Dubrovnik is not the easiest place to find notable small hotels. For those looking for a treat there are several stunning boutique hotels, in the mid range, the best bet is a private apartment, preferably in the old town. These are some of our favourite recommendations.
Sophisticated, sleek and glamorous, Villa Dubrovnik is perched on the rocky shore of the Adriatic with majestic views over the Ocean and Dubrovnik old town. With 55 rooms it is a large boutique hotel, but manages to hide its size with superb high class service and clever design. Impeccable rooms feature incredible balconies (some with Jacuzzis) and glamorous glass walled bathrooms. The hotel has a library, large terrace and a rocky ‘beach’ platform from where a boat whisks guests into the heart of Dubrovnik old town. The pool is indoors but opens to sea views on one side. Whilst this has advantages, an outdoor pool would be preferable. Villa Dubrovnik would make a perfect honeymoon or treat hotel at the end of a longer stay in Croatia.
Villa Kazbek is one of our favourite properties in Dubrovnik. With only 13 rooms, the hotel is designed and built with incredible attention to detail. The majestic historic building is equally matched by the traditional, high quality furnishings (silk rugs, parquet flooring, antiques …). Villa Kazbek has a stupendous pool, a lovely terrace area and romantic restaurant. If there has to be a criticism of Kazbek it would be the location on Gruz harbour. It is only a short taxi to the old town, but don’t expect to be minutes from a dip in the Adriatic as Gruz is a working harbour (the beach at Lapad is a 20 minute walk)
Villa More is a very smart boutique hotel on Lapad peninsula. Rooms are all you would want from this type of property, the only slight criticism is that the furnishings lack panache compared to the design of the rest of the property. The kitchen and cave bar are the real highlights of Villa More. The restaurant is renowned (and usually booked out) and the Cave bar is set right by the sea next to a lovely private sunbathing and swimming platform. Villa More would make for a nice treat hotel at the end of a longer stay in Croatia.
Villa Wolf is a perfectly situated small hotel in Lapad, Dubrovnik. Rooms all have views of the Adriatic and there is a peaceful garden terrace. Double rooms are comfortable and clean if fairly non-descript. The family suite has cracking views from the balcony, but can suffer from noise from the busy Lapad beach.
Amoret Apartments are a collection of 13 apartments in the heart of the old town. All our furnished tastefully and in keeping with the surroundings. With the Amoret Apartments you get the best of both worlds, with a hotel like service, rooms are cleaned every two days and staff are always on hand if needed. Perfect option if staying in the old town.
Dubrovnik Bed and Breakfast boasts a wonderful position right next to the Ploce Gate into the old town. It is a simple B&B with 5 clean, spacious comfortably furnished rooms and a friendly owner (who lives on the property). The hallways and stairs are a little shabby, but this is a great value centrally located option for those on a budget intending to spend most of their time out and about exploring Dubrovnik old town for a couple of days.
Hotel Perla is a simple, clean and comfortable hotel in the Lapad district of Dubrovnik. Rooms are simply furnished, clean and reasonably modern. Staff are friendly and there is a street-side restaurant out front. Most rooms have balconies with views over the promenade, beach and less preferably the neighbouring hotel. Sensible option if you are on a budget and want to stay Dubrovnik in reach of a swim in the Adriatic.