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Every year Croatia improves its accommodations on offer by leaps and bounds. Today visitors will find a growing number of international luxury hotels and tasteful boutiques in every corner of the country. Here is Forbes Travel Guide’s take on the five best places to stay in Croatia:
1. The Regent Esplanade Hotel Zagreb (Zagreb). This luxury spot is the Grand Dame of Croatia’s hotel scene. Built in 1925 for passengers traveling with the Orient Express, its 208 rooms combine a 1920s Art Deco-style with overstuffed furniture and marble bathrooms.
2. Design Hotel Astoria (Opatija). For a more modern turn, stay at this hotel in Opatija. Though it was a grand hotel in an old villa in the early 1900s, today it has been remodeled with a sleek and minimalist look. Many of the rooms come with balconies — be sure to ask for one that overlooks the sea.
3. Stancija Meneghetti (Istria). If you had to choose one place to stay in Croatia, this would be it. Stancija Meneghetti, a former Austrian admiral’s villa built in the 19th century, sits among olive orchards and vineyards, just a mile or so from the beach. The estate, which sleeps 10, is outfitted in a modern manor style with all the latest gadgets and a rustic charm. Exposed-beam ceilings and tile floors surround an elegant but not overstated interior decor. Outside, the terrace-filled grounds boast a swimming pool set among the grapevines.
4. Hotel Pucić Palace (Dubrovnik). Located in a 17th-century, luxuriously outfitted structure in the heart of Old Town Dubrovnik, this 19-unit boutique hotel combines a prime location with an amazing gourmet experience at its Café Royal.
5. Kempinski Hotel Adriatic. Open since 2009 in Istria’s northwest corner, this signature Kempinski hotel has a championship golf course and a spa to accompany rooms appointed with sleek, minimalist furniture and framed by terraces that overlook the Adriatic Sea.