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Housed in a 700 year old building, Hotel Kăstel has recently been refurbished and is now the place to stay in the hillside town of Motovun.
There are 33 rooms, as well as one apartment, at the family run Hotel Kăstel. All rooms have great views of the surrounding scenery, including the Mirna River Valley and the infamous Motovun vineyards. Opt for an Exclusive Double room for a balcony. Since the renovation, mod cons such as satellite telly and central heating feature throughout.
The restaurant serves authentic Istrian cusine in a stunning setting - the restaurant spills out onto a terrace which, shaded by chestnut trees, has spectacular views. Try Boškarin (a beef speciality), Malvazija and Teran wines from the neighbouring Motovun vineyards, and of course local truffles (Motovun's claim to fame is that the largest ever white truffle was found in their woods).
A new addition to the hotel is the spa, complete with pool, two saunas and Kneipp baths. There are also treatments available, and a stunning garden overlooking the hills perfect for a bit of down time after a treatment.
Located just outside the town walls, Hotel Kăstel is in a perfect position for exploring the town and surrounding Istrian countryside. Motovun itself was fortified by the Venetians in the 14th century, and inside its walls the town is made up of Romanesque and Gothic buildings, as well as old artist's studios. Brimming with history, the charming town and even more charming hotel are a perfect alternative to coastal Croatia.
Why we love it
The hotel has its own art gallery, adding to the already extremely cultural repertoire of Motovun.
Kate L, Original Traveller