Accommodation in Dubrovnik spans everything from hostels to hotels. The trend is clearly towards high-end hotels with prices now nearing those of any other European resort destination in July and August but there are excellent budget choices for apartments, B&Bs and guesthouses as many locals have renovated, enlarged or constructed apartments to accommodate visitors.
You are sure to find accommodation within your taste and budget all over Dubrovnik so the first question should be:
It depends on what you're looking for of course. Start with this map of Dubrovnik's neighbourhoods to get the overall layout:
Now, let's consider each neighbourhood individually:
The experience of waking up in Dubrovnik's historic centre is unmatchable and sightseeing is so easy. Plus you'll be able to take advantage of Dubrovnik's nightlife without worrying about transport back. The old town is pedestrian only however. Travellers with limited mobility or with cars may want to look elsewhere. Choices for hotels are VERY limited but there is plenty of excellent private accommodation.
It's almost as convenient as staying in the Old Town. From your luxury hotel to the Old Town is a short and very scenic walk and most hotel rooms have a world-class view of the walled city. There is some private accommodation in this neighbourhood but mostly there are five-star hotels.
The vast majority of visitors stay on this leafy peninsula which contains most of Dubrovnik's hotels and a vast amount of private accommodation. There are frequent buses that make the short hop to the Old Town and you'll be closest to Dubrovnik's largest beach.
There's some private accommodation and a couple of hotels on Gruz harbour plus it's only steps from ferries to the islands. This is a great choice if you're planning island cruises and other day trips.
Maybe you're wondering whether to stay in a hotel or in private accommodation? Consider the following:
In a hotel you might be near a beach, enjoy a "wellness centre", relax in your air-conditioned room and avail yourself of phone and internet services. For comfort and pampering nothing beats a hotel. Read more.
To interact with the locals, consider private accommodation. Your host can fill you in on the latest local happenings, give you inside tips and provide a more personal experience. It's also a great choice for families. Read more.
Whether flight+hotel or hotel only, booking your stay in Dubrovnik through an online travel agency can save you big bucks, especially on a week-long stay. Try these:
Bookingbuddy from the UK
STA Travel from the US
TUI Holidays from the UK
Save money: One way to save money on Dubrovnik accommodation is to avoid the high-priced summer season if possible. Also, consider staying out of town either on the Dubrovnik Riviera with frequent bus connections or the Elaphiti Islands with frequent ferry connections.
Reserve in advance: There's little excess space in Dubrovnik. Hotels and private accommodation can get booked out quickly from June to September. May and October are also popular months.
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