The all star hotel

Croatia has seen plenty in the way of new hotels over the past 20 years but few have enjoyed the kind of media fanfare experienced by Rovinj’s Hotel Lone. Opened in the summer of 2011, this seven-layer wedding-cake-cum-ocean-liner of a building is a headline-grabber whichever way you look at it – as a state-of-the-art spa retreat, a bold piece of architecture, or an exemplary exercise in interior design. The Lone is also remarkable in that it wa…

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…ates €95-€242 double. Credit V. The Amfora reopened its doors in the summer of 2008 as a swish four-star holiday hotel that also has the best conference facilities on the island.  Set in pine trees a ten-minute walk from the main square in Hvar town, the Amfora is Hvar’s largest hotel, its sweeping concrete wings perched above a cascading pool ideal for padlers, and a crescent of pebbly beach on the seafront below. The exclusive Bonj/Les Bains be…

Hotel Aristos

Located in the Buzin Business Park ten minutes from the airport, this stylish four-star completed a new wing in 2010 that more than doubled its occupancy size from 70 to 146 rooms and four suites and added a wellness centre, a restaurant, a lounge bar and increasing conference capacity from two congress halls to seven plus additional meeting spaces dedicated to business events. As before, the comfortable bedrooms have high-speed Internet, separa…

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Falkensteiner Punta Skala Resort/Hotel Diadora/Highlight Hotel & Spa Iadera
Critics choice

Opened in stages over the last few years, and completed in May 2012, this self-contained complex just outside Petrčane, 12km west of Zadar, has quickly established itself as northern Dalmatia’s leading resort for family holidays and pamper-yourself wellness breaks. Centrepiece is the five-star Highlights Hotel and Spa Iadera, a sleek, organizing, wishbone-shaped building that houses the largest spa centre in Croatia. There’s a choice…

Hotel Diadora late Mar-early Nov
Petrčane More info
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Hotel Kornati

Inspired by the nearby Kornati National Park, Hotel Kornati actually has a view from some rooms of the southern islands. This hotel has access to both a sandy and pebbly beach, and has its own marina: boats and dinghies are available to rent and can be arranged through the hotel for those wishing to explore the nearby archipelago. The hotel offers entertainment programs, wellness, tennis courts and a buffet restaurant. Wifi and parking are extra…

Mid-March-December
Tina Ujevića 7, Biograd na Moru More info

Hotel Bevanda

The new 5-star design hotel attached to recommended restaurant Bevanda is luxurious, to say the least. With only ten rooms, each elegantly furnished by Croatian architects, and each named for a famous visitor to the Opatija region, the Hotel Bevanda lives up to the good reputation earned by its restaurant. Little touches like its ‘personal sommeliers’ – wine-dispensing machines serving a range of wines and champagnes, day or ni…

Zert 8 , Opatija More info
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Hotel Lone
Critics choice

The kind of hotel that will be gracing the architecture textbooks in fifty years time, Hotel Lone is also a fine place to stay, offering the kind of smooth interior design that soothes an relaxes rather than just drawing attention to its own colour scheme. Probably the most important contribution to the Croatian hospitality industry since the 1970s, the amorphous-looking, Y-shaped Lone was designed by Zagreb architects 3LHD to suit an awkward, f…

Mid Feb-Dec
Luje Adamovića 31 More info
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Places: Hotel Lone

Croatia has seen plenty in the way of new hotels over the past twenty years but few have enjoyed the kind of media fanfare generated by Rovinj’s Hotel Lone. Opened in summer 2011, this seven-layer wedding-cake-cum-ocean-liner of a building is a headline-grabber whichever way you look at it – as a state-of-the-art spa retreat, a bold piece of architecture, or an exemplary exercise in interior design. The Lone is also remarkable in that it was con…

Hotel Marina

After a relatively recent renovation, the Hotel Marina is now a four-star, with ten luxury units on three floors, in the centre of the action. The hotel entrance is at one end the small harbour but rooms are air-conditioned and you can shut out the noise. All have a sea view; the pricier ones their own terrace. The restaurant is by the hotel entrance, on a seaside terrace, with prices to match….

Obala Hrvatske mornarice, Krk town More info

Hotel Kvarner Amalia

Croatia’s first luxury hotel on the Adriatic, the Kvarner, found right on the promenade, is still an imposing imperial presence in the heart of Opatija. Some of the sheen has come off since its glory days, which is why this revered institution is now one of the better bargains in town. Fans of grandeur will love the majestic size of the Crystal Ballroom, the ornate hotel lobby and the splendid seaside terrace beyond it. The rooms themselves are…

P Tomašića 1-4, Opatija More info
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L at Hotel Lone
Critics choice

Rovinj’s headline-grabbing hotel also has a destination restaurant, offering a typically modern-day Istrian mixture of fresh local ingredients and wide-raging culinary influences. The accent is on fish and seafood but representative dishes from inland Croatia are also on the menu, and Swiss-trained head chef Priska Thuring is not afraid to thrown in the odd Asian-Adriatic fusion dish. Pretty much everything that comes out of the kitchen is awful…

Mid Feb-Dec; noon-3pm, 6pm-midnight daily
Hotel Lone, Luje Adamovića 31 More info
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Hotel Ilirija

A four-star family-friendly hotel on the sea shore, the Ilirija has its own stretch of sandy beach as well as a pebbly part and its own marina (for boats up to 8m). Summertime (June-Sept) sees entertainment and sports programs for children run throughout the day and marine tourism in the hotel’s marina. There’s a wellness center and tennis courts, buffet restaurant and hairdressing salon – in short, everything you’d possi…

Tina Ujevića 7, Biograd na Moru More info