“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)”
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.
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).
The apartments are suitable for families with kids (and have washing machines), 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. 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