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Staying in a small family run accommodation in Croatia?

In the Rick steves Croatia episodes he refers to and visits these small places to stay, for exam an old building that has six rooms for rent. I am trying to find out how to locate and book such a place but cannot understand exactly what term he used. Thoughts? Many thanks

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Some of my in-laws live in Croatia including my husband's grandmother. The term you mean is "doba" which is a room or :"dobe" which is the plural. Usually the signs will say Dobe. There are hotels, of course, and these are the nicest places to stay but for private accommodations, you want either an apartment or a doba (room). Some places have both to choose from in the same house. You didn't mention which cities you plan to visit. Since Dubrovnik is so popular, I'll mention two from there.

(1) Bokun Guesthouse This one would be my personal preference. It is in a beautiful restored 400 year old house and they have a huge garden surrounding it. They can arrange to pick you up at the airport. Breakfast is on the terrace. It is a lovely place and Toni Bokun runs it well. It has a central location and you are no more than a 5 minute bus ride from everything. It is also air conditioned!
(2) Villa Klaic I would try this if you can't get in at Bokun. They have apartments here.

Another option is to find dobe/apartments here- There are 5 pages of them. Note- in Croatia accommodation is written "acomodation".

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I think you mean soba and sobe, not doba and dobe. has a large number of rooms and apartments in Croatia too.

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16893 posts

Rick's guidebooks provide the details you need to follow up on ideas inspired by the TV show. Sobe are typically the first listings under Sleeping in each Croatia chapter of his Croatia & Slovenia book. Some may use the term apartment, casa, or villa, and others are just listed by the owners' names.

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Thank you. We are looking for places to stay around Tregir and Split, and also dubrovnik. We are doinga bike tour in between.
We are also debating on how to split up our few extra days - between split area and dubrovnik. We are thinking 2 Split area and three a Dubrovnik. If you have any recommendations for those places they would be greatly appreciated

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We found sobes and apartments using, which we like because there is no deposit required and usually no cancellation fee. In Trogir we stayed in Carol Rooms which is in the old town. They offer parking if you have a car, although it is a 5 minute walk from the rooms as there is no driving in the old town. We enjoyed walking through the town in the evening. In Dubrovnik we rented an apartment from Apartments Lucic. Often apartments are the same cost as a room. You can check to see pictures and read reviews before making your selection.