Thursday, August 26, 2010

Laundromats in Dubrovnik

One of the most common questions we get from visitors to Dubrovnik is “Where can I do laundry?” For those not staying at a private apartment or villa with a washing machine, there are three options. There is one Laundromat just a couple of minutes walking distance from the Pile Gate (on Od Tabakarije) and another near the Hotel Bellevue (on Pera Cingrije) in Gorica. Both offer full laundry service (wash & dry in about 24 hours), but neither have coin-operated machines. For those who prefer to do their own laundry, Sanja & Rosie's Launderette is the best (and only) option in town. It is located just outside of the Ploce Gate entrance to Old Town and has several professional washing machines and dryers available everyday from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm. You can see the locations of each Laundromat on the following map:


View Laundromats in Dubrovnik in a larger map

Friday, August 13, 2010

Julian Rachlin & Friends Festival


The 10th annual Julian Rachlin & Friends Festival will soon be underway in Dubrovnik. The festival begins on Wednesday, September 1st with a performance at Rector's Palace and continues until Sunday, September 12th. Concerts will be held in the beautiful 17th century Rector’s Palace in Dubrovnik’s Old Town, the terrace at Revelin's Fortress, and at the Dubrovnik Cathedral. The festival attracts musicians from all around the world, as well as classical music enthusiasts who return to Dubrovnik every year to enjoy the event. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the festival website.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Accommodation in Dubrovnik

Visitors to Dubrovnik have many options when choosing their accommodation. There are a few beautiful 4 & 5-star hotels in town and several average 3-star hotels. In addition, there is a large selection of private accommodations, which vary greatly in quality and price.

The selection of hotels in Dubrovnik is somewhat limited but is improving every year. For those with a large budget, I recommend any of the following:

- The Pucic Palace - This 5-star boutique hotel is centrally located on Gunduliceva Square in the center of Old Town. It is housed in an old stone building and offers a selection of upscale restaurants and bars.

- Hilton Imperial - Situated in a beautiful historic building, this 5-star hotel sits on a hill just outside of the Old Town. The sea-facing rooms offer great views and the hotel provides guests with many amenities including an excellent restaurant and bar.

- Hotel Excelsior - This popular fixture in Dubrovnik history has been recently updated and still offers the best views of the Old Town from its newly renovated bar. One of this 5-star hotel’s best features is its concrete “beach” which allows guests to swim in the Adriatic directly from hotel property.

- Dubrovnik Palace - Lapad’s finest 5-star hotel and the most-beautifully positioned hotel in Dubrovnik. The views from the restaurant, pool area, and lobby bar are spectacular as is the direct access to the Adriatic sea for swimming.

- Hotel Bellevue - This sleek, stylish 4-star hotel is perfectly located on a beautiful beach just 800 meters from the Old Town. The hotel’s restaurant (Vapor) is one of Dubrovnik’s most creative and offers stunning views of the sea.

For those with a more limited budget, I recommend private accommodation over a 3-star hotel. Private apartments and villas are often more comfortable and better appointed than a 3-star hotel and are generally priced lower. They also offer a unique “local” experience and extras such as a kitchen or private terrace. Our website, www.DubrovnikApartmentSource.com offers a wide range of high-quality, upscale apartments and villas in many locations including Old Town, walking distance to Old Town, Lapad, Cavtat, and other areas on the Dubrovnik Riveria.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Currency in Croatia

Many visitors to Croatia are confused as to which currency to bring. The official currency is Kuna, but when planning a trip many things are quoted in Euro. The short answer is that both are useful. Larger expenses such as hotel rooms, apartment rentals, tours, and long taxi trips are often quoted in Euro and can be paid in either Euro or Kuna. Most daily expenses such as meals at restaurants; shopping for food, clothing, or souvenirs; and local transportation are priced in Kuna and should be paid for with Kuna. Many local businesses only accept Kuna and those that do accept Euro are unlikely to give a favorable exchange rate.

Kuna may be purchased at one of the many banks or currency exchange places in town centers throughout Croatia, but the best rates are generally obtained by using ATM machines. ATM machines are ubiquitous in Croatia and can be found in most towns and at all major airports such as those in Dubrovnik, Split, and Zagreb. As a general rule locals will use the rate of 7.3 Kuna = 1 EUR when converting currencies. For exact rates and for conversions to other currencies please visit a currency website such as www.xe.com.