June 9, 2023 (Press Release) – Keight Hotel Opatija, Curio Collection by Hilton, is the first hotel under the Curio brand in Croatia, and it is planned to open next year in the popular resort of Opatija.
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) announced the signing of a franchise agreement with Katarina Line d.o.o. for the Keight Hotel Opatija, Curio Collection by Hilton. Expected to open in 2024, the 54-room hotel will be the first Curio Collection by Hilton hotel in Croatia and the latest in a series of resort hotel openings and signings under the brand in Europe. The hotel will be managed by Zagreb City Hotels d.o.o., which currently manages three Hilton branded hotels in Croatia: Canopy by Hilton Zagreb City Centre, DoubleTree by Hilton Zagreb and Hilton Garden Inn Zagreb – Radnicka.
Patrick Fitzgibbon, Hilton’s senior vice president of development for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said: “With 70 hotels in operation or currently under construction in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the Curio Collection by Hilton continues to prove its popularity, owners can maintain the unique identity of their hotels while benefiting from Hilton’s strong commercial momentum. Immediately following the opening of two hotels under the Curio brand on the Greek islands, we are excited to announce our first Curio Collection by Hilton hotel in Croatia, further expanding our portfolio of properties in popular European resorts. Opening next year, Keight Hotel Opatija will be a welcome addition to the Adriatic coast.”
Katica Hauptfeld, Katarina Line d.o.o. said: “We are delighted to be working with Hilton on introducing the Curio Collection by Hilton brand to the Croatian market. Opatija is a fantastic year-round destination and a famous riviera, the cradle of Croatian tourism with the first hotel built at the beginning of 1884, and this newly built hotel will combine the amenities that guests can expect from the top brand Hilton with a location in the heart of the city of Opatija. We look forward to welcoming our first guests next year.”
Josipa Jutt Ferlan, Zagreb City Hotels d.o.o. she added, “It is a great honor to be recognized by Hilton as a respectable hotel management company, as well as to be chosen by Katarina Line d.o.o. as a trusted partner for hotel management.”
The hotel will have a rooftop sun terrace with a swimming pool and a bar for guests to relax with a view of the red roofs that adorn the 19th-century buildings in the city center. A second bar and restaurant on the ground floor will allow guests to choose to socialize and eat outdoors on the roof or dine indoors. Inside the hotel, glass walls and houseplants will be a link between indoor and outdoor space, while low furniture and pleasant lighting will help guests sink into their privacy. In addition to the pool on the roof of the hotel, a second pool will be available in the hotel’s spa center, where guests can enjoy a variety of treatments.
For business guests, rooms with well-equipped workspaces are available, the hotel’s multipurpose meeting space of 100 square meters for holding various business meetings, and more than 50 parking spaces will be available for visitors.
Location in the center of Opatija
Located in the heart of the coastal town of Opatija, Keight Hotel Opatija, Curio Collection by Hilton, will be less than two minutes’ walk from the sea. In addition to the nearby parks, restaurants, bars and shops, hotel guests will be able to enjoy the city or take a walk along the famous Franz Jozef Lungomare promenade, the Opatija waterfront. Numerous beaches and the vibrant environment of the city, combined with numerous SPA and wellness facilities, make it a haven for wellness lovers.
The city of Rijeka, the third largest city in Croatia, is only 14 km away, while Rijeka International Airport is about a 40-minute drive from the hotel. Many Croatian islands, including Cres and Krk, are accessible by boat from the port of Opatija.
Guests of all Hilton properties can use the award-winning Hilton Honors loyalty program for guests, which allows members, who number more than 158 million, to collect points for hotel stays and various experiences through direct booking. Hilton Honors members can also gain access to instant rewards and benefits, such as contactless check-in with room selection and exclusive member discounts.
The Curio Collection by Hilton global portfolio includes more than 135 unique properties that provide travelers with authentic, curated experiences through local offerings and unexpected amenities. Selected for quality including original architectural design and rich historical significance, each hotel is carefully designed to provide a unique experience like no other.
Keight Hotel Opatija, Curio Collection by Hilton will be located at Velo Jože 2, 51410 Opatija, Croatia. Hilton currently has five hotels in Croatia under the Canopy by Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn brands.