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Palace Elisabeth Hvar Heritage Hotel
Hvar, Dalmatia, Croatia|www.suncanihvar.com|
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Expect 19th-century opulence at this grand hotel, overlooking the harbour, on the edge of Hvar Town‘s main square – the building was commissioned in 1898 by Empress Elisabeth of Austria (Dalmatia was under Austro-Hungarian rule at that time) after whom the hotel is named.
Reopened following extensive renovation in 2019, rooms and suites have plush white period interiors and hand-painted murals – the best ones come with sea-view balconies.
There’s a terrace restaurant specialising in summery salads at lunch and classic Dalmatian seafood at dinner, and a spa with an indoor pool, offering rejuvenating health and beauty treatments.
The Palace Elisabeth stands on the edge of Hvar’s main square. Here and in the surrounding alleys, you’ll find lots of busy little open-air cafés, boutiques and Dalmatian seafood restaurants.
It’s a ten-minute walk to the ferry landing station.
The car-free old town is made up of centuries-old traditional Dalmatian stone buildings. Behind the Palace Elisabeth, Hvar’s iconic hilltop castle rises above the town.
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