This may not be the 5-star hotel on the idyllic island of Hvar but it is our favourite. On our second visit this May we were made to feel like old friends rather than clients. The staff are charming and, indeed , our dealings with the Suncari group were most congenial.
The Palace location is right in the heart of the old town and the views are spectacular.
The rooms are not so modern as at the Adriana and the Riva but are generally a bit more spacious to compensate. It might be worth taking your own bath plug as they seem to be in short supply!
At the Adriana the lack of front facing balconies seems the only omission as the manager Jarmilla is quite charming and gave her individual attention to our request to hold a drinks reception in the rooftop bar. We were in Hvar for the wedding of our son who is building a house on the island. Our Scottish guests , we were assured, were enchanted with the location, the informality, the excellent quality of the catering from Suncari manager Stipe and the friendliness of the islanders who seemed to enjoy the spectacle of a multitude of kilts!
Many of our friends also stayed at and enjoyed the Palace although it was the grandchildren who relished the unheated pool with most enthusiasm. The terrace at the Palace must be hard to beat for a special celebration if you can persuade intrepid friends to make the fairly complicated journey. Be prepared-depending on your travel arrangements-to leave your luggage in Split and have an hour or two to explore the fascinating Roman heritage with great shopping thrown in. There is clearly a well-rehearsed and reliable system which companies use to guard your cases until the next ferry departs.
This visit in May 09 was significantly warmer than in May 08 when an extra layer in the evening was essential and more typical of the early season. Its a delightful stress-dissolving, traffic-free destination you should keep to yourself!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In 1869, Empress Elisabeth of Vienna was so impressed after discovering the city of Hvar, that she encouraged the building of the iconic Palace hotel and contributed to the financing and design. From the beginning the hotel was a great success welcoming guests from all over Europe establishing Hvar as a famous destination as it is today. The hotel has graciously aged charm and character mirroring that of the island. History lovers will also enjoy its central location,which provides romantic views of the ancient piazza and neighbouring buildings such as St. Stephenʼs Cathedral, and glorious sunsets over the bay. Guests can dine at the San Marco Venetian terrace overlooking the yacht harbour immersed in the heart of Hvar's historical architecture. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Palace Hotel Hvar
- Palace Hvar Island
- Palace Hotel Hvar Island
- Hotel Palace Hvar