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Overlooking the seafront promenade in Hvar Town, this fashionable boutique hotel has attracted a star-studded clientele since opening in 1927. Nowadays the vibe here is still one of luxury, with the property’s palm-tree lined stone façade concealing glamorous Hollywood interiors. Facilities include an inviting lobby with red, yellow and black accents, an open-air terrace serving seasonal cuisine and creative cocktails, and a trendy bar with oversized black and white wall photographs of 1950’s and 1960’s movie stars. All of the 54 guest rooms and suites have minimalist decor and retro furnishings, with some featuring balconies and Adriatic Sea views. The hotel is an ideal base from which to explore the pebble beaches, the profusion of old elegant buildings, and the beautiful nearby islands.

Our rating: Medium

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Rooms

The hotel has 54 guest rooms and suites, all with a mix of retro and contemporary decor. Every room has a single oversized black and white photograph of a movie icon covering an entire wall above the bed, a modern glass and marble bathroom with a bright red ceramic sink, a glass-top coffee table, a flatscreen TV, and minimalist furnishings. Superior rooms have either city or sea views, with some featuring balconies overlooking the waterfront. Junior suites offer more living area while the Riva Marina Suite has a top floor setting and multiple sea-facing balconies.

Location

Located on Hvar’s promenade overlooking the marina, Riva is within easy reach of a handful of pebble stone beaches as well as lively nightlife spots. St. Stephen’s Square and its attractive cathedral are just around the corner while the majestic Spanish Fort is a 15-minute walk away. Several well-priced restaurants and cafes are just down the road from the hotel.

Food and Drink

A generous buffet breakfast is served on the open-air terrace overlooking the waterfront in the warmer months. The hotel’s restaurant BB Club featuring Shrimp House offers a selection of shrimp and pasta dishes, pizzas, salads, and sandwiches. This is an ideal spot to enjoy cocktails by resident mixologists, glasses of Croatian wine, and views of the beautiful waterfront.

Facilities and Activities

You will have complimentary use of the rooftop pool at The Adriana, the Riva’s sister hotel. Access to The Adriana’s Sensori Spa’s eight luxury treatment rooms, four types of sauna, indoor pool, relaxation room, fitness studio, and yoga classes is also available for an extra charge.

Our opinion

For those with a love of old Hollywood, this stylish boutique hotel hits the mark with glamorous interiors. The waterfront location also makes it one of Hvar Town’s most desirable places to stay.

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