Where to sleep in Dubrovnik: Guide to the best areas and hotels

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Find where to sleep in Dubrovnik it can be difficult: in recent years, Dubrovnik has become one of the most sought-after travel destinations
especially in high season (especially July and August) and you have to prepare in advance so as not to run into nasty surprises such as not finding a place, or finding only availability in very expensive hotels.

Booking the right hotel is a decision that can affect your entire experience in this enchanting historic city protected by UNESCO.


Located in the far south of Croatia and overlooking the calm blue waters of the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik it boldly stands as one of the most beautiful walled cities in the world. Once the capital of the rich republic
marinara di Ragusa, the city has recovered the essence of its ancient glory: today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most exclusive tourist destinations in the Mediterranean.


Dubrovnik has been restored to its former glory: both as one of Croatia's most famous seaside towns and as King's Landing, which is why more and more thousands of tourists come to visit it every year.

Dubrovnik it is a versatile place that can make any type of traveler happy. This guide will help you choose the best area to sleep among the 5 most famous districts of Dubrovnik.

  • Overview of the areas of Dubrovnik
  • 1 - Where to stay in Dubrovnik for the first time: Old City
  • 2 - Where to sleep in Dubrovnik for less: Gruz
  • 3 - Where to sleep for the nightlife: Ploce
  • 4 - Where to sleep in Dubrovnik with children: Lapad
  • 5 - Where to sleep for couples: Babin Kuk
  • 6 - Where to stay outside Dubrovnik: Cavtat, Slano and Elaphiti Islands

Brief overview of the best areas

Best areas to stay in Dubrovnik -


Dubrovnik is a city full of magic and mystery and although during the years of the Croatian war of independence it was off the tourist track, today it is back in the limelight, becoming one of the unmissable destinations of every trip to Croatia.


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There is lots to see and do in Dubrovnik: from exploring historical sites to relaxing on pristine beaches and recreating the iconic scenes of "Game of Thrones".

This wants to be one guide to the best areas of Dubrovnik to highlight which are the best to lodge according to the needs and interests of each one.

La old City it is the oldest and most central district of Dubrovnik. This is the heart of the city and where the main attractions and places of interest are located, including the city ​​walls and Rector's Palace, as well as a large variety of restaurants, bars, shops and night clubs.

East of the old town is located Plates. Ploce is the most fun and lively district of Dubrovnik, where you will find clubs, restaurants and bars, fantastic for those looking for acheerful nightlife.


Heading west from Ploce and the old town you will cross Pile towards Lapad e Babin Kuk the two most suitable areas for those looking for beautiful beaches, tree-lined streets and a great variety of delicious restaurants.

On the other side of the harbor there is Gruz. A residential area, Gruz is where you will find the best budget accommodation, a large farmer's market and a slice of authentic Croatian life.


Although the city does not have a huge public transport system, the buses are reliable and efficient as well moving from one place to another is really very simpleNo matter where you choose to stay in Dubrovnik, you will be able to move from one place to another very easily.

Below you will find the best areas to sleep in Dubrovnik, depending on your interests.

Where to stay in Dubrovnik for the first time: Old Town

The old town is where to sleep in Dubrovnik if it's your first time going there -

Il Old Town Dubrovnik is surrounded by the famous defensive walls that made the city famous - if you want stay in the heart of Dubrovnik, the old city is where it beats.

The old town is small and filled with historic stone houses, narrow cobbled streets, lively squares and a large number of bars, restaurants, souvenir shops and art galleries.
Here you will find many historical treasures: from the Gothic palaces to the secret monasteries, from the aristocratic stone palaces to the ancient city gates.


The main street, Stradun, divides the city in two. The eastern part of the city is hilly, and involves a lot of ups and downs, while the western part of the old city is rather flat.

This is also where you will find the most historical attractions of Dubrovnik. The old city is also the best area to stay in Dubrovnik for nightlife.

You should choose a hotel in the old town of Dubrovnik if:

  1. It is not a problem to spend a little more (you are in a privileged position!)
  2. Don't worry about the crowd (one thing is certain: no matter how crowded Dubrovnik is the masses of tourists in the Old Town won't bother you that much because the truth is that staying in a XNUMXth century stone palace is a special experience, no matter how crowded they are. its streets)
  3. Don't worry about too much noise (from passersby, street sweepers, bars, not to mention the nightlife)
  4. You don't need parking, or you don't mind walking a bit (the historic center is pedestrian only)
  5. You do not care have a swimming pool, private beach etc. etc.

The Old Town of Dubrovnik offers a wide range of small B & Bs, charming hotels and lovely apartments.


Cheap hotels

Hostel Angelina Old Town: centrally located, 600 meters from the most famous beach in the city (Banje) and a stone's throw from the places of interest in the Old Town, Hostel angelina offers shared dormitories, private rooms, a kitchen, common room with TV and wifi. free fi. Restaurants are located very close.

Major Apartments Dubrovnik

Major Apartments Dubrovnik: one of the "bestsellers" on Booking.com thanks to the central location and the affordable price, the Major Apartments are spacious and equipped with all comforts and very clean. If that's not enough to be your first choice, the kindness of the owners is worth an even more plus point.

Hotel medi

Apartments & Rooms Verdi:  Housed in a XNUMXth-century stone house, the property offers air-conditioned accommodation decorated in a Mediterranean style.

Completely refurbished in 2016, all apartments are equipped with private bathroom, hairdryer, mini fridge, flat screen TV and free WiFi. The studios also include a kitchenette.

Hotel Lero: an above average hotel among hotels in the same range, Hotel Lero offers modern and comfortable rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, two restaurants, buffet breakfast and free wi-fi.

Fresh * Sheets Cathedral Dubrovnik: located in a historic palace in the center of Dubrovnik, it offers spacious and comfortable accommodation, overlooking the Dubrovnik Cathedral, the Rector's Palace, Buniceva Square or Gundulić Square. Another "bestseller" not to be missed!

luxury hotel

Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik

Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik: The hotel is divided into two historic buildings: the main building dating from 1895 and a private villa built in 1913.

The rooms and common areas were last renovated in 2017. The rooms are beautifully furnished and decorated in light colors which make them very elegant. Some rooms have balconies and the front view rooms on the upper floors also have sea views.

Not Presa Apartments: A stone's throw from the renowned Stradun promenade, Nije Preša Apartments offers apartments housed in a XNUMXth century house right in the historic center of Dubrovnik.

MY FAVORITE PLACE

The Pucic Palace: Housed in a splendid 18th century building, this sumptuous hotel blends historical charm with attention to detail. Fast free wifi, airport shuttle, room service, babysitting service.

In short, 5 * deserved, just look at the photo below to fall in love with it.

THEhotel Pucic Palace it's my favorite place to sleep in Dubrovnik!

Where to sleep in Dubrovnik for less: Gruz

If you want to to spend less compared to other parts of the city, Gruz it is definitely the right area to look for, thanks to its wide choice of hostels, budget hotels, apartments and small guesthouses.

Gruz is the name of a bay and a port of Dubrovnik, but also of the district that has developed around them. Next to the harbor, you will also find Dubrovnik's central bus station and market here.

In addition, all boats and ferries departing for the islands depart from the port of Gruz.

Gruz is a residential and popular neighborhood that attracts many students and is undoubtedly one of the best places if you want to experience the authentic Croatian way of life. Enjoy delicious food, breathtaking views and a lively atmosphere in this quaint and busy neighborhood.

i Cozy Apartments Nika & Nina they are one of my favorite choices in Gruz for medium prices

Cheap Hotels

Hostel Free Bird: Hostel Free Bird is a brand new hotel with a cozy living room, six dorms, four spacious bathrooms, a mini kitchen and a relaxing and sunny terrace. Thanks to its location within walking distance of the bus station, shops, restaurants and bars, this fantastic hotel is my favorite choice among budget hostels in Gruz.

Sinistaj Rooms: Each room has a small kitchen, comfortable beds and a private terrace. Guests can relax in the peaceful shared garden or in the on-site bar and lounge. Thanks to its great location, this is another of my top picks.

Average hotel prices

Berkeley Hotel & Day Spa: This family-run hotel features modern rooms and apartments. There is an on-site wellness center with spa and massages. Paid parking on site. Free Wi-Fi.

Cozy Apartments Nika & Nina: These two delightful studios, clean, comfortable and equipped with every comfort, are located right in front of the port of Gruz a few steps from the beaches, clubs, restaurants and shops.

Where to stay for nightlife: Ploce

The Dubrovnik cable car, from the top of the mountain you will have the most beautiful views of Dubrovnik -

Plates it is one of the trendiest districts of Dubrovnik and the right place for those looking for a lively and cheerful nightlife. Located east of the historic center, this neighborhood is located on both the Banje beach, both a stone's throw from the old town, making it one of the best areas to sleep in Dubrovnik.

It is no coincidence that Ploce has some of the most elegant restaurants, the most chic boutiques and luxury hotels. Famous for its unbeatable views, Ploce is the place where you can elegantly combine water sports and cultural visits.

Ploce also offers easy access to the old town's charming harbor, from where you can take a boat ride to the nearby one Lokrum island.

Banje beach -

La funivia to the mountain is just a few steps away. And you don't want to miss out on the absolute best view of Dubrovnik!

Cheap hotels in Ploce

Villa Leoni: Located above the famous Banje beach, this traditional stone house offers modern facilities and a kitchenette. Some units have a balcony with sea views.Wi-Fi and parking are free.

Rooms Biba: Featuring a garden, Rooms Biba is located around 250 meters from Ploce Gate and 500 meters from Orlando Column, the property offers free WiFi. Local points of interest, such as Onofrio's Fountain and Pile Gate, are within easy reach. Free Wi-Fi.

Hotel medi

Deluxe Sunset Room: Only the striking views of the Old Town and Lokrum Island (Lokrum) are worth choosing the Deluxe Sunset Room. Within a 5-minute walk, you can also reach a pebble and rocky beach.

Apartment Family Tokic: Located about 50 meters from the ferry terminal, Apartment Family Tokic offers air-conditioned accommodation equipped with all comforts, with terrace and free WiFi.

luxury hotel

Hotel Excelsior: This Dubrovnik hotel, renovated in 2017, opened in 1913 and has been one of the best hotels in Dubrovnik and Croatia ever since.

The Excelsior is located just a few minutes from the historic center. It offers spectacular uninterrupted views of the sea, Lokrum Island and Dubrovnik Old Town.

The hotel also features a private beach, spa and wellness center, indoor swimming pool and 4 restaurants and bars.

Dubrovnik Villa: Let's start with a show from the Leading of the World Hotel - Villa Dubrovnik: the rooms in fact have a breathtaking view of the sea and are furnished with a modern touch. (photo below)

Hotel villa Dubrovnik

Villa Orsula: The Villa Orsula hotel is housed in a building dating back to 1930 and the dining terrace offers excellent views of the Old Town. The luxurious accommodations present are elegantly furnished and even if it is located a little out of the way, the center can also be reached on foot. At guests' disposal there is an indoor swimming pool, a private beach, a wellness center, a gym and a restaurant and even a private beach!

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Where to sleep in Dubrovnik with children: Lapad

A beautiful picture of Lapad beach at sunset -

Just 15 minutes west from the city and its historic center, Lapad it is a popular place to stay.

Lush parks, verdant streets, pristine beaches, world-class restaurants and large number of water sports on offer make it the perfect place for families with children.

In addition to the picturesque waterfront, Lapad is also home to rolling green hills that boast a multitude of hiking and biking trails, some of which offer exceptional views over Dubrovnik.

In addition, this informal neighborhood is well connected to the city center by bus, making getting around easy and comfortable.

Family hotel in Lapad

Grand Hotel Park: the Grand Hotel Park is located in a position that offers a breathtaking view of the sea. Start your day with a complimentary breakfast and then head to the pool or spa. Spend the day going to the beach or town. End your evening at the hotel restaurant or bar.

Valamar Club Dubrovnik: Children up to 13 years of age stay and eat for free in the Valamar Club Dubrovnik when sharing a room with two paying adults.

The hotel offers a light all-inclusive formula which means you will receive 3 meals a day and unlimited drinks for free during your meal.

In addition, the Valamar Club Dubrovnik offers an action-packed children's entertainment program!

Tirena Sunny Hotel by Valamar: the only all-inclusive hotel in Dubrovnik, aimed primarily at families with children, the Valamar Club Dubrovnik offers connecting rooms, three meals a day and unlimited drinks during meals, mini club for different age groups and entertainment for children, outdoor pool and pebble beach.

The rooms are small but have everything you need. It is worth paying the extra for a sea view room.

luxury hotel

Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik: located just 15 minutes walk from the historic center and carved into a 30 meter high cliff, Hotel Bellevue boasts spectacular sea views from all its rooms and suites.

Guests also appreciate the hotel's direct access to the beach, the delightful breakfast room overlooking the sea, and the friendly staff. Hotel Bellevue is undoubtedly one of the best hotels in Dubrovnik.

Hotel Dubrovnik Palace: Completely renovated with bespoke details from the award-winning 3LHD designer group, the hotel boasts views of the Adriatic Sea and nearby Elaphite Islands. Free Wifi and parking, spa and private beach.

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Where to sleep for couples: Babin Kuk

Babin Kuk beach -

Babin Kuk it is a suburb located on the Lapad Peninsula, but due to its distinctive features, in this guide we consider it as a separate suburb.

Characterized by a luxuriant and wide vegetation Copacabana beach, the Babin Kuk peninsula is a perfect area for a quiet and exclusive holiday where you can pamper yourself thanks to the services offered in luxury hotels, take long romantic walks and relax on the water's edge.

Babin Kuk is also ideal for a family holiday, thanks to the wide open spaces for children and various water sports activities.

Unlike Lapad or Gruz, Babin Kuk is not a residential area where you will be in close contact with the locals. This is the place to be an intimate and luxurious holiday.

Most hotels are more expensive than other areas so it's the ideal place for couples who want to indulge in something special. truly exclusive.

Hotel in Babin Kuk

Valamar Collection Dubrovnik President Hotel: Charming terraced hotel with spacious rooms and huge balcony, the Valamar Collection Dubrovnik President Hotel offers stunning sea views from all of its rooms.

The hotel also features indoor and outdoor pools, a beach with sun loungers and parasols, a restaurant, bar, wellness center and spa.

For a royal treatment, book the President's XNUMXth level room and enjoy extra services such as reserved sun loungers, free transfer to and from the airport and snack in room V.

Hotel Neptun Dubrovnik: Hotel Neptun is a 90-room property belonging to the Importanne Hotels & Resorts hospitality group with 5 hotels meaning guests can enjoy the facilities of all affiliated hotels.

The rooms are spacious and modern with great sea views from the rooms, the pool is right next to the sea, and the great breakfast draws visitors like honey for bees.

Royal Blue Hotel: the word "wow" alone sums up the facilities of the Royal Blue Hotel. Is situated right in front of the beach and boasts a huge rooftop pool, perfect for catching the sun's rays during the summer months.

The views over Lapad Bay are simply breathtaking. The rooms are modern, clean, large and decorated in soothing white and blue tones to create the perfect atmosphere. Each room is equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and, in some cases, sea views. Each bedroom also has a private bathroom and balcony.

The beautiful swimming pool of the Royal Blue Hotel. I would like to be there now ... and you?

Hotel Ariston: If you are looking for a five-star hotel that is easily accessible from the center and its entertainment center, without sacrificing tranquility for peace, Hotel Ariston is a good option. Located on a private stretch of beach, you won't know whether to spend your time on the beach or by the pool, with fantastic views of the surrounding islands.

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Where to stay outside Dubrovnik: Cavtat, Slano and Elaphite Islands

The crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea in a bay outside Dubrovnik -

In addition to the neighborhoods mentioned so far, another idea could be that of staying outside Dubrovnik. Recommended choice for example if you intend to stay in a quiet place without crowds but with the ease of visiting the city in a day.

On the Riviera around the city there are delightful villages with a good offer of hotels and at cheaper prices than in the center. Slano e Mills are two of them. Dubrovnik is easily accessible.

The islands of Cavtat and Elaphites they are undoubtedly among the best places to stay near Dubrovnik, but out of it. In fact, they maintain the air of well-kept fishing villages with a slightly retro air, but full of charm.

Staying outside Dubrovnik has the advantage of finding less crowds and easier access above all if you are traveling by car. In short, they are more suitable for a relaxing holiday that combines a beach holiday with a cultural visit to the city.

You will also find more villas for rent available near Dubrovnik than in the city and prices are on average lower.

Hotel medi

The Sipan hotel is my first choice for sleeping outside Dubrovnik

Hotel Sipan (Sipanska Luka): a truly fabulous 3 * located in front of the bay and not far from the charming village of Sipanska Luka. Hotel Sipan is my first choice where to sleep outside Dubrovnik!

Villa Franka (Lopud): Villa Franka is a traditional stone house offering two apartments for rent in the only village on the island of Lopud, within walking distance of bars and restaurants.

The apartments are clean, comfortable and well equipped. Each apartment has a beautiful terrace perfect for relaxing. The hosts are very friendly and available to answer all the needs of their guests.

Remisens Hotel Epidaurus (Cavtat): a modern hotel located on the beach with an excellent quality / price ratio. The comfortable, clean and modern rooms have balconies (some with sea views), air conditioning and LCD TVs. Inside you will also find a PADI certified diving school and center.

luxury hotel

Sun Gardens Dubrovnik

Sun Gardens Dubrovnik (Slano): this hotel is located in the village of Slano about 9 km from the center of Dubrovnik to the north. A classic hotel offering first class services with access to a picturesque beach and free shuttle to the center of Dubrovnik.

Hotel Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera: this luxury hotel is located in the village of Mlini on the riviera between Dubrovnik and its airport.
Mlini is a relaxed little village with a lovely seafront promenade, a shopping center and numerous bars and restaurants.

The Sheraton has all the requirements of a luxury hotel: rooms and suites, two swimming pools, one indoor and one outdoor, SPA and wellness center, meeting rooms and free parking. There is a public beach right in front of the hotel.

You have been to Dubrovnik and you have a hotel you want to recommend? Leave it in the comments!

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