The Best Boutique Hotels to Book 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 Dubrovnik / Expedia
Culture Trip Travel Team

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

It may be one of the most popular tourist hubs on the Adriatic, 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 the best in Dubrovnik.

1. Stari Grad Boutique Hotel

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A charming one-bed guest room in shades of mauve at Stari Grad Boutique Hotel, with a tufted headboard and framed art
Courtesy of Stari Grad Boutique Hotel / Booking.com

Once a 16th-century noble’s house, this atmospheric boutique hotel in Dubrovnik gets its name from the Croatian term for old town – so you know it’s going to be primely placed in the 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? Above 5, the rooftop restaurant serving Mediterranean food and sweeping views over the orange rooftops.

2. Fresh Sheets Kathedral

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A contemporary room in shades of gray at Fresh Sheets Kathedral, with one bed, two armchairs and a potted tree
Courtesy of Fresh Sheets Kathedral / Booking.com

History buffs won’t do much better than this boutique hotel in Dubrovnik – it’s set within a Unesco World Heritage building overlooking the spectacular central cathedral. The hotel even rents the space directly from the Vatican. Unobstructed views of the main city 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.

3. One Suite Hotel

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The rooftop pool deck at One Suite Hotel, with blue cushy sun loungers and leafy views
Courtesy of One Suite Hotel / Expedia

Dubrovnik’s not only about the 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 a rooftop pool and sun deck, you can spend all day chilling outdoors – then spend the evening kicking back in your stylish bedroom.

4. Villa Dubrovnik

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Villa Dubrovnik on a rocky cliff overlooking the sea
Courtesy of Villa Dubrovnik / Hotels.com

If only the very best will do, book into Villa Dubrovnik. The most glamorous stay in the city has the lot, including a coastal location with views over the sparkling sea; a swimming pool and sun-drenched loungers; and 56 designer bedrooms. It’s outside the old town, so you can avoid the crowds. However, it’s 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.

5. Hotel Kazbek

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The outdoor pool with loungers, parasols and lots of greenery at the stone-clad Hotel Kazbek, in the background
Courtesy of Hotel Kazbek / Expedia

Across from the ferry terminal in Dubrovnik – super-handy if you fancy taking a day trip 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.

6. Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik

Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel, Hotel

A cream-coloured, sea-view cushy sitting area at Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik, with round tables and floor-to-ceiling windows
Courtesy of Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik / Expedia

Fancy a pampering session? This four-star boutique hotel in Dubrovnik 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 loungers, clear swimmable waters and nearby restaurants and beach bars.

7. Hotel Dubrovnik Palace

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The outdoor pool at Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, with loungers, white parasols, rock accents and sea views
Courtesy of Hotel Dubrovnik Palace / Expedia

Adriatic views don’t get sweeter than those from Hotel Dubrovnik Palace. 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.

8. Hotel Neptun

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Spacious double room with light wood furniture and impressive sea views at Hotel Neptun
Courtesy of Hotel Neptun / Expedia
With its Blue Flag beach status and multi-bedroom suites, this hotel on the western peninsula in Dubrovnik 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.

This is an updated rewrite of an article originally by Justin McDonnell.

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