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Rab hotel and accommodation guide

Your critical guide to Rab hotel and accommodation choices

© Carly Calhoun/Time Out

Rab town has a range in lodgings; Lopar tends towards the low-frills, where two- to four-storey garden homes have flats for rent to tourists. Check with local travel agents for details. In tourist-oriented Lopar, the Epario is kiddie-friendly, less imposing than the Hotel Village San Marino: five resort hotels above the beach, with tennis courts and a small golf course.

Where to stay on Rab Island...

Hotel Istra

This old building of 100 rooms, with tiny bathrooms and no air-conditioning, provides a modest budget option in a central location. No frills but this pretty structure stays cool on summer evenings and has a terrace café.

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Hotel Epario

This recently constructed, comfortable establishment provides 28 small and functional rooms, all with air-conditioning, a stone’s throw from Lopar’s popular main beach. There is also an exercise room, a playroom and a modest restaurant – decent, affordale and all located by the sea. Dinners are included for an extra five euros a head.

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Hotel Arbiana

Set in an elegant old villa, the Hotel Arbiana, with 28 rooms, provides comfortable lodgings and perhaps the most serious four-star option on Rab island. The building originally opened in 1924 as the Hotel Bristol and was given a complete renovation in 2006. As it’s set at the tip of the peninsula that holds Rab’s Old Town, it’s near everything but away from the busiest part of the harbour. Most rooms have balconies overlooking the harbour-side walkway and the sea beyond. All are spacious and decorated with classic, antique-style furniture and expansive, cushy chairs. Also beautifully furnished are the two bars and the notable restaurant, the San Marino.

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Grand Hotel Imperial

An imposing five-storey Mediterranean-style building, the Imperial is set inside a seaside park which connects Rab Old Town with its nearest beaches. This recently promoted four-star was one of Rab’s first hotels, built a century ago, but its 134 rooms are newly renovated, each with air-conditioning and standard fittings. The grounds contain three tennis  courts, a goofy golf course and terrace cafés. There is public car parking nearby. Given the convenience, the Imperial works out to be one of the better deals in town.

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