A boat or hotel minibus ride (5 minutes) along the coast from Hvar town - away from the hustle, but within reach of bars and restaurants - stands this discreet 50-room hotel (rooms are spread between the main hotel building, and a lodge 15 meters away). It overlooks a serene inlet, with a lovely garden restaurant out front. Tables are set below palms, pines and lemon trees, and a series of terraces step down to the water, with sparkling views across azure seas to the lace-edged Pakleni ('Resin') islets. At night, bathed in subtle lighting and gentle music (think Eros Ramazzotti), the scene takes on a truly dreamlike quality. Blissful.
- The setting: cascading down the hillside from road level down to the waterfront gardens and cocktail bar
- Balconies with stunning sea views: go for a Superior Exclusive Room (in the main hotel) to get the best one possible
- Private bathing area with easy access from the rocks into the sea
- Taxi-boats and chartered yachts to myriad islands - perfect for snorkelling or diving
- Small outdoor pool and wellness centre with solarium, sauna, Jacuzzi, massage and beauty treatments
- Hvar Town gets horribly crowded in July-August: try to come in May-June or Sept-Oct
- Come nightfall, many guests head into Hvar town, so the restaurant can feel quiet; we also found the food underwhelming
- We suggest you avoid rooms in the lodge (annex), and Economy rooms in the main hotel
- Annoyingly, the last section of the charming coastal path is gated so, if arriving on foot, you have to turn inland and reach the hotel via a back road
Best time to go
If you visit in summer, attend a Hvar Summer Festival open-air performance - we recommend the classical music concerts in the cloisters of the Franciscan Monastery.
Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- 50 rooms
- Restaurant (open daily)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Outdoor Pool
- Spa Treatments
- Beach Nearby
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Car not necessary
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Private beach
- Dive Centre
The hotel is built into a hillside, so the higher the room the better your view. Rooms are spread between the main hotel and a newer lodge building, 15m away. Granted, they are not the height of chic, but they’re clean, functional and peaceful. The layout and format remains consistent across the board, so it’s the size and balcony view that determine the rates (you’re paying extra for those views).
In the main hotel, the Superior rooms have sea views and small balconies. We stayed in a Superior Exclusive, most of which are on the second or third floor. Ours had a huge balcony framing views of the sea and islands beyond - worth nabbing if there's one free (and you can afford it). Standard rooms do not have a sea view, but some have side- or rear-facing balconies. Choose a Standard Garden View for an outlook of pine and citrus trees. The compact Economy rooms lack balconies and overlook the street; ok if you're on a budget, I guess.
The newer lodge building is located out back, overlooking the car park. These rooms get less natural light and are a tad cramped, although top-floor rooms get impressive sea views. Both the Standard and Superior rooms here have small balconies with partial sea views; Superiors are a little larger, but all lodge rooms have a sofabed. Overall this feels more like an overflow building; not worth the saving in our view.
For dinner, the Amo restaurant serves Italian-style pasta dishes and Dalmatian seafood. Tables are set up in the stunning garden, on beautifully lit terraces overlooking the sea. Discreetly placed amid lush plants, you’d never guess there are over 100 settings. Now and then, special themed evenings are held, such as ‘Star Night’ (live alfresco piano music) and wine-tasting (local grapes to a soundtrack of heady jazz music).
At the bottom of the garden, overlooking the sea, two funky wooden beach bars serve up cocktails throughout the day (they close around 11pm to keep the hotel peaceful). We made the most of the afternoon ‘Happy Hour’ then took the hotel shuttlebus into town.
Hvar Town’s buzzy restaurants are really upping the local foodie scene. We tried Black Pepper, where candle-lit tables tumble down the ivy-draped walk-way outside. The contemporary Croatian cuisine was to die for. Afterwards, stick around to enjoy the vibrant late-night drinking and dancing scene.
At breakfast the indoor buffet offers lots of choice. We enjoyed some nice breads and oven-warm croissants, but many of the options were packaged (plastic yoghurts, tinned fruit salad). The dining room is rather characterless, so guests tend to head out to the patio. Lunch is also served, though most guests are on the beach by then.
- Coffee / tea making
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Vegetarian options
- Hvar Town is rich in monuments, including a 16th-century cathedral overlooking a magnificent piazza (the largest in Dalmatia), a 17th-century municipal theatre (the oldest public theatre in Europe) and a hilltop castle. It's 5 minutes away by hotel minibus or a 20-minute walk along the sea path
- Be sure to check out the nearby Pakleni islets' beaches, reached by regular taxi boats from Hvar Town. If you want an all-over tan, Jerolim and Stipanska are devoted to nudism
- Day charter a sailing boat or a motorboat to explore the Dalmatian coast and islands; skippers are also available
- The sea is ideal for scuba diving and the hotel has an on-site Viking Diving Centre. Expect excellent visibility, a stunning variety of fish, coral reefs, ancient shipwrecks and amphorae
- For Hvar nightlife, try the exquisite Veneranda, set in pinewoods in the grounds of a former monastery above the sea, for drinking and dancing by a pool. Carpe Diem hosts club nights on a neighbouring island, with taxi boats leaving at midnight and returning at 4am
- Hvar Island is renowned for its excellent wines - try Tomic in Jelsa, for tastings
- Back at the hotel, there's a seaside sunbathing terrace, with a ladder into the sea and a 'Spalmaris' wellness centre with sauna, Jacuzzis, a pool and treatments
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Scuba diving
- Scuba diving courses
- Wine tasting
Children are welcome and it's great for older kids, who will love all the water activities and be able to cope with the many steps, slopes and rocky waterfronts.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Family friendly accommodation:
We'd recommend the Superior Exclusive room in the main hotel as it is able to fit an additional bed and a baby cot.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Hotel Podstine is 1.5km west of Hvar Town, on Hvar Island, Dalmatia.
Split has the best ferry connections, or you can try Dubrovnik.
By Ferry from Split or Dubrovnik
From Split airport, take a taxi to the port, then a ferry (1.5-2 hrs) or catamaran (50 mins) to Hvar.
From Dubrovnik there is a catamaran to Hvar port (4 hrs) via Mljet and Korcula - see Krilo.
On the Island
Once in Hvar Town, you can get to the hotel via the hotel minibus, a boat-taxi (the hotel has a small jetty), a hire scooter or on foot (20 minutes' walk). You probably won't need a car - the town is nearby, and there are buses to Stari Grad and Jelsa - but if you do hire one, secure private parking is available at the hotel.
Detailed directions will be sent when you book through i-escape.
- Split 72.0 km SPU
- Zagreb 460.0 km ZAG
- Beach 0.1 km
- Shops 1.0 km
- Restaurant 1.0 km