Whether you want to be within the pedestrian heart of Old Town or out along the rocky coast, you're sure to find something on this list that suits. Just don't make too many King's Landing jokes.
St. Joseph's genteel boutique hotel sits right inside Dubrovnik's car-free Old Town. It was originally built as a home in the 16th century and its six rooms have been attentively restored to create a cozy but luxurious atmosphere. All are decorated in styles that reflect the various influences on Dubrovnik's past, with exposed stone, wall flourishes, and more. There's also a three-bedroom cottage for larger groups that dates back to the 13th century.
Though the hotel itself is tucked onto a quiet side street, it's just a few steps to the many shops and restaurants of Stradun, the Old Town's main pedestrian street. If you'd prefer to sun yourself for the afternoon, the town beach of Banje is only five minutes away.
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Boutique Hotel Starigrad
The Boutique Hotel Starigrad is another option right within the core of Old Town. It's not the easiest choice if you're traveling with a car, but if you're into wandering through the stone streets on foot, it's an ideal location. The building started life as a nobleman's house in the 16th century and has been converted into eight comfortable rooms in lush jewel tones.
The Lobby Bar offers a wide assortment of whiskeys and gins, while the rooftop terrace restaurant serves seasonal international cuisine amid the stone eaves. If the Michelin-recommended cuisine weren't enough, it's also one of Dubrovnik's only rooftop restaurants, so take advantage of the unique view. Then recover from all your walking with a day in the Icona Spa.
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Part of the Adriatic Hotels Luxury Group, Hotel Excelsior is one of the most luxurious options Dubrovnik has to offer. You'll get views of both the Adriatic and the Old Town from this former villa, originally built in 1913 and added onto with a modern extension, now known as The Tower. Its gardens and waterfront promenade are just a five-minute walk from the Old Town.
If you'd prefer to dine in, the three onsite restaurants show off Dalmatian delicacies. Relax in the extensive spa or in-house piano bar and imagine an evening conversation with Queen Elizabeth II or Elizabeth Taylor, both former guests of the hotel.
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Heritage Villa Nobile
The 18th-century Villa Nobile sits next to the gates of Old Town but feels worlds away. Its six rooms are renovated with respect to the family that once lived there and the many guests they hosted, and each one is dedicated to a different impressive person and their profession. Sit amidst the sheet music and instruments of the Music Room, ceiling-high bookshelves of the Writer's Room, sea views and nautical accents of the Admiral's Room, and more.
The unique themes create a museum-like ambiance, but there's no lack of modern conveniences as well. Enjoy breakfast in the secluded garden under the orange trees and Sago palms before strolling to the Old Town or heading out on an excursion booked by the well-informed staff.
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Define luxury at the modernist Villa Dubrovnik. If you have the budget to splurge, you'll get amazing Adriatic views, attentive 24/7 concierge service, and a Michelin-recommended restaurant onsite. Executive rooms even have a jacuzzi on a glass-enclosed balcony so you can enjoy the view in comfort regardless of the weather. Families can opt for apartments, adjoining rooms, or villas.
The hotel was originally designed in the 1960s, marking a new wave of postwar architecture. It sits built into a rocky cliff on the sea, while still maintaining the protected landscape around it, and the design focuses on clean lines and a nautical atmosphere. The Old Town is approximately a 15- to 20-minute walk, or you can board one of the hotel's shuttles straight to the gate.
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Listen to the waves in Lapad Bay from the Hotel More. The hotel is about 15 minutes away from the Old Town, so it stays quieter than some other options, and the neighboring villas include one- and two-bedroom apartments for families who need a little more space.
Delve into the Cave Bar, a natural underground cavern discovered during construction and converted into a subterranean watering hole that covers more than three stories, and gather up your courage to jump off the patio into the sea. Once you've dried off, take a seat at one of the hotel's two full-service restaurants overlooking the water, or indulge at the Sweet Corner pastry and cocktail bar.
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