There’s little doubt there are the Most Beautifully Designed Hotels in Croatia. Stretching along the stunning waters of the Adriatic Sea and inland towards Hungary, the Balkan nation is one of Europe’s crossroads. A popular destination since the nineteenth century, it boasts more than 1000 years of history. Its architecture hints at rule by ancient Rome, Venice, the Ottomans, and Austria-Hungary. Blending at least four different cultures from all points of the compass, its design is diverse. Moreover, it’s able to take influence from the Venetian defenses of Dubrovnik and the glass cube of the National and University Library in Zagreb. Here we’ve sought out the most beautifully designed hotels in Croatia. Let’s check them out.
Hotel Lone Rovinj
This hotel is located on the coast of Croatia’s Istria region a short distance from ancient Rovinj and Pula. Unlike these cities, Hotel Lone Rovinj is a striking modern structure. It takes the form of a concave triangle of curved white lines that stand out against an ancient woodland backdrop. Inside, straight lines are equally hard to find, while its rooms are reminiscent of the cabin of a luxury yacht. Private balconies overlooking the woods or the gleaming Adriatic complete the look. At the same time, each room is finished to a high standard with light woods.
Luje Adamovica, 31, Rovinj, 52210
Hotel Brown Beach House & Spa, Trogir
Our second hotel, Hotel Brown Beach House & Spa, faces out towards mainland Croatia from its island location. A historic tobacco shipping station positioned on a narrow channel beside fine beaches, it has a classic exterior with red-tiled roof. Inside, it’s early twentieth century design which takes over. Furniture typical of the period creating a feeling of ageless elegance. However it remains light and airy, with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto a large outdoor pool. What’s more, there’s a full-service spa with a range of treatments, and a complimentary breakfast for all guests.
Put Gradine 66, Trogir, 21220
Briig Boutique Hotel, Split
Located in central Split, Briig Boutique Hotel takes the form of a white cube. Is it one of the most beautifully designed hotels in Croatia? Almost certainly. Firstly, irregular window placement and sizes pierce the structure and make you question everything you thought you knew about architecture. Then strong design continues within. Here, a skylight caps the full-height atrium. Surrounded by galleries of triangular cutouts, it creates a series of mesmerizing shapes like an Escher sketch. Finally, picture windows and crisp lines create a feeling of space in its rooms. And if that wasn’t enough, a sauna and fitness center are both available.
Prilaz Brace Kaliterna 1, Split
Meneghetti Wine Hotel and Winery, Bale
Here you’ll find a sophisticated take on a traditional country estate. Meneghetti Wine Hotel and Winery takes its form from a series of interconnected farm buildings rediscovered only a few years ago. Fully-modernized throughout, they create a luxurious take on authentic Mediterranean style. This demonstrates itself through exposed beams, tiled floors, and centuries-old stone walls which together create rustic charm. Looking out over neat rows of vines, forest, and finally the Adriatic, there is an indoor and outdoor pool. Guests are also able to enjoy a daily complimentary buffet breakfast.
Stancija Menegeti, 1, 52211, Rovinj, Bale
Hotel Martinis Marchi, Solta
The handful of air-conditioned rooms at Hotel Martinis Marchi makes it a true island hideaway. A courtyard is the focus of the hotel, echoing the traditional architecture of Solta Island. Today this plays host to an attractive outdoor pool and terrace. Around it is a string of buildings of various different ages. What unites them is their chic nineteenth century style of chandelier lighting, hardwood floors and dark wood furniture. Original artworks also dot the hotel, blending effortlessly into its historic surrounds.
Put Sv. Nikole 51, Maslinica, Solta
Hotel Bevanda, Opatija
This hotel is situated right on Opatija’s lungomare seafront promenade. Hotel Bevanda puts its views towards the islands of Cres and Krk at the forefront of its design. Large picture windows provide panoramic vistas while rooms offer private balconies or patios from which to enjoy the scene. Offering a modern take on classic elegance, Hotel Bevanda is the work of local architects. In addition, the region’s artists and designers created bespoke pieces of furniture for each of the ten rooms.
Zert 8, Opatija
Ikador Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa, Opatija
Backed by Ucka Nature Park, Ikador Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa is a new purpose-built structure. Enwrapped by landscaped gardens and seasonal outdoor saltwater pool, it also has a private beach area. Its subtle design harks back to the nineteenth century, when Opatija was one of the places to be seen. Slowly revealing itself, the lobby is of travertine stone and gold inlay, since Ikador translates as ‘golden’. Blue velvet armchairs add sophistication and warmth which continues into the guest rooms. Here you will find a complimentary minibar and bathrooms clad in marble. Elsewhere, the hotel has an extensive spa zone, mini golf course, and private speedboat for exploring the Adriatic’s islands.
Ul. Vikora Cara Emina BB, Ika, 51410 Opatija
Design Hotel Navis, Opatija
There can be no denying that Design Hotel Navis is indeed a design hotel. Perched on rocks just above a private beach, it sits among forested slopes. However, this natural beauty is equaled by the hotel’s contemporary stack of disjointed black and white rectangles. Items of homegrown design fill its polished spaces, from contemporary artworks to stylish pieces of furniture. The interiors contain blocks of bright color, from feature walls to fabric choices. Each room also includes a balcony or terrace, while a spa center offers hammam, spa and pool.
Ivana Matetića Ronjgova 10, 51410 Opatija
Amadria Park Hotel Milenij, Opatija
Here is another hotel with an excellent seafront position on the Opatija lungomare promenade. Lying next to St Jacob’s Park and boasting its own landscaped gardens, Amadria Park Hotel Milenij was first built in 1836. Its pastel pink walls were upgraded by Viennese architect Carl Seidl in 1910, giving it an art deco twist. As a result, black and white are the dominant color combinations for much of the hotel. However, colorful canvases by Karl Ludwig Hassman were added in the 1920s. In addition to views of Kvarner Bay, there is a 650 square meter spa. This contains Finnish and Turkish baths, as well as indoor and outdoor pools.
Maršala Tita 109, 51410 Opatija
Rixos Premium Dubrovnik
Rixos Premium Dubrovnik is located down a coastal hillside 15 minutes on foot from the city’s UNESCO-listed Old Town. Natural light and uninterrupted sea views fill its modern amphitheater style rooms. Decorated with furniture of mid-century design, the expansive multi-level lobby is also sure to make an impression. When it comes to facilities, there is a two-story spa, seasonal outdoor pool and year-round indoor pool space. If you’re already admiring stunning design, read our Dubrovnik design guide to make the most of the city!
Liechtensteinov Put 3, 20000 Dubrovnik
The Charms of Croatia
A fantastic natural setting on the Adriatic Sea and a reputation as a crossroads of European cultures means there are some most beautifully designed hotels in Croatia. From Pula in Istria to Dubrovnik and Split, design fans are not left disappointed. As well as in geography, they also differ in age and style. Historic farmhouses compete for attention with modern masterpieces of architecture.
At the same time, unique offerings such as wine hotels and contemporary design hotels provide alternatives. So if you’ve been considering a tour of this magical Balkan nation, be sure to check into some of the most beautiful hotels in Croatia, offering the perfect backdrop to any number of tours in Croatia. For instance, their spread across the country means you could take in Dubrovnik’s Game of Thrones Walking Tour before heading on our Istria tour from Zagreb.