Practical information : Accomodation Dubrovnik
Budget & Tips
Even if the cost of living remains lower than in France, the resounding success of Dubrovnik as a destination and the prospect of the changeover to the euro are changing the situation and clearly tend to inflate the cost of living. Prices go up in July and August. No negotiation is really possible with the owner inside the city (if you are offered accommodation at the arrival of the bus or ferry, it is possible)
For a small budget in Dubrovnik, count per person and per night 200 kn for accommodation.
For a medium budget, count 400 kn for accommodation. This is the minimum price in the old town during the season
For a high budget, you should expect to pay 1,000 kn (and more) for accommodation.
Campsites and youth hostels. There is only one campsite in Dubrovnik itself (in Lapad). There are other campsites in the neighboring towns of the southern riviera, such as Molunat, but also in the west, on the other side of the new town, in the towns of Orašac, Trsteno, Zaton or Slano. Youth hostels are rare.
Homestays offer the best value for money. In the Old Town alone there are tens of thousands of beds in rooms ( soba) and apartments(apartman).
It is highly recommended to book in advance (and to check the seriousness of the address). If you have not made a reservation, try your luck early in the morning, as there are many tourists wishing to stay in the medieval city, especially during the high season. Every accommodation provider must register your presence in Croatia. If you are not asked for your passport, it means that you are staying in "black" accommodation. This practice remains very rare, in this case, it is up to you to register at the police station within 48 hours. The Dubrovnik Tourist Office website has also set up a "quality-guarantee pact" system: the accommodation listed online has been carefully checked. Do not hesitate to contact travel agencies that have their own catalog. Private accommodations have an average level of comfort but are practical (furnished rooms, small equipped kitchen, bathroom), they are often air-conditioned (appreciated in summer) and have an Internet connection. Breakfast is the exception rather than the rule. The hosts may be able to arrange a parking space (often) and suggest excursions in the area. It is sometimes possible to pay in euros but rarely by card.
As everywhere in the region, a surcharge (around 20%) is almost always applied for stays of less than three days, including - in some cases - also at the host's house.
To be booked
July and August are the high season in Dubrovnik. During these months, especially from July 15 to August 15, the city is crowded with visitors: prices soar and available accommodations become scarcer. Book well in advance if you need to travel during this period.
What's very local
Here, as elsewhere in the Dubrovnik region, most hotels close out of season between November and April. Private accommodations are often the only ones that remain open out of season (by prior arrangement).
Hotels populate the coastline of the new town (Lapad, Gruž) as well as the coastline in the extension of Ploče, towards the riviera. There are many of them in Boninovo. Prices are rarely given with the tourist tax included (7 kn per person per night) and in hotels you often have to add the price of a personal insurance (about 8 kn). The higher category hotels usually have a swimming pool and/or a private beach.
Regardless of the type ofaccommodation you choose, it is strongly recommended that you book at least one month in advance - if not two - for July and August, and the same applies to June and September.
Don't be surprised if you are approached by individualsat the airport bus terminal, bus station or in the port of Gruž, offering you accommodation. This is a common practice. The accommodation in question is often located a bit far from the old town, especially in the higher parts of Gruž. It's up to you to see how much time you will spend in transportation. The game can be worth it nevertheless: you will save some money and will benefit (often) from a cordial contact with your host (often limited communication in languages other than Croatian), while being legally and very correctly accommodated.
Beware: wild camping is still forbidden in Croatia. You risk a fine of 3 000 kn!
Although it is still possible to smoke in bars and cafes in Croatia, smoking accommodations are still rare. To avoid surprises at check out, it is best to smoke outside your hotel room or apartment. Often, an ashtray on the table in the garden or on the balcony indicates the smoking area.