The Best Boutique Hotels in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Hotel Kompas is set right on the pebbly Uvala Lapad beach
Hotel Kompas is set right on the pebbly Uvala Lapad beach | Courtesy of Hotel Kompas / Expedia

With beaches, history and pop culture heritage galore, the coastal sunshine capital of Croatia is a must-visit. This isn’t the place to scrimp on your accommodation, either – Dubrovnik has some fabulous boutique hotels that are worth the splurge. Here are some favourites – bookable on Culture Trip.

It may be one of the Adriatic’s most popular tourist hubs, but Dubrovnik is still enticing, with glittering waters, a cobbled old town and towering walls straight out of Game of Thrones (which, as it happens, was partly filmed here). To get the most out of your visit, choose a stay that’s packed with as much character as the city itself. Whatever your budget or style, a boutique hotel is more intimate, more unique and comes with a sense of place. Here’s our pick of Dubrovnik’s best.

Hotel Stari Grad

Boutique Hotel
Hotel Stari Grad
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From $247 Per night per room
Once a 16th-century noble’s house, this atmospheric pad gets its name from the Croatian term for old town – so you know it’s going to be primely placed in Dubrovnik’s historic centre. With just eight chic, contemporary rooms boasting L’Occitane toiletries, it feels like a little nest of luxury, perfect for holidaying couples. The highlight? The rooftop restaurant, Above 5, which serves modern Mediterranean food and sweeping views over the city’s orange rooftops.
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Fresh Sheets Kathedral

Boutique Hotel
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Fresh Sheets Kathedral
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History buffs won’t do much better than this place: it’s set within a Unesco World Heritage building overlooking the spectacular central cathedral – in fact, the hotel rents the space directly from the Vatican. Unobstructed views to the city’s main piazzas make it perfect for people watching, while clean, crisp-white interiors create a bright and airy feel. Rooms come in double, twin or studio formats, so they suit couples or small families.

One Suite

Boutique Hotel
4.9/5 (62 Reviews)
One Suite Hotel
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From $110 Per night per room
Dubrovnik’s not only about its old town. With islands to explore and even nearby beaches – Srebreno and Kupari, a blend of golden sand and pebbles – you can catch rays as well as tour the sights. If that sounds like your thing, look no further than One Suite, a modern hotel just a short walk from the beaches. With its rooftop pool and sun deck you can spend all day chilling outdoors – then spend the evening kicking back in your stylish bedroom.
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Villa Dubrovnik

Boutique Hotel
4.8/5 (178 Reviews)
Villa Dubrovnik
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From $558 Per night per room
If only the very best will do, book into Villa Dubrovnik. The city’s most glamorous stay has the lot: a coastal location with views over the sparkling sea; swimming pool and sun-drenched loungers; and 56 designer bedrooms. It’s outside the old town, so you can avoid the crowds, but still close enough to get your sightseeing fix. A breakfast of eggs, smoked salmon and hollandaise on the sunny terrace of Restaurant Pjerin is an impeccable way to start the day.
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  • Hotel Kazbek

    Boutique Hotel, Hotel
    4.8/5 (233 Reviews)
    Hotel Kazbek
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    From $131 Per night per room
    Located across from Dubvronik’s ferry terminal – super-handy if you fancy day-tripping to local islands Korčula or verdant Mljet – Hotel Kazbek is set in a historic stone-fronted building, atmospherically clad in ivy. The interiors are classically comfortable, with wooden headboards, rich fabrics and patterned wallpapers – just the remedy if you’re bored with the modern minimalist hotel style. A sizeable outdoor pool gives you plenty of space to cool off from the heat of the steamy Adriatic summer.
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    Hotel Kompas

    Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel, Hotel
    4.7/5 (768 Reviews)
    Hotel Kompas
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    From $129 Per night per room
    Fancy a pampering session? This four-star hotel is all about the spa. Multiple pools, a Finnish sauna and steam rooms are just the start; a healthy smoothie bar on a huge sunny terrace and premium Thalgo treatments mean that you can spend a whole day enjoying your relaxation here. What’s more, the hotel is right on the pebbly Uvala Lapad beach, which draws in visitors with its loungers, clear swimmable waters and nearby restaurants and beach bars.
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    Dubrovnik Palace

    4.6/5 (978 Reviews)
    Hotel Dubrovnik Palace
    Hotel Dubrovnik Palace | Courtesy of Adriatic Luxury Hotels
    From $154 Per night per room
    Adriatic views don’t get sweeter than those from Dubrovnik Palace. Perched on a secluded stretch of the Lapad peninsula to the west of the city centre, the wrap-around vistas of blue define every moment of your stay, whether you’re waking up in your modern room, sunning on your private terrace or splashing in the two outdoor pools. Get bored of staring out to sea? The hotel also offers diving, tennis and woodland walks.
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    Hotel Neptun

    4.5/5 (666 Reviews)
    Hotel Neptun
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    From $106 Per night per room
    With its Blue Flag beach status and multi-bedroom suites, this hotel on Dubrovnik’s western peninsula is an easy choice for families who want a base with lots of activities. Once you’ve spent the requisite first day taking in the views, go ahead and get stuck in with horse riding, boat rides and tours of local vineyards. You can even book a Game of Thrones cruise, setting sail in one of the boats used for filming.
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    This is an updated rewrite of an article originally by Justin McDonnell.

    These recommendations were updated on July 15, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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