Being an academic and a researcher I spent a lot of time investigating hotels to stay in while in Cavtat for a business conference. I had even considered going to Dubrovnik for several days after the conference was over. I made the absolute best choice both for the hotel and my decision to stay put in Cavtat and travel to other places. Villa Pattiera was just wonderful; just as pictured. In a renovated villa, everything was new and clean yet very eclectic and warm and not too modern. Very tasteful and the location was just the best in town. The charming little town is well-located and the hotel is at the end of the promenade. The restaurant is the best, I went back for three dinners even though I usually vow to try as many places as I can when I travel, being a "foodie." Breakfasts are included and the best I have had in my travels anywhere. The staff is incredibly attentive, concerned if I did not want a full breakfast to eggs and side meats as well as the wonderful fresh fruit (figs, pears as well as apples, grapes, bananas and the usual fare), cereals, multiple juices, coffee several ways (and the coffee "white" will stay in my memory as I am a coffee hound and pretty picky) variety of breads and croissants and brought me cheese and cold meats trays to get me started on those days I was not sure I needed a full breakfast. The entire staff made me feel like a queen; they are friendly, gracious and always ready to answer any questions about the town, activities, etc. Marie, the chambermaid, always asked about my day and all the staff asked if I was having an enjoyable visit. When I planned a day trip through an excursion company and it was raining that morning not only did they find me an umbrella without my having to ask, they stopped the husband of a staffperson as she came to work and he drove me in his car to the bus station only a block away so I would not get wet. Ok, they are like the dream family you may or may not ever have had. I needed a 4:30 drive to the airport thinking I needed to be there 2 hours before my flight (the airport does not even open until 5), and yet graciously found an employee to come in early to drive me and took me there early as I had asked. Not only that he made me coffee and packed me a breakfast snack to take with me. No way I would suggest staying anywhere else.
Dubrovnik is a brief bus or boat ride away and the people are very personable in the stores and other restaurants. Everyone wants you to have a good visit and genuinely sseems to care that you are having a good trip and might want to come back. Dubrovnik is beautiful but does not have the easy rhythm of this small seaside village. There is a small farmer's market 2 doors down, a great bakery next door, great gelato place and a tiny market across the street as well as a pharmacy and several travel agencies for excursions a block away. Definitely take a day boat trip to the islands or if you have time a trip to Mostar. Try the oysters in Ston, visit the wine country, stand in Marco Polo's tower, have a lunch on a boat with the ctch of the day on your way to tiny island villages. All are a day trip away and come back to the comfort of a charming botique hotel with a great staff. There are really no bad rooms, most all have a balcony or terrace. I stayed in room 8 for several days and then room 11 (top floor room). I had a balconyin the first room where I could sit out and watch people come and go; I loved the quiet murmur of people coming and going o the street below, and if you are a light sleeper it gets quiet round 10 in that area of town and the insulation is great, so just close the balcony door and light sleepers can snooze the night away. The spacious terrace for room 11 gave me a great view of both bays and the homes on the hillside. The decor is stylish and elegant given the full renovation. And the restaurant -- they really don't get the credit online that they should. OK only one other place in town had food as good in my book. Not that the food was bad in other placed that have gotten raves on this site; they just did not compare to the hotel's restaurant. There is just one other restaurant in town that can rival it, near the old mission (where there are wonderful concerts under the stars 3 times a week -- you must go. You can also take a cooking class there, muy initial plan but then I just decided to be lazy and enjoy y eating and not expend the energy for cooking. At the hotel restaurant try the lamb, octopus salad and the squid grilled. Were I there for 2 weeks I could have easily eaten my way through the entire menu, typically against my "try as many wonderful places to eat when you go somewhere new" philosophy. No place in Dubrovnik was better and I probably went to the two best places there on the two days I spent in Dubrovnik. (Be sure you bring good walking shoes and do plan to walk the wall in Dubrovnik (you can survive even if you have vertigo, trust me even if you almost crawl in a few places you can get it done), visit the small artists' and jewelry shops (including the green room)). A trip to remember.
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