You might think that the city of Dubrovnik hibernates during winter, but for our destination manager Marija, that’s very much not the case! She’s been hard at work refreshing the accommodation options we offer throughout the region. As well as adding new options we sometimes drop places if they no longer meet our exacting standards, or they were never chosen by any of our guests.
Now this process is complete for Croatia and Slovenia, we’d like to share with you some of the delightful new B&Bs, apartments and hotels that have made it onto our accommodation pages.
Let’s start with JayWay’s home base in Croatia, the beautiful walled city of Dubrovnik.
If you want to stay in some luxuriously decorated apartments, with kitchen facilities, just a few steps from the Stradun, Dubrovnik’s main street, then Stone Flats, named for the exposed stonework, is a must. Perfect for couples, but able to accommodate a further 2 people on a sofa bed in the living room.
Should you be looking for something almost as idyllic and just as well located but for slightly less outlay, then the Vintage Apartments – apartments for 2 to 4 people in a pair of buildings both just a short walk from the Stradun fit the bill perfectly.
For guests looking to stay in the lap of luxury we have the 5 star Hotel Grand Villa Argentina, located a 5-10 minute walk from the Old Town, which means you’ll have breathtaking views of the city walls to enjoy from your balcony or the hotel’s private beach.
Marco Polo’s hometown can also be your base for a few days. This red-roofed medieval old town is an ideal stop between Dubrovnik and Hvar and its pebble and sandy beaches are perfect for a stop of sun bathing.
Right by the harbour, the Royal Apartments put you at the heart of the action. Some rooms have sea views and/or balconies, and all are equipped with air conditioning.
Two hundred metres from the old town, and 50 metres from the city beach, the well equipped air-conditioned Bay View Apartment, perfect for 4 people, has a large terrace with an expansive view onto the bay.
Hvar is often a mid-point stop on our guests’ tours of Croatia
No Croatia vacation is complete without staying in a centuries old stone house, and the Apartments Rustic in Hvar, 15 steps from the city cathedral and main square, truly fit the bill. Both apartments here are suitable for up to 4 people, either 3 adults or a family of 4, with one boasting a sea view and air conditioning.
If you’d prefer a modern apartment, a little away from the action of the old town, then we suggest the Island View Apartments, each with their own terrace form which you can gaze out to the Pakleni Islands, and air-conditioning.
What better way to unwind on holiday than with some spa treatments. The 4 star Podstine Hotel, (room pictured above) a 25 minute walk from the old town of Hvar, is an oasis of tranquility and home to one of the best wellness spas in the country.
More than 23 centuries old but just a 5 minute drive from Split international airport, Trogir is usually our recommendation for a stop in the Split area.
Trogir itself is an island, connected to the mainland by a short road bridge and this road continues to the next island, Čiovo, which is the location for the Hotel Trogir Palace, a luxury boutique hotel which opened in 2008. The hotel features a variety of room types, from twin to family rooms. Just 5 minutes or less walk to Trogir old town, being set away from it by 200 yards means you get the best of both worlds, with modern luxury and the UNESCO-listed monuments right on your doorstep.
If you prefer to stay in Split itself then you could do worse than checking into the historic Hotel Vestibul Palace, a hotel comprised of three palaces from different periods: Romantic, Gothic and Renaissance. But just because the buildings themselves are old doesn’t mean modern comforts are forgotten as the chic decor attests.
Should you prefer to keep costs a little lower an alternative choice is the Palace Walls B&B, nestled right at the the southern end of Diocletian’s palace. The lower price doesn’t mean foregoing creature comforts though – many rooms have a sea view and all have AC.
Croatia’s oldest national park, the breathtaking Plitvice Lakes (and waterfalls), is a truly outstandingly beautiful place and a real must-see on any tour of Croatia. Because of the number of visitors the park sees, it can sometimes be hard to find a bed for the night. Strengthening our accommodation options in the area is the newly reconstructed 3 star Hotel Degenija, ideal if you’ve rented a car as it is about 15 minutes away from the park entrance.
For those who prefer more of a B&B style of accommodation, right next to Degenija (and sharing a reception and restaurant) is the Waterfall B&B.
Rovinj is easily our favorite place in Istria, rich in Italian influence and as picturesque as you could wish for. WIth plenty of places in easy reach for day trips and the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic to swim in if you feel like taking a beach day, it’s a place with much to offer. To the south of the town is the Zaltni Rt (Golden Cape) forest park, a beautiful place for a walk, and since 2011 home to the unique design Hotel Lone. If you’re looking for something very different to the norm amongst hotels in Croatia and even most parts of the world, then give Lone a look.
The tiny Slovenian capital is an interesting change of pace after spending some time in Croatia, and its position at the crossroads of influences from Central Europe, the Mediterranean and the Balkans gives it an appeal all of its own. For 2013 we’ve worked hard to expand our selection of hotels and apartments…
Ideally located for exploring the city’s picture-perfect old town is the comfortable Central Hotel. The convenience is added to by it having a parking garage right in the same building.
Even closer to the action, right on the river, are the Townhouse Apartments. Completely renovated in 2011 and offering a choice of regular rooms, studios or apartments, all decorated to a very high standard.
Another affordable riverfront option is the 3 star Hotel Galeria River, opened just last year and featuring elegant double rooms, with and without river views, or a studio apartment should you want the freedom to prepare a meal for yourself.
Yet another new entrant to the Ljubljana hotel scene, and a little out of the center we have the Galeria Rooms. These spacious rooms with large windows and high ceilings are located in a early 1900s townhouse opposite a small park and right by the famously beautiful Tivoli Park.
Easily one of the most beautiful places in Slovenia, Lake Bled is well worth a stop on a tour of the region. Accommodation can be hard to come by so we’re glad to be able to add the Triglav Hotel to the options we can provide our guests. Just under a mile from Bled town, via a free transfer service, a minute’s walk from the local train station and just a couple of hundred yards from the shore of the lake, this four star hotel which recently celebrated its 105th birthday is the most well-appointed place we offer in the area.
Where will you stay?
If you’re overwhelmed by the choice here and on the accommodation pages of our site, we can help! Get in touch and we’ll set up a free pre-trip consultation and put together an itinerary for your Adriatic vacation, selecting accommodation to meet your exacting requirements.