An intriguing relic of former ages separated from the rest of Croatia, there are many reasons to explore Dubrovnik. Not only does it have a sublime location on the Adriatic arm of the Mediterranean, but also a stunning old town. More recently, the city has become a must-see for Game of Thrones Walking Tour aficionados. There are also many excellent hotels in Dubrovnik. We’ve gathered together our favorites in our guide to Where to Stay in Dubrovnik.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dubrovnik Old Town is one of the best-preserved medieval cities anywhere in Europe. Protected for centuries by massive defensive walls, the ‘pearl of the Adriatic’ is a warren of delightful alleys and unexpected squares. Don’t miss a thing with our Dubrovnik Day Tour, taking in all the area’s major attractions.
The Pucic Palace
Culture lovers will adore The Pucic Palace, given its location right in the heart of Old Town Dubrovnik. However, this hotel’s fine positioning isn’t the only reason to opt for it. Rooms here have a traditional feel, with authentic wooden ceilings and antique-style furnishings. Its town location also makes it small, with just 19 rooms. Unique to one another, guests quickly begin to feel part of a family, sharing experiences over the cooked-to-order breakfasts.
Ulica Od Puca, 1
Originally a residential suburb north of the Old Town, today Lapad is an attractive proposition for visitors too. Providing a sense of community spirit and authenticity, this area of coastline has a great range of shops and restaurants. But of course, one of its major attractions is its long beach.
Stunningly sleek, the modern interiors of Hotel Bellevue pay great attention to the hotel’s position overlooking the Adriatic. Large walls of floor-to-ceiling windows offer panoramic views, while natural wood and stone define the decorative style. Each of the 90 rooms here has been individually finished for that personal touch. Elsewhere, an onsite spa with a sauna and curvaceous indoor pool awaits your attention.
Pera Cingrije 7
Hotel Dubrovnik Palace
This hotel stands on the edge of Forest Park Velika & Mala Petka, close to the westernmost edge of the Lapad Peninsula. Facing out towards Otocic Grebeni island, rooms are delightfully styled with a mid-century design echoing when Hotel Dubrovnik Palace was first built. When it comes to facilities, guests will find a sauna, spa tub, and even a nightclub.
Masarykov Put, 20 – 20000
This hotel is within a stone’s throw of the popular Lapad Beach. Incredible sea views marry perfectly with the sophisticated image of Hotel Kompas. They can be enjoyed from private balconies from each of the rooms. Away from the beach, guests can enjoy a drink from the poolside bar while relaxing in a deck chair soaking up the summer sun.
Setaliste Kralja Zvonimira, 56 – 20000
Rixos Premium Dubrovnik
The well-sized rooms at Rixos Premium Dubrovnik verge on the opulent because of the use of plush fabrics and stylish furniture. The hotel itself forms out of a series of terrace-like steps. These run from the rocky foreshore beyond the outdoor pool to grassy banks between floors. There’s a further indoor pool, casino for those feeling lucky, and several restaurant options to boot.
Liechtensteinov Put, 3 – 20000
Royal Blue Hotel, Dubrovnik
The Royal Blue Hotel, Dubrovnik couldn’t be better named, given the blues that flood into its rooms from the Adriatic. The endlessly attractive sight can be enjoyed from the privacy of room balconies or the rooftop adult-only pool. The laid-back ambiance continues into the indoor pool, sauna, and spa center.
Ulica Kardinala Stepinca, 31
Ploce lies just east along the coast from the Old Town, making it another good base when deciding where to stay in Dubrovnik. The closest neighborhood to the Old Town, Ploce is also a little more exclusive than Lapad. The rocky terrain is, however, equally sublime, if not even more so.
The coastal position of the Hotel Excelsior is paramount in this hotel’s form, with terraces overlooking the historic Venetian defenses. Just a kilometer from the Rector’s Palace and the cathedral, this five-star stay has a feeling that no expense has been spared. Modern luxury is obvious from each space in turn, not least the spa. But it’s the views that will live long in the memory.
Frana Supila 12
The complimentary shuttle run by Villa Dubrovnik means guests here have the best of both worlds. They are able to enjoy sea views from a quieter stretch of coast, while only ever a quick drive or 15-minute walk from the delights of the Old Town. Looking out over Lokrum Island, every room has a balcony or terrace. But there is also a guest lounge, indoor pool, and library room. A bio-spa offers a range of treatments including steam baths and massages.
Vlaha Bukovca, 6
One of the smallest hotels in our pick of where to stay in Dubrovnik, Villa Orsula has just 13 rooms. If seclusion and tranquility are your things, Villa Orsula also has a small private beach, as well as an outdoor pool and fitness center. Demonstrating an old-world style of stonework and painted shutters on the exterior, on the interior, rooms have been subtly updated. Soft carpeting and high ceilings create a homely feel without the clutter of everyday life.
Frana Supila, 14
Heading slightly further afield has its advantages too. The islands that drift out into the Adriatic from Dubrovnik are wonderful escapes in themselves. Meanwhile, the region’s coastline is no less impressive, and well connected to the wonders of Dubrovnik and beyond. As a result, there’s no reason to assume the likes of our Bike Trip at the Dubrovnik Riviera are out of reach.
TUI Blue Kalamota Island
The island location of TUI Blue Kalamota Island a short distance from Dubrovnik ensures there’s no limit to the Adriatic vistas on offer. Surrounded by attractive hills dark with the color of the native trees, it offers a wonderful escape from mainland Croatia. A mix of villas and rooms in the main hotel, each offer either a private balcony or terrace. What’s more, the area is awash with attractions, while tours of Dubrovnik are only ever a 25-minute boat ride away.
Donje Celo 45, Kolocep
Sun Gardens Dubrovnik Radisson
This resort-style stay is an excellent choice for families given the range of facilities it offers. To begin with, there are three outdoor pools, each with its own bar. But there are also six other bars and lounges and seven restaurants. In addition, guests are welcome to try their hands at tennis or relax in the sauna and spa. Rooms at Sun Gardens Dubrovnik Radisson have a light and airy feel thanks to large windows and balcony access.
Na Moru 1
Unmatched Dubrovnik Stays
Dubrovnik is a destination with a hotel for every taste and budget. Modern resort-style stays stand within proximity of boutique hotels and those with breathtaking contemporary design. Our Dubrovnik city guide covers the city’s main attractions, while our design guide focuses on the city’s grandest forms. If you’re planning to explore more of what Croatia has to offer, our Split city guide is a great place to start.