The Best Hotels in Opatija, Croatia

For waterfront views, book a room at Hotel Miramar in Opatija, Croatia
For waterfront views, book a room at Hotel Miramar in Opatija, Croatia | © peterforsberg / Alamy Stock Photo

Opatija is the queen of Adriatic resorts, its sea-facing villas and elegant hotels attracting the cream of the Habsburg society back in the late 1800s. Nowadays, these landmarks have been restored and reconfigured, most of them accommodating top-class spa facilities. Here’s our pick of the best – now bookable with Culture Trip.

Hotel Bevanda – Relais & Chateaux, Opatija

4.7/5 (68 Reviews)
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From $175 per night per room

Croatia’s flair for architecture, sea views and the culinary arts come together in this exclusive 10-room hideaway. Expanded from a legendary Seventies restaurants that once lured the stars to glamorous Opatija, it’s been revived in the area’s recent renaissance: its neutral-toned suites have treats including sunken hot tubs, sprawling balconies and wine fridges with optimum temperatures. All this centres around a wow-factor fine-dining restaurant facing the Adriatic.

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Design Hotel Navis

Boutique Hotel
4.6/5 (139 Reviews)
From $176 per night per room

This long, squiggly structure is eye-catching from the off – perched on a rocky sliver of coast and backed by puffy Croatian pines. Two of the highlights are its crescent-shaped sun terrace, where you can meditate on the sparkling shallows with a glass of local Istrian wine, and an all-natural spa with a sauna and steam room. Bold style dominates the communal areas, with graphic arts and jewel-toned chairs set against charcoal walls and floors.

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Hotel Palace Bellevue

4.4/5 (225 Reviews)
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From $83 per night per room

Huge sun hats and shades are a must at this central palace hotel, which is every inch the grand dame, with heavy satin curtains, monogrammed seats on a sprawling drinks terrace and towering palm trees set against its ivory façade. Try to score a room with a sea-view balcony for ultimate coastal luxury – then, it’s just a choice between a dip in the full-sized indoor pool or a lounging session on the striped sunbeds at the private beach.

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Hotel Astoria

4.1/5 (130 Reviews)
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From $101 per night per room

Right in the centre of Opatija, this affordable, laid-back number has bright sea-view rooms with pops of lime green and orange pepping up the simple, mid-century-influenced decor. Nicely placed for a stroll through the city’s old town, it also has an upmarket restaurant serving up seared slivers of lamb and delicate, balsamic-spritzed salads – and the comfortable room rates belie the warm welcome and the delicious homemade breakfasts.

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Hotel Istra

Resort, Hotel
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A stroll along the Lungomare, Opatija’s Italian-influenced seafront promenade, leads you to Hotel Istra, with its 171 rooms and large-scale, resort-style facilities. Rooms are sharply designed with low lighting, geometric mirrored walls and serene sea-view balconies. Downstairs, a huge indoor seawater pool beckons for a swim, while a swanky beach-club set-up has been added to the concrete waterfront.

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  • Amadria Park Hotel Royal

    4.8/5 (65 Reviews)
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    From $166 per night per room

    Blessed with rooms and terraces looking out over Opatija harbour and the luminous shallows of Kvarner Bay, Amadria Park is most loved for its crescent of cushioned waterfront loungers, where Croatia’s jet set comes to unwind. Not too shabby, either, are the polished walnut cocktail bar, with a live pianist on hand to tinkle the ivories, and elegant cream and navy suites, which have the feel of cabins on a superyacht.

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    Hotel Miramar

    Independent Hotel
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    Topped by a turreted tower, this grand waterfront hotel has a lovely sea-facing restaurant, where you can dine on the local seafood shaded by a classic portico. Rooms here are the stuff of chintzy palace fantasies, some extending to chaise longues, sprawling terraces and spiral staircases, and unlocked by heavy, tasselled keys. In the mood for a retreat? Join in with daily workout sessions, and hit the glam, chandeliered spa with its Jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms.

    Hotel Milenij

    Spa Hotel
    4.5/5 (158 Reviews)
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    Unavailable for the next 3 months

    Sibling to the Amadria Park Royal, the Milenjj is a fabulous Mediterranean villa the exact colour of strawberry ice cream and set in tropical-feeling gardens with manicured lawns overlooking the sea. The indoor-outdoor pool area with its sliding-door conservatory makes the most of Croatia’s sunshine, as does the waterfront fine-dining restaurant, Argonauti. Set up camp here for a wine-soaked long lunch of truffle-infused pasta.

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    Hotel Mozart

    Spa Hotel
    3.9/5 (87 Reviews)
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    From $244 per night per room

    Don’t be put off by its prosaic website – the Mozart is a class act, with a pedigree in upscale hospitality dating back to 1894. As at the Savoy, the key here are size and style. Containing only 26 rooms, the Mozart can fill many of them with unique heritage furniture and offer a personal touch to guests, many of whom are repeat customers. It’s a five-star hotel with a spa centre, a piano bar, a restaurant and a cosmetic studio – not to mention a garden terrace, where you can indulge in exquisite desserts after a day on the beach.

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    Peterjon Cresswell contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on June 4, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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