Came back mid Nov. We stayed right in the old town and used public transport and went on two day tours. One was Ancient Montenegro Tour booked online with viator.com which charged in AUD dollars which was great and also I enquired with the Dubrovnik local booking agents and the price was similar so therefore no transfer fees needed...The tour was great and you can look under my contributions and reviews for all of my Dubrovnik, Montenegro and Mostar excursions.
We also went on a day tour of Mostar in Bosnia and Herezgovina althought the day was rainy and threatening skies.We booked that at the Tourist info centre only two days before in the old town. Small company coach..(review)
Our accommodation was in an apartment on the second floor just one street across from the main street, Stradun and it was a 2 min walk from inside Pile Gate where we were dropped off by our transfer company (review also). It is a flat street and outside our apartment are a few outdoor eateries. We had an outdoor theatre directly opposite us but it was not working while we were there in October. The apartment is one bedroom, modern, good bathroom off the bedroom and a comfortable sofa bed in the lounge. The stairs however are winding steep, narrow timber type...no lift...Madrid is the first apartment up but we stayed in Barcelona Apt above. It was very convenient as the buses pull in outside the Pile Gate our closest entrance. There is a small grocery shop just up from the gate and a couple of Restaurants. Our tours pulled in a bit further up at the Imperial Hilton Hotel and the garage beside it. Not far to walk. Inside the walls are a couple of small grocery shops but limited items.
We got the bus down to Gruz area where there is a larger shopping centre and also we sat outside on a covered verandah in front for lunch overlooking the top end of the harbour. We also got a bus to Cavtat a lovely fishing village 30 mins south of Dubrovnik for a half day out.
The website for the apartments is
If booking remember to ask the person who meets you there how everything works as there is a switch beside the light in the bedroom that switches off the hot water!
Also here is my trip list...scroll down to Dubrovnik where we stayed for a week.
I loved this area and we had wonderful weather. Be aware that cruise tourists flood the old town during the day only and so we were out and about most days while they were there.
There are also boat trips to islands off shore and can book down at the small harbour. Check this on arrival.
Edited: 3:04 pm, November 23, 2012