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Paris, Île-de-France, France
April 25, 2012
by Owen Lipsett
New York, New York
May 19, 2005
Location: The guesthouse is located in a quiet but centrally located residential neighborhood that is an atmospheric 5-10 minute downhill walk to the Old Town and directly across the street from a stop for Bus #10, which runs to Cavtat. There is also a small grocery store nearby. It is 15-20 minutes by foot from the base of Mount Srđ and 20-30 minutes from the bus station and ferry port. Unless you’re particularly keen to stay in the Old Town (which I would personally advise against) this is the best possible location in Dubrovnik.
Rooms: I stayed in a single room (with two beds, Mrs. Biličić charges per person) with its own bathroom. While the comfortable beds took up much of the room, the writing desk/table near the doorway did not feel cramped. Towels were provided but soap was not, although I suspect that if you asked Mrs. Biličić would provide it. The heating was adequate except on the night of Dubrovnik’s first snowfall in two decades. Quite unusually, there was a small electric kettle (with coffee) and a mini-refrigerator – she told me that in summer many guests grill food in the garden. The reproductions of famous paintings along the walls, soothing blue bedside lamps, and extensive closet space made the room feel particularly cosy.
Service: Even among Croatians, who are justly famed for their kindness and hospitality, Mrs. Biličić stands out for her warmth and generosity of time and spirit. She was genuinely concerned that I was enjoying my time in Dubrovnik and interested in what I chose to do there. She asked me daily if everything was all right, allowed me to stay in the room until my 3pm bus to Korčula (which she confirmed since I had been issued an incorrect ticket), and raised the heat in my room the final night, after the snowfall.
As you might expect, Guesthouse Biličić is extremely popular, so you should reserve as far ahead as possible. Note that like most Croatians who rent out private rooms, she may request a security deposit to hold reservations for the summer months (June-August).
Please see http://www.dubrovnik-online.com/apartments_bilicic/accommodations/accommodations.html for further information and rates. Note that the website has not been updated recently and room rates have risen slightly although they remain quite reasonable.
From journal Dubrovnik: Europe's Most Beautiful City
Clifton, New Jersey
September 29, 2003
The Bilicic house is quite old and is located on one of the many winding stone paths that lead up from the Pile Gate. Entering by a iron gate, you come across a lovely garden and then--on the left--the entryway to the home. Please note that there are no facilities for handicapped guests and those who aren't up to a brisk climb might find other housing preferrable. The friendly family speaks English and was helpful in getting my bearings set. I was provided with a key to my room and the front. I had no problems coming and going early or late and was not in any way inconvienenced by the presence of other guests.
The house itself is a joy! It has a lovely terrace which overlooks the Roman port and the old city. Since that I was lucky enough to hit a warm spell in February, it was very nice to sit on the terrace and enjoy a beer as the sun set. The room I stayed in had a nice garden window and was well appointed and large. There was a small TV which seemed to only get Croatian TV, no cable. The bathroom was located just down the hall and was very modern. Hot water was readily available and towels were provided. Breakfast could be arranged, but I chose to make use of the wonderful cafe by the Pile Gate. It was a quick downhill walk every morning.
I recommend the Bilicic rooms or other private accommodations for those who are looking for a budget place to hang their head. When negotiating for a room be aware that many of the cheaper apartments are located in the suburb of Lapad. While this is very convienent to the Port, it is a long walk or moderate bus ride to the Old City. Unless you are looking for rock bottom prices, you'll do better to stay closer to town. Otherwise, I can freely recommend this method of lodging. You will be well situated to enjoy the town and get a taste of how Croatians live. Plus, you may even get to make a friendship with your host family!
From journal In Love with the Adriatic: Dubrovnik