A 13th-century medieval fortress turned characterful boutique property, Hotel Bastion offers comfort, style, and a rich cultural heritage. Its location in the heart of Zadar’s old town makes it ideal for exploring the tiny cobbled streets and ancient ruins.
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Built in 1863, this former Austrian military hospital turned characterful boutique hotel preserves its history and period elegance. Inside, you’re met with a wealth of original features such as wooden beam ceilings and exposed stone walls, as well as more contemporary elements such as modern artworks, natural materials, and sprinklings of quirky design. All of the nine light-filled rooms, including four in a separate annex across the park from the main building, have minimalist decor, neutral hues, and modern bathrooms with showers and toiletries. Some have views of the park and church.
The hotel also has an outdoor terrace and garden, a restaurant for ingredient-driven Dalmatian cuisine and an extensive wine and cocktail menu, and a team of friendly staff who can arrange sightseeing tours and excursions. You’ll also be within easy distance of the Zadar’s most visit-worthy attractions, including Saint Donatus Church, the city walls and gates, and the two famous architectural installations: Sea Organ and Greetings to the Sun.
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Available in standard and deluxe categories, the five light-filled rooms in the main building all have minimalist decor, neutral hues, local artworks, and wooden beam ceilings. The Deluxe rooms are loft style and feature a sofa, living area, an upstairs bedroom, and a downstairs bathroom. The additional four rooms in a separate annex across the park from the main building have dark blue walls, wooden parquet flooring, and views of the park and church. All rooms have modern bathrooms with showers and toiletries.
Set next to a leafy garden in Zadar’s pedestrian-only old town, there’s a wealth of attractions within easy distance. The Sea Organ installation and Saint Donatus Church are both a five-minute walk away. There’s also a good selection of restaurants, museums, and shops that are all accessible on foot. You’ll also be a short stroll from the port from where ferries run to nearby islands.
Food and drink
Generous breakfasts are served buffet style and include local honey and yoghurts. You can also enjoy several à la carte options. The hotel’s restaurant, Corte Vino & More, offers Dalmatian cuisine prepared with fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients as well as an extensive wine and cocktail menu. You can choose to dine on the glass-enclosed terrace or in the outdoor garden area.
Facilities and activities
Facilities are limited due to the building’s historic nature. However, the friendly staff will be happy to offer advice on Zadar’s best attractions and arrange sightseeing tours and excursions.
We love the focus on local food, wine, and art at this intimate boutique hotel in Zadar’s old town. The contemporary rooms are stylish and creative while the outdoor terrace and garden are ideal spots for summer drinks.
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