“Four relaxing self-catering apartments in carefully restored 17th-century townhouses in the heart of Dubrovnik’s Old Town (each sleeps 2-3)”
The spacious apartments are comfortable, functional and tastefully furnished. Great care has been given to restoring existing elements, such as stonework and beamed ceilings, while new wooden floors add a more contemporary mood.
In the main building, Apartments 1 and 2 are very similar, but many people like third-floor Apartment 3's sloping ceilings, as they make it extra cosy. On the down side, there are more stairs to climb up. All feature modern glass blocks to allow extra light in from the stairwell.
You enter directly into the open-plan living room and cooking space. Here you get a big comfy corner sofa (which doubles as a sofabed), a flatscreen satellite TV and several big colourful oil paintings. 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 double bedroom, a big wardrobe and a full-length mirror. The bathroom is small but incredibly functional, with a good shower with glass doors (no bathtub), and a washing machine (handy for those travelling with small kids). Some may consider the towels to be a little small.
On nearby Petilovrijenci Street, a fourth apartment awaits. It shares the exact same facilities as those in the main building, but its decor is more classic in style, with an ornately painted four-poster bed, classical mirrors and romantic artwork. We haven't personally stayed yet, but we think it would be ideal for a couple.
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).
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).
The apartments are suitable for families with kids, and the pedestrianised Old Town is a safe haven for little ones.
Children (4-12 years)
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. Baby cots and extra fold-up beds are also available.
Babysitting is available on request.
Being able to self-cater works well for families, the kitchenettes have all you need.
Stairs are steep.