Almayer Art & Heritage Hotel is a charming and unique adults only (12+) 4 star boutique hotel situated in the historic core of Zadar. The hotel features nine exclusive double rooms, an art gallery, a wine bar and a leafy secret garden in the main building, with the addition of four stylish double rooms in a nearby annexe. Surrounded by lush green park and protected cultural monuments that are symbols of this three thousand years old city, the hotel is perfectly located adjacent to the city landmarks - Roman Forum, sea, coastal boardwalk and famous architectural installations - Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun.
Named after the homonymous Inn from Alessandro Baricco’s novel “Ocean Sea”, this romantic jewel, originally built in 1863, undertook a detailed and comprehensive renovation and adaptation. Finally, in 2017, it transformed into a delicately reimagined and distinctive four-star hotel - a new focal point of the city. Specially designed by the owners to emanate the atmosphere of the Home, Almayer became a place for modern Epicureans and dreamers - not just another classic hotel.
In order to preserve the historic appearance and spirit of the old building, the comprehensive exterior renovation of the complex was done most meticulously. The new interior of the hotel and annex rooms, designed by the owners and the acclaimed designer Boris Ružić, is visually lavish, truly eclectic and filled with the cosmopolitan spirit of the Mediterranean. Guided by the aesthetic manifesto connecting heritage, design and art, the emphasis was on the interior design, as well as creating an experience of place that makes a strong emotional impact and a sense of that instinct comfort of a Home.
Almayer is not a regular hotel. Offering all the modern amenities, as expected in a contemporary city and heritage hotel, it is a unique spot where guests are treated as friends of the family - a place that allows the visitor to become part of it. A warm, welcoming interior with a carefully curated mix of vintage and custom-made furniture gives Almayer the feel of a well-loved house, rather than a hotel. This is a place for one to really feel at home.
Discover the magic of our secret garden, that, just like the present-day Garden of Hesperides, stays hidden inside a medieval wall, filled with the heritage, the scent of oranges, and above all, with alluring stories. From the herringbone brick pavement as a reminiscence of the Antiquity and times under the winged Lion of Venice, through the medieval courtyard wall which remembers the ancient wars and sieges, to a verdant Mediterranean vegetation and a steel and glass orangery in the industrial style, as connection to the Fin de siècle and golden age of bourgeois Zadar, our secret garden is a visual homage to a centuries-old art of living in the heart of Dalmatia.