Croatia Lodging

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Lodging in Croatia isn’t what it used to be. Fully modern hotels with all the amenities are a compelling reason to pay a visit….

Regent Esplanada, Zagreb
A thorough renovation completed in 2004 has only enhanced this beautiful hotel’s luxury and elegance. Spacious, high-ceilinged rooms have marble bathrooms stocked with Trussardi toiletries. From its immaculate, Habsburg-era lobby to its dining room replete with huge, resplendent chandeliers, the Esplanade may be a symbol of an era gone by, but it remains as adored as ever by visitors to Zagreb. Mihanoviceva 1, Donji Grad 1000. 209 rooms, 12 suites. AE, DC, MC, V. www.regenthotels.com. $$$$

Dvorac Bezanec, Veliki Tabor
There’s a lovely old manor house waiting for you—a 15-minute drive east of Veliki Tabor—where you can have your spacious room with period furniture and breakfast, too, for under €100 a night. Part of its charm is the authenticity of the place. The furnishings, while in tip-top, dust-free shape, actually feel like real 17th-century McCoys. Valentinovo, 49218 Pregrada. 200 rooms, 5 suites. AE, DC, MC, V. www.bezanec.hr. $

Hotel Waldinger, Osijek, Slavonia
Opened in 2004 in a 19th-century art-nouveau building, the Waldinger offers luxury on a par with the Hotel Osijek, but on a smaller, cosier scale and with a period look and feel. In a bucolic backyard next door, complete with a little pond, is an older, one-story pension, with seven bright, spacious, air-conditioned rooms with tall, period curtains; 060501_croatia_villaangelodoro.jpgthey go for just for 440 Kn. Zupanijska 8, Gornji Grad 31000. 15 rooms, 1 suite. AE, DC, MC, V. www.waldinger.hr $$

Villa Angelo d’Oro, Rovinj, Istria
Housed in a beautifully restored 16th-century building, this hotel’s rooms are individually furnished with antiques and quality fabrics. Breakfast is served on a glorious roof terrace, and there’s a high-class restaurant on the ground floor. It’s in the heart of the Old Town, one block in from the seafront. V Svalbe 38-42, 52210. 052/840-112. 22 rooms, 1 suite. $$$

060501_croatia_villafavorita.jpgVilla Favorita/Residence Villa Jelena, Losinj, Kvarner
This lovely, historically protected Austro-Hungarian villa has been beautifully renovated and furnished in traditional style, with wooden floors in the restaurant and rooms. Luxuriating in its own gardens, the Villa and accompanying residence are protected from the hoi polloi by impressive wrought-iron fences, literally a stone’s throw from the Veli Zal beach in Suncana uvala, a large bay, five minutes’ drive from the center of Mali Losinj. Suncana uvala, Mali Losinj 51553. AE, DC, MC, V. www.villafavorita.hr. $-$$

Pension Albin, Zadar
On the narrow, busy but tree-lined road that leads from the city center to the Borik resort area, the Pension Albin is one of Zadar’s best places to stay and eat. The jovial owner, Albin Jurin, is a celebrated local chef who opened this welcoming and elegant hotel-cum-restaurant in the mid-1980s. 060501_croatia_hotelvestibule.jpgDespite the uninspiring, communist-era look of the main lobby, the rooms are bright and modern. Put Dikla 47, 23000. 34 rooms. AE, DC, MC, V. www.albin.hr $

Hotel Vestibul Palace, Split
Split’s first boutique hotel opened in June 2005. Within the palace walls and accessed through the ancient vestibule, the interior of this building has been carefully renovated to expose Roman stone and brickwork, which have been cleverly combined with more modern, minimalist designer details. Iza Vestibula 4, Grad, 21000. 5 rooms, 2 suites. AE, DC, MC, V. www.vestibulpalace.com $$$

060501_croatia_pucicpalace.jpgPucic Palace, Dubrovnik
In the heart of the Old Town, occupying a beautifully restored 18th-century baroque palace, this small luxury boutique hotel offers the sort of aristocratic delights that its location suggests: rooms with dark oak parquet floors and wood-beam ceilings, antique furnishings, and Italian mosaic-tile bathrooms supplied with Bulgari toiletries. Ul od Puca 1, Stari Grad 20000. 19 rooms. AE, DC, MC, V. www.thepucicpalace.com $$$$