We were there in May 2013. The owners live on site and are absolutely wonderful. We like this place and will probably return. We paid 70 euro/night. The owners arranged for us to be picked up at the airport and dropped off across the street from the "Pinky Bar" on the road above. This cost us 20 euro but I recommend it for your first trip in vs. the bus as it would be easy not to find the place. Ratsko met us across from the Pinky Bar and helped me carry our luggage down the 30 or so steps to the path their facility is on. Turns out "Pinky Bar" is a key landmark if your going anywhere by taxi or bus. Once your there the walk down to this hotel is easy. Much easier than the walk up from old town. Trust me on that one. The hotel has a wonderful garden, great outdoor covered patio to eat breakfast on, read a book or have a glass of wine. It looks out over the Adriatic and part of old town. We paid for breakfasts and they were fine. Juice, coffee, rolls, cereal, fresh fruit. It's 150-200 steps down to the old town which we found to be no problem but you need to be reasonably fit to be sure. The first day I walked the old town walls.. twice ..(lots of steps) .. and did the steps to the hotel 4 round trips. That night I conked out face down on the bed and dreamt I was a mountain goat.
We stayed all four nights in unit 5. This is the "attic unit" and has a unique design that's hard to describe. It has sloped "ceiling walls" that are 3-3 1/2 ft ft or so tall at the outer edge of the room. Two windows have full height ceiling so you can sit on a bar stool and have a terrific view of the old town and Adriatic. Everything was very clean and everything worked well. Prior reviews complained of a lack of hot water. We had plenty. The wifi in the room worked great all 4 days. Other reviewers have complained about this units air conditioning. It worked fine but we didn't experience a heat wave so the system wasn't really put to the test. The negatives to be aware are mostly associated with the sloped ceiling. At 6ft I'm a fairly tall. I never hit my head on the ceiling joists but did brush them a couple of times and reflexively walked around with my head down a bit. I'd say if you're 6ft or less this room is probably fine. If you're over 6 ft ... this may not be the best unit for you. Happily they do have units on the other floors which could would work fine. The other thing is the shower. It's in a bathtub ... which is fine per say but to use it you stand in the tub and there's a 3 panel folding enclosure that you fold out around you. Its further complicated by the sloping ceiling. It works... but seriously if you're over 6 ft I'd recommend getting one of the lower floor units (units 1-4)
Sea Kayaking, wine region biking and a local laundry mat
While we were here we sea kayaked and did a biking tour of the wine region. You'll have several options for this. I only have first hand observations on two. for what's it worth both were great. Ratsko can steer you to Dom at Adriatic Kayaks. They are partway down the "steep steps" on the left hand side from the hotel to old town. They arranged a wonderful sea kayaking trek. They took us by van 10 miles or so outside of old town to an area that was spectacularly beautiful and there were no other tourists around. Other than a friendly fishing boat we joked around with for a few minutes we had the Adriatic to ourselves. We did a biking tour of the Konavle wine region arranged on line - Denis firstname.lastname@example.org Our guide was a young lady named Antonela who was wonderful at not just riding with my wife and I but filling us in on the history, the 91-95 war, wine and olive growing in Croatia as we biked down back roads plus she took us to some amazing locations like an water fall driven mill still working that was constructed a couple of hundred years ago, a historic monastery etc. etc. final thing- there's a great coin operated laundry mat outside the Polce gate of old town Dubrovnik. There's a bill-coin dispenser on site and detergent is free. It's a mile or so walk from the hotel. People leave paste up notes on the wall about their experiences. An Auzzy wrote he was so appreciative of the laundry mat because his undies had gotten so bad he'd been "free balling" for the prior two weeks. Not sure what that means but think I'll stick with the travel mate I've got.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Busovina is 200 years old house, monument of culture, located in quiet area, in walking distance to old city (5 minutes). Comes with 5 double bedrooms. The size of the rooms are: standard room 25 square meters (including bathrooms); superior rooms 32 sq.m. and attic room 44 sq.m. On the villas north side is a big garden with porch, lawn and lot of Mediterranean trees and plants. Villa Busovina is classified as 4 stars category lodging. ... more less