Welcome back to Beautiful Spaces—a series of posts in which I talk about the apartments, hotels, hostels, & B&Bs I stay in during my travels. It all started in 2013 when I realized that my contentment on the road is directly connected to how much I love where I’m living…and so made a commitment to find beautiful spaces to call home along the way.
You guys, I think I just found my favorite Airbnb rental ever.
Located about 20 minutes on foot from the Dubrovnik city center (a real relief if you aren’t into crowds), the apartment is a top-floor two-bedroom with a balcony overlooking the deep green hills and terra cotta rooftops of Lapad.
The interior is bright and prettily decorated, with colorful pillows and happy wall stickers that remind you to be happy every day. The beds are comfortable and soft and each room has not only windows, but blinds to shut out ambient light. The living areas are bright, with tons of natural light streaming in through floor-to-ceiling glass doors and tall windows. And the kitchen is fully equipped with not just the essentials, but also an electric kettle, a blender (I almost never find blenders in Airbnbs, so I was thrilled and promptly started making homemade hummus and salsas), and multiple sharp chef’s knives.
It was, in short, exactly the kind of place I want to live.
But I haven’t even gotten to the best part: We had the best landlords ever.
Every week, they’d arrive to do the weekly cleaning, bringing with them some exceptional local goods. Homemade liquors and brandys. Dried figs from their garden. Sugared orange peels, homemade. Bottles of local wine. Baked Easter treats and hard-boiled eggs painted with wax.
Whenever we needed anything, they were quick to respond and help. When we asked where we might find a bread knife, they brought us one right away. When we needed a water filter, they picked one up. When we asked for suggestions in nearby towns, they brought us flyers and offered us rides.
They even bought Luna a dog bed to use during our stay.
Every moment of the day, we felt taken care of.
If you’re thinking about spending some time in Dubrovnik and want a place to sneak away from the crowds after a long day of exploring, somewhere quiet and sunny that feels like home, this is that place.
They don’t normally allow pets, so check with them first if you’re traveling with a pooch. And it’s two bedrooms, so perfect for traveling families or a couple couples.
Don’t forget that it’s on the top floor (and in a building on a hill), so be prepared to climb some stairs (no problem for us, but if you have trouble with stairs, this wouldn’t be a good place to stay). And expect about a 20 minute walk (or a short taxi or bus ride) to get to old town.