So, I've been on VT for over 9 years and this will probably be the worst review that I've given.
First impressions were OK, a reasonably small en-suite room, didn't expect any more considering the (for Dubrovnik) price. Downhill from there though, in the 4 nights we stayed here no clean towels were offered, the room was not cleaned and no cleaning gear to DIY was evident either. The shower cubicle was broken, it fell off the rails each time it was used, a real pain in the a**. Their website offered a "tranquil oasis in Dubrovnik" - sure the gardens are nice but the building work they're doing certainly does not make it tranqil.
Looking at other reviews, I don't think we met "Tony" either.
Not recommended, sorry, and no photos either.
This choice was a VT tip, and as usual it turned out well.
The room was adequate, clean & quiet, but basic. For €37 per night that's all you can ask. Breakfast is not included and you have to order the day before - Toni (the owner) forgot to mention that when I arrived, but happily pointed out a couple of nearby places for me.
It's in the Grožu area, about 20-30 minutes walk to the old town.
Unique Quality: The owner is really friendly (the norm in this part of the world). The place has a lovely terrace & garden which must be great in the warm months - it was cool & wet when I was there (late October).
Directions: Right by the pier where the cruise ships dock.
The Bokun Guesthouse is a good option for anyone looking for good quality accommodation for a reasonable price in Dubrovnik. Although situated at least half an hour’s walk from the Old Town or 10 minute bus ride, the guesthouse has a lovely setting in a large and pretty walled garden near the new harbour.
The rooms, single and double available, are spacious and comfortable with shared or en-suite (extra) bathrooms, satellite TV and plenty or storage space.
We chose this guesthouse for its proximity to the bus station as we were heading to Mostar early the next morning and were arriving on a late flight from Ireland. We planned to return to Dubrovnik later in the week for proper exploration, so a location close to the old town wasn’t a priority for us just yet, but it could be inconvenient for those who would prefer to be closer to the Old Town without using public transport.
The proprietor of the guesthouse, Toni, is very welcoming and friendly and we were invited to join him on his terrace for a glass...or two or his excellent home made wine. Just the sort of welcome we liked after our flight!
Directions: From the bus station walk south along Stjepana Radi. Keep going until about 50m before the end of the bay and you will see a small yellow ‘SOBE’ sign. Turn right up this lane to the gate of the guesthouse.
We found it quite hard to find a decent place to stay in Dubrovnik for little money. Luckily on hostelworld we found Bokun Guesthouse, a huge old house at the port of Gruz, a 5 minute bus ride from the old town and a short walk from Dubrovnik's main bus station.
It's a charming place with a very hostel like feel. People meeting on the large terrace in the middle of a lush garden which is unbelievably huge. Toni, the guy who runs the Bokun family's guesthouse, speaks excellent English and is more than helpful with tips where to and where not to go in the old town of Dubrovnik. He seems to have great tips for beaches as well but unfortunately we didn't have enough time to try them. Plus he likes to chat and he always offered us coffee or water. In my opinion it's these small things that turn a simple place into a friendly place...
The rooms are very nice and very clean. We staying in an ensuite double room with windows overlooking the terrace and the garden and with a tiny bathroom. Very fancy windows it had! A fridge for everyone to use was in the hallway. Parking was free next to the guesthouse's grounds on a big car park.
Unique Quality: The price we got was without breakfast but you can get breakfast to if you pay extra. I saw the breakfast when it was picked from the trees, fresh cherries, strawberries, wonderful fruit!
You can book Bokun Guesthouse via hostelworld or hostelbookers but direct booking are more than welcome. For now I put Toni's email address into the URL field down here because their website is being developed at the moment. You might want to book well in advance, this place looks popular.
We paid EUR 21.34 per person sharing per night which is - compared to other prices in Dubrovnik - very cheap and definitely good value.
BTW, if you are searching for this place and somebody tells you that the family who runs this place died in an accident, or that there's no parking available and that it's far away from where you are - don't trust these people. They are the ones who want to rent out their rooms and don't really know what "fair competition" means...
Directions: It's a bit hard to find: Here's the trick - without a car walk into the little lane next to 'Privredna banka'. With the car go to the next traffic lights and turn left into a big gate where you can park.
A green oasis of a huge garden full of flowers, fruit trees and vegetables, a terrace shaded by grapevines, a dog named Basra, and a genuinely warm welcome from Tony, the "concierge" of this family-run guest house - all tucked behind a high stone wall in complete peace and privacy not 2 minute's walk from the busy bayside road of Dubrovnik's main port area of Gruz
The accommodation is simple but spotlessly clean. Rooms are quite small but more than adequately furnished with wide, comfortable beds and crisp white sheets. There were 4 in our party, 2 of us in a small apartment with a private bathroom and a kitchen, the others in seperate bedrooms with a shared bathroom. This arrangement meant we could prepare meals to eat under those grapevines, which was very pleasant. Dubrovnik's main Green Market is just around the corner whilst the Tommy supermarket was a couple of minute's walk in the other direction and whether you have a kitchen arrangement or not, all guests are welcome to bring their own food back with them and use the barbecue and the terrace.
Rates do not include breakfast but you can order this meal seperately.
Unique Quality: Our stay at the Bokun Guesthouse could not have been more enjoyable. Tony speaks excellent English and was most obliging and helpful, the garden was a delight, the terrace a place where guests felt free to gather and while away the evening eating and talking together. The location is great, the old city is just a short bus ride away - or a pleasant half hour walk. The place is so secluded and yet everything is right on the doorstep.
Booking well in advance is advisable, the place is deservedly very popular, and since getting a mention in a French guidebook things have got even busier.
Just one word of caution - if you like to dry yourself on something larger than a teatowel, find room in your luggage for a bath towel. I don't know what it is about Croatia, but here at the Bokun, as just about everywhere else in the country, the towels were tiny!
Directions: Gruz, close to the bus station and the port, 10 minutes by bus to the old town
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