June 23, 2003
The D B&B has only a few rooms, so it pays to reserve a slot in advance. Climb up one long flight of stairs to the main floor with four comfy guest rooms (I have been informed that as of May 2004 all the guest rooms have been outfitted with bathrooms and air conditioning, although we had to use shared bathrooms in 2003). Our well-maintained room was spotless, with a wood floor, closet, windows with shutters, and a large bed (which my buddy and I promptly separated into two mattresses so we each could have our own). The balcony is just outside our room door, so it was sort of like our personal balcony (we even saw a fireworks display from here one evening, a special treat for us). You can pick up a free postcard with an overview of the city and the D B&B prominently circled on it. If you want a romantic splurge, the penthouse has a bedroom and sofa, refrigerator, television, cool air-conditioning, lots of room, and great views of Dubrovnik! This luxurious retreat is "only" about twice as much as one of the simple rooms.
Our proprietor offered to take us on a free circle tour of old Dubrovnik. He showed us many of the historic sites as well as some of his favorite restaurants and locales. He was also good to point out important items like ATM's (usually called bancomats in Croatia), post offices, and the like. He will spell out his house rules, which are good to know ahead of time (no guests, lock all doors, getting hot water in the shower, etc.).
The "Bed" of the D B&B was good, but we did not get to try the "Breakfast", which is an additional 5 euros a head. The proprietor said the breakfast was formerly included in the stay, but according to his calculations only 8 percent of guests consumed the early meal. Thus, he made breakfast a paid option for guests. This was ok with us, as there is a grocery store across the street and a good bakery about two blocks east. A credit card may be used to reserve the room, but cash is the form of payment here.
We were promised a free pickup upon arrival at the Dubrovnik bus station. This apparently fell by the wayside due to massive road construction preceding the Pope's visit to Dubrovnik in June 2003, so we wound up paying for a taxi. This was the only blemish during our stay here.
From journal Bill in Croatia - DUBROVNIK