Easily accessible from Dubrovnik, but a world away from it, Kolocep Villas is a fantastic hotel on a brilliantly peaceful and relaxing island that you can walk across in an hour or kayak the whole way around in an afternoon. Blue seas, secluded coves, amazing fish restaurants, friendly and efficient staff at the hotel, and four ferries a day into Dubrovnik for only a few euros, it's the absolute perfect place to unwind!
This luxury hotel is a short stroll from the old town. It has fantastic sea view rooms (at an extra cost of course!) and provides L'Occitane toiletries daily. The breakfast buffet has a wide choice of hot and cold food and there is Cava each day for bucks fizz. It has a beautiful large inside swimming pool which is free to residents and all the staff are very helpful. If it is your birthday- they will send a cake and a birthday greeting to your room free of charge. This hotel is well worth staying in.
It's a luxury hotel like many others in the area but it's perched on a cliff face and has its own James Bond-style private beach at the bottom of the cliff.
My wife and stayed in Dubrovnik last September (2008) for 2 weeks, and rather than stay in a hotel we followed a recommendation by a good friend of ours and rented an apartment. The main advantage to us was the possibility to stay within the walls of the old town. The hotels are all outside the walls (except for the over-priced 5 star Pucic Palace). We booked Darija Apartments direct with the owner, and I can honestly say that it was a seamless experience. We felt well looked after, but there was none of the intrusiveness you get with a hotel - a nice balance. The apartment itself was perfect; clean, modern decor, comfortable, all the facilities you could want, and a fair price. All in all it was a great holiday made all the better by a great accommodation choice. One potential problem though: We've recommended it to so many of our friends you might not find availability ;-)
Great hostel in Dubrovnik Old Town. Best location on the Pile Bay: 20m from the beach and only 80m from the historical street Placa. They offer both shared and private rooms.
Marco, the owner, also offers luxury apartments in the city center of Dubrovnik.
We had a family apartment for five which was spotlessly clean, secure, with all amenities.
The staff is very helpful and extremely hospitable.
We had the best recommendations for restaurants, things to do and they also helped us with car rental.
We would definitely stay again the next holiday.
Dubrovnik B&B is a small place (five rooms and one apartment only) in the perfect location in Dubrovnik. Just outside of the old city gate of Ploce. Owner is friendly and the rooms are very clean.
Zaton is a village in southern Croatia, located on the coast of the eponymous bay, on the Dubrovnik Riviera, 8 km northwest of Dubrovnik, next to the village of Orašac. Chief occupations are farming, viticulture, olive growing and tourism. Zaton is located on the main road (M2, E65).
Zaton has several fine restaurants. It offers possibilities for watersports. An interesting walk uphill to the village of Podbrezje is highly recommended (4.5 km), to visit Mociljska Cave with stalactites and stalagmites.
Anja, the hostess, is sweet. It's great value: kitchen, cable, balcony with view for $100 a night, stunning view with balcony. Perfect location: 204 steps away from Old Town.
Visit the Hotel Panorama website here: www.panorama-dubrovnik.net/
My first night in Croatia we stayed in a motel. After that we travelled without reservations. In Stari Grad on Hvar we met a man and his daughter and accepted their offer to see one of two apartments they had for rent. We stayed there for seven days.
In Dubrovnik we spent two nights in a private home with a shared bath. On the second day we sat in a cafe within the city walls and had a beer and talked to a waiter. His cousin had an apartment for rent. We viewed it and moved in the next day and stayed six days.
These two apartments cost us about £30 a night in September. Rooms in homes were less, of course.
September is a very good time to go because it is not overly crowded nor too warm and prices have gone down a bit.
When traveling in Croatia, forget the guide books. Follow your senses; follow your instincts.
We rented cars, a boat, walked. We were always met with interest and kindness, especially when spending money for food and drink.
There is only one thing a traveller to this country needs to consider: the main industry is tourism. It has made very few people rich. Take care where you go. Our last night in Split we walked into the new part of town and turned down accommodation there because I felt unsafe. Fortunately we knew of another place in the old part and stayed there and I slept like a baby.
I think of Croatia often and would love to go again. I believe there is something there for everyone.
A wonderful big old house near the aquarium in the old town of Dubrovnik, now split into several apartments with kitchens and bathrooms.
The rooms are large, bright and airy, the location is superb and Marc is a wonderful host.
It's far cheaper than the hotel options for staying in the old town too.
Dubrovnik, it's a unique city in the whole world. I traveled there in September 2006. I think Croatia is a great country, it has the whole package; history; cultural richness; beautiful places to visit, and great weather.
Pile Bay-Old Town is very romantic. We stayed there at apartments near Fort Lovrijenac. The price was OK and location perfect (only 70 m from magnificent Placa-Stradun). Nevertheless, the location was quiet.
The staff were obliging and rooms clean. Another hot tip is the wonderful fish restaurant Orhan near apartments at small idilic Pile harbour.
I recommend visiting Dubrovnik a thousand times!
od tabakarije 19,fon:+385(0)917397545
Cheap apartments in Dubrovnik, about 15 minutes walk from the walled city, and a similar distance to the main bus station. There is one triple room and one double room - with balcony overlooking the western part of the city, both sharing the bathroom opposite.
We stayed in a lovely studio apartment in the centre of the old town. The place was spotless, centrally located, had a comfortable bed, a full kitchen and the price was reasonable.The landlord was very kind and helpful. So if you are planning a trip to Dubrovnik and need to find accomodation you need not look further.
Vila Mala, Plovani skalini 2.
Tel : (00 385) 91 33 22 072 It's down a side street off the main strip of the old town
It is a few years since I was there, but it was a splendid place, situated on a peninsula south of Dubrovnik. The building itself is magnificent, with superb sculptures in the huge entrance lobby. I could not discover the artist. The hotel has an enormous free form swimming pool indoors.
The village of Cavtat was a friendly place, with regular buses to Dubrovnik.
Hotel Croatia, Cavtat 20210
+385 20 475 555
There's a small choice of accommodation on the island, but for those like us with young children, the Lafodia Hotel is ideal. It provides a kids club
where the children's creative side is encouraged and they are taken on little fishing trips. We travelled earlier this year when the weather was rather mixed, the children were kept occupied with activities for about 90 minutes in the morning and afternoon.
Food is hot and cold Mediterranean buffet style with plenty of salad and fruit and the hotel is all inclusive so you could get house red/white; beer and some spirits all day to 11pm.
Lopud island is about a one hour ferry journey from Dubrovnik.
Last year we went to wonderful Cavtat to relax for a few days before heading to Dubrovnik.
Our accommodation wasn't booked in Dubrovnik so we asked the staff in restaurants and at the pension we were staying in for suggestions.
Most people knew somebody who could help (Cavtat isn't far away), and we were fortunate enough to rent a house in the Old Town.
The house was two minutes away from a bar positioned on Dubrovnik's cliffs that you access through a hole in the city walls - look for a sign saying cold drinks at the far side of the town.
This fantastic old town a few miles south of Dubrovnik has got much of the ambience of Dubrovnik but none of the crowds. It has got a lovely sea front and enough tourist infrastruture to make it a good alternative as a base for touring Dubrovnik, Montenegro or, for the more intrepid, heading into Bosnia (easy ride to Mostar). There are one or two decent hotels in the town though they are not cheap. We found a place called Castelletto on the hillside above the seafront. It is run by a couple of Brits who refurbished the place recently and it's is really good value for money. Try and arrange to be there when they do their "lamb under the bell", a Croatian speciality which really draws a crowd.
Dubrovnik Airport is 5km from Cavtat;
Hotel Castelletto: Put od Cavtata 9A Cavtat;
tel: +385(20)479 547;
fax: +385(20)479 548;
Lovely apartments inside the walled old town offering fantastic value. Just a couple of minutes walk from the Stradun and just about anywhere else in the old town. The owner, Matko, is friendly and helpful. Upon our arrival he met us at the bus station and had printed us boat timetables for potential day trips and provided us with a Time Out Croatia guide. He also showed us round the old town a bit to help us get our bearings.
More info on www.apartmentsdubrovnik.com
This is a unique family-run house, converted into eight separate apartments. You’re guaranteed a warm welcome by the English-speaking owners. The apartments have large comfortable beds, and overlook a quiet bay. In the summer, you can go swimming right outside the front door and there’s also boat trips out into the bay. The apartments are within easy reach of Dubrovnik, seven miles to the north. It doesn't get better than this.
Villa Mare & Filip, Ivan Vojvoda, 20235 Zaton Mali, Dubrovnik; tel: 385/020/891-345; www.ivana-vojvoda.t-com.hr
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