Hotel Finds: Croatia


Croatia’s chic, well-priced hotels will delight travelers. From the islands and coastal cities, to the capital Zagreb -- sophisticated and even luxurious accommodations are available for very moderate prices.

REGENT ESPLANADE

Mihanovičeva 1, Donji Grad, Zagreb


The Regent Esplanade Lobby, elegant, but comfortably inviting.


Old world style and attention to service are the hallmarks of the Regent Esplanade.


Art Deco design at the Zinfandel Restaurant


The Zinfandel is highly regarded for its contemporary interpretations of Croatian cuisine.



One of Europe’s most luxurious hotels is also one of the most affordable. Seriously! And, the company’s not bad either. Recent guests have included U2, Orlando Bloom, Sting, Francis Ford Coppola, Queen Elizabeth II and Woody Allen. Less recently: Elizabeth Taylor, Orson Welles, Louis Armstrong, Charles Lindbergh and Josephine Baker signed the guest list.

The Regent Esplanade was built in 1925 to provide accommodations for passengers on the fabled Orient Express, so the historic figures and celebrities who have wandered here are numerous. The hotel architecture is also renown for its Art-Deco design and interpretation. Rooms are quite large and beautifully furnished. All have personal bars and many have fireplaces.

The Zinfandel Restaurant has won culinary awards for its contemporary interpretations of Croatian cuisine along with well-chosen Croatian wines. During warm-weather months, the hotel’s Oleander Terrace is one of the most popular dining spots in the city. Locals and visitors enjoy the champagne bar and views of the hotel gardens and parks.



PUČIĆ PALACE

Ul od Puča 1, Stari Grad, Dubrovnik


The Pučić Palace in Dubrovnik is an 18th Century baroque residence.


Antique furnishings, ornately carved wood and art are integral to the hotel.


Dining options include a formal restaurant or alfresco evenings.


With a central location in Dubrovnik’s old town, Pučić Palace provides the high-end comfort and attention you’d expect in a grand 18th Century baroque residence. Antique furnishings and exquisitely-tiled bathrooms with Bulgari toiletries are just a few of the highlights.

Dining is another pleasure here. An open terrace provides a romantic spot for alfresco evenings with Mediterranean specialties. The wine bar serves up outstanding Croatian vintages and spirits.



HOTEL STARI GRAD

Od Sigurate 4, Dubrovnik


The diminutive Hotel Stari Grad is big on service and luxury details.


The breathtaking fifth-floor terrace is an ideal spot for observing Dubrovnik's historic architecture.


With only eight rooms, Dubrovnik’s Hotel Stari Grad, is diminutive. But, the rooms are lovely and offer many conveniences: large bathrooms with hydro-massage showers and minibars. A fifth-floor terrace is perfect for viewing the ancient city and sunsets. The service is attentive and the prices are unbeatable!



HOTEL KORČULA

Obala Dr Franje Tudmana 5, Korčula


Hotel Korčula is the first and only hotel on the island.

The first hotel on the island and the only lodging available in the old town, this small but charming property has spectacular views. The hotel was built in 1871, during the Habsburg era, so it offers historical insights as well.


Rooms are small, but charming. And the views are unparalleled.



MARMONT HOTEL

Zadarska 13, Split


Hip and contemporary, the Marmont is one of the few hotels within the old palace grounds at Split.


The Marmont has updated the property while still beautifully maintaing original 15th Century walls.


Rooms are large and spacious with every modern convenience and gadget.

There are very few hotels within the old palace grounds of Split, one of Croatia’s prime destinations. So, the award-winning Marmont is a welcome addition to the area’s hotel scene.The hip and contemporary style of the hotel contrasts with the ornate antiquity of the city, even though the property makes striking use of the building's original 15th Century walls.

Rooms are large with stylish bathrooms, flat screen TVs, CD player and coffee makers. A large continental buffet awaits guests in the morning and a lounge bar is available for evening cocktails. The rooftop terrace is graciously furnished and has views of the city and Cathedral. Lodging prices are an excellent value as well, especially given the location and superbly updated accommodations.


A rooftop terrace is graciously furnished and provides tranquil viewing of the city.



HOTEL PERISTIL

Poljana Kralijice Jelena 5, Split


Also located within the old palace grounds, the historic Hotel Peristil has incorporated many elements from Diocletian's villa.

Also located within the old palace grounds, the Hotel Peristil has 12 comfortable rooms. The hotel construction has incorporated many elements and structures from Diocletian’s villa. So the sense of history is ominpresent. A restaurant, popular with locals, serves Croatian coastal specialties on an attractive terrace in front of the hotel. The Hotel Peristil is pleasant and well-priced.



A terrace restaurant, popular with locals, serves Croatian coastal specialties.

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