The Best Hotels on the Dalmatian Coast

Waking up to find oneself on the craggy, spectacular Dalmatian Coast is already a good thing, but when you rise in a royal palace, or villa, or grand old hotel, the thrill can transform a holiday into a trip-of-a-lifetime. Whether you want to stay near the picturesque Zlatni Rat beach, on the glittery island of Hvar, or in the historic city of Dubrovnik (known as the Pearl of the Adriatic), there’s a hotel for you in this magical region. Though you may be tempted to stay in your room and enjoy the views, be sure to make time for sightseeing, island hopping, and exploring in nearby national parks.
Collected by AFAR Editors AFAR Staff
Photo by Assaf Pinchuk
Put Gradine 66, 21220, Trogir, Croatia
This design hotel opened in Trogir near Split in 2016, bringing some modern sophistication to the mid-Dalmatian Coast. The stone building, once a tobacco warehouse, sits on a narrow channel that separates Ciovo Island from the mainland,...
Photo courtesy of Hotel Kaštil
Ul. Radića Frane 1, 21420, Bol, Croatia
Originally built as a fortress, this 17th-century, Baroque building became Bol’s first hotel nearly a century ago. Today, Hotel Kaštil remains steeped in history, but even its fascinating past can’t upstage the romantic sea...
Photo courtesy of Heritage Village Apalon, Stari Grad, island Hvar
Šetalište don Šime Ljubića 7, 21246, Stari Grad, Croatia
Formerly a private residence, this neoclassical villa is located in the center of Stari Grad, or the Old Town of Hvar, which is one of the oldest settlements in Europe (dating back to 384 B.C.E.) and much quieter than Hvar Town (which has become a...
Photo courtesy of Little Green Bay
6 Uvala Lozna, 21450, Hvar, Croatia
Just three miles away from Hvar Town, Little Green Bay is a quiet retreat on Lozna Bay, a finger of crystal-clear, emerald water that laps against a small pebble beach. Opened in 2016 by a pair of French siblings, the boutique hotel is designed to...
Photo courtesy of Hotel Korčula de la Ville
Obala dr. Franje Tuđmana 5,, 20260, Korčula, Croatia
Among the Dalmatian Coast’s most stunning towns, Korčula is full of Baroque, golden-stone buildings, set on a thumb of land surrounded by blue-green water. One such building, the historic Hotel Korčula, was completely renovated in 2015 to...
Photo courtesy of Lešić Dimitri Palace
6, Ul. Don. Pavla Poše 1, 20260, Korčula, Croatia
A former 18th-century bishop’s palace in Korčula Old Town, this Relais & Châteaux property has been meticulously restored into an all-suite, luxury hotel. Each of the five rooms is decorated along a different theme inspired by the...
Photo courtesy of Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik
Ul. kardinala Stepinca 21, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
This large, modern hotel on the Lapad peninsula—about a 15-minute bus ride from the Old Town—overlooks the green hills above Lapad Bay, the Adriatic, and the beachfront. Completely refurbished in 2015, its lobby and lounge feature...
Photo courtesy of Pucic Palace
Ul. od Puča 1, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
This 18th-century hotel at the foot of the Stradun (the polished-limestone pedestrian thoroughfare in the heart of Dubrovnik’s Old Town) is set on a small square in close proximity to the city’s most famous sights and museums. Once...
Photo courtesy of Villa Dubrovnik
Ul. Vlaha Bukovca 6, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
It’s all about the view at Villa Dubrovnik, a divine hotel built into the cliff across the bay from the Old Town and Lokrum Island. The restaurant, rooftop bar, spa, and most of the rooms feature the same breathtaking vistas over the...
Photo courtesy of Villa Orsula
Ul. Frana Supila 14, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Built in the 1930s as a private villa, this boutique hotel was renovated in 2012, but still makes guests feel as if they’re staying in someone’s home. Perched on a steep hillside across the bay from the Old Town, it features stone...
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