The Best Hotels in Pula, Croatia, for Every Traveller

Get a gorgeous view of the Pula Arena at the Arena and Sea View Luxurious Residence
Get a gorgeous view of the Pula Arena at the Arena and Sea View Luxurious Residence | Courtesy of Arena and Sea View Luxurious Residence / Expedia
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On the tip of the Istrian peninsula in Croatia, Pula combines sun, sea and a dash of ancient history. Budget rooms in family-run guesthouses or boutique hotels with gourmet restaurants provide accommodation for every kind of traveller. Here’s our pick of the best, all bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Guesthouse Suzy

Guesthouse

Loungers around the outdoor pool at Guesthouse Suzy in Pula, Croatia
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Steps from the azure shore of the Adriatic Sea, this retreat has all the cosy comfort and rustic charm of a family-run guesthouse. Sun loungers surround the kidney-shaped pool, which offers respite from the summer heat. Accommodation options include a double room with a pool view or simple two-bedroom apartments with kitchenettes. About 5km (3mi) from central Pula, it’s a budget option with friendly service.

2. Arena and Sea View Luxurious Residence

Apartment, Luxury

A bed with roses, armchairs and a table with coffees, a bathroom with glass walls and a view of Pula Arena from the windows in a guest room at Arena & Seaview Luxurious Residence
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Stay in a 19th-century apartment with all the character of the age, including herringbone floors, chandeliers and antique furniture, while enjoying 21st-century comforts such as rainfall showers, air conditioning and a free-standing bath in the master bedroom. Peer straight into Pula Arena, a striking Roman amphitheatre, from your apartment balcony. Perhaps you’ll catch an evening concert or two. On the other side of the building, opulent rooms have stunning sunset views over the sea.

3. Bed and Breakfast LD

Bed and Breakfast, Villa

A large corner couch, a white coffee table and a TV in a room at Bed & Breakfast LD in Pula
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In the heart of a quiet seaside village near Pula, Bed and Breakfast LD is perfect for those seeking sun, sea, sand and a bit of peace and quiet. Choose between modern B&B rooms for two or apartments with self-catering for up to six. Secluded bays in the area provide swimming spots for families, and Knalić Beach is less than a kilometre away. A continental breakfast buffet is served every morning.

4. Hotel Amfiteatar

Hotel

Tables and chairs set with wine glasses and flowers in the restaurant at Hotel Amphitheater in Pula
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If you’re into food, Hotel Amfiteatar is the place to stay. The stylish restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine, plated with sweeps of jus and artfully balanced flavours. An extensive local wine list makes the most of the Istrian vineyards. Modern rooms have been designed with style and come with mini-fridges. You’re right in the centre of Pula, with the amphitheatre around the corner and a glut of shops, bars and restaurants steps from the front door.

5. Hotel Scaletta

Boutique Hotel

Seating under an umbrella on the terrace outside the entrance of Hotel Scaletta in Pula
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Almost on the seafront in central Pula, Hotel Scaletta is a solid mid-range choice. Flowery feature walls and warm terracotta tones add a little class to the comfortable, air-conditioned rooms; some come with cute private balconies. Enjoy a continental breakfast buffet before hitting the Pula sights – the amphitheatre and castle are just a short walk away.

6. Villa Vulin Boutique Hotel

Luxury, Boutique Hotel

Tables and chairs set for dining on the terrace outside Boutique Hotel Villa Vulin, with trees in the background
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If it’s luxury you crave, search no further than the Villa Vulin Boutique Hotel. Pine trees are all that stand between this small, five-bedroom hotel and the beach. Suites come with a separate living area, jetted tubs in the bathrooms and huge private terraces. An à la carte breakfast is served in the restaurant, which is also open for dinner during peak season, serving up Istrian cuisine. It’s a leisurely 20-minute stroll into the heart of Pula, and there’s plenty of parking outside the hotel should you hire a car.

Haven’t found your ideal hotel in Croatia yet? Book one of these authentic stays now, via Culture Trip.

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