St Joseph's

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia Book from Book from £175 per night

Stylish hotel occupying a 16th-century building in a peaceful side street of the medieval Old Town
Tucked away in the heart of Dubrovnik, St Joseph's is owned by a charming family who are originally from the region but have spent 2 decades living in London. This means that while they can provide a wealth of local insight into Croatian history and culture, they’re also very sensitive to the expectations of British visitors. They purchased this 16th-century building in derelict condition, and undertook an intense 2-year restoration, assisted by conservation experts. The result is an impeccable example of Dubrovnik architecture from the Baroque period, with beautifully carved stonework and beamed ceilings. And before they opened in summer 2014, they added a few discreet details, such as a coat of arms, to enhance the aristocratic demeanour.

Inside, the furnishing is as dignified as the building, and the service highly personalised - but the atmosphere remains relaxed and welcoming, and never pretentious. This is a place to unwind and reassess the simple pleasures of life - elegant architecture, a car-free Old Town, the glistening blue Adriatic and a balmy Mediterranean climate.

Highs

  • 5 romantic and spacious suites, and an apartment for 2-4, with slick marble bathrooms
  • A gourmet breakfast with invigorating smoothies, delivered to your door at a time of your choice
  • In-room kitchenettes; useful for whipping up light meals
  • Gracious hosts who advise about restaurants and things to see and do
  • Surprisingly peaceful, considering the central location just off Stradun, the main thoroughfare

Lows

  • You'll need to reserve well in advance, especially in high season
  • No restaurant or common areas, and no outside space
  • No kids aged 4+; this is a tranquil hotel, aimed at couples (though they are warmly welcoming to young children)
  • No elevator, so pack light
  • All beds are doubles

Best time to go

For most people, shoulder season (May-Jun or Sep-Oct) is the best time to visit - sunny but not too hot, with all the main attractions open and the sea warm enough to swim. For a lively nightlife, come in peak season (Jul-Aug), but be aware that it will be hot and crowded. For a romantic escape, opt for low season (Nov-Apr); it might be cold and some facilities will be closed, but the Old Town is totally enchanting without the crowds.

Our top tips

  • Pack dressy outfits for eating out in the evenings, but combine them with comfortable walking shoes - the city's cobbled alleys are not suited to high heels!
  • If you're here mid-July to mid-August, you'll coincide with the Dubrovnik Summer Festival; book tickets in advance for excellent open-air theatre and musical concerts
  • Great for...

    City Style
    • Boutique Hotel
    • 5 rooms and 1 apartment for 2-4
    • Breakfast only (restaurants nearby)
    • 0-4 year-olds 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
    Room: Apartment

    Rooms

    St Joseph’s has 5 suites and 1 apartment, spread over 3 floors and connected by a handsome stone staircase with a wrought-iron balustrade. Expect restored wooden floors, beautiful beamed ceilings and whitewashed walls with exposed stonework, plus furnishing that combines historic references with modern comforts: ornate glass chandeliers, sumptuously upholstered armchairs, and big mirrors with elaborately carved frames.

    The overall effect recalls Dubrovnik’s golden age during the Baroque period, while being brought up to date by 21st-century amenities. So you get a big comfy bed, a sofa, a dining table and a kitchenette, and a spanking clean marble bathroom with a rain shower (Deluxe King Suites also have bathtubs and twin washbasins).

    The Deluxe Queen Suites lie directly below the eaves and have sloping ceilings, making them a little less formal and extra cosy. The Deluxe One-Bedroom Apartment has a living area with a sofabed that can sleep another 2 guests.

    Features include:

    • Air conditioning
    • Central heating
    • Coffee / tea making
    • Cots Available
    • Extra beds
    • Fridge
    • Hairdryer
    • Hob or stove
    • Kitchenette
    • Microwave
    • Satellite TV
    • Toiletries
    • WiFi

    Eating

    Breakfast is delivered to your room at your time of choice, so you’re treated to a relaxed awakening. Expect an invigorating smoothie (made from seasonal organic fruit and vegetables, with a hint of ginger), a lavish selection of oven-warm pastries and squares of tasty pita (filo-pastry pies), and a pot of freshly brewed real coffee. Each suite has a dining table and chairs, if lounging in bed sounds too decadent. You also get a slick in-room kitchenette (a full kitchen in the apartment) for preparing snacks and light meals.

    For dining out, great nearby restaurants include the informal Taj Mahal serving Bosnian specialities and barbecued meats; Bota Sare Oyster & Sushi Bar, and old-fashioned Proto, Dubrovnik’s longest-running and most respected fish restaurant.

    Features include:

    • Breakfast
    • Coffee / tea making
    • Fridge
    • Hob or stove
    • Kitchenette
    • Microwave
    • Restaurants nearby
    • Room service
    Eating: Apartment
    Activity:

    Activities

    • Walk a complete circuit of Dubrovnik’s medieval walls (the setting for King's Landing in Game of Thrones)
    • Catch the cable car to the top of Mt Srd for stunning views
    • Watch the sun set over the Adriatic with a glass of wine at Buza bar, on the rocks just outside the seaward-facing walls
    • Go sea kayaking and sailing or sunbathe and swim at EastWest beach club on Banje beach
    • Catch a local ferry to one of the pretty nearby Elaphiti islets - Kolocep, Lopud or Sipan
    • Hire a private guide for a day trip to Mostar in Bosnia-Herzegovina or Kotor in Montenegro (St Joseph’s can recommend someone reliable)
    • See our other local tips

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Boat trips
    • Hiking
    • Historical sites
    • Kayaking
    • Museums / galleries
    • Nightlife
    • Private guided tours
    • Sailing
    • Shopping / markets
    • Swimming
    • Theatre
    • Windsurfing

    Kids

    St Joseph’s is aimed at couples, though younger children are welcome.

    Best for:

    Babies (0-1 years)

    Family friendly accommodation:

    Deluxe King Suites can fit a baby cot. The apartment has a sofabed which can sleep 2 extra guests, and can fit a rollaway bed for a 2-4 year old.

    Kid Friendly:

    Location

    St Joseph’s is in the heart of Dubrovnik's pedestrian-only Old Town, in southern Croatia.

    By Air:
    Fly into Dubrovnik (21km), or alternatively to Split (242km). Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving these airports.

    From the Airport
    The hotel can arrange airport transfers or you could take a taxi. If you're planning to explore the wider area you may want to hire a car, though bear in mind that Dubrovnik is not the easiest city to drive around. Roads are narrow, parking is very limited, and the Old Town is pedestrianised. See our car rental recommendations.

    Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.

    More on getting to Croatia

    Airports:

    • Dubrovnik 21.0 km DBV
    • Split 242.0 km SPU

    Other:

    • Beach 0.5 km
    • Shops 0.1 km
    • Restaurant 0.1 km

    Our guests' ratings...

    Based on 7 independent reviews from i-escape guests

    10/10
    Room
    9/10
    Food
    10/10
    Service
    10/10
    Value
    10/10
    Overall

    St Josephs was a beautifully decorated property. Our room was sympathetically restored with muted greys and pale decor, which gave an instant sense of calm. The location was easy to find and was set amongst a quiet area which was central to Dubrovnik old town. We were very well looked after by attentive and friendly staff. It was a luxurious stay (Elemis toiletries and a breakfast delivered to our room). The breakfast was beautiful however, some savoury additions maybe nice for us that have a less sweet tooth in the morning. We would highly recommend St Josephs.

    9/10,

    My wife and I had a wonderful stay at St Josephs. It's a very small and beautiful hotel located in the heart of the old town in Dubrovnik. Our room was modern and spacious, with excellent air conditioning. It was hot and crowded while we were there (early July), so it was nice and easy to escape back to our room to cool down and recharge between excursions. Breakfast was included in our stay, and was delivered to the room at the time of our choosing. Fresh smoothies, good coffee, warm croissants and pastries and lots of fresh fruit. It was a great way to start the day.
    Overall, the service was exceptional, in particular Matheus; he met our car at Ploce gate and helped us get our luggage to the hotel (this was essential, as there are no cars in Old Town and it is not an easy place to navigate). He showed us to our room, explained the town and provided recommendations. He made all our reservations and even walked us over to lunch after we arrived. All of the restaurants he suggested were excellent and because he called ahead for us, we always had a great table. This level of service is hard to find and it made our stay very memorable.

    10/10,

    The perfect hotel! Beautiful room with and efficient, kind and helpful staff. St Joseph's is a true oasis in the gorgeous city of Dubrovnik and we loved every minute we spent there.

    10/10,

    The staff were very helpful and the location of the hotel is excellent. We very much enjoyed the excellent breakfast service. Dubrovnik is an expensive city particularly for wine. Can recommend Proto for seafood and the cheaper barbecued food at Lady Pi Pi.

    9/10,

    We would highly recommend this hotel. The location in the heart of the old town is excellent. Tastefully renovated, it is a delight to stay in. The owner and his charming staff could not be more welcoming and helpful. The bedrooms are spacious and very comfortable, a lovely breakfast is served in the room.We stayed four nights and intend to return.

    10/10,

    Extremely good service, very accommodating and the staff were very attentive and helpful. Lovely hotel and we would definitely go there again.

    10/10,

    The service was outstanding. Very helpful and nothing was a problem. They would do a load of laundry for 10 Euro. The management are local and they really know the ins and outs of the area. We had two rooms and they were perfect. Soothing and cool after a long day in the sun. The kitchenette and bathrooms were top quality. We forgot an ipad and they send it to us in the US free of charge.

    10/10,

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