Hvar Hotels: Park, Riva, Palace, Amfora, Adriana and Podstine
Hvar Town is exclusive and popular with celebrities in summer. Here is an overview of Hvar hotels, from the award-winning Suncani Hvar to Hotel Podstine.
Accommodation in Croatia does not get much more exclusive than the waterfront hotels in Hvar Town, billed as the new St. Tropez, and holiday destination for A-list celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Bernie Ecclestone, Bill Gates and Kevin Spacey. Here is a quick overview of Hvar hotels.
There is plenty of accommodation on offer, both hotel and private, but the dominating force in the market is Suncani Hvar, a hotel group, which is 55% owned by Luxembourg-based company, ORCO. There has been significant investment in upgrading the groups hotels in Hvar Town in recent years, and this investment has been a major contributing factor in Hvar Town's facelift.
With its spectacular Top Bar offering sensational views of the harbour, Cathedral, Arsenal and main square, combined with seawater swimming pool and Sensori Spa, it is not hard to understand why the Hotel Adriana was Croatia's first member of The Leading Hotels of the World.
Additional awards for this luxury hotel, which has 50 deluxe and nine suites and spa-specific suites, include listing on the 2008 Sunday Times coolest new hotels, and the Conde Nast Hot Hotels, 2008.
Amfora, Grand Beach Resort
Set in a lush pine grove a few minutes' walk from the centre, Hotel Amfora offers excellent views of the Pakleni Islands and is an excellent self-contained resort for family holidays, as well as corporate events. Highlights include a cascading pool, while the Bonj 'les bains' beach club featured in the Timesonline 2010 list of top 20 hottest European beaches.
Riva, Hvar Yacht Harbour Hotel
Supremely located on the promenade, just metres from Hvar's iconic Carpe Diem, the Hotel Riva is an impressive 2006 renovation of a 100-year-old building, with an emphasis on contemporary design, with uniquely designed interiors in the guest rooms. Its exceptional views are just one reason why the hotel featured in the Sunday Times 2009 list of World's 100 Best Hotels, and Leading Boutique Hotel in the 2008 World Travel Awards.
The Palace Hotel
Located at the end of the main square, Hotel Palace is as close to the action as one can get. Splendid views of the spectacular sunsets and old town are but one reason to stay in what is arguably the island's most interesting hotel building, its gothic and renaissance architecture well preserved during the 2008 makeover.
Dalmacija, Hvar Villa Hotel
Guests looking for a smaller hotel just off the main action may consider Hotel Villa Dalmacija, located on the water in a bay round the corner from the main harbour. Views of the bay and Franciscan monastery in a distinctly Dalmatian ambience make the 21 rooms and suites of the hotel an interesting option.
Pharos, Hvar Bayhill Hotel
Hotel Pharos is a more modern hotel, ideal for families with its centrepiece being the outdoor pool and poolside bar. It has a two-star categorisation for its 197 rooms and is a five-minute walk from the centre.
Delfin, Hvar Harbourcourt Hotel
A cheaper option in the Suncani range is Hotel Delfin, a two-star categorisation, offering 55 rooms on the promenade. Features of the hotel include the Harbour Terrace, restaurant and lounge, where refreshments can be enjoyed with an excellent view of the harbour. It also has a large sports bar.
Sirena, Hvar Beachwood Hotel
The final Suncani hotel, located out of the town, is Hotel Sirena, whose 158 rooms and hotel beach offer a cheaper option for a family holiday. The hotel is set in pine trees and offers a pebble beach and great views of the Pakleni Islands.
While the Suncani Hvar range offers excellent quality to tourists, there is one gem of a hotel which is not part of the group. Hotel Podstine is a 15-minute walk to the centre, but well worth the effort, with its waterfront location in an arboretum of pine and citrus trees. It has only forty rooms, but also offers a mooring facility for guests. In its own words, according to the hotel website, it is 'homely, relaxingly elegant and non-pretentious'.
The smallest hotel in Hvar Town, Hotel Croatia is only 30m from the beach in Majerovica bay, and is a family-run hotel built in 1936 and renovated in 1997. Its peaceful location is 1200m from the main square.