I wish i could title this, 'you get what you pay for' but at 220K (first night, 200K subsequent nights), we stayed at places in Korchula and Hvar (having been met at the ferry by 'touts') that were far nicer for 200K. My husband had been swayed at the bus stop (an ugly experience; maybe best to book your first night in Dubrovnik to avoid this!) by Ivo's insistance that his rooms had 'old town' location. indeed, that was the (only) reason we stayed two additional nights.
We declined Ivo's offer to take us to the airport as we left. By this time my husband was seeing Ivo for the 'wheeler dealer' that many of the reviews here show him to be. My biggest complaint was Ivo's hushed comments (twice) not to mention how little we were paying as he had (predominantly Japanese) guests 'paying more' whom he didn't want to know this. These were sweet people, and maybe it was that they didn't FEEL ripped off because of meals taken with Ivo and his wife, transportation, etc., but it seemed he used their innocence to sell them on letting him provide tours and transport that they could've found themselves.
The room we had was in the front of the apartment, a large double bed and a single as well as a roll-in that we asked them to remove so we wouldn't trip over it. It overlooked the aforementioned noisy parking lot, though we were exhausted all three nights so the noise, though irksome, didn't prevent our sleeping. We shared a bathroom with at least 4 other guests although we never found ourselves unable to use it when we needed it. Nothing was terribly clean, the entire apartment was dilapidated and the walk up of two short flights smelled of cat urine and decay. There is an outside light but either the bulb had burned out or no one felt it necessary to keep it on at night causing us to very carefully tiptoe in to the dark entrance and up the flight of stairs, accustoming ourselves to the dark as we went.
Both mornings Ivo offered coffee (or, in our case, hot water, as i'd bought some instant cuppachino) but it seemed a means of finding out what our plans were or getting another night out of us rather than genuine hospitality.
It's a hassle finding a place 'as you go'. we had a tour early the next morning to kotor so it wasn't worth the hassle of having Ivo hold our bags, then looking for another place on our 7 p.m. return. The final night was a Saturday and we allowed ourselves to be placated by what we were paying (reminded me of the joke whose punchline is, 'that you are 'available', madamn, is clear, now all we're clarifying is the price) and the fact that finding another room for just one remaining night would be awkward. All in all, I wish I'd gone with my 'gut' when first brought to Ivo's and said, 'No, thanks', wondering the entire time if having a more pleasant place might have made our impressions of Dubrovnik and Croatia much more favorable.
Needless to say, I'll use Tripadvisor in future, as we could've been a LOT happier if I had and hopefully others will be be through my having shared our perceptions.
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