you’ll feel like a local as you walk the narrow stone alleys after dark, when the bars and restaurants are buzzing and many of the main sights are beautifully lit.

Highs

  • A meticulously restored Baroque building, with exposed stone walls and lintels, and some wooden beamed ceilings
  • A fantastic location in the heart of Dubrovnik’s magnificent Old Town - within moments of bars and restaurants, as well as fascinating historical sites and pretty beaches
  • Tastefully furnished and fully equipped for 21st-century comfort: free WiFi, sleek kitchen gadgets and flatscreen satellite TVs
  • Self-catering facilities mean you can shop, cook and live like a local
  • The management is discreet and can help you with recommendations for local things to see and do

Lows

  • The apartments get booked up very early - enquire well ahead
  • Dubrovnik’s Old Town is packed with tourists in summer, with odours from nearby fish restaurants (and, we've heard, sewage) from time to time
  • You'll have to carry your luggage into the pedestrianised Old Town and up quite a few stairs (there's no lift)
  • There are no balconies or outdoor spaces
  • Room rate must be paid by cash only - Euro or Kuna accepted

Best time to go

Now firmly on most travellers’ “must do” list, Dubrovnik gets outrageously crowded in high-season (July-August). We’d therefore call this a time to avoid, although the chaos can be quite impressive here, especially at night with the open-air bars and cultural events. The shoulder season periods (May-June or September-October) tend to suit more placid visitors - the days are sunny but not too hot, all the main attractions are open, and the sea is warm enough to swim. If you visit in low season (November-April), you’ll find lots of venues closed, and the weather unreliable, but without the crowds Dubrovnik is undoubtedly at its most romantic. We visited in January and were impressed by the excellent central heating, bountiful hot water and fast, free WiFi.

Our top tips

To get some idea of what Yugoslavia must have been like before it broke apart, make day trips into neighbouring Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Dubrovnik is ideally placed for this, being 38km and 64km from the respective borders. Try to see Kotor in Montenegro and Mostar in Bosnia-Herzegovina, either as part of an organised one-day bus excursion or independently by car. And remember to take your passport for the border crossings.

Great for...

City Style
Family
Honeymoon
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Apartments
  • 3 apartments (each for 2-3)
  • Self-catering only
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Laundry Service
  • Washing machine
  • Walking tour
Room: Apartment 2

Rooms

The apartments are spacious (each 50sq.m), comfortable, functional and tastefully furnished. Great care has been given to restoring existing elements, such as stonework and beamed ceilings, while new details like wooden floors and modern glass blocks add a more contemporary mood (and allow extra light into each apartment from the stairwell).

You enter directly into the open-plan living room and cooking space. Here you get wooden floors, some exposed stonework, a big comfy corner sofa (which doubles as a sofabed), a low-level coffee table, a flatscreen satellite TV, and several big oil paintings which add colour and vibrance. There’s also a modern kitchen area and a dining table with 4 chairs.

From the living area, a sliding smoked-glass door opens onto the small but adequate bedroom, with a double bed, a big wardrobe offering ample storage space, and a full-length mirror. You have to walk back through the living room to reach the bathroom - it’s small but incredibly functional, with good lighting, a shower with glass doors, and a washing machine (a big plus for those travelling with small kids).

Apartments 1 and 2 are very similar, but many people like Apartment 3 the best - it has an identical layout to 1 and 2, but it’s under the roof and thereby has sloping ceilings, making it extra cosy. On the down side, it’s on the third floor, so there are more stairs to climb up.

Bathrooms have good showers but no bathtubs, and some may consider the towels to be a little small.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Dvd player
  • Extra beds
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • Kitchenette
  • Oven
  • Radio
  • Satellite tv
  • Toaster
  • Toiletries
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet

Eating

Each apartment has a modern cooking area equipped with an oven, fridge and kettle. All the utensils, crockery and cutlery you might need are provided, but you’ll have to buy your own provisions. For food shopping in the Old Town, you have the open-air market (each morning, on the square in front of the Pucic Palace), the tiny covered fish market (each morning, overlooking the old harbour) and a handful of small supermarkets, the best known of which is Konzum (open daily 8am-8pm). Vouchers are also available for breakfasts at nearby Cafe Festival, request on arrival.

Nearby restaurants include old-fashioned Proto, which is probably the best seafood restaurant within the walls and serves classic Dalmatian cuisine on a lovely upper-level stone terrace. For something a little more modern, the chic Bota Sare Sushi and Oyster Bar does excellent sushi made from fresh local fish, as well as oysters from nearby Ston. Vegetarians should head for Nishta, known for its delicious meat-free dishes packed with fragrant herbs and spices. For a lunchtime snack or a substantial breakfast, go to family-run Skola, which does hearty sandwiches made from freshly baked bread filled with pršut (prosciutto) and sir (cheese).

Features include:

  • Children meals
  • Coffee tea making
  • Fridge
  • Kitchenette
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Toaster
Eating: Apartment 2
Activity:

Activities

  • Explore Dubrovnik’s magnificent Old Town - walk a circuit of the medieval city walls, see the 15th-century Rector’s Palace, the cathedral and the Franciscan Monastery, and catch the latest photography exhibition at War Photo Ltd gallery
  • Ride the ultra-modern cable car to the peak of Mt Srð (405m), for amazing views down onto the medieval city and out to sea
  • Drink a sunset aperitif at Buža, an informal bar on the rocks overlooking the sea, accessed via a “hidden” doorway in the seaward-facing city walls (a 5-minute walk away)
  • Swim and sunbathe at nearby beaches. Try the schmanzy EastWest Club on Banje beach, just outside the city walls (close to Ploce Gate) or, for something a little quieter, Sveti Jakov beach, in a sheltered cove a 15-minute walk further down the coast
  • Sample Croatian wines at D’Vino, a cosy wine bar in the Old Town. The knowledgeable owner offers wine-tasting ‘flights’ - either 3 reds or 3 whites - and can explain a little about each wine you taste
  • Attend an evening concert - the Dubrovnik Summer Festival attracts world-class musicians, who perform at various open-air venues from mid-July to mid-August
  • Paddle your way across the glistening blue Adriatic to the tiny islet of Lokrum. Adventure Dalmatia arranges half-day sea-kayaking trips, departing from a small bay just outside the city walls, close to Pile Gate
  • Catch a Jadrolinija ferry from Dubrovnik’s Gruž harbour and spend a day walking and swimming on one of the car-free Elaphiti islands - Kolocep, Lopud or Sipan

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Kayaking
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Private guided tours
  • Sailing
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Wine tasting

Kids

The apartments are suitable for families with kids (and have washing machines), and the pedestrianised Old Town is a safe haven for little ones.

Best for:

Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

In each apartment children can be accommodated on the sofabed in the living room, which is divided from the bedroom by a sliding glass door. Cots and extra fold-up beds are also available.

Babysitting:

Babysitting is available on request

Children's meals:

Being able to self-cater works well for families, the kitchenettes have all you need

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Game of Thrones Tours
  • Walk the Old City's walls
  • Kayaking
  • Head to the beach (Copacabana in Lapad is the best)
  • Boat trips to nearby islands

Families Should Know:

Stairs are steep

Distances:

  • Airport: 30 minutes
  • Shops: 1 minute
Kid Friendly: Dubrovnik

Our guests' ratings...

7/
Rooms
6/
Food
7/
Service
6/
Value
6/
Overall

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