The Byron

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia
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The Byron

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Elegant, owner-run guesthouse in a lovingly renovated 17th-century stone building, part of Dubrovnik's charming Old Town

Elegant, owner-run guesthouse in a lovingly renovated 17th-century stone building, part of Dubrovnik's charming Old Town

Dubrovnik's majestic Old Town transports you back centuries. Aristocratic Baroque townhouses line marble-paved streets, deliveries are made by handcart, stall holders vend seasonal fruit at the open-air market, and church bells mark the hour. Add a backdrop of glistening blue sea, and the modern-day pleasures of beach clubs and fine dining, and you see why it is Croatia's most glamorous destination.

The Byron (named after Lord Byron, the Romantic poet who dubbed the city 'The Pearl of the Adriatic'), has been a venture of true passion. The owners carried out a lengthy renovation project with incredible attention to detail, fashioning four bright white guest rooms with city or garden views, and most with kitchenettes. Step outside and you'll be right beside Dubrovnik Cathedral, with a vast array of restaurants and sights at your fingertips. This is a fabulous base from which to explore this gorgeous, medieval city.

Highs

  • A fantastic central location, next to the Cathedral, within walking distance of all the main sights
  • Just 4 light and airy rooms with characterful exposed wooden beams and cool white décor; some can interconnect
  • Delightful hosts who provide a warm welcome and highly personalised service, always on hand via Whatsapp
  • Most rooms have kitchenettes so you can self-cater breakfast and light meals, plus there are great restaurants all around
  • There's a great beach bar hidden around the corner, but we'll leave it to you to find

Lows

  • Summer nightlife can be noisy, but window shutters and double glazing afford good sound-proofing
  • Be aware rooms are on the second and third floors and there's no lift; pack light...
  • ... especially because Dubrovnik's Old Town is car-free, so you'll need to walk the final stretch when you arrive

Best time to go

Spring and autumn are the best times to visit – the weather is sunny, the Old Town isn't overcrowded, and the Adriatic sea is (just) warm enough to swim. In summer (Jul-Aug), Dubrovnik does get very busy, but on the plus side you have lots of open-air cultural events and a buzzing nightlife. The Byron informs guests about cruise ship arrivals, so you can plan sightseeing to avoid the crowds (most ships depart by 4pm, so the evenings are quieter).

Our top tips

The Byron can arrange a Dubrovnik Card for you. A cost-effective way to explore the city (valid for one, 3 or 7 days), it offers free entry to major attractions, including the City Walls, the Cultural Historical Museum, the Franciscan Monastery and the Maritime Museum, as well as discounts at various restaurants and shops.

Great for...

City Style
Family
Romantic
  • Boutique Guesthouse
  • 4 rooms
  • Self-catering (restaurants nearby)
  • Best for babies or older children
  • Closed: November to February
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • Beach Nearby
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Car not necessary
  • Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • WiFi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room:

Rooms

Whitewashed rooms have high ceilings, exposed wooden beams and wood-effect tile floors. Furnishings are all-white, too, a nod to Dubrovnik's Baroque past. Chandeliers dangle, beds are super-kingsize and super-comfy; you also get a wardrobe, a pair of elegant sitting chairs, and a discreet 'cabinet' concealing a kitchenette. Bedding and curtains are lovely, soft stonewashed linen. Bathrooms have a rain shower, heated towel rack and underfloor heating for the chillier months.

On our latest visit we stayed in the largest room, Cathedral, which is triple-aspect and has a superb view of the cathedral. We loved how spacious and elegant it felt, and the light that flooded through in the afternoon. The bed was supremely comfy and the Molton Brown toiletries in the bathroom were a luxurious touch. Piano is slightly smaller, but also has a grand view of the cathedral – it's named after the piano in the adjoining lounge. Garden has the biggest bathroom and looks onto a lovely courtyard garden, making it the most peaceful choice. Garden and Piano can be interconnected to form an Executive Suite (for 4). Loft, upstairs, under the eaves, has 2 single beds and overlooks Dubrovnik's terracotta rooftops. It's the smallest room, so there's no kitchenette, but it be can be booked alongside Cathedral (directly below it) to form a Family Suite.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Beach towels
  • Central heating
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe box
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • WiFi

Eating

There's no restaurant, but all rooms except Loft have a nifty Culshaw kitchenette with a combo-oven, hob, fridge, sink, kettle, and oak larder shelving, so you can prepare light meals. There are small dining areas in all rooms. We made good use of this as restaurant prices within the Old Town can be eye-wateringly high.

Dubrovnik is packed with places to eat, most with open-air summer terraces. Dine on fresh oysters and grilled fish at candlelit tables in the Old Town, or venture further afield for Dalmatian specialities at waterside seafood restaurants or rural family-run konobe (tavernas). Be sure to try Dalmatian wines, too – look out for white Pošip from Korčula and red Dingač from Pelješac.

Features include:

  • Fridge
  • Hob or stove
  • Kitchenette
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Walk a full 2km circuit of Dubrovnik's medieval walls, for magnificent views over the terracotta rooftops and out to sea
  • Visit local beaches - swim off the rocks at Buža bar, sunbathe on Sveti Jakov's pebble beach, or take a taxi-boat to Lokrum islet for a botanical garden with peacocks and secluded bathing
  • Ride the cable-car to the top of Mt Srđ (412m) for stunning views over town, then hike back down following the Srđ Ropeway footpath
  • Take a ferry tour of the car-free Elaphiti archipelago, for island beaches and pristine scenery (from Gruž port; various operators)
  • Spend a day exploring the seaside town of Cavtat and rural Konavle with its vineyards and olive groves

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming

Kids

Children are welcome but there are no specific facilities for them and they need to stay in their own room, unless they are babes in arms and can go in a baby cot (Piano or Cathedral rooms only). Parents will find the kitchenettes useful for preparing snacks.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Piano and Garden interconnect through a small lounge, or book the Family Suite, which consists of Cathedral (large double) and Loft (twin room in the eaves above).

Distances:

  • Airport: 21km (Dubrovnik)
  • Shop: 0.2km
  • Beach: 0.3km
Kid Friendly:

Location

The Byron lies in a narrow stone alley, between the cathedral and the seaward walls in Dubrovnik’s pedestrian-only Old Town, in southern Croatia.

By Air:
Most fly into Dubrovnik. An airport transfer can be arranged or there’s an airport bus (journey time 20-30 minutes) to Pile Gate, just outside the city walls.

By Car:
The Old Town is pedestrianised, so a car is not required in Dubrovnik itself, but you may want to explore further afield. If you rent a car, bear in mind that parking in Dubrovnik is a problem, especially in summer. The situation has improved slightly with the opening of a new 24-hour public garage at Ilijina Glavica (Zagrebaèka ulica bb), a 5-minute walk from Pile Gate, but this is hugely expensive in high season; you may be better off parking at the airport and taking the shuttle bus to and fro.

By Sea:
If you are arriving from Italy, Jadrolinija operates ferries from Bari. From Dubrovnik’s Gruž harbour, take a bus to Pile Gate, the entrance to the Old Town.

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

More on getting to Croatia and getting around

Airports:

  • Dubrovnik 21.0 km DBV
  • Split 241.0 km SPU

Other:

  • Beach 0.3 km
  • Shops 0.2 km
  • Restaurant 0.2 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 4 independent reviews from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
10/10
Service
9/10
Value
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