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Hvar may be new on the trend radar, but the two Italianate villas that house Hotel Riva have been around for over one hundred years.
The hotel sits in the prime spot on the attractive waterfront of Hvar town's harbour and the buildings were completely overhauled in 2006. The resulting boutique hotel has just 54 rooms and suites designed in a contemporary style with glass walls between bedrooms and bathrooms and huge stills from Hollywood movies on the walls.
The hotel restaurant serves good quality fresh seafood and fish and other typical Mediterranean cuisine, and the bar has a lovely terrace from which to people and yacht watch. The bar becomes one of the trendiest places to hang out late at night in Hvar with DJs in residence most nights, trying to compete for the affections of the beautiful people who also frequent the Carpe Diem bar next door.
In terms of activities, the hotel concierge can arrange tours of the Hvar town or the wider island, or waterskiing in the crystal clear waters off the island.
Why we love it
One of the two villas that house the hotel was once the headquarters of the Croatian navy.
Kate L, Original Traveller