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Dubrovnik Guesthouse Recommendation

Finding the “right” accommodation in Dubrovnik can be tricky. Cars are not allowed inside the old city, so if you happen to book a room within the walls you will be rolling/carrying your bags a distance and, very likely, up steep and narrow stairways. The majority of accommodations outside the old city are spread throughout different neighborhoods with their own names, which might give the impression that they are not in the Dubrovnik area, but that is not the case. We found S&L Guesthouse, in a residential neighborhood just above port Gruz, to be conveniently located, within close proximity to the ferry and bus terminals, and a quick bus ride or 25 minute walk to the heart of Dubrovnik’s old town. Ante, proprietor of S&L Guesthouse, is a kind and gracious host who immediately makes you feel welcome with his bright and genuine smile. He has a gift for hospitality that is evident through his actions and throughout the accommodation. After helping us with our bags and picking grapes directly from the garden vines for us to enjoy, he invited us to the lovely garden patio, where he spent nearly an hour providing a very thorough orientation of the area, offering insider’s information on transportation, restaurants, area attractions/activities, cost-saving measures, etc. He then sent us on our way with a fresh carton of juice for the morning. The next day, he so kindly drove us to the top of the highest peak overlooking Dubrovnik and provided a historical perspective, covering ancient times, through the 1990’s war, and up to present day geopolitics. From there, he drove us to one of the city gates and pointed out the appropriate bus stop should we decide to return via bus. From what I understand, he does this with many of his guests, time and schedules allowing. S&L Guesthouse offers a variety of accommodations, priced at what we feel is a great value. We opted for the double room with ensuite bathroom and terrace with a spectacular view of Gruz harbor, the Lapad peninsula and the sea beyond. The room and bathroom were spacious enough for two, very clean and comfortable. Guests who rent individual rooms rather than the apartment (as we did) share a living room with TV and computer, a very well-equipped kitchen, and a dining area. We appreciated being able to make our own breakfast in the morning then enjoyed one of the local dining options in the evenings. We visited at the very end of season and were the only guests, so it was if we had an entire apartment to ourselves. Additional pluses for us were free WIFI and parking.

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