Ah, Dubrovnik, Croatia's fantasy medieval hub by the glistening Adriatic Sea that attracts history buffs, European culture-craving travelers, and those in need of an enriching cocktail of relaxation, fun, food, and thrills. As the setting for "King's Landing" in the hard-to-beat TV epic, Game of Thrones, it's no wonder this historic coastal city has seen droves of tourists descend in recent years to sample some of its magic for themselves.
Naturally, with such an increase in tourism comes plenty more sensational hotels, B&B, holiday homes, and apartments to rent for one's vacation in Dubrovnik. Many of the most beautiful is set right in the heart of the city's ancient Old Town or within easy walking distance. Indeed, this means that choosing the best from the rest can be a challenging feat, especially when there is no lack of stunning accommodation choices to pick from.
However, out of all those scoured through, experienced, and reviewed, these three incredible Airbnb properties are some of Dubrovnik's most perfect - not just in terms of their beauty, facilities, amenities, and splendor, but also in their idyllic location within this majestic medieval metropolis on Croatia's dazzling Dalmatian Coast.
Comfortable Luxury & Within Touching Distance Of A Medieval Fortress: Villa Hedera
Villa Hedera is a real treat for those chasing luxury in Dubrovnik. It costs a pretty penny, but when spread out between the eight guests that it easily accommodates, the price tag isn't as intimidating.
Beautifully situated just minutes on foot from Dubrovnik Old Town, this lavish villa is one of the most perfect places to stay in the heart of the city. In fact, it's so close to Minceta Fortress along Dubrovnik’s city walls that guests of the villa can actually touch it from the garden area.
The Old Town - lovingly known as the Pearl of the Adriatic - is reached with ease via a set of stairs leading to Pile Gate. However, those who don't like stamina-inducing steps can take a slightly longer nine-minute walk along the main road that leads to Ploce Gate at the old city's western entrance.
Spreading across two bright white floors, this renovated, the air-conditioned three-bedroom villa boasts some of the most intimate, exclusive views of Dubrovnik's Old Town's medieval gems, with, as mentioned, one of the city's most famous strongholds - Minceta Fortress - being within touching distance.
A spacious entrance hall greets guests as they arrive at the property, and from there, an elegant open-space kitchen with a living and dining area serves to be the center of functions throughout their stay. It's from this kitchen and living room plan that an inviting door opens onto the front terrace, which is home to an outdoor dining table, BBQ, sun loungers, and best of all: a large swimming pool spa complete with an indulgent hydro-massage Jacuzzi and counter-current swim system. And the outdoor surroundings are just as sublime as the property's interiors; the whole villa and terrace are engulfed by lush gardens and verdant Mediterranean plants.
Heading upstairs, guests will find three crisp modern bedrooms each with its own private ensuite bathrooms and showers. Two bedrooms feature double beds facing south - a position that allows guests to wake up to stunning views over the balcony that showcases expansive vistas over Dubrovnik's most iconic tower of Minceta. The third bedroom welcomes even more guests, which boasts a double bed that can be split into two single beds as needed.
Lavish & Historic: Villa Donna Paola
Experience Dubrovnik’s history and beauty all-in-one at this ultra-special property set in a stunning part of town. If money is no objective, then a vacation in Dubrovnik doesn't get much more luxurious than Villa Donna Paola. This lavish, historic abode is located in the most prestigious area of Dubrovnik and perched just 200 meters above the Old City walls. At just a few minutes on foot from the town’s enchanting heart and world-famous Stradun, this place is perfectly positioned at the epicenter of the city and its historical attractions.
This old-meets-new dream house with its beauteous garden, private swimming pool, and large terraces is truly a paradise right in Dubrovnik's beating heart. Suited to the sophisticated traveler who enjoys life's finer luxuries, discerning guests of Villa Donna Paola will feel right at home in the sublime comfort of its luxe modern interiors that combine effortlessly with its old-world charm - a charm that is indeed propped up by real history.
Built in 1929 by the legendary Captain Carić and his Italian wife Donna Paola - after whom this opulent villa is named - the home is a testament to the dream of a picturesque retreat within Dubrovnik that the couple clearly envisioned for themselves. Relaxing and peaceful surrounded by breathtaking architecture that blends with modern facilities and trimmings, the villa boasts a delightfully refurbished interior that grants guests the most luxe lifestyle to be savored in the city.
The present owner of the villa is a renowned architect, who has renovated it to the highest modern standards whilst maintaining the most charming parts and pieces of its historic beginnings and olden backstory. Adorned by contemporary works and original antique furnishings that originally belonged to the villa, the interiors are not merely opulent places of comfort in which to unwind and rest; they are a museum of the villa's, or rather, Croatia's, culture and history. Works of famous modern and classic Croatian artists decorate walls all throughout the property, while centuries-old tapestries, original handwritten cooking recipes from Donna Paola herself, and fine details such as the art deco fireplace and lamps make this property more magical than any other in the city.
Villa Donna Paola boasts two majestic floors - the ground floor features a mirrored entrance hall that leads to a spacious, open-plan living room and fully-equipped kitchen-dining area. The villa’s original stone staircase invites guests up to the second floor where a modern and airy master ensuite bedroom awaits, complete with two south-facing windows that overlook the magnificent gardens, the swimming pool, and even better: the Old Town and the Adriatic Sea.
This floor also hosts two additional double bedrooms each with a beautiful blend of modern and antique art and furnishings along with a shared bathroom donned in rich marble. These extra bedrooms also offer exceptional views; guests can wake up to vistas of the inner courtyard along with the villa's gardens and Dubrovnik's medieval Old Town.
A roomy open-plan kitchen, dining, and living area invite for restful relaxation in between exploring the Old Town - which waits just minutes away. The indoor living spaces' three large French doors open directly onto the extensive outdoor terrace, where an enticing swimming pool beckons for a refreshing dip against a backdrop of the Old Town walls - especially during the heated height of summer.
Perfect for outdoor living and alfresco dining, the property has two such terraces, each shaded from the sun and one with a retractable awning. How can it get much better? Pristine traditional Dubrovnik gardens at every turn, surrounding wild fruit trees and shrubbery, and lazy sun loungers and mesmeric medieval town views from the third and final terrace, of course.
Modern & Affordable For Solo Guests & Couples: The Charm Of Dubrovnik Studio Apartment
The clue here is in the property's name - The Charm of Dubrovnik Studio Apartment - a title that befittingly states exactly what it offers. On the more affordable side, this modern studio apartment is idyllic for solo travelers and couples and offers all the mod cons anyone would ever need for a comfortable stay in Dubrovnik. Think one bedroom, one bathroom, air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, microwave, fridge and freezer, kettle, toaster, cookware, washing machine, iron, and hair-dryer - who would need anything else? Besides, in all likelihood, travelers are there to see the city, not stay in an apartment the whole time.
Decorated in clean white and cream colors for a neutral ambiance and cool, calming feel, this modern space may be small, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in just enough space and facilities for an enjoyable, cozy stay in between exploring Dubrovnik and its medieval Old City - the hustle and bustle from which the apartment is only ten minutes away on foot.
Undoubtedly, the very best feature of the apartment is this: the lovely dining table and outdoor sitting area - a surreal space with breathtaking ocean panoramas that overlooks the medieval city, affording an exclusive visual experience that's akin to watching an episode of Game of Thrones, but in real life. It's here where guests can soak up some of the city's most stunning scenes right from the comfort of their private balcony, all while sipping wine and tucking into dinner on an evening, or enjoying their morning coffee when they first wake up.