Hello fellow Brisbanite....
We two ladies (not girls) just came back from a 32 day holiday around Europe with a week in Dubrovnik...
(1) We stayed in the old town just inside the gate where that shuttle bus drops you off...it does not pick you up there and you would have to walk a ways with your luggage to wait for the return bus outside the area where the cable car is. We got a private transfer $30 AUD each way and paid the driver.
He met us outside Pile Gate just up the road to go back as we were staying in an apartment not a hotel.
(2) We bought a Travel Sim card from a phone shop in Brisbane and topped up the sim. Make sure your phone is compatible by calling the Travel Sim no. (Online details) and they will check if it is compatible and actually will set you up. We could just top up by the phone as we travelled. It worked everywhere we went. Check that out online and if you are not a chatter and just quickly checking in at home, want to ring in advance to confirm bookings or just like the security of having aphone in case of emergencies etc it is not costly.
(3) We stayed in Barcelona Apartment booked with Dubrovnik Apartments Online. Haven't been able to do a review as TA has not got back to me yet. However, I kept in touch with the owner by emails and we also arrived later in the evening and someone was in the apartment ot meet us. You need to get a run down on how everything works even the TV, washing machine and there is also a switch in the bedroom that turns off the hot water..
This was just a one bedroom apartment with a very comfortable sofa bed in the lounge room. Modern inside but up a very winding and narrow timber staircase...perhaps opt for the apartment on the below floor(Madrid) if interested and would not prefer to hike up and down the staircase.
It was only two streets parallel to the mains street Stradun and was flat to walk. Better than all the high stepping streets around some of the old town. It is in a 250 yr old building and has outdoor eateries down below on the narrow street. Loved this area and the old town.
I also have some reviews of a couple of restaurants there under my latest reviews
I have done a trip list of our 32 day holiday but if you scroll down to Dubrovnik it will show you what we did and where we went for the week. Two day tours, a half a day out to Cavtat by bus and back by ferry with a review of a waterfront restaurant there also.
A lovely part of the world