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Adriana Hvar Marina Hotel & Spa, Hvar Town, Hvar

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Croatia, Europe: The Top Bar at the Adriana Hvar Marina Hotel & Spa in Hvar, Croatia
Hvar Town , Hvar
Croatia 21450
Tel: 385 21 750 200's insider take:

It's no surprise that this 59-room hotel became an instant favorite of the Croatian Riviera crowd when it opened in the summer of 2007. The Adriana's views of the megayachts are unparalleled, and the Top, the hotel's sleek roof bar, is the coolest place to party. On warm nights during the high season, it's the spot to sip a cocktail or a glass of Champagne while overlooking the twinkling lights in the harbor. The rooms are decorated in an Asian-inspired minimalist style, with dark wood floors; Japanese-patterned lamps; and touches of amber, persimmon, and lavender (the island's ubiquitous fragrant herb also pops up in lavender-scented massages at the on-site spa). But be careful when you book: Some rooms and apartments look out onto the city, but the best come with a million-dollar view of the mammoth vessels and humble fishing boats moored in the harbor.

From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:

This stunning harborfront hotel marks a new level of style for Hvar, providing the city's sleekest lodgings, its cushiest day spa, and a slick roof-level bar, The Top, that is the place to be seen for the new Riviera's beau monde. Part of the Adriana's appeal is the array of facilities: The rooftop lounge has cabanas for massages as well as an indoor-outdoor seawater pool for dips between sessions in the sun. The 59 rooms (which include nine spa suites) are done in earth tones, polished woods, and natural fabrics delicately embellished with lavender accents; most look out on the harbor and Old Town, allowing guests to take in the daily arrival of ever-larger yachts, the colorful evening promenade, and the spectacular sunsets. With such amenities, it's easy to overlook the staff: While Croatia's appeal has always relied upon spectacular natural beauty rather than stellar service, if there were more hotels like Adriana, the Dalmatian Coast might be known as much for its hospitality as for its delicate Venetian architecture and the sparkling Adriatic Sea.

—2008 Hot List

When to go: June through August for the action; to avoid the crowds, try late May or early September.

Which room to book: Though No. 118 has only a "partial" harbor view, it has access to the spacious waterfront patio, like pricier suites do.

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