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“Quiet, quirky little nest in the heart of Dubrovnik”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of House Renata

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House Renata
Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
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“Quiet, quirky little nest in the heart of Dubrovnik”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2011

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!

Room Tip: Get the top floor apartment -- quiet and spacious, with great views of the harbor.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Annapolis Valley, NS
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2011

My wife and I spent 3 mid-week nights in one of Renata Zijadic’s apartments from October 5 – 7, 2011, and we will never forget it. We were met by Renata and shown to one of the rooms/apartments that are above her private living area. We had booked the top floor apartment based on the prospects of a nice view, BUT we did not expect the fabulous view we got. The apartment overlooks the Old Port and I can’t think there are any better views in Dubrovnik for the price we paid. The apartment was well appointed with range, stove, AC, and a computer, but it could have been very basic and we would have been happy just to look out the windows (and we didn’t spend a lot of time in the room). There were some minor structural issues and the location is not really suited for anyone with any fitness issues, as it is deep within the oldest part of the town, down cobbled narrow lanes the several flights of stone steps. However, the location is perfect for getting into the town and was away from the daytime crowds. Dubrovnik was such a beautiful and wonderful town and our stay at the House Renata only added to the experience and I would highly recommend it for adventurous, independent travellers.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2011

We stayed here in the apartment for 4 nights and loved it. The location couldn't be better next to the city walls and with views over the old harbour. The apartment was lovely, spacious and clean and we loved being able to cook our own meals after shopping in the market in Gruz or popping into the local supermarket in the old town.
Dubrovnik has many visitors from the cruise ships but they only stay 2-3 hours so the best time to wander is before 10 and after 3. Loads of restaurants on the doorstep but most menus are the same in Dubrovnik and the menus have pictures of the food for people who can't read.
There are a number of spots to swim under the city walls (by the harbour entrance or through a little gate but the sea can be rough. The best swimming spot we found was just past the Pile gate down a little alley. It was sheltered and crystal clear and had only a handful of people gp there (at least in June)
Swifts provide a delightful alarm clock as they swoop past the windows.
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about House Renata

Property: House Renata
Address: Stajeva 1, Dubrovnik 20000, Croatia
Region: Croatia > Dalmatia > Dubrovnik-Neretva County > Dubrovnik
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #41 of 488 Speciality Lodging in Dubrovnik
Number of rooms: 4
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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