Hvar’s first five-star hotel opens its doors
Despite the ever-present superyachts that fill the marina, Hvar has only opened its first five-star hotel this month: Palace Elisabeth.
Located in the heart of Hvar – nearby city hall and directly overlooking the main square – Palace Elisabeth is housed in the former Palace Hotel, a building dating back to the 13th century and one of Hvar’s most famous landmarks. Rebuilt as Spa Hotel Empress Elisabeth in 1899, today the new hotel’s name honours the legacy of Austrian Empress Sisi (Elisabeth).
The hotel’s original 130-year-old architecture was undertaken by famous Viennese designer Bernard Schwarz, with many of his original features being upheld in the redesign, which has been overseen by project manager Igor Tomaskovic, architects Zoran and Neda Balog from studio Agro Engineering. The interior design was helmed by Otto Blaha, who also hand painted some of the detailed restaurant walls.
Austrian and Venetian architectural details can be found throughout the hotel. Its 45 rooms and suites are decorated in a natural colour palette and feature crown moldings and intricate rugs juxtaposed with modern furniture with bright pops of colour and floral arrangements. Suite guests have private terraces overlooking the marina.
The on-site spa is comprised of three massage rooms, a Turkish sauna, sundeck, outdoor terrace (with treatment areas), a spa bar and an indoor pool with a connected deck.
The hotel’s restaurant, San Marco, serves Mediterranean cuisine and plates brimming with local produce.