Hotels in Croatia

In the years since the country has exploded in popularity, Croatia hotels have upped their game. There are increasingly offerings from familiar international brands, but the country's converted villas and intimate small inns have unique appeals. While many properties could vie for the title of the best hotel in Croatia, few can compete with Split's 12-room Hotel Peristil when it comes to location, built within the 1,700-year-old Diocletian Palace. The rooms have views of the vast palace complex where concerts are staged in the summer, and are decorated with centuries-old antiques (although the amenities and bathrooms are new and state of the art).

The small island of Korcula is visited mostly by day-trippers, but book a room at the 25-room Hotel Korcula and you will get to experience life in a typical Adriatic village once most of the tourists have left for the day and you can wander its quiet streets in search of the perfect café to pass the evening. The hotel's building dates from 1912, and sits right on the water in the heart of town.

The glass-and-steel hotel is as big and bold as the yachts that cruise the Dalmatian Coast.

Its stone façade situated directly on the waterfront, this scenic hotel was once a Baroque fortress belonging to a local aristocratic family. The 32 guest rooms are simply designed with clean-lined wooden furniture, focusing attention on the large windows framing views of the Adriatic.

Located just west of Dubrovnik’s Old Town on the Lapad peninsula, this 10-story luxury hotel overlooks the Elaphite Islands off the Adriatic coast. All 308 guest rooms face the sea and come equipped with a private balcony and flat-screen TV.

In a region known for its wild Adriatic scenery and Venetian Renaissance architecture, travelers are flocking to Lesic´ Dimitri Palace, housed in a historic bishop’s palace, with six individually designed suites.

The oldest hotel on the island of Hvar, the Palace dates back to 1898 and incorporates a 16th-century Venetian loggia.

It literally took three palaces to build this boutique hotel in central Split, combining Romanic, Gothic, and Renaissance structures to produce Hotel Vestibul on Croatia’s Adriatic coast.

This low-slung property on Croatia’s Pelješac peninsula has a mountain backdrop, but fronts a palm-lined beach that faces the Mediterranean Sea and surrounding islands.

On a cobblestoned path in the small town of Milna, on Brac Island, the four-bedroom villa has its own pool and a konoba (converted wine cellar).

Skip the overexposed island of Hvar for the walled medieval village on the Adriatic island of Korcula, purported home to Marco Polo.

Set in a 12th-century farming village, this boutique-sized retreat focuses on yoga, organic cuisine, and simple accommodations.

Built within the 1,700-year-old Diocletian Palace with only 12 rooms, the hotel is an attraction unto itself. The antique furnishings date back at least 300 years (that said, the bathroom fixtures are very 21st century).

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