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.
Croatia’s first luxury hotel on the Adriatic, the Kvarner, found right on the promenade, is still an imposing imperial presence in the heart of Opatija. Some of the sheen has come off since its glory days, which is why this revered institution is now one of the better bargains in town. 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 themselves are large, furnished in antique style but do not have modern conveniences like air-conditioning. Prices are a little higher for the sea-view rooms, but worth it, as these are usually larger. With restaurant, bar and terrace café, there are plenty of good places to lounge, plus there are massage treatments, a sauna and an indoor pool. The grounds include an outdoor pool surrounded by a patio and steps leading down to the hotel 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A newly renovated villa from the late 1800s and an adjacent modern building, offer some of Opatija’s fanciest and certainly most expensive accommodation – though the Milenij can seem like it’s struggling to deserve its five-star status. The rooms are tastefully decorated and kept in impeccable shape, but they’re small. All are air-conditioned, with internet connections and fluffy bathrobes. Luxuries include a pool with a retractable glass roof, 24-hour room service and a spa centre. The hotel’s superb Sveti Jakov restaurant and old-school Café Wagner serves guests and non-guests alike, and there is a more contemporary café terrace overlooking the sea.