Adriana Marina Hotel & Spa

Hvar, Dalmatian Coast, Croatia Book from

Reviewed by Jane Foster
Sophisticated design hotel on the waterfront in Hvar Town, with one of Croatia’s most luxurious spas
A 16th-century cathedral presides over a large paved piazza; wooden fishing boats and sun-kissed yachts sway gently to the ebb and flow of the tide in a Venetian-built harbour. Views don't come much better than this.

Purpose-built in the 1970s, this 59-room hotel reopened in summer 2007 after a total makeover, and the result is light and airy, modern and fun. Playful elements include a purple Perspex backlit reception desk and a blue mosaic-tile rooftop pool lined with hanging wicker chairs. The spectacular rooftop lounge-bar has stunning views over Hvar Town’s old stone buildings and out to sea; the vast Sensori Spa offers luxurious beauty treatments, massages, yoga and Pilates. Bedrooms come with floor-to-ceiling windows and narrow sliding shutters to maximise the views. With its sleek design, up-market facilities and romantic waterfront location, the thoroughly sophisticated Adriana appeals to those who appreciate the finer things in life, and have the money to pay for them.


  • Prime location right on the waterfront of Croatia's most glamorous island
  • Chic, funky interior design by London-based architects Jestico + Whiles
  • The top-notch spa offers everything from aromatherapy to yoga, plus a heated seawater indoor/outdoor pool
  • The ground-floor restaurant serves exceptional Mediterranean food, and the stunning rooftop bar is THE place to see and be seen
  • The adventurous can book fishing trips, kayaking, wine tasting, even jeep safaris...


  • Very expensive by Croatian standards
  • Service is sometimes very patchy, particularly in the restaurant and around the pool
  • Rooms have a shower but no bath (suites have a whirlpool bath), and some are showing signs of wear and tear
  • Hvar is the jewel of the Dalmatian Riviera: expect lots of visitors, yachties and late partying in summer

Best time to go

For ultimate relaxation, book into the Adriana during May/June or September/October, when the days are sunny and the sea warm, but the island is less crowded. In high season (July and August), Hvar Town is hot and chaotic, but with the big plus of a buzzing nightlife and a wide choice of cultural events.

Our top tips

Come between June and September and you'll overlap with the open-air Summer Festival, a 100-day extravaganza of music, jazz, theatre, art and folklore with near-daily performances of one kind or another; we loved the classical music concerts in the cloisters of the Franciscan Monastery.

Great for...

City Style
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 59
  • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pools
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service


The 4-storey Adriana has 50 Superior Rooms - most of which have spectacular sea views, the remainder of which overlook Hvar Town - and 9 Spa Suites. Expect dark wooden floors and minimalist furnishing with clean lines. Fabrics come in subtle earthy shades of cream, beige and charcoal, with splashes of mauve, orange and lilac added by scatter cushions and bedside rugs.

The futuristic ensuite bathrooms are partitioned from the rooms with green-tinted smoked glass, and supplied with The White Company toiletries. Showers are large and stylish, though we found that water can leak onto the floor. You get top-of-the-range facilities such as A/C, a flat-screen TV, Sat-TV, pay TV, a minibar, a safe, a hairdryer, free WiFi and LAN access, and cotton bathrobes and slippers.

The rooms have either a kingsize double bed or twin beds, and an ensuite bathroom with a shower only. Each suite has a prime view, a kingsize bed, a sitting area, 2 flat-screen TVs, and a spacious bathroom with a shower and a whirlpool bath.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Internet access
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet


A buffet breakfast - expect the usual continental fare - is served in the ground-floor restaurant, Val Marina. In summer, outdoor tables are arranged on a raised waterfront terrace; inside, the dining room has beige wicker-back chairs, crisp white table linens and floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the pretty harbour.

Lunch and dinner are also served here. The wide array of Mediterranean fare includes delights such as tagliatelle s jastogom (lobster with tagliatelle), Hvarska gregada (fish stewed in red wine, potatoes, onions and olive oil) and tagliata (sliced rare beef with rocket and parmesan). It's reasonably priced given the quality and the location, and there's a slightly cheaper buffet, too. The kitchen uses predominantly fresh, local and organic ingredients supplied by Suncani Hvar’s ‘Best of Hvar Club’ (see Essentials), and it shows: salads are crisp and tasty, the fish as shiny-eyed as you could wish.

Up on the roof, the lounge-bar is arranged on a series of multi-level garden terraces, furnished with low-level coffee tables and funky cubist wicker sofas with fuchsia-pink cushions. The views over Hvar Town and the nearby Pakleni islands are stunning. The atmosphere is chic but informal, with cocktails, champagne, Croatian wines, fresh fruit smoothies and light snacks such as riblja pašteta (fish paté served with crunchy baguette) and Cobb salad (chicken, leaves, avocado, gorgonzola, walnuts, tomato and bacon).

If you prefer to eat out, there's no shortage of restaurants and streetside cafés within walking distance; see our [tips:dalmatiancoast:destination guide] for suggestions (Terramarique is a particular favourite), or ask staff for recommendations (they will most likely direct you to their sister hotels, including the Roots restaurant at the Riva).

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Organic produce
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service


  • Explore Hvar Town, Croatia's most ancient continuously inhabited settlement. Its large paved piazza, overlooked by a 16th-century cathedral and elegant bell tower, resounds to the gentle humming of open-air cafés, while the Venetian-era harbour is lined with wooden fishing boats and swanky yachts. You can also visit the 17th-century municipal theatre (housed in the old arsenal), 2 monasteries and a hilltop castle (open in summer only)

  • Hvar is not overly blessed with sandy beaches, but it does have some of the clearest, bluest waters in the Med. The best-equipped bathing area within walking distance is the Bonj beach club's 1930s colonnade, which has sun beds and private cabanas. Taxi-boats will take you further round the coast to Robinsons or Pokojnyi Dol beaches, or book a boat to the nearby Pakleni islands for a back-to-nature, clothing-optional experience on your own secluded pebble cove

  • If you enjoy watersports, you'll be in your element: waterskiing, windsurfing and wakeboarding are all available nearby. You can also go sea-kayaking to the Pakleni islands, or take a fishing trip with a local fisherman - if you get lucky, the hotel will cook your catch for dinner

  • Hvar is also great for scuba diving, with excellent visibility, coral reefs and a good variety of fish, plus ancient shipwrecks and amphorae to explore

  • Book on one of the hotel's imaginatively named 'guest experience tours', which include visits to local villages, artisan farmers and vineyards, with the chance to sample their produce. Or go it alone - Jelsa and Sveti Nedjelja vineyards offer some of Croatia’s best wines

  • Explore the island's interior on foot or mountain bike (start early in summer, and take lots of water), or go free climbing with an instructor on limestone crags above the sea. If that sounds too strenuous, book an all-day jeep safari

  • Play tennis at the local tennis centre, 3km from the hotel

  • Charter a sailing boat for a half day or full day exploring Dalmatia's marvellous coastline - skippers are available for those with limited sailing experience

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Nightlife
  • Private guided tours
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Well being
  • Windsurfing
  • Wine tasting
  • Yoga


The Adriana is aimed primarily at couples in search of a restful escape, so there are no special facilities for kids. However, baby cots and sofabeds can be provided in the suites upon request, and some interconnecting rooms are available.

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available

Baby equipment:

Baby cots are available on request.

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kid Friendly:

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