For all its crowds and bustle, Dubrovnik is quite poorly served for hostels. But there are still some options to look at. Here are our picks for accommodation around the Old Town and beyond.
Near the busy junction where the twin headlands of Lapad and Babin Kuk meet, the Dubrovnik Backpackers Club makes up for its location – that requires a bus journey from the Old Town – with extremely warm welcome, spacious bedrooms and dorms, as well as indoor and outdoor kitchens. The latter also features a barbecue area. You’ll find beaches that are 10- to 15-minute walks away in either direction, with plenty of bars and restaurants also nearby. Prices are considerably less than around the Old Town, too.
Tucked inside the north-west corner of the Old Town by the Minčeta Fortress, the Angelina makes the most of its setting, playing up the fact that it was one of several Dubrovnik locations where hit TV series ‘Game of Thrones’ was filmed. Accommodation comprises refurbished dorms with laundry and kitchen facilities, free luggage storage and soft towels. Air-conditioning is also a plus.
Another hostel with ‘Game of Thrones’ connections, Kings Landing fills the four floors of a restored medieval nobleman’s villa with four- and six-bed dorms. Each has an en-suite bathroom. There’s also a luxury dorm at the top of the house with stellar views over Dubrovnik. To continue the theme, the hostel lays on ‘Game of Thrones’ tours and can book all kinds of trips and activities. There’s a decent kitchen and laundry service as well.
Reasonably close, as the crow flies, from the main harbour and bus station, the family-run Lina is a calf-crunching trek uphill – which is exactly why the management arranges free pick-ups (after 2pm) from either transport hub. The rest of the time, it’s up to you to make your way to this part of upper Gruž, so it’s just as well that this lodging is friendly, comfortable and affordable. It’s cash-only but there’s an ATM nearby.
The city walls in question are the ones that shelter the famous Buža bar, facing out to sea and with jaw-dropping views. Nearby, this smart hostel, done out in colours representing the sea and sky all around you, occupies a tall building housing four- and six-bed dorms, plus a double room at the top. A comfortable, friendly and well located lodging, it runs a manned reception desk until 10pm, after which you have to make check-in arrangements with the management.