Accommodation in Dubrovnik: Hotels, Apartments, Hostels

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Sarah-Jane Begonja

An overview of the numerous accommodation options in Dubrovnik: hotels, hostels, apartments for rent, wellness and spa.

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Where to stay in Dubrovnik

Accommodation options in Dubrovnik suit all budgets. But, the advice for all is the same – book early. Especially for peak season. Things sell out very quickly. And, then prices rise.

Dubrovnik Hotels

City with a long history of being a busy port and decades long status as a top class travel destination is bound to have plenty of accommodation options. Hotels in Dubrovnik are many and they differ in many respects. Before looking for a hotel, you need to ask yourself what kind of stay are you going for. Do you want to be in the middle of the action within the City Walls, or do you want to be outside the historical centre with a view of the ancient ramparts? Would you like to be away from the bustle of the Old Town? Do you want to be on the beach? The more questions like these you can answer, the easier your search will be.

Dubrovnik offers plenty of options in 3 star, 4 star and 5 star properties, but they are all very busy in peak season. So, avoid last minute bookings.

Sun Gardens Dubrovnik, Your Perfect Holiday in Croatia

Sun Gardens Dubrovnik, Croatia’s premier five-star resort is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. It offers an exquisite choice of 201 modern hotel rooms and suites, 207 luxurious residences and a villa. The beachfront location of the resort embodies the unique charm of the Adriatic coast. Located near 11 kilometres from UNESCO protected historical centre of Dubrovnik, the resort provides the perfect spot from which to explore and enjoy everything the region has to offer.

Replicating the ambience of a traditional Dalmatian village, Sun Gardens offers a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustel of daily life. Couples and families find a perfect place to relax and reconnect in this idyllic oasis. Understated elegance and great comfort characterize the spacious rooms and suites in the resort, all of which offer exceptional amenities and boast amazing views from a private terrace or balcony. One-, two- and three-bedroom residences are spacious and comfortable. They feature fully equipped kitchens, cosy living rooms with balconies or terraces overlooking Mediterranean gardens, or stunning sea views.  Additionally, you can find an authentic Dalmatian 5-bedroom villa in the resort. It is sprawled over an impressive 662 sqm area. It features a private pool and offers complete privacy and seclusion with unrivalled sea views of the crystal blue Adriatic.

Facilities and Amenities

Rich resort facilities include a secluded beach, three outdoor pools, award winning spa, sports centre, gourmet heaven of restaurants and bars, kids’ club, shopping area and conference center. Resort beach is surrounded by beautiful untouched nature giving an exclusive Mediterranean feel. VIP beach area offers a tucked away lounge area as well as personalized services and amenities. There are also three freshwater pools to choose from. Dedicated family Sunset Pool and Lemonia Pool with beautiful water features, a kids’ pool and a fantastic bar, or adults-only Marina Pool – ideally out-of-the-way for couples to unwind in the Croatian sun. 3000 sqm awarded Spa is a story unto itself. Here, guests can enjoy individually designed spa facial rituals, nurturing body treatments or soothing body massages. Spa Centre features a Hydrotherapy pool, individual treatment rooms and suites, a relaxation zone with stunning views, an 18-metre lagoon pool, Thalassotherapy spa bath and several saunas.

Sports and Fitness

Sun Gardens Dubrovnik is also the perfect destination for sports and fitness enthusiasts. Guests can work out at SPA gym or in the fully equipped gym at the Sports Centre. They can also choose from a wide range of indoor and outdoor on-site activities. These include five-a-side football, tennis, squash, wall climbing and group classes. Lovers of outdoor and nature can also enjoy several exciting trails around the resort ideal for hiking or cycling. To complement guest’s stay in Dubrovnik, on-site travel agency organizes various day trips or half-day excursions to suit individual preferences. Also on offer are yacht charter, water taxi services, ren- a-car, and boat trips to nearby islands.

To get more detailed info or to reserve your dream holiday in Sun Gardens, visit

5 Best Boutique Hotels in Dubrovnik

There are plenty of large hotels in Dubrovnik. They offer great amenities, good restaurants and often have their own beaches to enjoy. Only thing they can’t offer is a feeling of quiet intimacy. They can never be places where all the staff knows you, simply because of their size. If you are willing to trade some of the amenities and grandeur for a bit more peace and friendliness, then boutique hotels are the right choice for you.

Villa Dubrovnik

Villa Dubrovnik is without a doubt one of the nicest 5 star properties in Dubrovnik. It is located in Sveti Jakov area and offers amazing views, clean décor, great restaurant, direct access to a small beach and amazing service. The hotel is just far enough from the Old Town to avoid the crowds and the noise. It is still within walking distance to all major sights of the city.

Kazbek Hotel

Kazbek Hotel is a renovated 16th century summer residence of a local aristocratic family. It is located in Lapad Area, overlooking Gruz Harbour. It keeps the authentic feel and its history is very visible when staying there. Kazbek is a great choice for those wishing to be away from the main crowds, but also within easy walking distance to plenty of cafes, restaurants and beaches of Uvala Lapad area. Hotel Kazbek is also adjacent to a brand new yacht marina so it will undoubtedly be popular with those chartering boats from Dubrovnik.

Pucic Palace

Another building with long and interesting history, Pucic Palace is a baroque residence from the 17th century. It is located on Gundulic Square, in the heart of the Old Town. Gundulic Square houses one of the city’s farmer’s markets in the morning. In the afternoon local restaurants take over the square. Pucic Palace offers luxury accommodation and great service. Its location is perfect for those wishing to wake up in the middle to the sights and sounds of the ancient city.

Stari Grad Hotel

Another boutique hotel within the historical centre, Stari Grad Hotel occupies a 16th-century building and offers the only rooftop restaurant in the historical centre. The hotel is ran meticulously by a couple passionate about Dubrovnik. It offers a Thai spa as well and consistently ranks high with its guests. Stari grad is a 4-star property and offers excellent value for money for all those looking to enjoy the historical centre of Dubrovnik without sacrificing the full service aspect and luxury of high quality hotel accommodation.

St. Joseph Hotel

This is a newcomer on the local scene, but it is already a serious contender. St. Joseph is in one of the less crowded parts of the Old Town. What it lacks in amenities it more than makes up for with stunning rooms and great service. It is a wonderful option for those looking for accommodation mainly for quality rooms and a good night sleep, while they plan to spend most of the day exploring the local attractions.

Dubrovnik Apartments & Villas

Private accommodation was popular in Dubrovnik way before Air BnB, or even internet. There is a long tradition of homestays and apartments for short term rent and things haven’t changed much. The only thing different nowadays is much more offer. There are apartments for rent in Dubrovnik on every step. You will be able to find everything from small studios on the most popular city squares to larger family apartments with private parking and summer kitchens away from the noise.

Houses for rent and villas with pools are also gaining in popularity in the last decade. They can be very lavish with prices fit for top class hotels or more modest places that feel like home. If you are looking for a budget house for rent, be aware that immediate area of Dubrovnik doesn’t offer much options. Much bigger choice of houses for rent is in the surrounding areas like Zaton, Orasac, Zupa Dubrovacka, or Cavtat & Konavle.

Dubrovnik Hostels

Being an increasingly popular destination for young travellers saw Dubrovnik’s accommodation scene crying out for hostels. With some old ones and plenty new options, hostel scene of the city is gaining momentum. Hostels are best booked ahead of time as they too get booked up during the season. Aside from the Old Town which is popular for sightseeing and nightlife, you might also want to consider Gruz Harbour Area when booking your hostel accommodation. This district is gaining in popularity among locals as well with recent years seeing some new bars, cafés and restaurants opening. The area is also within walking distance to the historical centre and is very well connected by public transportation.

Which is the Best Part of Dubrovnik to Stay in?

Important bit of information for those looking where to stay is that Dubrovnik is quite a small place. There are no locations within the city limits that are too far away from any of the places you might want to enjoy. Only problems are stairs and parking. Dubrovnik is very hilly, so accommodation units that seem very close to your point of interest might be much higher up. This results in you having to negotiate numerous stairs every day which is never fun. There are no dangerous parts of town or neighbourhoods you need to keep away from. It is all open for exploration and safety is not a big concern when choosing where to stay in Dubrovnik.

Old Town is the most attractive and the busiest part of town. It is the best choice for those who wish to be in the heart of the action and enjoy the history. Areas just outside the Old Town, from Ploce all the way to Sveti Jakov, can be wonderful options for a more relaxed, luxurious vacation with amazing views of the historical centre. Uvala Lapad and adjacent Babin Kuk area are good options if you want to enjoy swimming and being more relaxed. They are both good choices for families with smaller children. Gruz harbour area is the best choice for those wishing to get a feeling of local life and those wishing to explore the surrounding area and islands.

Peace and Beauty Just outside of Dubrovnik

Just outside of the city limits you can find very interesting areas for accommodation as well. South of Dubrovnik is the area of Zupa Dubrovacka. It encompasses several villages. Those in the hilly areas provide amazing views, but often require you to have a car or some other mean of transport. Those close to the sea are going to be more expensive, but will enable you to enjoy all the amenities. There are areas like Cibaca where they are mostly flat, but a bit away from the sea. Here, you can get the best prices of accommodation and getting around will not be difficult. The views on the other hand, will usually be less than impressive.

North of Dubrovnik lies an area housing a few great options for your Dubrovnik based stay. The most notable villages are Zaton and Orasac. Zaton and the adjacent Mali Zaton are set in a large bay and feature plenty of options for a vacation by the sea. Just a few minutes of driving from Zaton, you will find Orasac. This beautiful village has its traditional settlement in the hills. By the sea it features an amazing bay occupied by Sun Gardens Dubrovnik Resort. Staying in this area allows you to be within easy drive to Dubrovnik’s centre and yet able to enjoy peace and lack of crowds. From Orasac you can easily get to Trsteno Arboretum. This garden of 15th century aristocratic summer residence is one of the area’s protected parks and was made famous as one of the Game of Thrones filming locations.

Travelling to Peljesac Peninsula wine region or historical town of Ston is also much easier when staying north of Dubrovnik than within the city.

Best Dubrovnik Wellness & Spa

People travel for different reasons, but most of us need some pampering here and there. While one can argue Dubrovnik area provides many options for natural rejuvenation, a visit to a good wellness centre can significantly improve the quality of your holiday. With many guests and well run accommodation, there is no shortage of wellness and spa centres in Dubrovnik. Here are a few recommendations.

Sun Gardens Spa, Orasac

Just outside of the city lies the beautiful resort of Sun Gardens. This 5-star property occupies a picturesque bay in Village of Orasac. While not within walking distance from your Dubrovnik accommodation, top quality amenities of Sun Gardens are well worth a 20 minute drive along the coast.

An award winning Spa Centre at Sun Gardens Dubrovnik is a place to relax, rejuvenate and indulge. It is renowned as one of the most comprehensive spa centres on the Dalmatian coast. The spa is a perfect choice for a day of relaxation and pampering equally suitable for solo indulgence, luxurious couple’s experience, or relaxation for the whole family. Guests can enjoy spa facial rituals, nurturing body treatments or soothing body massages designed to suit individual needs. The centre features a Hydrotherapy pool, individual treatment rooms and suites, a relaxation zone with stunning views, an 18-metre lagoon pool, Thalassotherapy spa bath and several saunas. Spa Centre at Sun Gardens Dubrovnik has won top accolades from TripAdvisor and World Luxury Spa Awards as the best Luxury Resort Spa Croatia for several years in a row.

Get detailed information on the resort’s website

Hotel Excelsior Energy Clinic

Excelsior sits just outside of the Old Town. It features wonderful views over the historical area and great offer of food and beverage outlets. Hotel’s spa centre offers a beautiful indoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi whirlpools. Turkish and Roman baths are also on offer with Finnish sauna perfect for colder days. Fitness centre is also available is you wish to add a bit of workout to your days. Staff in the spa centre is attentive and professional. With all this and much more, Hotel Excelsior spa will definitely leave you wanting to come back.

Spa at Villa Dubrovnik

Sophistication is the name of the game in Villa Dubrovnik. While this luxury boutique hotel might be much smaller than others on the list, it does offer a beautiful wellness centre. Indoor pool featuring breath taking views dominates the centre. Cosmetics and preparations used are top quality and feature local ingredients. Massages and exfoliating treatments come highly recommended as do relaxing teas made with fresh local herbs. With amazing restaurants and picture perfect location, Villa Dubrovnik might be your choice for a spa day to remember.  


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