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If Paris, Rome and London have begun to lose their luster and you're looking for a novel way to explore Europe's vast terrain, don't fret. Way over on the other end of the continent, countries like Romania, Hungary, Poland, Estonia and Croatia beckon with 17th century castles, lush countryside, and unspoiled coastal cities. Here's a look at some of the most stunning old-world hotels to be found in the region.
Three Sisters Hotel, Estonia
This Relais & Chateaux-branded property is actually made up of three former merchant houses, built in the fourteenth century, and located within the walls of Tallinn's Old Town. Guest rooms (all renovated in 2003) convey the building's intimate, medieval vibe, but it's the suites that get the most play: four-poster beds, claw foot tubs, and spacious living rooms with the original ceiling beams.
Downstairs, guests can cozy up next to the fireplace, sip on vodka in the dungeon-like Beluga Bar, or head to the award-winning Bordoo restaurant for a five-course degustation menu (65 EUR pp) featuring Estonian specialties like onion consomme, steamed whitefish, elk "cocotte," beef fillet and apple with salted caramel.
Rates from $500/night.
Six more after the jump!
Dragons. Décolletage (translation: BOOBS). Intrigue, incest, bloodshed and bonking!
Yes, Game of Thrones is back on HBO for the March 31 Season 3 premiere. We now turn to Dubrovnik, Croatia, location for Season 3’s King’s Landing scenes and--if staff rumors are to be believed--the real-life setting for some truly awesome cast parties.
While those parties are over for now (though we can’t speak for Season 4), Hotel Bellevue, where many of the cast are said to have bunked up during filming, is offering a Game of Thrones package sure to get your geek-roleplay mojo in maximum throttle.
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Melchiorri filming 'Hotel Impossible'
Well, it's time for Croatia hotels to have their moment in the sun. Ohthey're already having that moment now, you say? Doesn't the Travel Channel know it, as they've just announced a huge one-hour special on the region to air in January, 2013. Called "Trip of a Lifetime," the show will take its big budget and big Travel Channel stars (including Bert Kreischer, Anthony Melchiorri and Adam Richman) to both Italy and Croatia to "...reveal the most incredible and undiscovered food, fun and hotels throughout this over-the-top vacation."
The show will be hosted by Samantha Brown, so we can definitely expect a healthy focus on those hotels most dripping with amenities. And now we know what these Travel Channel faces have planned for their late autumn: a romp around the Adriatic. Why the Adriatic? As the press release puts it, it's "up and coming":
Things just don’t seem to be working out for Tom Cruise, these days. He can’t even get a whole restaurant to himself and dine in peace! That’s apparently the latest woe of the newly-divorced actor who recently flew to Croatia from London, where he was based while filming the new movie "All You Need Is Kill".
On what looks to be Cruise’s “Croatia: Love Recovery Tour 2”(he’s said to have traveled there after the Penelope Cruz split), The Sun reports that he stopped by the Forza Mare Hotel in Dobrota, near Montenegro's coastline. There was a request to the management—could they clear their in-house restaurant so he could eat without a crowd?
We are suckers for a room with a killer view. We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.
The hotel promises on its web site "magnificent panoramic sea views" and this room delivers on that promise. Most of the hotel's 93 rooms have balconies and all have sea views. Plus if you book a suite, you get a jacuzzi in the bathroom! Rates start at 165 Euros for a classic double room. Suites start at 750 Euros.
You know how they charge a bit more for the rooms with a good view? There's one way to solve this dilemma and get no complaints about it, although it's a pretty hi-tech solution: build a rotating hotel. That's exactly what they're planning in Croatia where some spinning accommodation will be built on Šolta Island, near the city of Split.
But don't worry, it's not turning at a rate likely to make you dizzy. The design has it rotating 1.3 times per day, barely fast enough to notice at all, and at the right pace so that if you stay a few days, you'll get a different view at all times of day. It will be just a three-storey hotel and there will be a central hub including the reception, stairs and elevator that won't rotate, so you won't have to look for the front door in a different place each time.
We've long admired the view from the Regent Esplanade Zagreb in Croatia, and now we think they're offering a package to fit: the Castle Tour package. It's a combination of private tours and anything involving castles sure makes us feel that bit regal.
The deal includes two nights' accommodation in a Superior double room, with breakfast included as well as internet access. (They say it's high speed, but we have a different experience of Croatian internet access so we're not making any promises).
For a good few years, now, everyone’s been banging on about Croatia being the hot new Med destination. And now it’s got the Kempinksi seal of approval too – they’ve just opened the Kempinksi Hotel Adriatic on the Istrian peninsula in the north of the country as their latest pin on the board of world domination.
We approve of the choice of location – Istria (the closest bit to Italy) isn’t the most obviously touristy bit of Croatia, so presumably that will make for a nice feeling of isolation in your luxury. We also approve of the price – rooms start at €200 ($293 or Ł175), which isn’t bad compared to some of their properties – especially considering it’s a seaside resort.
The “seaside” bit sounds pretty fly, too – on a clear day, they reckon you can see Venice (only minus the hordes and the smell) across the water. Plus, you’ve got your free wifi, Bang & Olufsen TVs and three restaurants to choose from.
There you go – Croatia’s all blinged up. Definitely no excuse for not going now.
The Radisson Blu is getting bigger: they've just opened the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Dubrovnik on this amazing part of the Croatian coast.
If you've forgotten that Radisson Blu used to be Radisson SAS, just check out our poem which explains it all and reminds you that Radisson Blu is meant to stand for cool. This place seems to fit that bill with 201 rooms with balconies overlooking the Adriatic Sea, plus 207 apartments of various sizes including kitchenettes. Plus there's a huge spa which includes a juice bar overlooking the sea, too.
As well as some 13 bars and restaurants on site, the Radisson Blu Dubrovnik even has a gourmet fresh market where you can pick up some groceries supplied by local bakers and fishermen – if you're the kind who misses home cooking, you can even get tips from these locals on how to prepare some Croatian meals and cook up a storm in your kitchenette. If you're lazy like us, though, you'll stick to all those restaurants.
Opening rates are starting from €150 ($205) a night, which includes breakfast and free internet access. Dubrovnik is really an ideal summer destination but it stays warm longer than much of Europe so a late summer or fall vacation will still work out here.
Croatian resort Villa Vilina has a neat way to give even lazy vacationers the best of both worlds: you can get your cultural, arty fix without even leaving the hotel. The month of June is peak season for their art affairs by the sounds of things, with three separate exhibitions parading through the hotel corridors.
Starting on June 5, paintings by Petra Ševeljević will form the "Parco" exhibition. Apparently her pictures are all about parks and black pine trees which seems a little quirky to us, but intriguing. Two weeks later the "Venus" exhibition opens with Petar Hranuelli's stone sculptures of "different female forms".
To finish off the big art month, Villa Vilina will host a photographic exhibition opening on June 26. Srđan Babić photographs are supposed to be pretty inspiring, but if they're not as much as you'd hoped for, the views from the pool deck will be a good substitute.
Villa Vilina is located on the small island of Lopud off the coast of Dubrovnik. Most of June falls into their shoulder season (until June 7 it's off-peak) and rates are reasonable, ranging from € 146 ($205) to € 255 ($360) depending on the suite size and the view. But the art's there for everybody.
You know the argument about how small a hotel has to be to qualify as boutique? Well here’s one that’ll definitely qualify: Lešić Dimitri Palace on the gorgeous medieval Korčula island in Croatia, which is opening next month, has only six rooms.
We say "rooms," but we can see why the hotel likes to call them "residences" because even the smallest has a separate sitting area. In fact, the largest has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, plus a living room.
The building was the old bishop’s palace on Korčula so there are a few creamy stone walls about, and the rest of the decor is simple but classy, giving those cream and greige palettes a workout. Don't confuse that for stark though – it’s themed on the Silk Road (Marco Polo was supposed to have lived on the island), so those plain colours are nicely latticed and patterned.
The hotel reckons it’ll be providing an “extremely high level of personalized service”, and because of the small number of rooms, we’re betting that they won’t be wrong. For a start, they’ve got private yachts (yup, plural) if you fancy floating round the nearby islands. Best of all are the prices. If this is as swish as it sounds, the starting rates of €180 ($248/Ł158) per night sound pretty swell to us. Better hope it lives up to expectations (and if it doesn’t, you can always private yacht it out of there).
The gorgeous Croatian coast at Rovinj in the area of Istria has just gotten its first five-star hotel with the opening of the Hotel Monte Mulini and even though it's barely springtime, this is already on our Christmas wishlist.
Amazingly, this incarnation of the hotel is a renovated version of a previous hotel that didn't get much positive feedback and was certainly a two-star shadow of the luxury they've built now. To be honest, just knowing that the hotel overlooks the Adriatic coastline with nothing but sea to be seen is enough to entice us.
But on top of that, they seem to have taken a whole heap of care with the re-design. Croatia can get seriously hot in the summer, but the designers did studies of light and shade on the windows at different times of the year to calculate the best positions and angles, and there's a curved roof specially positioned to put the hotel's walls into the shade during summer.