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20 Best Hotels And Resorts In Croatia For A Mediterranean Fantasy

Verena
Published Jul 04, 2016

Living by the beautiful coast of the Mediterranean is a dream for many. Imagine waking up to the soothing sounds of the water brushing up against the shore. Imagine eating every meal with an unreal view of a crystal clear sea. A trip to Croatia is exactly what you need to fulfil this Mediterranean fantasy.

Scattered all over the country, particularly down the coastline of the Adriatic Sea, are countless historic cities and relaxing beach resorts just within your grasp. The best part is that high-quality accommodation options are also abundant, all at affordable prices compared to other popular European beach destinations. Whether you’re going to Dubrovnik or Split or another town, this list has got you covered on accommodation all over the country.

Tip: try to disconnect from technology while you are there, in order to truly relish every moment of your vacation. But don’t worry if you can’t; free Wi-Fi is provided in all hotels and resorts recommended below.

Cavtat

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Located across the bay from Dubrovnik, Croatia’s southernmost town of Cavtat has become an increasingly popular tourist destination in recent years. It offers the same luxury and amazing beachfront views as Dubrovnik, but without the hustle of immense crowds.

With its rich Mediterranean vegetation, unpolluted seas, and blend of old and new architecture, Cavtat is ideal for those seeking a peaceful atmosphere. Just a short ferry ride away, Dubrovnik makes for a perfect day trip where you can later retreat back to the calm of Cavtat.

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1. Villa Radovic Cavtat (From 40 USD)

With 6 out of its 10 rooms having a sea view, Villa Radovic Cavtat is a small yet picturesque accommodation option in Cavtat. Sandwiched between the historical town center and the sandy beaches, this villa captures the essence of Croatia. Enjoy the fusion of scenic coastlines and ancient buildings. With its cozy rooms and plush beds, Villa Radovic Cavtat is its own little paradise at extremely affordable prices. All guests will have access to a fully-equipped shared kitchen, a terrace, and an outdoor barbecue.

Villa Radovic Cavtat

Address: Ljudevita Gaja 3, 20210 Cavtat, Croatia

Price: From 40 USD

Access: 5.5 kilometers (3.4 miles / 9-minute drive) from Dubrovnik Airport

Contact: +385 20 479 021

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2. Hotel Castelleto (From 60 USD)

Hotel Castelletto is a family-run bed and breakfast by the mountains, a mere 10-minute walk from the coast of the Adriatic Sea. Featuring simple wood furnishings in bright, relaxed rooms, the hotel embodies the concept of minimalistic living. You can expect to be greeted by friendly hosts who will make sure you feel right at home the moment you set foot into the hotel. If you are lucky enough to get a room on the higher floors, there will be amazing views across the bay. Free breakfast and airport shuttles are a bonus.

Hotel Castelletto

Address: Jurja Dalmatinca 9a, 20210 Cavtat, Croatia

Price: From 60 USD

Access: 5 kilometers (3.1 miles / 8-minute drive) from Dubrovnik Airport

Contact: +385 20 479 547

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3. Hotel Croatia Cavtat (From 150 USD)

A secluded but beautiful 5-star beach resort, Hotel Croatia Cavtat is highly-praised for its large, clean, and modern rooms. Get the experience of glistening blue waters from the Adriatic Sea on one side of the resort, and to the other, soak up the historical atmosphere of the old town of Cavtat. Hotel Croatia Cavtat is so close (just 17.4 kilometers / 10.8 miles) to Dubrovnik that the medieval walls of the city can be seen from some rooms. Gain access to 2 beaches and 2 swimming pools within this surreal seafront resort. With 24-hour room service available, the hotel will be ready to offer help to you at any time of the day or night.

Hotel Croatia Cavtat

Address: Frankopanska 10, 20210 Cavtat-Dubrovnik, Croatia

Price: From 150 USD

Access: 6 kilometers (3.7 miles / 10-minute drive) from Dubrovnik Airport

Contact: +385 20 475 555

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Dubrovnik

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Easily the most prominent tourist destination in both Croatia and on the Mediterranean Sea today, Dubrovnik once gained its prosperity from maritime trade. And with Dubrovnik International Airport (which is actually located slightly further south of Cavtat), getting to Dubrovnik is extremely convenient from almost anywhere in the world. The main feature of the city are the Walls of Dubrovnik, which run for almost 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) around the city. These stone walls were built centuries ago to protect the vulnerable city and its citizens.

Fun Fact: the highly-favored HBO series, Game of Thrones, filmed multiple scenes in Dubrovnik to represent two cities of the Seven Kingdoms (i.e. King’s Landing and Qarth). Parts of Star Wars: Episode VIII were also filmed here.

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4. Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik (From 160 USD)

A 4-star hotel on the beachfront of Lapad Bay and its famous tree-lined promenade Uvala, Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik is highly-praised for its abundant facilities, and airy simplistic rooms. Make use of all the hotel’s amenities, such as the rooftop lounge, poolside bar, steam room, indoor and outdoor pool, fitness center, beach access, and jogging path. Even during your chilled out downtime, you will not feel a second of boredom at Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik. Complimentary breakfast and parking are included in all room rates.

Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik

Address: Kardinala Stepinca 21, 20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia

Price: From 160 USD

Access: 25 kilometers (15.5 miles / 30-minute drive) from Dubrovnik Airport,

Contact: +385 20 299 000

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5. The Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik (From 200 USD)

Surround yourself with historical, cultural, and natural beauty at The Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik. Having won the World Travel Award in 2015 as Croatia’s Leading Seafront Hotel, it is undoubtedly a safe choice for those seeking accommodation that is just steps away from the coastline. Featuring a two-story spa, casino, and multiple restaurants, this hotel combines the notion of luxury and comfort in one package.

The Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik

Address: Liechtensteinov put 3, 20000 Dubrovni, Hrvatska - Croatia

Price: From 200 USD

Access: 23 kilometers (14.3 miles / 30-minute drive) from Dubrovnik Airport

Contact: +385 20 200 000

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6. Villa Dubrovnik (From 370 USD)

Consistently ranked as Croatia’s most exclusive and most awarded boutique hotel, Villa Dubrovnik is an exquisite 5-star hotel located on a cliff overlooking the Adriatic Sea and the Old City of Dubrovnik. Each room has its own unique features, ranging from sea views, to whirlpool tubs, to outdoor hot tubs. With only 56 residences available (including one 3-bedroom villa), try to book this elite villa as early as possible before it fills up.

Villa Dubrovnik

Address: Vlaha Bukovca 6, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Price: From 370 USD

Access: 22 kilometers (1.2 miles / 25-minute drive) from Dubrovnik Airport

Contact: +385 20 500 300 

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7. Villa Orsula Dubrovnik (From 510 USD)

Villa Orsula Dubrovnik is an upscale 5-star stone villa overlooking the Adriatic Sea. With its historical architecture and trendy interior, the individual villas strike the perfect balance between traditional heritage and modern luxury. Wake up to a delicious complimentary breakfast served on an open-air terrace with amazing views of the sea. Suites include a separate living room, with views of either the city or the harbor

Villa Orsula Dubrovnik

Address: Ulica Frana Supila 14, 20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia

Price: From 510 USD

Access: 22 kilometers (13.7 miles / 25-minute drive) from Dubrovnik Airport

Contact: +385 20 440 588

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Hvar

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In the midst of the Adriatic Sea lies the Croatian island of Hvar, known for its unique fertile plains and fresh water springs. Unlike regions in the same geographic area, Hvar’s hillsides are unusually cultivated, covered with vineyards, olive groves, fruit orchards, and lavender fields.

Approximately 68 kilometers (42 miles) long, this island is the one of Croatia’s biggest in both land area and population. Despite its former role as a central hub for the Adriatic sailing routes, Hvar now generates most of its economy from tourism. It has been ranked among the top 10 islands in the world by Conde Nast Traveler magazine.

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8. Amfora, Hvar Grand Beach Resort (From 180 USD)

Home to an exclusive beach club, Amfora, Hvar Grand Beach Resort is as luxurious as it sounds. Located in a private bay, this hotel features a unique cascading waterfall and Mediterranean garden within its pool. From Amfora, you will get incredible views of the crystal clear waters from the restaurant or rooftop gym. Grab a drink after a dip in the pool at the outdoor pool’s swim-up bar. Private cabanas, massage services, and sunbeds are also accessible at the beach club.

Amfora, Hvar Grand Beach Resort

Address: Ulica biskupa Jurja Dubokovića 5, 21450 Hvar, Croatia

Price: From 180 USD

Access: 800 meters (2,625 feet / 12-minute walk) from Port of Hvar

Contact: +385 21 750 300

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9. Riva, Hvar Yacht Harbor Hotel (From 190 USD)

Perched on the waterfront promenade, Riva, Hvar Yacht Harbor Hotel is home to 53 rooms and suites in total. This upscale hotel features rooms with colorful accents, which add a fun touch to the contemporary sleek interior designs. A stay at Riva, Hvar Yacht Harbor Hotel includes free parking, breakfast, daily refreshments, and use of the rooftop pool at a nearby hotel. If you are looking to pamper yourself, book the hotel’s BB signature Hollywood-style service, which provides additional perks aiming to let you feel like a celebrity.

Riva, Hvar Yacht Harbor Hotel

Address: Obala Riva 27, 21450 Hvar, Croatia

Price: From 190 USD

Access: 300 meters (984 feet / 3-minute walk) from Port of Hvar

Contact: +385 21 750 100

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10. Adriana, Hvar Spa Hotel (From 240 USD)

For a revitalizing and relaxing experience, stay at Adriana, Hvar Spa Hotel. Located on the promenade facing the old city center, this hotel provides panoramic views of the town, the sea, and the marina. It is a convenient 6-minute walk away from Hvar’s ferry port, which will most likely be how you get to the island. Apart from their countless spa packages, enjoy a year-round rooftop seawater swimming pool and free snacks provided at the multi-level seasonal garden terrace.

Adriana, Hvar Spa Hotel

Address: Obala Fabrika 28, 21450 Hvar, Croatia

Price: From 240 USD

Access: 200 meters (656 feet / 2-minute walk) from Port of Hvar

Contact: +385 21 750 200

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Split

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Surrounding the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Diocletian’s Palace, Split simultaneously encompasses both the historical charm of ancient Roman times and the organic beauty of the ocean. It is regarded as one of the oldest and largest cities in the region of Dalmatia, on the shores of the Adriatic Sea.

Home to the second largest airport in Croatia (in terms of passenger count) and the third busiest port in the Mediterranean, Split receives a massive influx of visitors every year, especially during the summer. Year-round services between Split and other cities (within both Croatia and Europe) makes it an easily accessible destination for most.

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11. The View Luxury Rooms, Split (From 100 USD)

Whether you are seeking cultural heritage, calming scenery, or verdant nature, you can get it all from The View Luxury Rooms, Split. With panoramic views of the city, the sea, and the mountains, it is perfect for those who want to learn about modern-day Split and its history. Conveniently located in the heart of the city, The View Luxury Rooms, Split is no more than a 5-minute walk away from Diocletian’s Palace, the bus terminal, the ferry port, and Bacvice Beach.

The View Luxury Rooms, Split

Address: Kralja zvonimira 14, 21000 Split, Croatia

Price: From 100 USD

Access: 900 meters (2,953 feet / 11-minute walk or 5-minute drive) from Port of Split; 26 km (40-minute drive) from Split Airport

Contact: +385 21 277 715

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12. Radisson Blu Resort, Split (From 190 USD)

Amidst the sea and the mountains lies Radisson Blu Resort, Split. Given its proximity to a pebbled beach along the Adriatic Sea, you will probably find yourself spending most of the time basking in the sun and feeling the sea breeze on your skin. Seek comfort in one of its 250 sophisticated and chic rooms. Many rooms have a balcony that overlooks Brac and Solta, two islands not far off the coast of Split. With its private spa, fitness center, swimming pools, and on-site restaurants and bars, Radisson Blu Resort, Split will fulfil all your vacation desires.

Radisson Blu Resort, Split

Address: Put Trstenika 19, 21000 Split, Croatia

Price: From 190 USD

Access: 3.5 kilometers (2.17 miles / 11-minute drive) from Port of Split; 24 kilometers (14.9 miles / 35-minute drive) from Split Airport

Contact: +385 21 303 030

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13. Palace Judita Heritage Hotel (From 200 USD)

Designed to reflect various historical periods from medieval and modern Europe (i.e. Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance), Palace Judita Heritage Hotel encapsulates the essence of tradition and style. On the site of an ancient 16th-century palace in the main square of Split, the entrance of the hotel can be accessed through an internal courtyard. All 11 rooms available at Palace Judita Heritage Hotel feature exposed stone walls and elegant furniture, giving you a taste of the past. Panoramic views of the square can be enjoyed from some balconies.

Palace Judita Heritage Hotel

Address: Narodni trg 4, 21000 Split, Croatia

Price: From 200 USD

Access: 1 kilometer (0.62 miles / 15-minute walk or 7-minute drive) from Port of Split; 25 kilometers (15.5 miles / 40-minute drive) from Split Airport

Contact: +385 21 420 220

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14. Hotel Vestibul Palace (From 270 USD)

Experience a slice of what life was like during historical times with the surrounding ancient Roman walls at Hotel Vestibul Palace. As a member of ‘Small Luxury Boutique Hotels In The World’, Hotel Vestibul Palace creates a heavenly combination of the antique and the modern. Located in the heart of Diocletian’s Palace, this small luxury boutique hotel is just a few minutes away from the main attractions of Split. You can explore the whole city without wasting much time or money on transportation. Airport transfers are available at an additional cost.

Hotel Vestibul Palace

Address: Ul. Iza Vestibula 4a, 21000 Split, Croatia

Price: From 270 USD

Access: 850 meters (2,789 feet / 11-minute walk or 5-minute drive) from Port of Split; 26 km (16 miles / 40-minute drive) from Split Airport

Contact: +385 21 329 329

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Rovinj

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Situated by the north Adriatic Sea, Rovinj is a part of Croatian’s Istrian Peninsula. The town is officially bilingual, speaking both Italian and Croatian. Hence, Rovinj can also be called by its Italian name, Rovigno.

During its peak season from May to September, the city swarms with tourists from all over the world. Data has shown that Rovinj is the second most popular tourist destination in Croatia, in terms of overnight stays. The easiest way to get to Rovinj is by flying into a nearby airport (Pula Airport in Croatia, or Trieste Airport in Italy). If you are coming from Italy, there is also a direct high speed ferry between Venice and Rovinj.

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15. Hotel Lone (From 200 USD)

One of the two 5-star hotels in Rovinj, Hotel Lone combines functionality, heritage, and style in one package for its guests. Boasting 6 levels and sunbathing space by its shared outdoor pool, this boutique hotel is the perfect place to lounge around during the day on one of its 200 sun-loungers. It is conveniently located within Golden Cape Natural Park, just 200 meters (656 feet) away from the sea and a short 15-minute walk from Rovinj’s city center. Enjoy the jewel-blue tones of the sea right from the comfort of your suite.

Hotel Lone

Address: Luje Admovica 31, 52210 Rovinj, Croatia

Price: From 200 USD

Access: 3 kilometers (1.9 miles / 7-minute drive) from Port of Rovinj; 40 km (24.9 miles / 40-minute drive) from Pula Airport

Contact: +385 52 800 250

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16. Hotel Adriatic, Rovinj (From 220 USD)

Live in the heart of the city’s old town at Hotel Adriatic, Rovinj. Even though this small boutique hotel only offers 18 suites, each room is of top quality, featuring views of St. Katarina Island, or the Main Square and Old Town of Rovinj. Guests can catch a boat right in front of the hotel to visit the beaches on St. Katarina Island. While you are at Hotel Adriatic, Rovinj, be sure to admire the art on display throughout the building. Each and every piece was created exclusively for the hotel, and is truly one-of-a-kind.

Hotel Adriatic, Rovinj

Address: Obala Pina Budicina, Riva Pino Budicin 16, 52210 Rovinj, Croatia

Price: From 220 USD

Access: 80 meters (262.5 feet / 1-minute walk) from Port of Rovinj; 40 kilometers (24.9 miles / 40-minute drive) from Pula Airport

Contact: +385 52 800 250

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17. Hotel Monte Mulini (From 330 USD)

Recently becoming a part of the ‘Leading Hotels of the World’ group, Hotel Monte Mulini is the only other 5-star hotel in Rovinj. Offering a total of 99 rooms and 14 suites, this lavish boutique hotel has been highly praised in the past. The hotel’s beach club was named one of the world’s best by Conde Nast Traveler magazine recently. Guests also have access to Mulini Beach, which is located in front of the hotel and overlooks Lone Bay, throughout the summer season. Breakfast, parking, and bicycle loans are complimentary.

Hotel Monte Mulini

Address: A. Smareglia bb, 52210 Rovinj, Croatia

Price: From 330 USD

Access: 1.6 kilometers (0.99 miles / 5-minute drive) from Port of Rovinj; 40 kilometers (24.9 miles / 40-minute drive) from Pula Airport

Contact: +385 52 800 250

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Zagreb

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Despite its significance as a major tourist center, Zagreb is sometimes omitted by tourists heading straight to the historic towns and beach resorts along the Croatian Adriatic coast. But as the capital of Croatia, Zagreb holds just as much history and beauty that dates back to ancient Roman times.

If you are visiting the Croatian coast soon, fly into Zagreb first and give yourself a longer layover. Instead of spending a few hours in the airport before your next flight, allow at least 1 - 2 days to explore the city. Walk around Zagreb Upper Town (Gornji Grad), visit the city’s iconic St. Mark’s Church, and pay your respects at the tombs of famous Croatians at Mirogoj Cemetery. You’ll be fascinated by some of the stories Zagreb has to share.

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18. Swanky Mint Hostel (From 30 USD)

Despite its name, Swanky Mint Hostel is not just a hostel with dorm-style rooms. It also has private rooms and studios, each complete with a TV and an en-suite bathroom. Studios have the added bonus of their own kitchenettes. Situated a short walk away from historic Upper Town and other tourist attractions, you’ll be in the ideal location to conveniently explore the city.

As one of Zagreb’s most popular hostels, Swanky Mint Hostel is suitable for anyone traveling on a budget. It is well-liked by many, from solo backpackers and honeymooning couples to families with kids. To minimize your costs even further, cook your own meals in the shared kitchen available to all guests, or make use of your studio’s kitchenette.

Swanky Mint Hostel

Address: Ilica 50, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia

Price: From 30 USD

Access: 16 kilometers (9.9 miles / 30-minute drive) from Zagreb Airport

Contact: +385 1 4004 248

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19. Best Western Premier Hotel Astoria (From 100 USD)

Even though Best Western Premier Hotel Astoria is centrally located in Zagreb, its surroundings of a quiet neighborhood yield a sense of calm in the midst of the city’s frenzy. Unlike most hotels and resorts in this article, this Best Western chain hotel has stuck to traditional furnishings, which provide guests with a cozy setting to come back to after a day of exploring. Rooms at Best Western Premier Hotel Astoria are on the smaller side, but they are just as clean and comfortable as a hotel room could get. The hotel has also been applauded for the high-quality dishes served at the onsite Restaurant Ragusa and Bar Glama.

Best Western Premier Hotel Astoria

Address: Petrinjska 71, 10000 Zagreb, Hrvatska - Croatia

Price: From 100 USD

Access: 16 kilometers (9.9 miles / 30-minute drive) from Zagreb Airport

Contact: +385 1 4808 900

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20. Esplanade Zagreb Hotel (From 150 USD)

Set in the heart of Zagreb beside the main railway station, Esplanade Zagreb Hotel is one of the city’s most distinct buildings, recognized for its grandiose and opulent exterior. This iconic hotel in Croatia’s largest and most populous city provides its guests with the true essence of luxury. Experience the glamor of this grand hotel’s plush, art deco style furnishings and marble bathrooms. There is no doubt you will feel like a king (or queen!) during your stay here.

Esplanade Zagreb Hotel

Address: Mihanoviceva 1, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia

Price: From 150 USD

Access: 15 kilometers (9.3 miles / 25-minute drive) from Zagreb Airport

Contact: +385 1 4566 666

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Living in a dream

No matter which city you visit or which hotel you stay at, any trip to Croatia will fulfil your wishes of a fabulous vacation. Each hotel has its own unique features that makes it different from the rest and stand out individually. Impressive views, comfortable rooms, and reasonable prices; what more could you look for in a holiday?! So if you are still unsure of your summer plans, hop on a plane to Croatia and live out your Mediterranean fantasy.

Verena is currently a journalism student in New York City. Having to move around a lot throughout her childhood triggered her passion for traveling at a young age. She believes that exploring new...Read more

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