Accomodation in Dubrovnik runs the gamut from backpackers and hostels to decadent sleeps in five star luxury hotels and luxury villas.
Whether you're looking for budget digs or have an expense card burning a hole in your pocket, there is a wide selection (in both price and quality) of hostels in Dubrovnik, private rooms in family homes (called 'sobes') to well appointed holiday apartments and villas for rent in Dubrovnik.
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- People are often surprised by the costs of accomodation in Dubrovnik. Although prices are not as high as you might find in Western Europe, compared to the rest of Croatia, accommodation can be quite expensive. Don't let this deter you from visiting, just be aware of it, and have realistic expectations.
- Location. Location. Location. Dubrovnik is hilly. There are stairs everywhere. The historical Old Town is completely pedestrian and not accessible by public vehicles. If you have a disability or have a hard time with stairs, take this into consideration. Most people tend to stay in or near the Old Town (or should we say, King's Landing:). However, you can also find plenty of decent accomodation outside of town in the surrounding neighbourhoods of Ploce or Pile or further afield in Lapad.
- Youth Hostels and Backpackers in Dubrovnik seem to be sprouting up everywhere. Whereas once, budget travelers used to rely on private rooms or 'sobes', that's definitely changed. Hostels in Dubrovnik range quite widely in quality and what they offer. Some places are just a collection of beds with no common area (a hostel in name only) while others really make the effort to make your stay a good one. If you are traveling on your own and are looking for a more social environment, just keep this in mind before you book. For more resources and a great travel reward program, check out: balkansbesthostels.org
- For those of you on a tight budget, cheaper accommodation can be found outside the Old Town. Keep in mind that transport and internet (not usually included) can add to your daily costs. In the end, it may work out cheaper and much more convenient to stay in the Old Town (how often do you get the chance to stay inside a World Heritage site anyway?).
- During the peak season (May - September), accommodation in and around the old town can become quite scarce and more expensive. If you are looking to rent an apartment in Dubrovnik, secure a room booking, or reserve a dorm bed, it is advisable to reserve in advance. Hostels also have a tendency to get booked fast.
- Outside of the peak season, prices in private rooms can often be cheaper. You can try to negotiate your stay upfront. Note: As of 2013, this may change as the government is cracking down on illegal accommodation and enforcing tougher tax laws and inspections. At any rate, it's always worth a try.
- A 'ten minute walk' or something 'close' to the old town is often doublespeak for 'way the hell out'. This applies especially to the touts that gather around the bus stops and ferry terminal. Although it can get a bit overwhelming (especially after a long trip), try to be patient as most of these people are just working hard for a living. But be sure to get them to point out their place on a map unless you feel like taking buses into town. During the summer, local buses can be almost unbearable.
Without further ado, here are some of our favourite places to stay in Dubrovnik.