Why so chic?
Why travel experts chose this hotel
Beautifully restored property
Old Town location
Family-run with personal service
Only when you book with Chic
Room upgrade (subject to availability)
Early check-in / late check-out (subject to availability)
Within Dubrovnik’s city walls sits 16th-century St Joseph’s, a townhouse lovingly and carefully refurbished over a 2-year period. The result? A charming 6-room hotel that's full of character. Nestled on a cobbled side road in the centre of the pedestrian-only Old Town, and just moments from the main street of Stradun, the elegant property is family-run and easily reachable from both Pile and Ploče gate, where you'll be greeted by a member of staff to assist with luggage. Inside, fresh flower arrangements and cake stations can be found as you wind your way up the staircase to your bedroom.
In 2019 the boutique accommodation featured on channel 4's Travel Man; Richard Ayoade and guest Stephen Merchant enjoyed a stay in King suites.
The organic breakfast – served in-room – includes pastries, seasonal fruit, Copanjek (spinach pie), and a nutritious green smoothie.
The boutique hotel doesn't have a restaurant, but it’s right on the doorstep of countless eateries. And there's certainly no shortage of high-end choices– in excess of 10 Michelin-starred establishments dot the city. There's Nautika with its panoramic terraces and emphasis on locally-sourced ingredients, Bistro Tavulin with inventive fare, and overlooking the harbour is 360 serving modern Mediterranean plates – to name just a few.
But dining can be more wallet-friendly too: dinky spot Barba offers seafood with a modern twist, where you can take out or eat at one of the high-top tables, while Lucin Kantun delivers small plates from an open kitchen ranging from stuffed squid to black risotto.
And for those who don’t mind exiting the walled centre, there are a host of affordable options not too far away including Bistro Izvor with Adriatic-Asian fusion fare, Konoba Kasar set in an old boathouse, and traditional Konoba Blidinje – all boast scenic settings on the water.
Suite features include original stone walls, exposed beams, wooden floors, plush decor, striking chandeliers, marble en-suites with rain showers, and kitchenettes. Or opt for the Apartment and enjoy a space sleeping up to 4, with a lounge and kitchen.
Dubrovnik looks out to the Adriatic; its well-preserved medieval Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander the limestone-paved streets taking in the harbour, landmark bell tower, and Luža Square, before riding the cable car up Mount Srd for birds-eye views of the city and coastline.
Game of Thrones fans will be in their element: the Croatian city has been a filming location since season two, and walking excursions have become popular.
Banje beach is a brief jaunt from Ploče Gate, where you’ll find loungers and jet skis for hire, suiting both sunseekers and outdoor pursuit lovers. Or for a stretch frequented more by locals, head eastwards along the coast to Sveti Jakov – a 30-minute walk and under 10 by car. Note: the shores at the latter are a mix of sand and shingle.
Foodies should consider taking a tour, where an experienced guide leads the way to a selection of eateries – tourist traps are skipped in favour of authentic Dalmatian gems. And for a drink or two, Buža Bar is a must-visit – perched on a cliff looking out to the sea, it’s a scenic spot to watch the sun go down.
Fancy a day trip? Unspoilt, pine-clad Lokrum island is a short 600-metre boat journey away: swim in the lagoon, aka “The Dead Sea”, admire the strutting peacocks, or check out the Benedictine Monastery. And if you’re keen to visit another country, the border with Montenegro is less than an hour’s drive, beyond which Kotor and Budva are worthy stops. But don’t forget your passport.
The family team at the hotel has tons of recommendations – they'll gladly advise and help book outings.
How to get there
St Joseph’s is 21 kilometres from Dubrovnik airport, equating to approximately a half an hour drive.
Parking is not available.
Hotel is situated in the pedestrian Old Town with no cars allowed. Parking Garages are available very close to the walls of the Old Town and we can explain where to find them.