Dubrovnik, on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, is a city full of magic with thousands of years of history that is becoming a hugely popular holiday destination. It has been largely avoided by travellers for a long time as it experienced years of tragic violence and erratic damage during the Croatian War of Independence.
Today however, Dubrovnik attracts masses to discover its sturdy city walls and explore the many historic sights all around. The pristine beaches are laden with people lounging on its golden sands with the Adriatic lapping upon the shores. Game of Thrones fans are flocking to the filming sets in Dubrovnik. It’s becoming a busy tourist destination, and when you visit you want to make sure you’re staying in the best area of Dubrovnik, as it can impact your experience of the city.
I spent 3 days in Dubrovnik as part of a longer Croatia 10-day trip, and absolutely loved the city. If you’re planning on visiting this incredible destination in the Balkans, there are many places to stay in Dubrovnik. This guide is to help you know what’s around and where to stay in Dubrovnik to make the most of exploring this iconic city.
Picking The Best Area To Stay In Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik has 5 main neighbourhoods that make up the city.
- The Old Town is the centre of the city enclosed by the white stone city walls and is the main tourist attraction
- Lapad and Babin Kuk are more peaceful and offer more spacious areas with lots of great beaches.
- Pile and Ploce are areas located closest to the Old Town, which were the original names of the historic entrance gates to the city.
- Gruž is the main harbour area, where you’ll find tourists docking and acts as one of the main port of entry to the city.
In this guide, you’ll find some of the best places to stay in Dubrovnik in the Old Town, as this gives you the most direct access to sights and monuments and was what originally termed the city as the Pearl of the Adriatic.
Dubrovnik’s Old Town is relatively small and fairly compact, but every street holds a magical ambience that adds to its timeless appeal and contains all the best cultural and historical attractions!
Best Places to Stay in Dubrovnik Old Town
No matter where you stay in Dubrovnik, you’re likely to feel like you’re living in a fairytale. As with any city that dates back so far in history and holds so much cultural significance, there is magic around every corner. I personally think that the best place to stay is inside the city walls, which can get a bit crowded depending on the time of year, but offers the most convenience.
I have travelled to Dubrovnik twice and only stayed inside the Old Town on the second trip, but wish I had done so the first time too. On my first trip to Dubrovnik we were staying 20 minutes walk to the Old Town and found ourselves always walking back and forth, while the second time we were in the heart of the Old Town and it saved us a lot of time walking around getting to places. Here are the best hotels in Dubrovnik in the Old Town.
Dubrovnik Hotels in the Old Town
The Old Town is the heart and soul of the city, and if you are serious about sightseeing and visiting the most famous landmarks and attractions, this is the place to be.
- 5-star hotel in the vibrant Old Town
- Amazing architecture and perfect location
The Pucić Palace is a 5-star hotel housed in an 18th-century baroque palace right next to the Stradun Promenade in Dubrovnik Old Town. The building is made of stone walls with exclusive furnishings and is the perfect combination of historic magic architecture and modern comfort.
Staying here, you’ll have access to their restaurant and wine bar, with a buffet breakfast served daily. And to the exclusive Banje Beach just 600m from the property, where you can lounge by the sea after a long day of exploring this ancient town.
- Free breakfast on the alluring rooftop terrace!
- Conveniently located in the Old Town of Dubrovnik
Stari Grad Hotel is one of the only 2 hotels located within the city walls. It’s situated on a peaceful street in the Old Town, but only steps away from the humming and vibrant Stradun Street.
Guests enjoy breakfast daily on the rooftop terrace restaurant, with amazing panoramic views of the Old Town and over the Adriatic Sea. The rooms are spacious and include air-conditioning and a satellite TV to relax after your sightseeing.
Dubrovnik Accommodation Apartments
The apartments in the Old Town are refurbished historic buildings in the most convenient areas in Dubrovnik for sightseeing!
- Amazing views of the city
- Situated close to a variety of bars and restaurants
Set within the scenic historic walls of the protected Old Town, Buza Apartment offers modern and comfortable accommodation just 100m away from the Stradun Promenade, and only 30m from the nearest beach!
The rooms have views over amazing landmarks and include air-conditioning and a flat-screen TV, as well as a laptop for guests use, and 2 private bathrooms! Many bars and restaurants can be found just minutes away.
- Self-catering apartments in the city centre
- Great laid back relaxing area on the terrace
These self-catering apartments offer accommodation in Dubrovnik in traditional stone houses right in the heart of the historic centre. Heart of the City Apartments features a large terrace to relax with a view of the scenic city centre.
The units are fully equipped and have stylish wooden furnishings. They include free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV, and each unit has a private bathroom and shower.
- Centrally located near the best landmarks
- They have their own on-site bar to unwind!
Franka Old Town apartments are located just 200m from Orlando Column. They offer air-conditioned accommodation with a balcony and free Wi-Fi, as well as its own bar!
The apartments provide great city views from the patio and come with a fully-equipped kitchen and a microwave and a fridge, and additional kitchen amenities. The rooms offer flat-screen TVs and private bathrooms with a shower.
Guesthouse Dubrovnik Accommodation
There are also accommodation options in Dubrovnik for shared guesthouses that offer premium comforts in a shared space in the best places in Dubrovnik:
- Shared villa with classy comfortable rooms
- Private bathrooms and balconies available
Villa Flores Room is an amazing guest house in Dubrovnik that offers modernly decorated rooms in a shared villa, located just 100m from the white stone city walls. There is Wi-Fi throughout the property and each room has a flat-screen TV, desk and a fridge, kettle, and coffee making facilities.
The property is conveniently located just 100m from the famous Stradun street and within walking distance from the beach!
Final Thoughts On The Best Place to Stay In Dubrovnik, Croatia
Have you been to Dubrovnik before? How did you find it? Let me know in the comments below! Dubrovnik is gaining in popularity due to its incredible history, its breathtaking architecture, perfect beaches and unimaginable sights and landmarks! If you’re planning on visiting Dubrovnik, rather get there sooner than later!
The Old Town is much more crowded in the busy summer months, so if you’re looking for a bit more peace and quiet, it’s best to visit during the off-season or stay outside the Old Town. If you don’t mind the crowds though, the Old Town really is magical.
I hope this guide has helped your holiday planning and given you some ideas on where to stay in Dubrovnik. There are few Dubrovnik hotels inside the Old Town but also many apartments and villas that are a bit more unique, and will involve you in on all the action that happens around the historic city centre!
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