About the Hotels
Southern Dalmatia's most luxurious hotels are in Dubrovnik, and while prices there are higher than elsewhere, it is possible to find accommodation to suit lower budgets, particularly in private apartments. There are a number of large, 1970s socialist-era hotels scattered around the area; many are disappointingly impersonal, full of tour groups, and in desperate need of sprucing up. Opt for boutique hotels or apartments wherever possible, where the service is more personal and you have a great chance to live as the locals do. For most of the region, the season runs from Easter through late October, peaking during July and August, when prices rise significantly.
Dominium Travel. With so many private apartments throughout the region, deciding which one to choose can be overwhelming, not to mention a little risky. Do yourself a favor and contact Dominium Travel, a young, enthusiastic company that manages more than 500 private apartments in 20 destinations along the coast, including Dubrovnik, Pelješac, Mljet, and Konavle. They don't charge a fee, they'll work with you to find the perfect apartment to suit your budget and style, and they'll even give you a glass of wine and walk you straight to your front door when you arrive. Trogirska 2a, Pile, Dubrovnik, Dubrovacko-Neretvanska, 20000. 020/420–059; www.book-dubrovnik.com.