“A romantic seafront hotel and restaurant in a secluded bay, 20 minutes' walk along the coast from the gorgeous town of Hvar”
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 51-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.
- It's hard not to fall in love with the location - the reception is on the top floor (road level) and the hotel cascades down the hillside, ending up with gardens and cocktail bar on the waterfront
- 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
- Rooms in the lodge building are a bit small and dark, plus they overlook the car park. Economy rooms are best avoided, unless you're on a tight a budget
- 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
- 51 rooms
- Restaurant (open daily)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Outdoor Pool
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- 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. Standard rooms do not have a sea view, but some have side- or rear-facing balconies. The compact Economy rooms lack balconies and overlook the street; perhaps best if you're on a budget. 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).
The newer lodge building is located out back, overlooking the car park. Rooms in this building 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.
- Air conditioning
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
- Internet access
- Satellite TV
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 menu
- 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.
Hotel Podstine is on Hvar Island, on Croatia's Dalmatian Coast. The hotel is 1.5km west of Hvar Town.
Fly to Split, then catch the airport bus to the city centre (30-minute journey) to take a boat to Hvar Island (1 hour). 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).
From Split, you can catch a catamaran or ferry to Hvar Island. The regular catamarans go direct to Hvar Town and take 1-hour (available daily during summer). Alternatively, ferries go from Split to Stari Grad, in the north of Hvar island, approximately 7 times per day (during summer). From Star Grad, you can catch a bus to Hvar Town.
For ferry and catamaran timetables consult Jadrolinija or Blue Line.
You probably won't want a car while on Hvar, but our car rental recommendations may be useful for a longer trip through Croatia. Secure private parking is available at the hotel.
Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com
More on getting to Croatia
- Split 72.0 km SPU
- Zagreb 460.0 km ZAG
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- Shops 1.0 km
- Restaurant 1.0 km