We spent 4 nights in the top floor apartment in early November. We're budget travelers, so we weren't seeking luxury accommodations. Overall, we were pleased with the apartment, although it has some quirkiness to it that may be a turn-off for some folks. It is what is is. So, if you're prepared for its rustic quality and a bit of kooky decor, you'll be satisfied.
The good: Its location, right near the town wall, can't be beat. It's quiet, yet steps from everything. The top floor apartment was spacious and had lovely dormer windows overlooking the harbor. The bathroom was newly renovated and there was plenty of hot water and lots of fresh towels, and the bed was pretty comfy. It was nice to have a desktop PC with quick internet and a huge dining table to spread our books and maps out upon. There's a TV in the bedroom. Renata, the owner, lives downstairs and is as pleasant as could be. Fluent in English, too.
The not-so-good: The apartment is furnished in a mix-n-match thrift shop way -- it feels like you're living in grandma's attic. Few things match and it's a bit worn around the edges. But we didn't really care. It was pretty clean and very spacious. Forget about cooking on the stove -- only one electric burner works. There are only a few dishes, utensils and pots, which didn't bother us because we didn't cook, but it might be an issue for others. The shower floor feels lumpy and springy underneath the plastic. Strangely, there's tape everywhere! Masking tape secures wallpaper in the hallway. More masking tape anchors linoleum. Tape covers holes in the bedroom windows. More masking tape decorates the bedroom TV chest. Sorta kooky. And it make the place feel cheap. Other things are unfinished as well -- the dining room light was missing its shade, wires stick out of a hole over the bathroom sink, waiting for its fixture. The TV has 1 or 2 English channels (with Croatian scrolling along the bottom of the screen), but we were never able to keep a show on for more than 15 minutes straight without losing the signal. The decor in the downstairs hallway was a bit odd, too, with stuffed clown dolls hanging from nails -- even a Teletubby dangling over a doorway!
But, I'm being picky. It's really not a bad spot to call home for a few days.
With just an investment of just a few kunas, this place could be transformed into a real gem. But then we'd have to pay more for the rooms!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Accommodation Renata is located on a very attractive location in the Old Town near the old port, the Maritime Museum and cathedral.Nearby are numerous restaurants, shops, banks, etc. The top floor apartment has a beautiful view of the old harbor. The apartment consists of: a triple bedroom, fully equipped kitchen, living room and bathroom. The apartment is equipped with air–conditioning, TV, computer and Wifi. The room Renata 1 with a king size bed has a sea view. The room is equipped with air–conditioning, fridge, electric kettle and Wifi. The room shares a bathroom with a single room. The single room has the sea view and Wifi internet. The room number 3 has the view on the historical archeological excavations which are the oldest ones in Dubrovnik. The room is equipped with air-conditioning, fridge, Wifi and electric kettle. It has a private bathroom. ... more less
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