This is a stylish hotel in a peaceful side street of the medieval Old Town-St Joseph’s hotel.
St Joseph’s is owned by a charming family who are originally from the region but have spent 2 decades living in London. This means that while they can provide a wealth of local insight into Croatian history and culture, they’re also very sensitive to the expectations of British visitors. They purchased this 16th-century building in derelict condition, and undertook an intense 2-year restoration, assisted by conservation experts.
The result is an impeccable example of Dubrovnik architecture from the Baroque period, with beautifully carved stonework and beamed ceilings. And before they opened in summer 2014, they added a few discreet details, such as a coat of arms, to enhance the aristocratic demeanour.
Inside, the furnishing is as dignified as the building, and the service highly personalised – but the atmosphere remains relaxed and welcoming, and never pretentious. This is a place to unwind and reassess the simple pleasures of life – elegant architecture, a car-free Old Town, the glistening blue Adriatic and a balmy Mediterranean climate.