Throughout the year we’ve kept track of any new hotel openings that include conference facilities, and along the Croatian coast our abacus has notched up an impressive total of 40. Most of them offer high quality facilities that are helping change the image of the individual meetings destinations. Of the bounty of new openings the Kongres Magazine editorial Board has selected those that are worth paying attention to, or even better, visiting.
MIND HOTEL SLOVENIJA, Portorož
Mind hotel is the newest five star hotel, situated directly by the coastline in Portorož. This luxurious 8-floor hotel offers a direct connection to the swimming pool area and it is a paradise for foodies; the hotel’s TreeTop restaurant offers Istrian delicacies and you will also find a modern restaurant with Istrian tapas at the hotel, as well as culinary offers by the beach, breakfast served in your room and other bars that are oriented towards the healthy Mediterranean and Ayurvedic diets. It is the ideal location for more demanding guests, where atmosphere blends perfectly with comfort and luxury.
HOTEL NAVIS, Opatija
In building the Navis hotel comfort was clearly high on agenda. Today the hotel offers 40 designer-decorated rooms and 4 suites, all having their own terrace and sea views. Careful attention to detail can be seen throughout the hotel and spaciousness is the key element of each room, but the most captivating feature is the glass wall that stretches the entire width of the room and creates the feeling that you’re on the open seas. The hotel offers a gourmet restaurant, private beach area, spa and wellness centre, and a congress hall for meetings and events hosting up to 30 people. The location is perfect for team building and they also offer culinary tours and private ceremonies.
SOLARIS BEACH HOTEL JURE, Šibenik
Solaris Beach Hotel Jure is set on Šibenik’s White Beach and is part of the Solaris Beach Resort. Opened in 2016 it offers 384 rooms in contemporary décor and with colourful tones. The open plan concept can be really felt at the bar and in the restaurant, as here the interior and exterior are deftly intertwined and gently separated by sliding glass walls. The hotel offers an outdoor pool, entertainment area, a spa zone, and all located just a couple of metres from the beach and 6km from the city centre.
SAN CLEMENTE PALACE KEMPINSKI, Venice
This perfectly positioned high-end hotel is situated just 7km from piazza San Marco, yet far enough away to be very private. Surrounded by lush gardens on a private island with lagoon views and a luxurious décor the hotel offers complimentary transfer boats and has three restaurants and two bars, as well as a conference centre with six meeting rooms. There’s also an outdoor pool, as well as tennis courts and a fitness centre.
The boutique, five-star Alhambra is one of the most charming hotels in Lošinj, where the spirit of past times blends with modern amenities and a superior service. The luxuriously equipped hotel boasts 35 rooms and 15 suites, a restaurant, lounge bar, indoor swimming pool, spa centre and a private beach. This is a hotel for the most demanding of congress guests.
BOUTIQUE HOTEL ADRIATIC, Rovinj
Hotel Adriatic is Rovinj’s oldest hotel that was this year given a makeover and now stands as the latest acquisition of prestige for Istrian tourism. The hotel has 18 suites with beautiful views of St. Catherina Island and Rovinj’s old town. On the ground floor can be found the à la carte restaurant, offering dishes inspired by the French Riviera, and a bar with the biggest selection of whiskeys in Croatia. The hotel walls are adorned by paintings of local and foreign artists.
D-Resort Šibenik is a recently opened hotel with 69 luxurious rooms and suites, as well as a rich offer including wellness and a sports centre, kids club, restaurants and bars, an outdoor pool and a conference centre. In addition to this, three exclusive villas with a private terrace, garden and a swimming pool complement the offer of this excellently designed hotel. The harbour, constructed in the only Croatian marina with a 5 anchor category, can handle super yachts.
FALKENSTEINER HOTEL & SPA, Jesolo
The design is the work of the world-renowned American architect Richard Meier, with the hotel interior designed by architect Matteo Thun. Together they have created a fusion of precious materials, fresh colours and elements of pop culture – strict but fashionable on the outside, yet playful and eccentric on the inside. The hotel offers three conference rooms for a maximum of 130 guests.
HOTEL KOMPAS, Dubrovnik
After extensive renovation Hotel Kompas has become a four star hotel with 173 rooms decorated in a contemporary Mediterranean style and a new wellness and spa centre. The conference hall can accommodate up to 400 people. This is a sophisticated, modern hotel that impresses with its functionality, and a pleasant surprise can be found on the top floor, in the new Zenith bar, which offers splendid views of Lapad Bay and the Elafiti islands.
HOTEL KORČULA DE LA VILLE, Korčula
The only hotel in old town of Korčula is legendary, as it has hosted many famous names, among them Jackie Kennedy, Sophia Loren, Tito and many others. This year it was re-launched with a new image and offers an intimate stay for tourists in one of the most beautiful Croatian islands. The hotel has 12 rooms and 8 suites, all of which are luxuriously furnished with stylish furniture, luxurious chandeliers, a rich décor and wallpapers from Paris. Beyond the rooms the modern, well-equipped hotel is stylishly decorated in the spirit of old Korčula, its interior based on the rich history of the island and the hotel itself.
HOTEL PARK, Split
One of the oldest and most prestigious hotels in Split, Hotel Park has a prime location next to Bačvice, Split’s most famous beach. This year the five-star hotel expanded its capacity, so it now offers 73 rooms, including six luxury apartments. The interior is dominated by its art deco style with a timeless elegance, and a sense of the hotel’s soul can be had on the large, luxurious terrace with sea views and a prestigious conference centre.
JW MARRIOTT VENICE RESORT & SPA, Venice
This hotel on the island of flowers is just a 15-minute drive from the centre of Venice and is fit for the most demanding of congress guests. The hotel has 191 rooms in the middle of a beautifully landscaped 16-hectare garden. Fourteen halls are available for events, the largest of which can hold up to 380 participants. In addition to the first-class service on the island, you will also be spoiled with a cooking school and a wine academy.
SHERATON DUBROVNIK RIVIERA HOTEL
The biggest investment in Croatian tourism this year has completely changed the image of Srebreno and with it Croatia welcomed the largest hotel convention centre and a hotel with 250 rooms. The hotel is modern and furnished in pleasant hues, many considering it architecturally one of the finest Sheraton hotels on the Adriatic.
VALAMAR ISABELLA ISLAND, Poreč
The 4-star Valamar Isabella Hotel, a resort with a hotel and villas offering 180 rooms with 387 beds, is located on the traffic-free island of St. Nikola, so guests are greeted by rich vegetation, beautiful beaches and noble history rather than the honking of horns. Here guests can enjoy numerous activities, from a Mediterranean style wellness centre, outdoor and indoor pools, and a blue flag sandy beach, to the à la carte restaurants, bars and terraces that offer breathtaking views of the old part of Poreč.