Running through the heart of Karlovac County, the Mrežnica River stretches over 60km, flanked by bushy trees and 93 waterfalls. This undervisited destination will soon feature a fancy new boutique hotel, a cool ten-bedroomed building with a wooden and glass veneer. News of boutique hotel openings are increasingly commonplace in Croatia, but this site is interesting as its one of the first new developments away from Zagreb and the coast. Exclusive hotels like this could bolster Croatia's emerging river-based tourism industry in continental areas, offering swanky stays alongside adrenaline-pumped river rafting.
Leading the renovation of the Old Mill hotel is Croatian architect Maja Bručić, CEO and founder of the company Lotus Architecti. Bručić and her team have tightroped the balance between tradition and swish contemporary aesthetics, using locally-sourced materials that compliment the original building. Within the wooden-clad stone walls, there are plans for a rooftop terrace, a pool, sauna and a spa.
The Old Mill is an easy five-minute drive away from the town Duga Resa and 20 minutes from Karlovac.
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