In the following post we’ll give you an overview of Dubrovnik accommodation, pros and cons for each of them, neighbourhoods and other tips to help you make a savvy decision on where to stay in Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik is one of the most visited places in Croatia. And it’s not without a reason. Dubrovnik is a beautiful, picture-perfect town! The downside of its popularity is that it also gets really crowded, especially in July and August.
Contents For Where to stay in Dubrovnik 2019
- 1 Best time to visit Dubrovnik
- 2 Tips on choosing the best Dubrovnik accommodation
- 3 Where to stay in Dubrovnik: best area to stay in Dubrovnik
- 4 Dubrovnik hotels 5 star and Dubrovnik luxury hotels
- 4.1 Hotel Dubrovnik Palace
- 4.2 Hotel Excelsior
- 4.3 Hotel Villa Dubrovnik
- 4.4 Hotel Villa Glavic
- 4.5 Hotel Grand Villa Argentina
- 4.6 Hotel Ariston
- 4.7 Valamar Collection Dubrovnik President Hotel
- 4.8 Hilton Imperial Hotel
- 4.9 Hotel Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik
- 4.10 Royal Blue Hotel
- 4.11 Sun Gardens
- 4.12 Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera
- 5 Boutique hotels Dubrovnik
- 6 4 star hotels in Dubrovnik
- 7 3 star and cheap hotels in Dubrovnik
- 8 Dubrovnik family hotels
- 9 Bed and breakfast Dubrovnik
- 10 Dubrovnik beach hotels
- 11 Dubrovnik apartments
- 12 Best hostels in Dubrovnik
- 13 Villas in Dubrovnik
- 14 Camping in Dubrovnik
- 15 Car Rental in Dubrovnik
- 16 Dubrovnik Airport Transfer
- 17 Things to do in Dubrovnik
- 18 Further reading
Best time to visit Dubrovnik
Without the doubt, the best time to visit Dubrovnik is September, followed by May and June. In September the sea is still warm, all activities are still up and running, restaurants, bars and other facilities are open, there are still lots of tourists (but far less than July and August crazy), and accommodation prices are down from July and August.
Tips on choosing the best Dubrovnik accommodation
If you search for the best places to stay in Dubrovnik Croatia, you’ll first notice the vast choice of accommodation. To narrow down your search ask yourself the following questions:
What type of accommodation is right for you?
Do you prefer hotels, vacation rentals, villas, or campsites? You’ll find all these accommodation choices in Dubrovnik.
Which one is right for you depends on your travel style, and your budget. Vacation rentals offer more space and better value, especially if you are more than two persons.
Villas might be a great choice for larger groups, or a couple of families traveling together and splitting the costs. And so on.
What category accommodation do you fancy?
If you ask us, except for few top-notch properties (hello Villa Dubrovnik!), five star hotels in Dubrovnik are overrated and 4 star will often suffice. 3 star properties are also a decent choice for budget-conscious travellers.
Our tip would be to aim for 4* and upgrade to 5 star if opportunity arises.
What’s your budget?
Dubrovnik accommodation can get really expensive especially in July and August, or during some big events taking place in the town.
Expect to pay at least 150 € a night for a double room with breakfast in July or August in a 3star hotel, 210 € in a 4star hotel, and 350 € in a 5star hotel. Alternatively, daily rental for a studio apartment in old town will set you back 150 €.
But for instance in other areas in Dubrovnik, like Lapad neighbourhood, you can find an apartment for 2 for as little as 90 € a day in high season.
Do you travel by car aka do you need a parking?
Staying within the old town if you travel by car can pose a problem, as old town is car-free and Dubrovnik old town accommodation don’t offer a parking space.
You will need to look for a place to park, plus this will increase your daily accommodation cost. If you travel by car, rather choose a property that offer free parking. You’ll find many of them on Lapad and Babin Kuk peninsula.
Are your travel dates flexible (even if only a little bit)?
If your dates are flexible, you might want to visit Dubrovnik in need periods, periods of low demand for Dubrovnik accommodation.
This doesn’t only means traveling off season, but it means looking for a specific days that are simply cheaper than the preceding or following period. How to do this?
Simply google the name of accommodation you would like to stay in, and use Google hotel search calendar to check daily prices for that particular property.
Choose dates with the lowest rates for your stay in Dubrovnik. For us this option is availably only on mobile Google hotel search.
Are you more interested in a city-break or beach holidays?
Many hotels in Dubrovnik beside being within walking distance to the old town (or short bus or taxi ride) also offer facilities for typical beach holidays, like hotel’s beach, seafront location, outdoor swimming pool, half-board meal plan, etc..
Majority of Dubrovnik beach hotels are in Lapad and Babin Kuk area. Excelsior and Villa Dubrovnik are two properties closest to the old town that also have their own beach and each hotel is a great choice for both, beach holiday and a city break.
Where to stay in Dubrovnik: best area to stay in Dubrovnik
Answers to the questions above will inevitably lead you also to pick different area to stay in Dubrovnik.
There is no right or wrong neighbourhood, or one single best place to stay in Dubrovnik, there are just different preferences, and varied reasons why we choose one place and neighbourhood over the other.
Below we will give you an overview of each Dubrovnik neighbourhood and various Dubrovnik places to stay, each with its own pros and cons. Hope our Dubrovnik accommodation guide will help you choose where to stay in Dubrovnik Croatia.
Dubrovnik Old Town
A pedestrian-only old town Dubrovnik is surrounded by famed Dubrovnik defensive walls. The old town Dubronvik is Unesco World Heritage Site.
The old town is small, and densely packed with historical stone houses, narrow cobblestone streets, small but lively town’s squares, old port, and a great number of bars, restaurants, souvenir shops and art galleries.
The main street, Stradun, divides town in two. The east part of town is hilly, and it involves lots of steps, while western part of the old town is rather flat.
This is also where you will find the majority of Dubrovnik historical attractions. Old town is also the best area to stay in Dubrovnik for nightlife.
You should choose to stay in Dubrovnik old town if you:
- don’t mind paying extra for the prime location
- can’t resist all that charm regardless of few drawbacks
- don’t mind some noise (from passers-by, street cleaners, bars, etc.)
- need no parking, or you don’t care to park away from your Dubrovnik accommodation neither paying extra for it
- don’t care about added facilities like property’s own beach, sea views, swimming pool and alike
Dubrovnik old town accommodation
Dubrovnik old town offers an array of charming small B&Bs, hotels, and lovely apartments. Here are few our recommendations on where to stay in Dubrovnik old town.
Guest house Forty-four
Housed in 17th century palace, guest house Dubrovnik Forty-four features 4 spacious and modernly designed rooms with en-suite bathrooms, and one studio apartment. All but one room come with a balcony or a terrace.
The guest house was completely refurbished in 2017. It also features onsite restaurant. This small B&B is without a doubt one of the best places to stay in Dubrovnik old town.More info and latest prices here!
Comfortable, clean property in a great quiet location within the old city and a super-friendly host, makes apartments Festa one of the most popular properties in old town.
This is one of the friendliest Dubrovnik accommodation old town.More info and latest prices here!
Hotel Pucic Palace
One of the best hotels in Dubrovnik old town, Pucic Palace is located right at the Gunduliceva Poljana where farmer’s market take place every morning.
The location adds to the charm of this hotel.The Pucic Palace features 19 rooms and suites, a wine bar, a cafe and a restaurant.More info and latest prices here!
Prijeko Palace Boutique Hotel
Housed in a 500 year old historic building, this small 9-room boutique hotel offers a great location right in the heart of Dubrovnik old town, various rooms each unique and different, nice in-room amenities like tea and coffee, and a lovely rooftop restaurant.
Staff is welcoming and the breakfast is made on order.More info and latest prices here!
What to see in Dubrovnik old town
No visit to Dubrovnik is complete without a tour of the city walls. This incredible defence complex surrounding completely Dubrovnik old town consists of 2.000 m long walls, 17 towers, 5 bastions, 2 corner fortifications and St. John Fortress.
Take a stroll, or just sit at the pier, benches, or a bar and watch the world go by.
A former custom building, the Sponza Palace built in 1520 today houses town’s archive.
First built back in 13th century, the Rector’s Palace was once the seat of the Government, and today it houses the City Museum and serves also as a concert hall.
Franciscan Church and Monastery
Situate at the north entrance to the city, this complex consists of a church, a monastery, a library, and the oldest working pharmacy in Europe.
A small public square just across the Rector’s Palace is a home to daily green market.
The main street in old town Dubrovnik, Stradun stretches from north to south entrance to the city. The street is lined with bars and souvenir shops. It’s a good place to feel the pulse of the city and watch the world go by.
Best Dubrovnik Old Town Tours
- Dubrovnik: 2-Hour Game of Thrones Tour
- Dubrovnik’s City Walls and Wars Historic Walking Tour
- Dubrovnik: Indulge Your Senses Culinary Tour
Our absolute favourite town's area and the best location to stay in Dubrovnik, Ploce is the name of the eastern gate into Dubrovnik old town and thus neighbourhood east and southeast of the old town.
This area is built on cliffs and hills, and many Dubrovnik accommodation in Ploce neighbourhood are up the hills. However, you will also be awarded with views over the old town, and the sea that you can’t beat.
So, Ploce neighbourhood is the best part of Dubrovnik to stay if you:
- love sea views properties
- enjoy lovely views of Dubrovnik old town
- like to be close to all the hustle and bustle but yet not amidst it
- don’t mind a bit of uphill walking
- need a parking
Best places to stay in Dubrovnik Ploce area
Some of our favourite Dubrovnik hotels are located in this area. Find below few Dubrovnik apartments and hotels in Ploce Dubrovnik area.
This 158 room Dubrovnik landmark hotel was first open in 1913, and since that time it has been one of the finest hotels in Dubrovnik and Croatia.
A gorgeous modern hotel was last refurbished in 2017. The Excelsior is just minutes away from the old town. It offers spectacular unobstructed views over the sea, the Lokrum Island and Dubrovnik old town.
The hotel also features a private beach, spa & wellness centre, indoor pool, and 4 restaurants and bars.More info and latest prices here!
Located on a cliffside, a small luxurious Villa Dubrovnik offers 58 rooms all with dramatic views over the sea, and some also with great views over the old town Dubrovnik.
The hotel provides a boat shuttle to Dubrovnik old harbor. Villa Dubrovnik is a member of The Leading Hotels of The World.More info and latest prices here!
87 Stairs Apartments
Clean, spacious and beautifully decorated apartments are only 5 minute walk from the old town and the beach. There are total of 4 apartments fitting 3 to 6 people.
All apartments are fully-equipped and all come with a terrace boasting magnificent views over the coast and the old town. Owners are friendly, responsive, and helpful.More info and latest prices here!
What to see in Ploce
Ploce neighbourhood abounds in nice beaches, it boasts lovely views across the sea, Lokrum island and Dubrovnik old town, and it's also a neighbourhood where you take a cable car up to the mount Srd.
Below are few places we recommend to see in Dubrovnik Ploce neighbourhood.
This lovely pebble beach is the closest beach to the old town and thus a very popular one. There is a bar-cum-beach-restaurant that also have chair and sun umbrella rentals. However, considering the price, you can also just bring your towel and enjoy this beach for free.
St. Jakov Beach
A lovely secluded pebble beach in Ploce neighbourhood, St. Jakov beach isn’t that crowded considering it’s 30 min walk from the old town. Also, there are over 100 steep steps going down the beach from the road (and later up).
Better known as Cave Beach, this small secluded beach is literarily carved in the cliff, and accessible only by the sea. The beach is a regular stop on any kayak tour from the old town.
Quiet little park to the south end of Dubrovnik offers lovely views over Dubrovnik and the sea. Various events take place in this park during the summer.
Short walk away from the Ploce gate you will find a lower station for Dubrovnik cable car. The cable car takes you in less than 4 minutes 780 m up to the Srd Mountain.
Once served as a quarantine, Lazareti historical buildings are today a home to the popular Lazareti music club, as well as exhibition space, and cafes.
A short boat ride from the old port, Lokrum island is a popular day trip for locals and tourists alike. The island has a status of a special forest vegetation reserve. People spend a day on Lokrum mostly swimming, walking, and just relaxing.
Pile is the name of the western gate into Dubrovnik old town, and also of the nearby neighbourhood. The neighbourhood stretches from the small harbour below the Lovrijenac Tower, and the Kolorina beach uphill north and west.
Just in front of the Pile gate is the most important transport hub in the entire town. Here you will find public bus stop to and from the old town, main bus stop for coach tours, and a taxi stop.
The small Pile suburb is a great place to stay mostly due to its central location.
Dubrovnik best places to stay in Pile area
Dubrovnik's oldest hotel – today hotel Hilton Imperial – is located in Pile neighbourhood as well as many wonderful guest houses and apartment rentals.
Below you will find some of Dubrovnik apartments and hotels in Pile area that we recommend.
Hilton Imperial hotel is located in the same historical building that housed one of the first hotels in Dubrovnik, opened back in 1897. The hotel features 149 rooms, all refurbished in 2018.
Bathrooms are a bit dated but it’s a minor annoyance given all other wonderful features: great location steps away from the Pile gate, old style charm, beautifully decorated rooms, friendly staff, and a great breakfast.More info and latest prices here!
This beautiful 4star property offers accommodation in studio and two-bedroom apartments. The building is located on the busy street, 15-minute walk to the old town. The walk back is uphill.
Apartments are tastefully decorated, very modern and impeccably clean. They also come with a free parking. Hosts are friendly and accommodating.More info and latest prices here!
Located in a quiet residential area, villa Anica is just few minutes walk from the old town. This small guest house dating back to 18th century offers accommodation in double rooms.
Breakfast is optional, and it costs around 12€ per person per day, but it’s worth every penny. Shared garden is a great place to relax after the day put, and do is the hot tub. The owner is super friendly.More info and latest prices here!
What to see in Pile
Find below few sights we think you shouldn't miss in Pile neighbourhood.
Mostly dating back to 15th and 16th century, the St. Lawrence Fortress stands on a rock, 37 m above sea level. The fortress was an important part of Dubrovnik defence complex, while today it is used as a theatre stage during Dubrovnik Summer Festival.
Gradac park is famed as a purple wedding location in GOT. It’s small park, but peaceful place to walk, or just sit with a book. It’s also a good place to cool off during hot summer days. Especially because one of the most popular (among locals) Dubrovnik beaches is just a stone throw away from the park.
Dance beach is very popular beach among locals. They swim, jump, or play waterpolo here. It’s not your typical beach but rather a series of concrete slabs and rocks. The water is deep, crystal clear, and easy to access by ladders.
Babin Kuk is a suburb located on Lapad peninsula, and as such it’s actually a part of a much larger Lapad neighbourhood.
However, because of its distinctive characteristics we consider it a separate suburb.
Here you will find green spaces, popular beaches, few Dubrovnik resorts and hotels, a variety of Dubrovnik apartments, and the only camping in Dubrovnik.
The most popular beach in this area is Copacabana beach. The beach itself is ok, typical Croatian shingle beach. It overlooks the lovely bridge and it makes a nice view. The Copacabana beach bar, on the other hand, is very overpriced and in my opinion to be avoided.
The bus no. 6 connects Babin Kuk neighbourhood with the old town. The bus runs every 15 to 20 minutes throughout the day from 5.30 to midnight. The 1-hour ticket costs 12 Kn (1.8 US$, 1.6 €), while daily ticket costs 30 Kn (4.5 US$, 4 €).
You can save money on public transport as well as Dubrovnik attractions by purchasing the Dubrovnik card.
Best places to stay in Dubrovnik Babin Kuk neighbourhood
Below you will find few places to stay in Dubrovnik that we like and recommend.
Valamar Collection Dubrovnik President Hotel
A large sea facing terrace with a spectacular sea views, spacious and well appointed rooms, nice hotel beach, quiet location yet only 15 minute bus ride from the old town, and wonderful staff make
Valamar Collection Dubrovnik President Hotel one of the best places to stay in Dubrovnik.More info and latest prices here!
Hotel Neptun is 90 room property belonging to Importanne Hotels & Resorts hospitality group with 5 hotels in Dubrovnik Babin Kuk neighbourhood. Guests get to use facilities of all sister hotels.
Spacious, modern rooms, lovely sea views from rooms, breakfast room, and public areas, nice swimming pool right next to the sea, and great breakfast draw visitors to the town to choose hotel Neptun for their place to stay in Dubrovnik.More info and latest prices here!
Valamar Club Dubrovnik
The only all-inclusive Dubrovnik hotel aimed in the first place at families with children, Valamar Club Dubrovnik offers interconnected rooms, three meals a day and unlimited select drinks at mealtimes, mini clubs for different age groups and children entertainment, outdoor swimming pool and pebbly beach.
Rooms are smallish but have everything you need. It’s worth paying extra for a room with a sea view.More info and latest prices here!
Lapad is a large peninsula located northwest of Dubrovnik old town. This area consists of residential part, resort part as a great number of Dubrovnik hotels is located here, the coast featuring some of Dubrovnik popular beaches like Uvala or Bellevue beach, and a forest park Mala & Velika Petka.
There are also lots of family houses and apartment blocks built in 1970s. Today many of them features apartments and rooms to rent.
Lapad is also very lively neighbourhood and a place that feels very local. In the old town, beside people working there, you won’t see too many locals. It gets just too crazy there to survive through the summer. But Lapad is something completely different. Here you can actually see locals going about their day.
Few pebbly beaches aside, the coast here is mostly rocky.
Lapad neighbourhood Dubrovnik accommodation
Below you will find few accommodation Dubrovnik Croatia within Lapad neighbourhood that we find worth staying at during your visit to Dubrovnik.
Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik
Last refurbished in 2015, this seafront hotel features 173 elegant stylish rooms, indoor and outdoor swimming pool, spa area, a la carte restaurant, two bars, and parking. Sea view rooms cost more but are totally worth it. Staff is very helpful and polite.Check availability and latest prices here!
Carved into 30 m high cliff, Hotel Bellevue boasts spectacular sea views from all 91 rooms and suites. Bellevue hotel is located at the beginning of Lapad peninsula, and thus only 15-minute walk from the old town.
Guests also like it for the direct access to the hotel’s beach, lovely breakfast room overlooking the sea, and friendly staff. Hotel bellevue is one of the top hotels in Dubrovnik.More info and latest prices here!
Another hotel belonging to the Adriatic Luxury Hotels, the same hospitality group as previous two hotels: hotel Kompas & hotel Bellevue.
Hotel Dubrovnik Palace benefit from secluded location at the tip of Lapad peninsula and surrounded by Petka forest park. You will also enjoy incredible sea views, beach, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, spacious room, and a swim-up bar.More info and latest prices here!
L’Orangerie Dubrovnik Luxury Residence
Just steps away from Lapad Bay beach, L’Orangerie Dubrovnik Luxury Residence offers accommodation in various apartments ranging from 80 to 170 m2.
Apartments are very stylish, modern, immaculate, and well-appointed, each with a huge balcony. Staff is friendly, and there are lots of cafes, restaurants, shops, etc in the vicinity.More info and latest prices here!
Gruz is the name of a bay, a port of Dubrovnik, but also of the neighbourhood that developed around this bay, and the port. Beside the port, here you will also find Dubrovnik central bus station, and open green market.
Also, all boats and ferries leaving for the islands, depart from Gruz port.
In the past, wealthy Dubrovnik residents built their summer residences in this area. And although today Gruz have more of an industrial feel, mainly due to the port, these mansions of the other times can still be noticed.
Gruz bay is long, and across the port there is a lovely promenade and a nice restaurant, Orsan Yacht Club.
Public bus no. 1 connects Gruz with the old town. The bus departs every 10 to 30 minutes from 5 am to midnight. It takes 15 to 20 minutes to reach the town depending on the traffic. The ticket costs 15 kn (valid for one hour), or 30 Kn if you buy a daily ticket.
Where to stay in Dubrovnik Gruz neighbourhood
Find below few Dubrovnik accommodation that we recommend for your stay in Gruz neighbourhood.
Berkeley Hotel & Day Spa
This small family-run hotel features 24 rooms, Berkley Bar, heated outdoor pool with a whirlpool, and spa centre. Guests also like it for its friendly and helpful owners and staff, lovely sea views from some rooms, and quiet location just a flight of steps from the port, local bus stop and open market.More info and latest prices here!
Located at the hilltop overlooking Dubrovnik harbour, a 4star hotel Adria features 116 rooms, some with spectacular bay-views. The hotel is located atop of the town, at the main coastal road.
Hotel Adria provides free private parking and it is a great choice for those with car, or who look for a quick way in and out of the town. Otherwise, you will need a cab to get anywhere, or you can take a hike (lots of steps).
However, the hotel is clean, comfy and modern with good breakfast, friendly staff, and lovely outdoor and indoor swimming pool.More info and latest prices here!
Nika & Nina apartments
These two lovely studio apartments are located right across a port of Gruz. Apartments are clean, comfortable, well-equipped, and within walking distance to many restaurants, bars, grocery stores, and even beaches.
Bus station and ferry port is also few minutes walk from the apartments.More info and latest prices here!
- Day Trip to Mljet from Dubrovnik
- Dubrovnik: Elafiti Islands Day Cruise on a Karaka Ship
- Elafiti Islands Full-Day Cruise by Galleon from Dubrovnik
- Elaphite Islands Day Trip with Lunch from Dubrovnik
- Dubrovnik Day Cruise – Swimming by Galleon Tirena
- From Dubrovnik: 2-Hour Game of Thrones Tour & Cruise
Where to stay near Dubrovnik
Besides these Dubrovnik neighbourhoods, you can also decide to base yourself out of Dubrovnik, in towns and villages in the vicinity.
Cavtat, Slano, and Elafiti islands are the best places to stay near Dubrovnik.
These places are certainly less crowded than Dubrovnik, some offer easier access especially if you travel by car, and they are more suited for a relaxed beach holiday with an occasional visit to Dubrovnik than for a city break kind of holidays in Dubrovnik.
Also you will find more villas to rent available close to Dubrovnik than in the town.
Our favourite accommodation near Dubrovnik includes the following.
Sun Gardens Dubrovnik
Located in Slano, 15 km north of Dubrovnik, and right at the beach, hotel Sun Gardens Dubrovnik is a perfect hotel in Dubrovnik vicinity to unwind and relax.
The hotel offers a variety of accommodation (rooms, residences, suites), and great facilities including 3 outdoor pools, an indoor swimming pool, tennis court, rock-climbing wall, a soccer pitch, and a state-of-the-art wellness and spa centre.
The hotel provides a free shuttle bus to the old town Dubrovnik.More info and latest prices here!
Hotel Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera
Open in 2016, in a small coastal village of Mlini, 10 km south of Dubrovnik, a hotel Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera features 250 rooms and suites, indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a public pebbly beach just in front of the hotel, spa and wellness centre, meeting facilities, and free parking.
All rooms are sea facing, but rooms on higher floors boasts great views across the bay and the sea. Mlini is a small relaxed village with nice seafront promenade, shopping center, and a number of bars and restaurants.More info and latest prices here!
Hotel Epidaurus Cavtat
This low-key 3star hotel in Cavtat features great seafront location with a direct access to the pebbly beach, two outdoor swimming pools, and 312 simple but stylish rooms.
Hotel was last refurbished in 2017. Uou have a choice between a bed and breakfast, but also a half-board meal plan.
The variety of food at the buffet is great, and the staff is very attentive. Hotel Epidaurus and Cavtat are a great alternative to staying in crowded Dubrovnik.More info and latest prices here!
Hotel Bozica Sipan
This small family-run hotel on the island of Sipan has stunning beachfront location, attentive helpful staff, spacious rooms, and fresh and varied breakfast.
All in all, it’s a perfect place for a chilled peaceful holiday around Dubrovnik. The ferry connects island with Dubrovnik six times a day, and a ticket costs 23 Kn per person.More info and latest prices here!
Villa Franka Lopud
Villa Franka is a private home offering two apartments to rent. This traditional stone house is located in Lopud island’s only village, within walking distance to bars and restaurants.
Apartments are clean, comfy, and well-equipped. Each apartment has a lovely terrace perfect for chilling. Hosts are very friendly and nothing seems too much trouble for them.More info and latest prices here!
Dubrovnik hotels 5 star and Dubrovnik luxury hotels
When you start preparing your holidays in Croatia, you will notice that there aren’t too many 5 star hotels. For example, Hvar town that’s very popular among rich and famous, don’t even have one single 5star hotel.
On the other hand, you will be able to choose among more than ten Dubrovnik luxury hotels and five star hotels in Dubrovnik. Below we list some of the best luxury hotels Dubrovnik Croatia.
Hotel Dubrovnik Palace
A large hotel located on Lapad Peninsula boasts stunning views from its 308 rooms and many common spaces.
Guests also like it for its contemporary design, spacious rooms, swimming pools, a fantastic wellness and spa centre that’s never crowded.
The hotel provides free wifi, free parking, and a kettle in each room.More info and latest prices here!
A real classic and Dubrovnik’s landmark hotel, hotel Excelsior enjoys the best location in Dubrovnik. Just out of the town walls, the hotel offers incredible views over the sea, the islands, but above all, across beautiful Dubrovnik old town.
Romantic evenings with these stunning views can be enjoyed from hotel’s Prora beach restaurant.
Hotel’s 158 rooms are spread between two distinct architectural buildings: 1913 villa Odak, and modernist “The Tower”.
The entire hotel went extensive refurbishment in 2017.More info and latest prices here!
Hotel Villa Dubrovnik
Another one of luxury Dubrovnik hotels, villa Dubrovnik features 56 rooms and suites. Carved into a cliff, the hotel boasts wonderful views across the Adriatic, while some rooms also have lovely views over the old town Dubrovnik.
Interiors are simple but stylish predominantly white reflecting on famed Brac stone that was used throughout the property.
A boat shuttle to the old town, private (though rocky) beach, indoor swimming pool, and a rooftop wine bar are other reasons people choose Villa Dubrovnik for their stay in Dubrovnik. Villa Dubrovnik is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World.More info and latest prices here!
Hotel Villa Glavic
Housed in a historic villa, this 5-star Dubrovnik hotel is just 10-minute walk from Dubrovnik old town and across the street from another iconic Dubrovnik hotel – villa Argentina.
Both hotels belong to the same hospitality group, Adriatic Luxury Hotels (as many other properties listed here do).
The hotel features 21 rooms and suites while all other facilities, including wellness and spa, restaurants and bats, and lovely gardens, are actually at the villa Argentina where the guests of Villa Glavic are granted an access.More info and latest prices here!
Hotel Grand Villa Argentina
Further down the street from the hotel Excelsior, you’ll find Grand Villa Argentina, a 5star hillside hotel featuring 133 rooms and suites.
Other facilities include luxury spa, direct beach access, terraced gardens, restaurants and bars, outside saltwater swimming pool, and indoor fresh water swimming pool.
The hotel provides the perfect vantage point from where to enjoy the sun set over the sea and Dubrovnik old town.More info and latest prices here!
A 5star hotel located within Importanne Resort on Babin Kuk peninsula, hotel Ariston offers accommodation in 115 comfortable and contemporary designed rooms.
Many rooms boasts beautiful vistas from the balcony. Guests can use facilities of the nearby sister properties, including many outdoor swimming pools, and bathing areas.More info and latest prices here!
Valamar Collection Dubrovnik President Hotel
Lovely terraced hotel with spacious rooms and even larger balcony, Valamar Collection Dubrovnik President Hotel offers wonderful sea views from all 292 rooms.
The hotel also features indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hotel’s beach with sun loungers and sun umbrellas, a beach restaurant, bars, and wellness and spa.
For the extra level of luxury book President’s V level room and benefit for extra services like reserved sun loungers, free transfer to and from the airport, and snack time at the V lounge. We love hotel’s room decor, with hardwood floors, seating area, and blue and white details.More info and latest prices here!
Hilton Imperial Hotel
Hilton Imperial is just few steps away from the Pile gate, a western entrance to the old town. The hotel is split across two historical buildings: the main building dating back to 1895, and a private villa built in 1913.
The rooms and common areas have been last refurbished in 2017. The rooms are beautifully furnished, and decorated with light colours that make them look very elegant. Some rooms have a balcony, and front-facing rooms on higher floors have also a sea view.
However, front-facing rooms also face the main road, but noise isolation is pretty good once the windows are closed. Bathrooms are a bit dated.
Other facilities include onsite restaurant and bar, indoor swimming pool, a gym, and an executive lounge.More info and latest prices here!
Hotel Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik
Another hillside Dubrovnik hotel facing the sea and boasting incredible views from majority of rooms and common areas, Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik is only 15 minute from the old town by foot.
Rooms are large, modern, and comfortable. The outdoor pool area is right by the sea and there are few entrances to the sea directly from the pool area.
Other facilities include wellness and spa area, indoor swimming pool, buffet and a a la carte restaurant, few bars, and a casino.More info and latest prices here!
Royal Blue Hotel
One of five properties to be found in Importanne Resort on Babin Kuk peninsula, Royal Blue Hotel boasts a lovely beachfront location, 81 spacious deluxe rooms, and adults-only rooftop swimming pool.
The wellness zone including indoor swimming pool, saunas, gym and various treatments.
You can also enjoy buffet or a la carte restaurant, as well as many facilities and various other restaurants within the resort.
There are various beaches within the resort for you to take a dip. Hotel provides beach towels free of charge.
Spacious and elegant rooms all have en-suite bathroom and a balcony. Some rooms offer beautiful vistas over the sea.More info and latest prices here!
Located at the seafront in a small village of Orasac, 15 km north of Dubrovnik, Sun Gardens resort offers lots of space in and out, three outdoor swimming pools, huge 3.500 m2 spa and wellness including indoor swimming pools, whirlpools, saunas, and gym; sport facilities like tennis court, rock-climbing wall, 5-a-side football pitch, squash and more, great restaurants and bars.
The accommodation comprises of luxury rooms and suites, as well as single or split-level residences ranging in size from 45 m2 to 120 m2; in number of bedrooms: one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments.
Add to that a top-notch service, and a lovely pebbly beach with seasonal VIP area and you have a perfect place for relaxing beach holidays in one of the Dubrovnik beach resorts.
Sun Gardens is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World.More info and latest prices here!
Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera
If you look for a beach right on your doorstep, then Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera, set at the seafront in a tiny village of Mlini, only 10 km south of Dubrovnik, is a great place to unwind by the sea.
The arrival to the hotel is unassuming, squeezed between family homes and residential buildings. However, once past the entrance door, the hotel opens toward the outdoor swimming pool area, and the sea.
All 240 rooms and 11 suites are facing the sea, and all have large balconies.
You can reach Dubrovnik old town by local bus or, even better, by water taxi.More info and latest prices here!
Boutique hotels Dubrovnik
If you are looking for a small, unique, upscale places to stay with personal touch and intimate atmosphere, these boutique hotels Dubrovnik might just fit the bill.
Hotel Villa Orsula
This small exclusive boutique hotel is housed in a historical villa dating back to 1931. The hotel features 13 spacious rooms and suites. Private beach and secluded gardens just add to the privacy and intimacy of the property.
Location, just stone throw away from the ancient town, is ideal. The guests are granted an access and use of facilities of the hotel Excelsior and Villa Argentina, the sister hotels next door.More info and latest prices here!
Boutique hotel Kazbek
Originally built in 1573 as a summer residence of Dubrovnik’s noble family, the villa today boasts 13 individually styled rooms and suites, a lovely courtyard terrace, a la carte restaurant, a sauna, and heated outdoor swimming pool.
Hotel is located in Gruz harbour, 3 km away from Dubrovnik old town. Hotel provides parking.More info and latest prices here!
Pucic Palace Hotel
A small boutique hotel located in the heart of the old town features only 19 rooms and suites. Vibrant and fabulous morning market takes place in front of the hotel daily adding to the overall hotel’s charm.
The hotel is housed in a historical building dating back to 17th century. The interior decor breaths tradition with dark wood, high ceilings, wooden beams, old-style paintings, exposed stone walls, and antique yet elegant furniture.
Other facilities include a restaurant, wine bar, and a cafe.More info and latest prices here!
A small bed and breakfast housed in a 400-year old building in the heart of Dubrovnik old town, St Joseph’s offers accommodation in 6 suites.
All suites are spacious and consists of large double bed, en-suite bathroom with double sink, a compact kitchenette, and a seating area. Deluxe King Suites also feature rain shower as well as a bathtub, while one-bedroom suite has a separate living and sleeping area and a fully-equipped kitchen.More info and latest prices here!
This lovely 8-room boutique hotel has a fantastic location in a small side street right in the heart of the old town Dubrovnik.
The old town hotel is housed in the historical building dating back to 16th century,
Other facilities include a cafe bar, and a rooftop Above5 restaurant that also serves a limited breakfast menu. The views of the city from the rooftop terrace are incredible.More info and latest prices here!
One Suite Hotel
A beautiful modern design, spacious suites and rooms, rooftop swimming pool and sundeck, a lovely onsite bar Lokal, and extremely attentive staff make One Suite hotel one of guests’ favourite boutique hotel in and around Dubrovnik.
One Suite Hotel is located just off the main road in a small village of Srebreno, 10 km south of Dubrovnik, but also just steps away from the nice pebble beach.
One Suite Hotel is one of the best boutique hotels near Dubrovnik.More info and latest prices here!
Hotel More is a lovely 5star boutique hotel located at the very seafront in the Lapad Bay. The hotel features 85 rooms, two outdoor swimming pools, wellness centre, gym, two restaurants and three bars. One of the bars is set over three levels in a natural cave.
Built into the cliffs, the hotel uses various elevators to get you from bottom floor to the top and vice versa. The hotel is well-run, with friendly and helpful staff, and a great breakfast with good variety of food.More info and latest prices here!
4 star hotels in Dubrovnik
You will find a good choice of 4star hotels in Dubrovnik, particularly in Lapad and Babin Kuk areas.
Besides two 4 star hotels in Dubrovnik that we have already described under Lapad and Babin Kuk hotels, hotel Neptun and hotel Kompas, below you will find additional 4 star hotels in Dubrovnik that we recommend.
Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik is a large hotel featuring 401 rooms and suites, outdoor and indoor swimming pool, buffet and a la carte restaurant, a wine bar, and wellness and spa centre. With the largest conference facilities of all Dubrovnik hotels, Valamar Lacroma is one of the best business hotels in all Croatia.
However, in July and August, when business travellers are few and far between, the hotel is also a good choice for your leisurely stay in Dubrovnik.
The hotel is located in Babin Kuk resort area and within walking distance to the sea, beaches, cafes, and restaurants. The town is about 20 minute bus ride from the hotel.More info and latest prices here!
Valamar Argosy Hotel
Valamar hotel Argosy is another 4 star Valamar hotel, located at Babin Kuk peninsula, just steps away from Valamar Lacroma Hotel, and other four Valamar properties.
The hotel was last refurbished in 2018. Valamar Argosy has 308 rooms, a small wellbeing centre with saunas, indoor pool, and a gym, two outdoor infinity pools, and a buffet restaurant with a panoramic terrace.
Guests also like it for its proximity to the beaches, new and modern rooms, great views, and a cozy courtyard garden with hanging egg chairs and comfy armchairs.More info and latest prices here!
Located at the beginning of Lapad peninsula, hotel Lero is 20-minute downhill walk from the old town. The hotel features 180 rooms and suites. Rooms are recently refurbished and spotlessly clean if somewhat smallish.
The hotel entrance faces the road, and the room on that side might be a bit noisy in summer. However, the interior courtyard with an outdoor swimming pool offers more relaxed environment.
We find hotel Lero a decent choice for a city break in Dubrovnik. Staff is friendly, breakfast is copious, and hotel is affordable compared with other Dubrovnik hotels.More info and latest prices here!
Villa Wolf's lovely setting right at the seafront is this hotel's main attraction. If you are after top seafront location, then you won't find a better place to stay in Dubrovnik than Villa Wolf.
This small hotel has only 6 units in total: 3 rooms and 3 suites. Onsite seafood restaurant Casa is open for public and popular due to its seafront terrace, and romantic setting.
Rooms are decent, very clean, and a fair size. Staff is very friendly. The hotel is built into the cliffside, and it takes some stairs to reach the top floor from the restaurant.More info and latest prices here!
Located at the Lapad Peninsula just across the street from Dubrovnik marina, and across the bay from the Gruz harbour, hotel Lapad's 163 rooms and suites are spread across two buildings. The smaller building is a lovely traditional stone building overlooking the swimming pool, while the newer building is in the back.
Rooms are elegant. Not all rooms have balcony. If given a chance, choose a room with a balcony and lovely marina views. Dubrovnik old town is 15-minute bus ride from the hotel. However, in the walking distance from the hotel you will find a good choice of restaurants and bars.
Other hotel facilities include outdoor swimming pool, buffet restaurant, and a bar.More info and latest prices here!
3 star and cheap hotels in Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is one of the most expensive destinations in Croatia. So, even cheap hotels in Dubrovnik might seem expensive when compared with the rest of Croatia. However, if you look for a budget hotels in Dubrovnik, consider staying in one of 3 star Dubrovnik hotels.
These hotels offer clean and air-conditioned rooms, daily buffet breakfast, free WiFi, even a swimming pool and some other basic facilities like gym, 24 h reception, and a hotel's bar.
As long as you are looking for a no-frills cheap Dubrovnik hotel and you set your expectations accordingly, you'll be happy with the following budget Dubrovnik hotels.
Hotel Zagreb might have basic rooms and outdated interiors, but this small 24-room hotel set in a historical building prides itself in friendly service, lovely well-kept gardens, copious breakfast, and quiet location.
Rooms with balcony are worth the extra money. WiFi might be spotty and slow at times.More info and latest prices here!
Family-run 76-room hotel is conveniently located in Lapad peninsula, just a short walk from the seaside promenade, beaches, a number of restaurants, and bars.
Majority of rooms (although not all) have a balcony or a terrace. The hotel is clean and modern, offers a good breakfast, and has all amenities you might need including free WiFi and free onsite parking.
The hotel works with coach groups and gets really busy when they are in the house causing also the service to get slow.More info and latest prices here!
Hotel Tirena Sunny by Valamar
This no-frills 3 star hotel in Babin Kuk, 20 minute bus ride from Dubrovnik old town, offers air-conditioned rooms, outdoor swimming pool, free wifi, buffet breakfast and dinner, and overall good value for money.
The hotel is outdated a bit, but well maintained, close to the beach, and guests can use some facilities, like wellness centre and entertainment program, of nearby Valamar properties.
Hotel Tirena Sunny by Valamar is stone throw away from popular Cava beach. The hotel also caters to large coach groups, so buffet restaurant can be quite busy at times.More info and latest prices here!
Located in the pedestrian-only street full of cafes, Hotel Perla is only 5-minute walk from the Bay of Lapad beach. Modernly designed, updated, comfy, and air-conditioned, each of Perla's 20 rooms has a balcony, free wifi, flat-screen TV, small fridge, and en-suite bathroom.
Rooms are smallish, and bathrooms are rather tired. However, the location is great, breakfast is adequate, staff is friendly, and bus no. 6 takes you to the old town in no time.
Hotel Perla is a good place for a budget stay in Dubrovnik.More info and latest prices here!
Dubrovnik family hotels
Majority of Dubrovnik hotels accept children. However, some hotels charge children the same price as adults, and in this way discourage families with children to stay there.
For instance, in hotel Excelsior all kids of 3 years and older pay 50€ extra per night when staying in the same room with two paying adults. The same price an extra adult pay.
On the other hand, some hotels have a children policy that encourages families with children to choose them for their stay in Dubrovnik. One such a hotel is Valamar Collection Dubrovnik President that allows one kid up to 11 years of age to stay for free when sharing a room with two paying adults.
But while many hotels accept children there is only one hotel that is completely children-friendly and whose offer is made with children in mind. That is the hotel Valamar Club Dubrovnik.
Valamar Club Dubrovnik
In Valamar Club Dubrovnik children up to 13 years of age stay and eat for free when staying in the room with two paying adults, and when using the existing bed.
The hotel has all-inclusive light formula meaning that you get 3 meals a day and an unlimited select drinks free of charge during the meal time.
Besides, Valamar Club Dubrovnik offers action-packed children entertainment program, and interconnecting rooms.More info and latest prices here!
Bed and breakfast Dubrovnik
Are you looking for a stay with a character? An unique place to stay typical for Dubrovnik? Is all you need a clean, tidy and comfy room with a good breakfast amidst the hustle and bustle of Dubrovnik old town? If so, then check these bed and breakfast Dubrovnik old town.
Fresh Sheets Kathedral Bed & Breakfast
Set in a beautiful historical house from 17th century, that once served as a convent, Fresh Sheets Kathedral Bed & Breakfast offers 6 cozy double and twin rooms and studios with lovely views over Dubrovnik Cathedral, and Rector’s Palace.
The rooms are cozy, beautifully decorated with a comfortable bed and practical if somewhat smallish bathrooms. Studios also feature a kitchenette, while guests can also take advantage of a shared kitchen.
The Fresh Sheets Kathedral Bed & Breakfast Dubrovnik for a small fee offers a porter service.More info and latest prices here!
Located in the heart of the city, the Scalini Palace offers accommodation in 8 studios.
This is yet another lovely Dubrovnik bed and breakfast set in a historical stone building from the 16th century.
Studios are tastefully decorated, combining modern furnishing and finishes with old wooden beams and exposed stone walls. All studios have a kitchenette equipped with two-ring stove top, sink, fridge and a microwave. Some studios have a balcony.
In-room breakfast can be scheduled any time.More info and latest prices here!
Bed & Breakfast Andio
A small 6-room bed and breakfast, Andio is located within the old city walls.
Set in a historical building, each room is different in size and decor. Some feature lovely clawfoot bathtub, others have a gallery, some are all white while others are decorated in vivid colors.
All rooms are spacious, clean and tidy with free wifi, air-condition and a minibar.
Breakfast is excellent with cold buffet but also delicious omelettes made to order.More info and latest prices here!
Dubrovnik beach hotels
I think that Dubrovnik is actually one of very few places in Croatia that people don't visit for beaches, swimming, or other fun-under-the-sun. People actually visit it for all other reasons: wonderful history and architecture, beautiful old town, 2 km long city walls, GOT filming locations, etc.
Sometimes this makes us forget that Dubrovnik is a coastal town, and a great place to spend summer holidays by the beach.
So if, besides history and culture, you would also like to profit from Dubrovnik beaches, you perhaps want to choose one of Dubrovnik beach hotels.
The most popular Dubrovnik beaches include: Banje, and Sveti Jakov beaches in Ploce area; Cava, and Copacabana beaches in Babin Kuk neighbourhood; Lapad Bay in Lapad; and Dance in Pile neighbourhood. Head here for a full list of Dubrovnik beaches.
Some hotels, like hotel Excelsior, Valamar Argosy, Valamar Club Dubrovnik, or hotel Kompas are located in the vicinity of these beaches; while some other hotels benefit from more secluded location and their own beach.
Apartments are the single most popular accommodation option in Croatia and Dubrovnik is no different.
If you want more space, fully-equipped kitchen where you can prepare your own meals, a chance to stay with a local family, and overall more affordable prices than renting an apartment in Dubrovnik old town or elsewhere can be a right thing to do.
Fear not, long gone are shabby places with old furniture and family photos on the walls, reminding you that you are sleeping in the owner’s very own bed. Or a bed of his mother.
Today, many Dubrovnik apartments are new, modern, and furnished by professional interior designers. In fact, many apartments look better than many hotels, and often offer better amenities like espresso coffee machine, microwave, dish-washer, a washing machine, and alike.
Booking.com offers the largest choice of apartments in Dubrovnik. And so does the Airbnb. Sign up here to get 20$ credit for your first trip!
Best hostels in Dubrovnik
Lots of backpackers visit Dubrovnik every year making it one of the most popular backpacking destinations in Croatia.
This became even more evident after Game of Thrones was filmed in Dubrovnik.
And while Dubrovnik is considered one of the most expensive destinations in Croatia, you can still find affordable accommodation, especially you don’t mind sharing a room and a bathroom with strangers. However, majority of Dubrovnik hostels also offer private rooms and bathrooms if you need more privacy and willing to pay a bit more.
For the affordable stay in old town check Hostel Angelina or check Hostel 365 For U, a top-rated Dubrovnik hostel.
Villas in Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik doesn’t lack in accommodation options and one of them worth mentioning is certainly villas to rent.
From old stone manors to ultra modern hideaways, villas are a perfect choice for large groups of family or friends traveling together.
Located within the town or in the vicinity, villas offer ample space, luxurious amenities, private swimming pool, garden, a complete privacy and often spectacular views.
Wether you are looking for a heritage home, one of many restored Dubrovnik nobleman’s manors hidden behind unassuming stone walls and surrounded by mediterranean gardens or you look for a lavish modern home with clean lines and spectacular views (or why not for both), you will find it in Dubrovnik.
Further reading: Villas in Croatia
Camping in Dubrovnik
Croatia is a popular camping destination and you will find a great choice of campsites from Istria to the north to Dubrovnik to the south.
However, the number of campsites seems to diminish as you travel from north to south. And also their size.
Istria, a northern Adriatic region, has lots of campsites and majority of them is big, featuring at least 1.000 pitches. As you move south toward Dubrovnik the campsites get less frequent and they rather tend to be smaller and family-run.
Camping Solitudo, owned and managed by Valamar Hotels & Resorts, is the only camping in Dubrovnik.
The campsite is located on Babin Kuk peninsula within 20-minute bus ride from the old town.
The campsite is open seasonally from April to October. It features 400 pitches and can accommodate about 1.200 people in a single day. Beside touring pitches camping Solitudo also offers accommodation in mobile homes.
The campsites is by the sea, and guests can use facilities like outdoor swimming pool and children entertainment program of the nearby Valamar Club Dubrovnik.
A grocery store, a bar and a grill-restaurant are all available in the campsite.
Car Rental in Dubrovnik
If you fly into Dubrovnik airport, and plan to stay in Dubrovnik, you actually don't need a car. Car in Dubrovnik can be more a hustle than anything else.
Parking places are scarce, and they are expensive. Besides, streets are often narrow, and jam-packed with cars. Public transport is good, cabs are plentiful, and walking is always an option. So, if you plan only to stay in Dubrovnik, don't even think about renting a car.
However, if you plan to spend just a couple of days in Dubrovnik and then travel up north, renting a car might be a good idea, and much better than using buses. Car gives you more freedom, and it's much faster to travel by car than by bus.
You might also plan to do day trips from Dubrovnik on your own, and you will need a car. In that case, consider renting a car only for days you will actually need it.
Few tips for renting a car in Dubrovnik:
- Rent your car well in advance if you visit Dubrovnik in July and August.
- Book early in order to secure the best price available.
- The smaller the car, the easier it is to park it. And also, the cheaper it is.
You can expect to pay 80 € a day for a mini size car in a high season. The same car goes as low as 20 € in a low season.
Read more: Car rental in Croatia
Dubrovnik Airport Transfer
Book a reliable transfer from and to Dubrovnik airport through Rideways website. This online platform offers instant booking. And while at 35 € per transfer, the prices are similar to those of Dubrovnik taxis, the advantage of booking a transfer in advance is that you avoid queueing at the airport.
Things to do in Dubrovnik
There are loads of things to do in Dubrovnik for everybody's taste and budget. Wether you stay in Dubrovnik for few days, or entire week, you won't get bored. Below you will find some Dubrovnik tours that we recommend:
- Dubrovnik 3-Hour Sea Kayaking Tour with Snack
- 2-Hour Game of Thrones Dubrovnik Tour
- 1.5-Hour Dubrovnik Old Town Guided Walking Tour
- Mostar Full-Day Trip from Dubrovnik
- Montenegro Day Trip from Dubrovnik
- Elafiti Islands Day Cruise Onboard Karaka Ship
Here is also our full list of things to do in Dubrovnik with additional 45 tours, day trips and activities!
- A Complete Dubrovnik Travl Guide
- Best Restaurants In Dubrovnik
- Things To Do In Dubrovnik
- 12 Day Trips From Dubrovnik
- Dubrovnik Beaches
- Dubrovnik Bars & Nightlife
- Things To Do In Dubrovnik Beyond The City Walls
- Sea Kayaking In Dubrovnik
- Visiting Elafiti Islands
- Dubrovnik Wine Tour
- A Visit To Sokol Grad
- D'Vino Wine Bar
- Bota, The Oyster & Sushi Bar