St Joseph’s

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Stylish hotel occupying a 16th-century building in a peaceful side
street of the medieval Old Town

Tucked away in the heart of Dubrovnik, 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.


  • 5 romantic and spacious suites, and an apartment for
    2-4, with slick marble bathrooms
  • A gourmet breakfast with invigorating smoothies,
    delivered to your door at a time of your choice
  • In-room kitchenettes; useful for whipping up light meals
  • Gracious hosts who advise about restaurants and things to see
    and do
  • Surprisingly peaceful, considering the central location just
    off Stradun, the main thoroughfare


  • You’ll need to reserve well in advance, especially in high
  • No restaurant or common areas, and no outside space
  • No kids aged 4+; this is a tranquil hotel, aimed at
    couples (though they are warmly welcoming to young children)
  • No elevator, so pack light
  • All beds are doubles