9 Reasons You’ll Love Fresh Sheets Kathedral in Dubrovnik
If you’re planning a trip to Dubrovnik and you’re searching for the perfect place to stay, Fresh* Sheets Kathedral is your place. Recently, I rang in the New Year in Dubrovnik, Croatia and had the wonderful pleasure of spending three nights at this incredible boutique accommodation. I absolutely fell in love with this place and here are 9 reasons you will too:
Location. Location. Location.
Right in the heart of Old Town Dubrovnik (aka King’s Landing) the location of Fresh* Sheets honestly could not get any better. The Old Cathedral is literally right outside the doorsteps, a few more steps and you’re at the harbor gate, turn to your right and you’ll stumble upon the open air market that sets up shop every morning, and in every direction you turn you will find a host of restaurants, shops, and bars, such as the infamous Trubadur Jazz Cafe that’s located right below the accommodations. Like I said, it doesn’t get any better. Fresh* Sheets is within walking distance of all of Dubrovnik’s main attractions. Even if you want to wander outside the Old Town walls you won’t have to walk very far.
It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Building
Ok. How often do you get to say you’ve actually stayed in a UNESCO World Heritage Building? My guess, not often. Fresh* Sheets is located inside a UNESCO-protected building that once hosted nuns, royalty, and aristocracy. So, although Fresh* Sheets has been revamped and now boasts of chic modernity, you’ll still find original elements and relics from the old cathedral itself, making this place all the more charming.
The Hosts Are Incredible (and so is their family)
Funny. Kind. Gracious. Welcoming. Nurturing. Knowledgable. The list goes on and on. I can’t sing enough high praises about the owners, Jon and Sanja. As soon as we stepped through the doors Sanja’s vivacious personality made me instantly feel like I was visiting a long-time friend that I hadn’t seen in a while and not like I was just another random guest. We sat and chatted over wine and an amazing spread of snacks she’d prepared. She recounted her personal Game of Throne tales (since a lot of the series is filmed right in Dubrovnik), and her amazing father-in-law even joined us wowing us with a few adventure travel tales of his own.
They both offered a ton of suggestions and recommendations of places to eat and things to do. We later met Jon who was just as kind and accommodating as Sanja, and their son is as just as adorable and full of personality as they come.
During our stay the only other guests were the parents of Jon and Sanja. It felt like a family affair, and we were part of the family. It was an incredible feeling especially with it being around the holidays and being so far away from our own families.
It’s Your Home Away From Home
Fresh* Sheets goes above and beyond to make you feel right at home from the moment you step through the door. Someone will be there to greet you upon arrival, give you the tour, and welcome you with snacks and wine. However, the real treat are the rooms themselves. They are modern and stylish with all the comforts of home. We had the pleasure of staying in the Dubrava room which was a huge and spacious studio with a kitchenette fully-equipped with two stove-top burners, a sink, pots, pans, cooking utensils, glassware, percolator, and fridge. We were also treated to some goodies in our room such as chocolates, wine, craft beer, and slippers. All special touches that made us feel even more at home.
There was a separate sitting area with an ottoman perfect for kicking back to relax with a good read. The huge windows overlooking the city allows for some amazing natural light, giving the room a bright and airy feel.
Also, the main kitchen is open for you to use at your leisure, and you’re welcome to help yourself to its contents. They truly make you feel at home at Fresh* Sheets.
No matter what room you book, you’ll be able to peek out the windows of your room and have an unobstructed view of the Old Town below. Our room, the Dubrava Room, had views of Gundulic Square, and each morning we’d open our windows and admire the views below.
There’s No Disturbing the Peace
Since Fresh* Sheets is in the heart of Old Town, right off the main street, and right above a jazz cafe, you may assume that you’ll have sleepless nights due to the noise. Au contraire, my friend. I am an extremely light sleeper, and never once was I woken from my sleep due to noise, nor was I ever bothered. The Jazz cafe below will stop serenading you with their melodic tunes around midnight; however, even prior to, the sounds emanating from downstairs wasn’t a bother for us. Fresh* Sheets does an excellent job filtering out the noise.
The Book Nook
It’s not even really a nook. It’s more like books randomly placed on the sill of a magnificent window with a couple of chairs in a hallway. Yet, it still entices you to sit for a while and thumb through the pages of some literature or simply sit and be a spectator of the busy streets below.
They’ve Got You Covered
Fresh Sheets* is like a one stop shop…kinda, sorta. Let me explain. Besides the boutique accommodation Jon and Sanja also own the absolute cutest retro laundry mat, called Sanja & Rosie’s Launderette; as well as, an artisanal shop, Kawa. So, whether your laundry needs to be laundered or you need to pick up souvenirs, or want to try tasty locally-made treats, Fresh* Sheets has got you covered. Though the Launderette and Kawa are not located inside Fresh* Sheets they are both only about a 5 minute walk away, right outside the city walls.
Even if you don’t need to do laundry I recommend just stopping by the Launderette and enjoy the retro-vibe and old-school music, even if it’s just for a moment. My friend and I stumbled upon this place en route to Kawa (which is right across from the Launderette). The soulful music drew us in and we couldn’t help but have our own little dance party of two. Also, be sure to add your sticky note message to the ever-growing collection that adorn the walls.
When you finish your dance party, mosey over to Kawa and
get ready to blow whatever budget you thought you had pick up for a few local items for yourself and/or loved ones. You’ll find everything from handbags to homemade sauces, bowties to beauty products, craft beers to ceramics, coffees, teas, tees, and everything in between. All items handcrafted, created, and sourced from Croatia; this perfectly curated shop is a artisanal lover’s haven.
It’s one thing to write a bunch of pretty words on an ¨About Us¨ page, it’s another thing to live up to those words. One of the main things that attracted me to this particular accommodation was their philosophy:
The philosophy behind our businesses is to create something or someplace that we would enjoy discovering ourselves. The type of business or service that offers that special moment of comfort, adventure, and community. We believe that a bed is just a bed. The greatest bar is just a bar. A restaurant is just a restaurant. It’s the experience that accompanies a place that makes the place. It’s that moment in time when everything comes together and you realize that you are so lucky, because what you are feeling will never happen again. Those are the moments of life that you remember.
I mean, doesn’t this just make you want to pack your bags and hop on the first flight to Dubrovnik to experience this incredible place?
Well, it should!
Fresh* Sheets is not just a place to lie your head during your trip. It is truly an experience…one you won’t soon forget.
Address: Bunićeva poljana 6, Dubrovnik, Croatia 20000
Classification: 5 Stars
Check In: 2:00 p.m-12:00 a.m.
Check Out: 7:00 a.m.-10 a.m.
Check Rates for your dates here.
Have you ever stayed at Fresh* Sheets Kathedral? What was your experience? Or drop me a comment below about your most memorable stay at an accommodation.
What a beautiful space. I love the book nook!
It was so wonderful! Probably one of my favorite accommodations from all my travels. I loved the book nook also!
What a great place to stay, it is just beautiful and so are the photos you used. I am going to be in the city sometime in March or April. We are working our way there through Ukraine and Bulgaria now but sadly this is far out of our budget. We will try to take all of your suggestions to heart on our visit. Thank you for the good information.
Sounds like an amazing trip, John! Even if you don’t stay at Fresh* Sheets definitely stop by Kawa. So much goodness in that store!
First off, I love the decor and that this place is in a UNESCO heritage building. But their About Us is what got me! Talking about how material objects are just objects but that the experiences is what matters the most– my type of people, or in this case, hotel.
Don’t you just love it? They totally won me over with that!
The Adventure Ahead
I love the name of this place. Your pictures really bring the space to life – it looks just lovely. I love all of the white – makes everything seem to fresh and clean.
Yes! They have an amazing aesthetic there.
Very cool post… we’re heading to Dubrovnik later in the year and will definitely keep this in mind!
Definitely do! I hope you love Dubrovnik as much as I did!
The name of this place is so catchy 🙂 I love how it feels like you are at home and not a hotel. White clean decor is my favorite, but the best part is that every room gets a window with a view.
I agree! I hate when I have an awesome room and I look out the window and I’m facing a brick wall :-/. They definitely do a great job at making you feel at home, but still being able to socialize with others when/if you want.
Sandy N Vyjay
Not in every hotel, you find such a warm welcome with snacks and wine! The rooms are
so well maintained! No wonder, it is UNESCO World Heritage Building!
The snacks were such a pleasant surprise! And so yummy!
This place is beautiful, I just love the design and the books. Before I read your comment off course I thought it was about bedsheet but realise that is the name of the place. Thank you for the recommendation, I would definitely keen to stay in this central location if was in Croatia again
Hahaaa…I can see how you’d think that. Croatia is such a wonderful place!
Hahaaa…I can see how you’d think that. What part of Croatia were you in? I’d love to get back there as well, during the warmer months.
What a beautiful place! Loved the Launderette & book nook. We are planning to visit Croatia/Dubronvik and will look for this hotel. Thanks for sharing.
Definitely do! You won’t be disappointed.
Stella the Travelerette
Yes, reading this definitely made me want to go to Dubrovnik and stay here! I am a history lover, so I would love to stay in a historical building. I also love shopping and would love to try some of the jam. Finally, I would really like to hear Sanja’s Game of Thrones stories. Sounds amazing!
Oh, you would love this place and Dubrovnik! It’s like you’re taking a step back in time. Her stories are amazing!
Manon van Schagen
It truly looks like an incredible place to stay. The decorations and the room look so well taken care of, and so light that it is I think impossible to not feel like it’s a home away from home. I can’t believe it is also a world heritage site?! I mean, seriously, that’s just unreal. It must’ve been an incredible experience to stay there during new years.
It was! All the action was literally just a few feet away. It’s in such a great location, but still quite enough that you are not disturbed from the ongoings below.
You had me at UNESCO world heritage building, I love anything with history attached and then I saw the book nook and I am completely sold on this place!
Isn’t it amazing! They incorporate so many small details that truly makes this place special. Also, you can’t beat the fact that it’s a UNESCO World Heritage building.
Lyn @ aholeinmyshoe
What a delightful little place, I’m saving this one for when I get a trip to Dubrovnik planned.
Definitely do! I’m sure you’ll love it!
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Hello! love this about the #Challenge….finding a new blog on the participant list and finding a theme that is interesting with arm chair travel by photograph. How fortunate you are to have experienced the back roads of America. Thanks for sharing. With all this travel not sure you have time to read or visit BOOKSTORES, but if they are on your radar screen I hope you will join me for this year’s theme….bookstores, their architecture, locations and the great people who sell books. Today the letter C takes us to Charing Cross Rd. in London. See you there?