10 Most Exciting Hotel Projects in Croatia Right Now

Daniela Rogulj

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This year, according to data from the Ministry of Tourism, domestic tourism will see an investment of more than a billion euro. From that amount, hoteliers will invest more than 600 million euro in renovating existing hotels and building new hotels in Croatia. 

At the end of last year, there were 1,700 hotels registered in Croatia with a total of 172,000 beds.

Of the total number of accommodation capacities in the country, which is about one million beds, hotels make up only about 12 percent. As a result, one of the intentions of the 2020 strategic development documents is the significant increase in hotels of several categories.

This year, the doors will open to many four and five-star hotels.

These are ten of the most attractive hotel projects in Croatia right now, according to T.portal on January 25, 2019. 

Grand Park Hotel, Rovinj

The Adris Group’s tourism company Maistra has invested more than 600 million kuna in Rovinj’s Hotel Park. Although it was supposed to be open at the end of 2018, the hotel will receive its first guest in April this year. It is considered one of the most luxurious hotels in Croatia. It will have 209 rooms overlooking the old town of Rovinj, six restaurants, a wellness and spa center of 3800 square meters, a congress hall and a shopping promenade.

The architectural group 3LHD created the project, with the interior design by Italian studio Lissoni.

All rooms will have spacious terraces with green gardens, and 53 of them will also have whirlpools.

View photos of the Grand Park Hotel

Hotel Palace Elisabeth, Hvar

After a thorough reconstruction, which included a 100 million kuna investment, the hotel Palace Hvar owned by Sunčani Hvar will open by the 2019 summer. The hotel will boast 5-stars, 45 luxury rooms and suites, an indoor pool, a luxury spa, and two outdoor terraces.

Otherwise, the hotel’s history dates back to the 13th century, and in 1899, the Spa Hotel Empress Elisabeth was opened, named after the Austrian Empress Elisabeth  “Sisi”, a generous sponsor who financed the hotel’s construction. Therefore, the newly opened Palace hotel will bear its name – Palace Elisabeth, Hvar Heritage Hotel.

You can read more about it here

Hilton Garden Inn, Zagreb

By the end of this year, Zagreb will have its third Hilton hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn. It will be located near the Green Gold Center and the existing Doubletree by Hilton Hotel on Vukovarska Street.

The company, Zagreb City Hotels, has announced that around 75 million kuna will be invested in 150 new hotel rooms.

The Garden Inn will be oriented to a wide audience, as well as business guests, and on the highest eighth floor, there will be a congress and banquet center with five halls for 400 guests.

Amfora Resort, Split

In the spring, the doors should open to the new Split hotel Amfora, located along the coast of Žnjan. Behind the impressive, 26 million euro investment lies entrepreneur Zvonko Kotarac.

The new hotel will have four stars and 207 rooms with a total of 500 beds and will, therefore, be the largest hotel in Split.

The hotel was named after the family’s collection of amphorae between 1800 and 2500 years old, completely preserved and protected as a national cultural heritage, which will be exhibited within the hotel. 

The Amphora will offer a 500-square-meter congress hall, a massive wellness area, saunas with a sea view and three swimming pools, two of which will also have a sea view, and the possibility of closing one in the winter with a glass wall. It is planned to employ 80 permanent and 40 seasonal workers.

You can read more about the project here

Hotel Paris, Opatija

Slavonian entrepreneur Zdravko Josić announced the opening of his renovated hotel Paris in Opatija, which should open in June this year. Guests will be offered 190 refurbished rooms, a wedding hall, a wellness center, and a transformed tower.

In the second phase of reconstruction, Josić plans to build another 30 rooms and underground garage for guests, which should open in 2020. The total investment will amount to 75 million kuna. 

Hotel Roxanich, Motovun

Two years ago, construction works began on the Hotel Roxanich in Motovun, worth 50 million kuna.

At 3000 square meters, the hotel has 28 classic rooms and four suites and additional facilities such as a retail wine shop, a small club, wellness center, a garage for 36 vehicles and an extensive wine cellar, in which Mladen Rožanić invested an additional 32 million kuna.

Hotel Ambasador, Split

The opening of Hotel Ambasador on the Split Riva, which saw an investment of 17 million euro, should open this year.

The new hotel will have 101 rooms and suites, a restaurant with a 240-person capacity, a spa, a gym, a nightclub and an underground garage with 59 parking spaces. The opening is announced for the start of the tourist season.

The Ambasador was initially bought by the late football coach Tomislav Ivić 20 years ago. Ivić’s successors then sold the entire project to Klaus Alex Birkenstock, unofficially titled as ‘the king of shoes’, who finally launched the investment into the hotel. 

Hotel Bellevue, Dubrovnik

At the end of October last year, the restoration of the hotel Bellevue began, which cost around 36 million kuna, or more than 400,000 kuna per room. The Bellevue is part of the Adriatic Luxury Hotels Group (JLH) owned by the Lukšić family.

The opening is planned in the spring after the thorough renovation is completed according to the ideas of the Portuguese design studio Tereza Prego.

You can see photos of the project here

Valamar Collections Marea Suites, Poreč

The largest Istrian tourist house Valamar Riviera will open a luxury 5-star family hotel, Valamar Collections Marea Suites, built on the site of a former apartment complex Pinia Sunny Residence.

Apart from the hotel is an attractive sandy beach, and guests will enjoy a 200-square-meter swimming pool,  restaurants and numerous other facilities suitable for families with children.

IT Hotel, Zagreb

Imobilia tehno, the subsidiary of custom facade company KFK, is behind the IT Hotel, which saw construction begin in July 2017 in the area of Zaprudski otok in Zagreb. The new hotel will have 96 rooms at about 8,000 square meters. The planned categorization is four stars.

Of the additional content, the hotel will have a congress hall, restaurant, Irish pub, gym and chargers for electric vehicles.

You can find out more about the project here

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