“A friendly base in a hidden historic townhouse, right next to Dubrovnik’s cathedral and 2 stunning palaces”
The 6 thoughtfully put-together bedrooms have unobstructed views over 3 of Dubrovnik’s key landmarks - the Rector’s Palace, Pucic Palace and the cathedral - which is a real rarity. Design is simple but effective: a palette of soft greys and clean whites produces a feel of tranquility and escapism from the bustling city; quirky lighting and individual antiques give each room a unique personality.
As we sat in armchairs in our Double Room (Trubadur), we peered over an old Singer sewing machine table topped with a single cala lily, and looked out at the statutes and intricately carved pillars atop the cathedral. Such an amazing view. We were even treated to live jazz, which drifted up from a bar below.
Things to note: Katedrala (Superior Double) can be booked alone or with a small twin room, Palace, to form a Triple Suite or Family Suite, with 1 shared bathroom. Room 8 has an external private bathroom. Dubrava (Studio) has a small kitchenette.
There are no meals served at Fresh*, but you're treated to a welcome platter of homemade bread, local cheese, olives and cured meats. For breakfast, the morning market, Gundulićeva Poljana, is right on your doorstep: pop down to pick up pastries and takeaway coffees, or whip up something fancier in the communal kitchen.
There are excellent restaurants and cafés all around, including those with outdoor tables in the square by the cathedral. Our favourite was Azur (a 4-minute walk), which serves Asian food with a Mediterranean flair. The spicy and creamy vegetable Thai red curry was a real winner, especially followed by the refreshingly light coconut pudding. Head to Restaurant Dubrovnik just outside the city walls for brunch or dinner with breathtaking views. Just avoid the restaurants on Stradun; they rely on their location, and the food tends to be bland and overpriced.
Children of all ages are welcome, though it's best suited to babes in arms or older kids/teenagers. Parents will find the communal kitchen useful.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
The Studio (Dubrava) can fit a baby cot, or its sofabed can be made up as an extra bed; parents will find its kitchenette useful too. The Family Suite is Katedrala and Palace, a connected double and twin bedroom with a shared bathroom. Trubadur (Double Room) and Dubrava (Studio) can also be connected to form a Family Suite that can sleep up to 4 adults and 1 child (book both rooms separately)
Baby cot and high chair
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking