Dubrovnik is the most expensive city in Croatia, especially in summer, when everything from gelato to taxis can be triple the price charged in other destinations. Even moderately priced accommodations are difficult to find unless you opt for private rooms in Lapad or Gruž. Try the tourist offices or look for signs in windows that say sobe (room available). If you arrive at the ferry or bus terminal, you’ll be greeted (or accosted) by men and women waving photos of lodging options—mainly rooms in private homes. In general, the cheapest are from the seated old ladies asking you if you need a place to sleep. If you choose this option, be sure to inspect the room before you hand over any money. You never know what you’ll get—perhaps a dirt-cheap find in the center, or a tiny bed (sharing a bathroom with the owner) on the outskirts of town. All of these latter options take cash only. If you want to be sure of what you’re getting, go to a tourist office, which has screened rentals and provides photos and amenity lists.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.