Built on the spot where a grand residence belonging to Venetian dukes once stood, Palace Elisabeth is rooted in Hvar island’s history. Entering through the remnants of the ancient city walls under the watchful gaze of two stone lions carved in the 15th century, reminders of the past can be seen throughout the hotel’s interior and exterior spaces. A cool classical style built around local white stone is the dominant theme, with flashes of colour adding a contemporary touch. The location is fit for a king too, with the hotel sitting on an open plaza that leads to a harbour where boats bob in the azure water.
Palace Elisabeth’s selection of rooms and suites also take their cues from history. Clean lines and crisp linens are complemented by beds recessed beneath miniature archways embellished with ornate carvings and walls adorned with delicate frescoes. Some rooms offer vistas over the city or hotel gardens, but we recommend opting for something with a sea view. Choices range from the Superior Room with elegant marble bathroom to the Presidential Penthouse Suite, an expansive escape with a colonnaded balcony overlooking the port and the little island of Galesnik which sits close to its entrance.
While the hotel’s location in the heart of the lively harbour town provides the perfect opportunity to explore the cafés, bars and restaurants that dot the streets, Palace Elisabeth’s own restaurant and bar mean you won’t be obliged to stray too far from home. Laid out on the roof of the historic Loggia building on the main square, restaurant San Marco serves mouth-watering Mediterranean cuisine in one of the city’s most exclusive settings. Seafood is a speciality, with simple dishes like grilled octopus with lemon and roasted scallops with dill and fennel elevated to new heights by ingredients freshly plucked from the waters of the Adriatic. For drinks, head to The Bar, a serene and stylish spot where you can take you pick from an extensive list of exclusive spirits or enjoy a signature cocktail (we recommend the Adriatic Margarita with tequila, Cointreau and fresh lime juice).
Couples and romantics
Those seeking to be in the heart of the action
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Enjoy the views of the harbour’s sparkling waters from the sun terrace
Treat yourself to a serenity body massage in the spa
Admire the lights of the harbour and main square over dinner at San Marco restaurant
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Stroll through the surrounding historic centre, discovering Hvar’s café-lined streets, cathedral and 17th-century Venetian theatre.
Embark upon a yacht cruise around the islands of Vis and Biševo, discovering picturesque coastlines and intriguing caves.
Travel into the Hvar’s delightful interior for wine tasting with one of the finest producers in the region.
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