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The best places to stay in Croatia – from luxury hotels to boutique hostels

Rijeka hotel guide
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Rijeka hotel guide

Despite two four-star venues, the Bonavia and the Jadran, the range of accommodation in Rijeka is increasingly apartment based. A short drive down the coast, the complex of Novi Spa Hotels & Resort provides first-class luxury. Also, about 20 minutes outside of Rijeka, in the preserved old town of Kastav, the Kukiriku has lodging above its excellent restaurant. RECOMMENDED: Great things to do in Rijeka.

The best Dubrovnik Airbnb stays
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The best Dubrovnik Airbnb stays

A magnificent walled city lapped by the Adriatic, the handsome coastal resort of Dubrovnik is a victim of its own success. Although marvellously romantic, this compact city teems with tourists in the summer months, making an 'authentic' travel experience increasingly hard to come by. Forget the high-rise hotels on the outliers of the city, for something truly unique, look at these impressive Airbnb rentals in Dubrovnik. RECOMMENDED: more great hotels in Croatia

Pictures: luxurious five star hotel Capital opening in Zagreb this October
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Pictures: luxurious five star hotel Capital opening in Zagreb this October

After a slight delay, Zagreb's new five star hotel, Capital, opens this October. As you can see from the pictures, no expense has been spared on its luxurious interior. The hotel is located on the corner of Jurišićeva and Palmotićeva streets, in a beautiful art deco building of Austrian design, formerly the well known site of a grand outlet of one of Croatia's largest banks. Capital belongs to the Amadria Park group, founded by Veljko Župan, who are particularly well known for their luxury hotels in Opatija. Capital joins Esplanade Zagreb Hotel, Sheraton Zagreb Hotel and The Westin Zagreb in the exclusive five star category, servicing Croatia's capital.

Living the suite life: Dejan Lovren's new Hotel Joel
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Living the suite life: Dejan Lovren's new Hotel Joel

Though he's best known for his footballing skills, it turns out Dejan Lovren has a flair for design too. After co-creating a fashion label with buddy Lovro Krcar, the top-tier footballer announced his foray into the hotelier business, with a stylish new hotel on the island of Pag.  It’s hard to feel sympathy for a Champions League player, but the life of a footballer must be a transient one. Travelling from city to city for games, for those in the uppermost echelons, success can also mean you're uprooted from the place you currently call home, transported to a different, bigger club, maybe in a new country, maybe with a different language.  Dejan Lovren plays for the Croatian national football team, one of the heroes responsible for their recent success in the World Cup. His has been such a life. Having fled from war in his birthplace of Bosnia, and having moved from Germany to Croatia while still a child, a transient life is something that Dejan Lovren is perhaps more familiar with than most. Dejan Lovren has just built and opened a new luxury four-star hotel on the Croatian island of Pag. In doing so, it seems that the star defender, who currently plays for top Premier League side Liverpool, is ready to commit his long-term future to Croatia, no matter where his career or life may take him. When it comes to hotels, jet-set footballers know exactly what they want when travelling the world, far from the comforts of home. Joel is an exclusive hotel in Novalja on the island

Amazing castles in Croatia you can actually stay in
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Amazing castles in Croatia you can actually stay in

Ever wanted to stay in a castle without the cold floors and spooky noises in the night? How about playing king or queen for a weekend? In Croatia, there are some amazing castles you can actually stay in. Choose from forts, apartments from the 1700’s and gorgeous chateaus - some located near historical attractions like the Walls of Dubrovnik. We've rounded up the places where you can feel like lord and lady of the manor - until 10 am check-out, that is. RECOMMENDED: the best Croatia Airbnb stays.   

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The best Zagreb hotels
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The best Zagreb hotels

The problem with Zagreb hotels in the past was the dearth of venues between the bunk-bed and smoking-jacket ends of the spectrum. This is no longer the case, given attractive range of options available. As Zagreb continues to spread its wings as a destination in its own right – rather than a spot to lay over before the coast – hotel options continue to grow. Here are the best.

Recommended Dubrovnik hotels
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Recommended Dubrovnik hotels

It's hard to keep track of the ever-rising number of high-end Dubrovnik hotels, but the city also packs some impressive hostel and B&B options. As is common in Dalmatia, high-season prices are significantly higher than in spring or autumn, and some venues close at some point in the winter – though this policy is changing as Dubrovnik becomes a more year-round destination. Read on for your guide to the best hotels in Dubrovnik.

Rijeka hotel guide
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Rijeka hotel guide

Despite two four-star venues, the Bonavia and the Jadran, the range of accommodation in Rijeka is increasingly apartment based. A short drive down the coast, the complex of Novi Spa Hotels & Resort provides first-class luxury. Also, about 20 minutes outside of Rijeka, in the preserved old town of Kastav, the Kukiriku has lodging above its excellent restaurant. RECOMMENDED: Great things to do in Rijeka.

The best hotels in Rovinj
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The best hotels in Rovinj

Rovinj’s tasteful but limited accommodation stock has been transformed by the maistra group, which has created gleaming, family-friendly resorts, turned whole islands into self-contained hotel complexes festooned with pools, spas and restaurants, and conceived two of the finest properties on the Med, one an architectural wonder. The lodgings in historic properties remain in place for those who wish a quiet stay amid the cobbled streets of the Old Town. RECOMMENDED: amazing things to do in Rovinj.

Zadar hotel guide
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Zadar hotel guide

The Zadar hotel and accommodation situation in is improving in leaps and bounds, with the recent arrival of a brace of four-star hotels in the centre – the Art Hotel Kalelarga – plus the advent of designer backpacker digs in the shape of Boutique Hostel Forum. Elsewhere, the Villa Hrešć is a commendable apartment hotel. It stands almost halfway out to Borik, the tourist centre five kilometres north-west of town at Puntamika, a simple ride from Zadar on the No.5 bus.

Luxury hotels in Zagreb

Sheraton Zagreb Hotel
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Sheraton Zagreb Hotel

A true five-star on any scale, the Sheraton Zagreb Hotel has 306 rooms, all with marble bathrooms, well lit and expansive living spaces, handsome wooden nightstands and desks, and high-speed internet connections. All in all, like a polished version of home – with turndown service. The lobby flows from the café bar across to the restaurant under cascading glass chandeliers and leather armchairs. There are 13 conferences rooms, a fitness facility, spa and indoor pool. When you factor in the location, service and level of pampering, it really is quite good value for money. Make sure you ask about weekend specials when prices can drop down. Newly fashionable, this attractive, Habsburg-era city is just the right size for a long weekend. It combines a Mediterranean lifestyle – think al fresco cafes and street markets – with a healthy dollop of Balkan attitude and hedonism at night. Cutting-edge modern art, wonderful boutique shopping and sightseeing opportunities aplenty complete the winning mix, while its gridded layout and concentrated city centre mean it's not overwhelming.  This review is sponsored by The Sheraton Zagreb Hotel, Croatia Full of Life and Zagreb Tourist Board.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
The Westin Zagreb
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The Westin Zagreb

Something of an urban landmark ever since it first opened in the 1970s under the Intercontinental banner, this cool five-star slab has frequently been the top choice for high-end Zagreb visitors: the Stones, Sophia Loren and Nick Cave have all graced its halls. In 2016, a huge renovation gave the hotel its contemporary feel and current 349-room, 13 conference-room look. The rooms come equipped with fog-proof mirrors and marble-effect bathrooms. The north-facing units have grand views of the Old Town and Sljeme Mountain. The hotel's 'Heavenly Bed' philosophy prioritises a good night's sleep with deluxe mattresses and pillows and high thread counts. The sparkling, jet-set-worthy fitness and beauty centre contains Turkish and Finnish saunas, cutting-edge Nautilus equipment, and massage treatments alongside pedicures, manicures and facials. The 17-metre pool is surrounded by tasteful wooden lounge chairs and black stones, bathed in an ethereal blue light. Newly fashionable, this attractive, Habsburg-era city is just the right size for a long weekend break. It combines a Mediterranean lifestyle – think al fresco cafes and street markets – with a healthy dollop of Balkan attitude and hedonism at night. Cutting-edge modern art, wonderful boutique shopping and sightseeing opportunities aplenty complete the winning mix, while its gridded layout and concentrated city centre mean it's not overwhelming.  This review is sponsored by the Westin Hotel, Croatia Full of Life and Zagreb Tour

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
DoubleTree by Hilton
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DoubleTree by Hilton

Rising serenely above Radnička cesta, Zagreb's developing commercial and financial district, the sleek bronze block of the DoubleTree was the major hotel opening of 2011 and brings a new dimension of contemporary design and comfort to Zagreb's upper-bracket accommodation. All rooms feature a svelte mixture of charcoal, chocolate and ochre surfaces and fabrics; big windows provide both plenty of light and a a sense of outside bustle. Desks and luggage space are well provided for, even in the smaller 'standard' doubles. Wifi, and media hubs that allow you to play your gadgets through the hotel TVs and speakers, are standard throughout. Importantly, every room has a bathtub. Another major plus is the top-floor gym and spa centre, with a small pool on one level and a large exercise area just above it, big wall-to-ceiling windows offering breathtaking panoramas of the city as you pedal way or pump iron. Down on the ground floor, the the hotel bar and the Oxbo restaurant share a relaxing open-plan social space.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Esplanade
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Esplanade

Since it opened in 1925 to cater to travellers on the Orient Express, the beautiful and opulent Esplanade has accommodated Alfred Hitchcock, Elizabeth Taylor, Queen Elizabeth II, the King of Spain and Louis Armstrong. Fabulous luxury and top-notch service are the name of the game at this art-nouveau gem beside the train station. After a complete refurbishment, it reopened in 2004. The lobby is a veneered wonder and clocks display the time in six world cities. Stylish guestrooms range in size and configuration, but all come with perks such as heated floors, goose-down bedding, mist-free mirrors and fancy toiletries in the marble bathrooms. The chef at Zinfandel's restaurant conjures up modern Med cuisine and Croatian traditional dishes, while Le Bistro does the best štrukli in town. Relaxation packages are popular: hot-stone and chocolate massages in the treatment and sauna rooms. There are also deluxe room service options like a Bath Butler, who'll draw the perfect, bubbled tub. Combine it with the Great Gatsby treatment for men: a cognac and a cigar. Even the pooch gets in on the action here. Pets receive a bone, a welcome letter and a bed when they arrive.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars

Best hotels in Dubrovnik

Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel

Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel

The superlative hotel chain Sheraton have added another top hotel to thier portfolio. Just a few minutes' drive from the bustling town centre, this 240-room and 11-suite resort is elegant, calm and spacious. 

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5 out of 5 stars
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Villa Dubrovnik
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Villa Dubrovnik

The major reopening of a couple of years ago, the Villa Dubrovnik is a stunningly located, superbly appointed former three-star, set on a rocky outcrop a complimentary boat journey from the Old Town. Breakfasts and sunset cocktails take in the magnificent view – no wonder the hotel's slogan is 'Romance Forever'. Far enough away (1.5km/one mile) from the Old Town crowds to warrant a handy water shuttle service there and back five times a day, the summer-only Villa Dubrovnik allows tranquillity and isolation. All of the property's 56 rooms, set on descending terraces, have sea and Old-Town views, and all are beautifully appointed with access to a stretch of private beach, and pools indoor and out. For many, the most attractive facility, at sunset at least, is the Bar Giardino, a verdant, panoramic terrace and the ideal spot for a cocktail before the last boat to town. The Mediterranean flavours of the Restaurant Pjerin may just force you to stay, all the same. In the end, it comes down to detail: the bed linen of Egyptian cotton, the teakwood sea terrace and the goose-liver terrine with fresh black truffles on the room-service menu.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Hotel Dubrovnik Palace
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Hotel Dubrovnik Palace

This ten-floor, 308-room luxury hotel reconfigured in 2004 was conceived in 1972, set in woodland paths at the tip of Lapad, in full view of the Elafiti isles. Today this is what everyone sees from their balcony, from the four bars, three restaurants, four pools and gym. Saunas, massage treatments and beauty procedures are on offer at the energy clinic spa. Also of note are the Lanterna Glorijet poolside bar and the Sunset Lounge cocktail bar.  

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Kazbek Hotel

Kazbek Hotel

Opened in 2008, this conversion of the Zamanje family villa (1573) is now a five-star hotel of a dozen rooms, one suite, three restaurants and a beautiful outdoor pool with a bar beside it. A speedboat and yacht are on hand for guests' use.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik
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Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik

For once the slogan is right: this is indulgence on a grand scale. Here in lush Babin kuk is a state-of-the-art hotel with the Ragusa spa and its dizzying array of treatments (free with a minimum fournight stay), pools indoor and out (and separate kids' pool), fine dining Langosto luxury restaurant, cocktails in four bars – plus, of course, the guest rooms, 385 in all, plus 16 suites. There are also any number of conference facilities.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Hotel Bellevue
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Hotel Bellevue

Dubrovnik has more than its fair share of cliff-hugging, sun-trap hotels and this particular feat of engineering is one of the more outstanding examples. The venue, cut into the cliff facing the sea, has been expensively refurbished to feature local woods and granite. All rooms have a sea view, as do the spa and highly rated Vapor restaurant. The Nevera Beach restaurant occupies a man-made cave right beside the private beach.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars