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What part of Dubrovnik to stay in for the best views?

Spending 3 days in Dubrovnik at the end of October...  Is it better to stay in the Old Town or outside the city walls for the views, etc?

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Lyn from Manhattan Beach

This last May, I stayed for a week at The Valamar Argosy Hotel which is about a half hour bus ride from the Old Town.  Normally I prefer to stay in the middle of towns I visit, but in this case the Valamar was probably better.  It is a gorgeous resort and I had beautiful views from my balcony.  The views from the other parts of the hotel were even better.

The bus line to Old Town starts just a a very short walk from the hotel and ends at Old Town, so no chance of getting lost.  I spent three weeks in Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and the Valamar had by far the best breakfast buffet of any of the other hotels where I stayed.  Lovely grounds as well.  

There are also interesting day trips around the area if you are interested.

I think staying in Old Town would be a noisy, crowded experience.

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Tony from Seattle

Dubrovnik is amazing, but it is pretty overrun with tourists.  While it's still worth visiting the area, I'm not sure if I'd recommend staying in Old Town (versus, say, heading in for a few evenings to wander around).  Pro-tip-- bring water shoes!

In terms of whether you want to stay in town... Step #1: go to this site to see how many cruise ship passengers will be in town on the days you want to go.

If you decide to stay outside, you could consider:

Babin Kuk and Lapad Bay (west of Old Town) or Cavtat (30+ minutes southeast).

Inside the walls are definitely not great on the view front, but you can wander the tops of the walls for great views.

We have a pretty detailed post on our recent visit, which includes a map and some more details on worthwhile stuff- might be helpful?

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Simon from Leeds


We have stayed a few times around Dubrovnik. We chose a little village nearby called Mali Zaton. This was quiet and peaceful. The bus ride into Dubrovnik is only 10-15 mins. Or if there are a few of you 20 Euros in a taxi.

There are some stunning villages in the area to investigate.

We stayed here Lion Apartments

Very friendly people.

Give me a shout if you need any further info give me a shout.

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Highly recommend staying outside of the Ploce Gate for views AND easy access into old town.  We found an airbnb condo last August that was exactly a 17 minute leisurely paced walk from the PLOCE gate entrance into old town and had a great view. PLOCE lodgings do look towards the old town.  You just have to check each individual listing to make sure they are not blocked by another building and also to see if it would involve climbing a lot of steps as many do.

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Stay inside if you have limited time and don't want to bother getting back and forth. Just stay on the north side where there is less tourists and bars (so more quiet).

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Todd from Boston

I stayed at the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik Hotel just outside the walled city. It's a bit pricey, especially to stay on the top floor, but the views are breathtaking.

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Marius from Croatia

I would recommend you to stay outside the old town for amazing views and its not that crowded!

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Brian from Vancouver

I haven't got much to offer on Dubrovnik, other than please avoid Nicky Guesthouse.

He kinda ruined our experience for a number of reasons.

Hope you enjoy your time their, it is a beautiful place.

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