Croatia

Dubrovnik

Where: Hotel Ivka

Verdict: I felt this was a good value three star option. The property was clean, although the room itself with its decor and bed covers looked a little worn, but the beds were comfortable and the room was a good size, as was the bathroom which in comparison seemed pretty new. The bonus was that we had a lovely small balcony and even a view of the port down below!

Wifi was available free of charge and worked well. Breakfast was really great, with a wide range of choices in both cooked and continental foods on offer. The staff was friendly, we arrived well before check in and the gentleman immediately called housekeeping to see if our room was ready, it was so we didn’t have to wait around! He even let me print a boarding pass for my flight, great service.

Location: This hotel is not that close to Dubrovnik old town which is where most people choose to stay when visiting the city. It’s not hard to see why, inside the city walls there is an amazing atmosphere and it’s beautiful however, it also means it’s popular, sometimes overpriced when it comes to dining and during summer can be PACKED with tourists. One day it literally took us 20 minutes just to enter the old town since three cruise ships arrived.

In comparison, Hotel Ivka is roughly 10 minutes away from the old town by bus, you could of course walk but it would be a decent trek. It was super easy to get into town but on the way back a little confusing, so definitely bring a map or better yet a GPS the first time you take the bus.

The property is within walking distance however, to an area called Lapad which is MUCH less touristy and has nice beaches on offer. There are some great dining options available too in this part of town, coincidentally I had the best vegetarian lasagne of my life at a restaurant here and I am so mad I didn’t note the name of it so that I might find it again one day!

Price: A standard room is around 40 EUR (58 AUD) per night including breakfast. Please remember that prices can vary depending on season and day of the week.

The details:
Sv. Mihajla 21Dubrovnik 20000Croatia
Ph: +385 20 362600
Email: prodaja@hotel-ivka.com

 

Split

Where: Sweet & Cheap Hostel

Verdict: The name doesn’t lie, ’tis cheap but ’tis only bittersweet I’m afraid. Essentially, you are getting what you’re paying for on this but it was for just a night that my friends and I were in Split and we booked very last minute.

The WORST bed I’ve ever slept in was at this hostel, you could feel every. single. spring. It could’ve just been my bed since my friends didn’t seem to find theirs so bad. Also, the bed sheet was way too small it really served no purpose. There was great air-conditioning in the room though which is a welcome relief during summer which was when we were there since our Croatia sail left from Split.

There’s a nice kitchen available to use and two bathrooms. One was sort of flooded during our stay however, both seemed clean. The one I used had a kick ass shower and was HUGE. This hostel used to clearly be an apartment which is why there was only about 4 rooms in the entire place.

On that note, this is definitely not a party hostel since it’s so small but it’s quite cozy. We only saw two other people the night we were there. Breakfast is not an option at this hostel which is run by a lovely woman who personally let us in. The warnings from reviews I had read said the building was a little hard to find but we had no troubles.

Overall, if you want as the name promises definitely give this place a go. There’s free wifi available too and it works well.

Location: I have to say the location is very decent! It was maybe 5, 10 minutes at most to walk down to the port or main area of Split where you’ll find Diocletian’s palace and a great deal of dining options.

We took the local shuttle bus from the airport to the port which made it easy to get to the hostel as it was only a short way on foot from there however if you do have luggage it’s slightly uphill.

Price: We booked a private 4 bed dorm with shared bathroom. It worked out to be 10 EUR (14 AUD) per person but you had to book for 4 people, regardless that we were only 3. This was in June, please remember prices can vary depending on season and day of the week. There are also other room types available however, currently I am unable to double check these rates on hostel booking website for some reason (as I normally would do) so please check back at a later time for an updated pricing. Breakfast was not included.

The details:
Kneza Viseslava 14SplitCroatia
No website, I booked through Hostelworld

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