Dubrovnik Hotels and Accommodation

(Dubrovnik, Southern Dalmatia, Croatia)

Although Dubrovnik sustained severe damage during the seven-month long shelling of the city by Serb-Montenegrin forces in 1991, following the breakup of Yugoslavia, it has now been fully restored to its former glory. As befits a major tourist destination and historic city, accommodation at all levels is easily available, with plenty of hotels to choose between, particularly in the Ploce and Lapad neighbourhoods.

Many lodging options are found in or near the Old Town's twisting little streets, and several Dubrovnik hotels boast stunning locations on the cliffs, with magnificent sea views.

A few mid-range hotels are found in the Old Town and even in some of its lovely old buildings. Others are set in modern blocks with all conveniences, outside the protected area but within easy walking distance of its treasures, and there is a good selection of resort-style accommodation near the beaches and harbour.

Where to Stay

Several budget lodging options are found in the Old Town, with more closer to the beach area and a few spread along the palm-fringed coastline. Bed and breakfasts (B&Bs) are popular with budget travellers and offer a great way to get to know the locals, while private rooms and boarding houses are also to hand.

For luxury accommodation or special trips such as honeymoons, the five-star Hotel Dubrovnik Palace is the place. The winner of 'Best Croatian Hotel' two years running, this decidedly upscale lodging lies in a forested setting on the southernmost tip of the peninsula.

Admittedly aimed at those with deep pockets, the Dubrovnik Palace has every facility imaginable, including a VIP wing complete with private entrance, although the restaurants could do with a change of chefs. Another 'posh' option is the Pucic Palace in the Old Town, set in a former Renaissance nobleman's residence and tastefully modernised for 21st century needs.

The Importanne Resort, some ten minutes from Dubrovnik's Old Town, is a complex comprising a hotel, a suite hotel and the stratospherically priced newly built Villa Elita, with its inclusive speedboat use. For the rest of us, the mid-range Hotel Perla is right on the promenade, where it features quiet, spacious accommodation and good-sized bathrooms.

Self-catering is popular in Dubrovnik, with the Domino Apartments' condo-style lodging options set in a little courtyard housing the Domino Steakhouse. Even further down the price chain is the charming Sesame Inn, a little boutique hotel with only four rooms set in a 200-year old house next to a restaurant just outside the gates of the Old City. Perfect.