It is very hard not being bewitched by Dubrovnik Old Town with its limestone-paved streets, huge stone walls, baroque buildings, and the sparkling Adriatic sea lapping its shores.
Since it is one of the world’s best-preserved medieval cities in the world, while in Dubrovnik you should stay in the Old Town and if you are looking for the best hotels to book, check out our recommendations below.
But first, let’s take a quick virtual tour around the city.
Dubrovnik is the pearl of the Adriatic and it has been listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
You can start exploring the Old Town by taking a walk along the medieval city’s stone walls. The fortifications have protected the city for over a millennium. Most people enter at Pile Gate, so if you want to avoid the crowds, you should head to Ploče Gate instead, which is the main entrance from the Eastern side. Breathtaking views will enchant you the whole way along the walls and you will also get the chance to find your way around the town.
From Pile Gate, head down Stradun or Placa, the main street of Dubrovnik. This limestone promenade divides the Old Town in two. On the way, you can sit down at one of the many ice cream shops and watch life passing by.
Next, visit the Franciscan Monastery & Museum where you will discover a spectacular cloister built in the 14th century and one of the oldest pharmacies in the world.
To see the story of the city’s past brought to life, check out the Gothic-Renaissance Rector’s Palace, where refurbished rooms and portraits, tell Dubrovnik’s history.
For local fruits, vegetables, and fish head to the open-air Gruz Market, where you will find the best cabbage to make the local zelena menestra or green stew (a traditional Dubrovnik dish made of cabbage, smoked pork and potato), goats’ cheese for salads, fresh eggs, oranges from Lopud, cherries and green figs as well as fine fish that come at 7 am from the Elafiti islands.
Afterward, take a short ferry ride to Lokrum Island for a fulfilling lunch under the trees. Lokrum is well known for its lovely botanical garden, planted with a large collection of eucalyptuses, palm trees and, cacti and inhabited by bunnies and peacocks.
If you wish to discover Game of Thrones filming locations in Lokrum Island, check out our blog post: Lokrum Island Game of Thrones Destination in Croatia
At this point head back to the Old Town to try the Black risotto (Crni rižot) a cuttlefish risotto which is a must-try while in Croatia, and a shot of rakija, a traditional Croatian alcoholic drink, made from the distillation of fermented fruits and herbs.
Early in the evening take the cable car up to Srd Hill to enjoy the sunset with a view of the Elafiti Islands.
You might also want to read more about Game of Thrones Filming Locations in Dubrovnik, here
Hotels near old town Dubrovnik
When booking the hotel, please see our selection of 7 of the best hotels offering free breakfast and Wi-Fi in Dubrovnik Old Town.
1. Hotel Excelsior
It is an iconic hotel in Dubrovnik Old Town from where you can also appreciate glorious views of the Adriatic. It boasts an array of famous guests, including Queen Elizabeth II and Elizabeth Taylor, so expect flawless service. The hotel counts a beach, 3 restaurants and 2 bars, an indoor pool, a fitness center, and a luxury spa.
2. Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik Hotel
This historic hotel, overlooking the Adriatic and the Old Town, is just meters from Pile Gate. It offers free Wi-Fi in the lobby, an executive Lounge, a business center, a stylish bar, and its famous Porat restaurant. Its indoor swimming pool and health club will help you to stay fit while indulging in Croatian’s treats.
3. Villa Dubrovnik
Part of the Mytha Hotels Anthology Group, Villa Dubrovnik is a stylish resort for guests looking for exclusive privacy in a quiet and secluded set in Dubrovnik Old town and first-class service.
The hotel’s spotless white architecture provides an impressive contrast to the rocky cliffs and Adriatic blue waters in the landscape. The 55 guestrooms display a chic, nautical decor. Dining options offer modern decor and outstanding views at Restaurant Pjerin, the main restaurant where Mediterranean cuisine is revisited in a contemporary style; Al Fresco Bar Giardino; Prosciutto and Wine Bar, its rooftop bar; and Library Lounge where you may try the afternoon tea.
4. The Pucic Palace
The Pucic Palace is a luxury 5-star boutique hotel in Dubrovnik Old Town, The building is from the 17th century and retains its original Baroque style. The hotel features only 17 luxury rooms and 2 suites, aiming to deliver a unique and personalized experience to its guests. Each room has a different design combining olive wood parquet floors and stone walls with modern, luxury amenities and free, high- speed Wi-Fi internet access.
You will have two restaurants to choose from, Restaurant “La Capella” offering Mediterranean Cuisine and Restaurant “Café Royal” where you enjoy International Cuisine. If you wish to taste a glass of local wine, “Razonoda” Wine Bar will not disappoint you. Last but not least, the hotel offers a private beach and limo service.
5. Villa Glavic
Villa Glavic is located next door to Banje Beach and provides luxury rooms with lovely decor and views of the Adriatic Sea. Set in a medieval 4-story building, the hotel offers bureau de change, luggage storage, and a barbershop. A buffet breakfast is served in the hotel’s restaurant and refreshing drinks await you at the poolside bar.
Leisure facilities feature a sundeck, an outdoor seasonal pool, and an indoor swimming pool for when the temperature goes down. You will also get the chance to stay active thanks to the fitness classes offered by the hotel and its gym.
6. St Joseph’s
Located in the heart of the Old Town, St Joseph’s 16th-century building has been restored to become one of the city’s most sophisticated properties within its walls.
Each of the six beautiful rooms includes a kitchenette, a rain shower, complimentary toiletries, a flat-screen satellite TV, wireless Internet, and air-conditioning. Continental breakfast is included too.
7. Villa Orabelle
Located on a cliff overlooking the Miramare Bay, this rustic stone house is an oasis of peace away from the crowds of tourists but still just one mile away from Dubrovnik Old Town. The famous Miramare Beach, a secluded pebble beach surrounded by steep cliffs, is only a few steps away and is popular with locals as a cliff jumping and water polo spot.
At this 4-star villa, they offer one suite and five rooms, all featuring exclusive amenities. A small breakfast buffet on the villa’s terrace is included and the staff will be happy to help you with airport transfers and guided tours.