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Lapad is a residential suburb of Dubrovnik that lies about 3km northwest of the Old Town. The interior is mostly green and calm with plenty of attractive sea views and some excellent restaurants. There's a tremendous amount of accommodation in Lapad including hotels, apartments and guesthouses but because it's so residential you don't get the feeling that you're in a tourist ghetto. There are bars, cafes, restaurants and shops used by locals and visitors alike.
You can walk everywhere in Lapad. Since it's relatively compact you can stroll from the beach to a restaurant to your hotel to a cafe-bar without breaking a sweat. Parts of Lapad are pedestrian only but most Lapad accommodation has ample parking facilities.
Lapad has a long stretch of gravelly beach so no matter where you stay, you'll be within walking distance of the sea.
Part of the main beach in Lapad is "managed" which means it will cost you about 50Kn daily to relax on a lounge chair under an umbrella. There are also cabins, showers, toilets and casual snack joints. It's convenient but certainly busy in summer.
For a quieter sea experience, do as the locals do and walk the coastline path north toward Babin Kuk where many of the flat rocks have been turned into impromptu bathing centers including ladders into the sea.
Getting back and forth to the Old Town can take a little more effort. It's a long and not particularly interesting walk but fortunately buses are frequent to the Old Town and the harbour. The number 4 bus is particularly useful as it connects the Hotel Palace and other seaside hotels with Pile. (See a map of Dubrovnik bus routes). Airport buses do not extend to Lapad but you can disembark at Pile gate and get a Lapad bus there.
Hotel Dubrovnik Palace
This acclaimed hotel has been completely overhauled by the Croatian design company, 3LHD, which has worked to highlight and complement the views of the Adriatic sea and nearby Elaphiti Islands. 3LHD worked with a number of contributors to make this refurbishment a real Croatian design product - mobile furniture and lamps are the work of the successful studio Grupa, artist Mara Šuljak created bespoke wallpaper with Mediterranean motifs, and the choice of fabrics, curtains and bedspreads was entrusted to Croatian design duo I-GLE. The refurbishment took six months but it is now the ultimate in sophisticated design. Book Now.
Hotel Rixos Libertas
This 254-room establishment has won the World Travel Award as Europe's Leading Casino Resort as well as the award for Best Beachfront Hotel in Croatia. How would you like your own private terrace overlooking the Adriatic? Book Now
This cushy hotel between Lapad and Babin Kuk has 33 luxurious rooms and two suites, most of which have sweeping sea views. The unique "cave bar" is a popular spot with locals and the "beach" area is beautifully arranged with comfortable lounge chairs. Book Now
Near the beach and with an outdoor swimming pool and wellness center, this old standby was completely overhauled in 2015 in a sleek, modern style. Ask for a room with a balcony overlooking the sea. Book Now
As a predominantly residential neighbourhood, Lapad has a wide range of private accommodation. Conveniently, there are also plenty of stores to pick up food and supplies for your accommodation as well as cafes to arrange breakfast. The following are the best-rated apartment rentals in Lapad based upon actual visitor reviews on booking.com
Dubrovnik Luxury Residence--L'Orangerie
Steps from the beach and with a balcony in each exquisite apartment
Quiet apartments with balconies and free parking.
Simple furnishings in rooms & apartments; fab views, garden and barbecue.
Well-outfitted rooms & apartments and near a beach
Overlooks Lapad bay with cheerful furnishings
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