Opatija’s long history as a resort town means it’s full of elegant hotels, built at the turn of the last century. Many of these old gems have been renovated to various states of luxury. The Milenij Hotel group runs several top-drawer hotels, including the five-star Milenij, four-star Agava and Grand Hotel 4 Opatijska cvijeta
Set on a cliff overlooking the sea, Navis is a white-stoned lair fit for a Bond villain. A beautiful example of Adriatic modernism, the recently constructed Navis features its own private beach, an outdoor and indoor pool and an upscale restaurant that merits visiting even if you’re staying elsewhere. The ultra-stylish Navis has careening hallways decked in Pollockesque swirls. The design theme isn't continued in the rooms, which are decorated with contemporary furnishings and tasteful artwork. All of its 40 rooms all have private balconies with sea views. Luxury on this level is justly expensive, but you may not find a better boutique hotel in Opatija.
This villa, built in 1896, was renovated in 2006 to make a 76-room four-star hotel in a luxurious setting near the sea and the pretty Angolina Park. The rooms are stunning – polished wood floors, period-style furnishings, air-conditioning and internet. Little extras, such as international newspapers delivered to your door, and laundry and room service, offer that special touch.
The 1876 Villa Neptune was superbly renovated and expanded to include three guest villas, creating a full-service resort hotel with its own rocky beach. Stylish, comfortable and air-conditioned rooms have their own balcony or terrace. There’s a spa with a heated pool, whirlpool, saunas, steam room and beauty treatments. Cross the footbridge from the Lungomare for the private fenced-in beach.
Completely revamped by the Remisens group, Croatia’s first luxury hotel on the Adriatic, the Kvarner, right on the promenade, is an imposing imperial presence in the heart of Opatija. 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 are furnished in antique style. The grounds include an outdoor pool surrounded by a patio and steps leading down to the hotel beach – inside, you’ll find a sauna and pool.
Of all the refitted fin-de-siècle confections on Opatija’s shore, perhaps the Mozart is most true to the genre. Behind a striking façade of art-nouveau curves and sea-facing balconies, 26 rooms of equal style echo the grandeur of the period. There’s enough room for a cosmetic studio and piano bar, and meals can be taken in a pretty courtyard. The Hotel Mozart Piano Bar has a stunning interior, with art-nouveau style stained glass, Biedermeier-striped furniture and a piano, where local talents play pleasing background music while you have coffee and cake or slam back vodkas and imagine you’re a Habsburg.
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 night, are what make this beachfront hotel such a good place to stay, and local wellness programs or island trips in the hotel's speedboat can be arranged for extra.
This hotel, originally constructed in 1904, was stylishly renovated in 2006, a slick, modern interior in a classic old building creating a splash on Opatija’s seaside. The lounge bar is a destination in its own right. This four-star venue’s 50 rooms, done up in natural tones and striking furnishings, all come equipped with flat-screen satellite televisions, air-conditioning and high-speed internet. Room service is another attraction here.
Seven comfortable apartments set in a four-star villa a short way down the Lungomare from Opatija near the ACI marina at Ičići. Properties are generally hired for a week or more. All come with a private terrace, internet and air-conditioning, and private parking is a boon for traffic-swamped Opatija. Units accommodate two people comfortably, four easily, and are a short walk from the sea and a sports centre with tennis courts.
The newly opened Link is the first modern hostel on the Opatija Riviera. Along with 114 well equipped double and triple rooms, all with private toilets and showers, LED TVs, sound-proofing and air-conditioning, the hostel offers a communal chill-out lounge, self-service laundry and a furnished terrace. Lovely views of the sea and Lungomare promenade are free, of course, while breakfast comes with a modest supplement. A bar offering home-made cakes and daily newspapers complements free WiFi, 24-hour security and luggage storage.