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B&B Villa Dubrovnik Garden
Ranked #148 of 490 Specialty Lodging in Dubrovnik
Perth, Australia
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“Good, however not really a B&B.”
Reviewed August 18, 2012

We were initially weary of this accommodation based on previous reviews here.

As part of our tour, we were automatically booked into this accommodation, however the main house was already occupied and we placed into the next door neighbours instead.

We had arrived at approximately 10:30 and told that our room wasn't ready by the little old lady who instead insisted we sit in the backyard and relax, while we waited for her to finish cleaning the last of our room. She was a real delight, despite not speaking much english.

We shared a common bathroom in this house as well as the foyer. Unfortunately the house did not have any wifi internet and the wifi at the main house was too weak to be picked up even at the footpath between. As other travellers were staying in the main house, I had to sit right next to the wifi to get any access and even then it was slow and unresponsive.

Unfortunately other travellers in the main house had rooms which were either below ground and had non functioning air conditioning. The man organising rooms kept swapping and changing people from one room to the next and appeared fairly disorganised.

There are something close to 380 stairs from the old town to the accommodation, so probably not suitable for those less mobile.

TIP: The reception for the accommodation is actually in the travel agent as the bottom of the first set of stairs. Take the stairs down, turn right at the end and the travel agent is next to the pedestrian crossing (not far from the only public carpark).

I would recommend for the money avoiding this accommodation and finding a nice apartment in the old town instead.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 20, 2012

Beware: If you drive, make sure you reserve a parking spot or it costs 33Euros a day in the public lot. In addition you need to know exactly where you are going because the one-way system is tough. When you arrive you are looking not for the place itself, but for the travel agents (I don't know what to do if it is closed). From there, you go up steps to an outside door, then inside to a scruffy but quiet garden, then into the house itself. The room was spartan, but adequate. Our a/c did not work properly - we complained and the owner did look at it, but could not fix it. No change of towels or bedding - didn't worry us for two nights, but other guests had to beg to get their room fixed from the previous guests. Breakfast was 7Euro extra, but we enjoyed it (there is also a cafe close if you don't want a full thing). Shortish walk to the old town (to get to the BOTTOM of the old town is many, many steps, but that's because it is on a slope, to get the the TOP actually requires no steps from the travel agents). The organization was odd - the girl at the desk "did not know" if I could pay by credit card (paid the next day with another girl). Wi-fi worked in the lobby of the house, but was too weak in the room.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed June 11, 2012

Firstly b& b misled us, as breakfast is not included, although it was not an expensive extra.
The place in the picture is where we stopped, but the taxi drops you at a place where you have breakfast (outside) and see the lady who ran the place.
You then have 80 steep steps up to the place in the picture via one of the towns many alleys.
The second day we went down at 9.40 as breakfast is til 10, but there was scraps of food left.
On arrival we was left alone for 15 min to wait for our room to be vacated, we arrived midday. The cleaner then came out saying she had not cleaned the floor and went.
Wifi worked well, the tv did not, the maintenance man tried but could not fix it, was not bothered as we went to see Croatia not tv.
Food got better as week progressed , more home grown fresh fruits.
The £100 a night for two without meals is expensive,
The place was clean and the sea was visible in the far distance.
Dubrovnik is the dearest city in Croatia but is a must place to visit , for it's beauty , architecture, panaromic views and medieval feel.
We learned that it would be cheaper to have a boat taxi to one of the many islands and eat there.
We thoroughly enjoyed the holiday.

  • Stayed June 2012
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed May 10, 2012

after reading the various reviews about this accomodation i was a little weary. However was pleasantly suprised. My room was on the ground floor which was good as i found out... there a lot of stairs to climb in croatia..... I was greeted by a younger girl and then by her mother....who were both pleasant. My room was very airy bed was comfy and shower worked a treat although a bit on the small side...overall my experience was fine. Also an excellent location even with the stairs....

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Seattle, WA
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Reviewed December 9, 2011

I was part of a tour group that stayed at this location. This place consists of accomodations in a variety of homes located in close proximity. So there are no two rooms alike. We were really disappointed with our room at first because it was more like a dorm room. We were in a home whose address is shown in one of the attached photos. However, after walking about the beautiful city in the blazing heat, we came to appreciate returning to our little abode that had a bit of air conditioning.

Once we realized that we were actually staying in someone's home, we valued the experience of living in a Croatian home. Although our room was very small and utilitarian, and we shared that portion of the home with two other travelers staying in their own rooms, there were two modern bathrooms to share and a larger common area that served as the living room and kitchen. There was a refrigerator and TV.

There was also a private terrace. Strangely, none of us could get the door to open even though on our first day one of the agents took us out the door to stand on the terrace. Fortunately, our room did have a door to the terrace. The other two rooms did not. One of the other two rooms only had a window that looked out onto the common room. It was very dark and cavelike. Beware of mosquitos - even in the house.

As you can see from one of the photos, we had one tiny lamp to share in the room. There was another tiny lamp, but it had a burnt out bulb. There was another tiny lamp in the hallway, also with a burnt out bulb.

When I saw the beds, I immediately expected to have a horrible night's sleep. No pillow top, etc. Surprisingly, I found the tiny bed very comfortable and slept very soundly. In fact, when I came back to the U.S., I started not liking my pillow top mattress.

There are no employees to talk to if you encountered any problems, such as no light bulbs. We did learn that the travel agency below the home was affiliated with the place, but as another reviewer pointed out, he is pretty unpleasant and gruff even though all we wanted was more toilet paper and soap. The older woman who brought us the soap was very sweet. We learned that their bath soap bars are very, very tiny just like the ones we already had.

We also ate at a little breakfast place that another reviewed described. This was also part of the tour package. The "restaurant" was in the cook's home. Because of the size of our group, some of us ate inside the home and some sat out on a terrace. The cook was an irritable, harried woman, but with moments of pleasantness. However, she would disappear once she had cooked what she felt was an adequate amount of food. If you needed anything else, there was no one to help you. The food was fresh and adequate.

Some people would find this location abysmal as it is not a typical hotel at all. Some people said the bathroom in the home in which they stayed was so small that they could hardly turn around in it. Even though we became accustomed to the place, I rated our room "average" because it was clean, but extremely basic and there were no staff to assist us when we had questions. It really depends on which house you get to stay in as to how happy you will be.

I do not know how much was paid for these accommodations. It could have either been a bargain or a total ripoff.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
Reviewed September 13, 2011

We stayed here on our last night having been touring Montenegro.
When we arrived the owner was not there and had left his sulky daughter in charge. She had no instructions from Dad and asked us what we had booked - two seaview rooms.
We assumed we were staying in the main house, but she led us down the road and then up 70 steps to a separate building. Our friends were upstairs so had a seaview. We were on the ground floor with a glimpse of the sea between the vegetation and a neighbour's satellite dish. The room was spartan to say the least. A good size with bed, wardrobe, one bedside table, small table and two wooden chairs. It reminded me of student digs; there wasn't a picture on the wall or rug on the floor to give it some character. The bare minimum had been spent. The bathroom was minute and we had to use the hand towel for a shower mat as there was none. My husband and I are not particularly big. People of a more corpulent stature would struggle in there. Couldn't find the aircon remote. Back down the 70 steps to sulky daughter who insisted it was there, maybe on the wall. Back up the 70 steps and lurking behind the curtains we found the fixture holding the remote. Then we had to carry our bags up the 70 steps in temperatures of 30 degrees plus. No joke. We had thought we would at least be able to drive to outside our accommodation.
We had an early flight so asked for breakfast at 7am prompt. No problem we were told. We arrived at 6.50am and the wife (I assume) threw a complete strop because we had turned up a bit early. At 7.10am when breakfast was served, it was fine. And the owner reimbursed €10 because our room didn't have a sea view. I do wonder if he would have done that if we hadn't complained to the daughter.
Bear in mind there are around 240 steps from the Old Town to the rooms.
This was the last night of our holiday and a big letdown. Wish we had driven from the Bay of Kotor to the airport.
When we had a long week-end in Dubrovnik previously, we stayed on the Lapad Peninsula and bussed into Dubrovnik. Much better, more fun and better value for money.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Washington Dc, District Of Columbia
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Reviewed August 16, 2011

The good part about this place is there is free parking, which is very hard to find for a reasonably-priced room near Dubrovnik, but I would not stay there again. The owner was helpful at first, but then became irritable and unpleasant. He seemed as if our questions were bothersome and he was short with us about everything after we had paid our bill. The room was also a basement room, very bare, and constantly smelled of mildew. Our clothes and linens never dried- we couldn't wait to get out of there.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: B&B Villa Dubrovnik Garden
Address: Zagrebachka 50, Dubrovnik 20000, Croatia
Location: Croatia > Dalmatia > Dubrovnik-Neretva County > Dubrovnik
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #148 of 490 Specialty Lodging in Dubrovnik
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Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villa Dubrovnik Garden is a recently reconstructed typical Dubrovnik stone house,located above the beautifull old town of Dubrovnik-just 5 minutes walking distance to the old city , beaches , shops , resturants , etc.... It is ideal either for a long holiday or for a short stay.The rooms are furnished in the characteristic Dubrovnik style including all modern conveniences : air conditioning, private bathrooms with hair dryer,hair & hand shampoo , body milk,.....The house is in absolutely quiet and silent position , surounded by stone wall and a nice mediteranian garden .The atmosphere is cozy, welcoming . ... more   less 
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