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“Amazing Lavanda Apartment” 5 of 5 stars
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Apartments Dubrovnik - Center
3.0 of 5 Condominium   |   Vicka Lovrina 2 | Zvijezdiceva 15, Dubrovnik 20000, Croatia   |  
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Ranked #10 of 400 Specialty Lodging in Dubrovnik
London, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
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“Amazing Lavanda Apartment”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

We stayed for three nights in the lovely Lavanda apartment in the Ploce district of Dubrovnik. We were really happy with our decision to stay in this area, only a 10 minute walk to the Ploce gate, all downhill, and an easy walk up a slope on the way back. No stairs!

The apartment has a large terrace overlooking Banje beach, we had some amazing views of the sunset.

Stijepo and his family were so welcoming, a cold drink on arrival was much appreciated, and we loved that he took the time to sit with us and go over the best places to eat, and where to visit. He even let us leave our bags at his house for the day when we were flying out a week later, after not having actually stayed at the apartment for several days in between.

The best time to explore Dubrovnik is early in the morning, or in the evening when the cruise ships leave. We woke up early and were able to walk the city walls before the first boat brought the people in from the ships.

We spent our days either at Lokrum or Mljet. Lokrum is an easy 15 minute boat ride away, but it feels like much further. It's so peaceful and quiet, a nice respite from the crowds in the city. Mljet is also worth a day trip if you have the time.

We loved our stay in Dubrovnik, and can definitely recommend this apartment. We'd love to return.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leuven, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

We stayed 10 days in Dubrovnik - Apartments Dubrovnik - Center. Great accommodation, very friendly people, great service, the nicest view ever!!! If you want a terrace with a "View", this is the place. No minus! Our general findings about Dubrovnik and the people who live and work there - very friendly, always at your service. Great food, wonderful nature - islands, sea...
In fact, you name it, it was just fantastic!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

Staying in Dubrovnik is really the only way to see the town properly. Once the day trippers have left you get a better opportunity to walk the quiet streets. The apartment is right in the heart of the city walls and close to the famous 'Buza Bar'.
The host, Stijepo, was fantastic and took time to run us through a list of things to do, restaurants to eat and other helpful tips to get the most out of our stay.
There are a lot of stairs to get to the apartment but this is typical of the town in order to get to a quiet spot.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend this apartment.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

Excellent experience in a lovely apartment (Lavanda, in Ploce district) with fabulous terrace overlooking the Old City and just above the famous Hotel Excelsior. Very friendly and helpful owners, who respond quickly to e-mails and even meet you at the bus stop to guide you to the apartment. The Lavanda apartment is close to grocery stores, bakeries,etc. -- all without the crowds and heat one encounters in the old city when the cruise ships are in port.
City walls tour is a must but go early to avoid cruise ship crowds. There is an entrance near the Ploce Gate; so you don't have to use the main entrance at the other end of town (Pile Gate). Use same ticket for entrance to the St. Lawrence Bastion outside the city on north side, which is a gem. Also, gondola ride to top of mountain overlooking Dubrovnik highly recommended. Great views and especially good at sunset.
Stijepo ("Steve") does a great job of bringing guests up to date on sites to see, places to go for dining, food shopping and, of course, best gelato. Super!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

owners were incredibly helpful - which is just so important and they really went out of the way to help when needed. good value given high prices in old town, though apartment we stayed did suffer slightly from damp so needs constant airing.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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, Owner at Apartments Dubrovnik - Center, responded to this review, July 1, 2012
Dear guests
We are happy that you spent nice time here in Dubrovnik and that you were satisfied with location, price, service...We strive to provide quality service to our guests with all the information that customers need, what to see and what to do in Dubrovnik.

The apartment has a washing machine. It happens that we have guests who travel 1-2 months and use it. Since we do not have a dryer in the apartment guests can dry clothes outside the apartment but some guests dry laundry in apartmenet, especially when is the high humidity in the air. Sometimes it's good to have fresh air in the apartment after a long use of air conditioning.

Ivana and Stijepo
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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

In June 2012 I stayed in both the Apartment Dubrovnik-Center and the Lavanda apartment (the first one was only available for 4 nights, then I moved. The owners Stijepo and Ivana were so quick to answer emails and could not have been more helpful. Then Stijepo lugged all my stuff (and I have a LOT) from the city gate to the first apartment and again to the Lavanda. In the heat... poor guy. The Dubrovnik-Center apartment has the benefit of being in the old town, and it is VERY close to the Buza Bars #1 & #2. It is a tiny but comfy place on a really sweet street full of local residents. I found it very quiet at night but it is a bit of an uphill trek with a lot of stairs - which means it is also out of sight for many of the gazillion tourists on the flat part of Dubrovnik.

Stijepo had told me the Lavanda apartment was nicer and he is absolutely right. For one thing his mom (or Ivana's?) is there onsite and maybe she keeps the silverware more organized. There is more comfort (the bed at Lavanda is against the wall so you can read in it - at the other one, it is not so you can't) and a terrace with wonderful views of Dubrovnik's Old Town. I can't imagine why anyone would want to rent an expensive hotel room at the Excelsior which is a few steps away when you can rent a little apartment from these folks. Thanks Stijepo and Ivana for a wonderful stay!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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, Owner at Apartments Dubrovnik - Center, responded to this review, July 1, 2012
Dear S.

Thanks for your review. We are happy that Dubrovnik was one of your station in your five-month journey. You were in two of ours three apartment here in Dubrovnik and it a great to see that you had wonderful stay.

We hope that we will see next time.

P.S. Don`t worry for Stijepo. He carries luggage always. He is strong guy!
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2012

We stayed in the apartment lavanda right outside the city walls across the street from the hotel excelsior. The location is great, 5 min walk to the Ploce gate, 1 min walk to beautiful Banje beach. There is a supermarket and two bakeries nearby. The apartment was clean and had a small kitchenette with a microwave, TV, a/c, and free wi-fi. The best part is the huge terrace with a beautiful view of lokrum and the old city. On arrival Stijepo offered us a welcome drink and took the time to sit with us and show us a map of the city, what we should see, places to eat and drink, day trips from the city, etc. We will definitely stay here again the next time we are in Dubrovnik.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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, Owner at Apartments Dubrovnik - Center, responded to this review, July 1, 2012
Thanks

We will happy to see you again.

Ivana and Stijepo
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Address: Vicka Lovrina 2 | Zvijezdiceva 15, Dubrovnik 20000, Croatia
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Location: Croatia > Dalmatia > Dubrovnik-Neretva County > Dubrovnik
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 400 Specialty Lodging in Dubrovnik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Apartments Dubrovnik - Center 3*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Apartments Dubrovnik-center are located on the two locations in Dubrovnik`s center. Two apartments, Lavanda and Old port are situated in the most beautiful part of the city – Ploče.It is opposite the Excelsior hotel, only a few meters to the sea.The apartments have a breathtaking view of the old town, the sea and the island of the Lokrum. Apartment Dubrovnik-center is situated in the old town surrounded by city walls, in the Zvijezdićeva street, just two minutes away from the Stradun – the centre of all events. The apartment is a part of the old stone house that has been Šutalo family property since the 16th century. ... more   less 
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