Almayer Art & Heritage Hotel, Zadar

Unique adults-only boutique hotel in Zadar Old Town, Croatia

Welcome to Almayer, a unique Adults-only (14+) boutique hotel nested in the heart of Zadar Old Town, Croatia. Our small 4-star family-owned hotel offers exclusive accommodation options and an exquisite gourmet experience at our Corte Restaurant, making it the perfect romantic getaway for couples. As one of the best boutique hotels for couples in Croatia, Almayer offers an intimate and peaceful ambience, ensuring a memorable stay. Our in-house art gallery, lush secret garden and highly personalised service add a touch of sophistication and luxury to your experience. With just 16 elegantly designed double rooms, warm hospitality, and a romantic artsy atmosphere, Almayer is the epitome of a design and boutique hotel in Croatia.


A boutique hotel in a boutique destination

Zadar is one of Dalmatia's most beautiful coastal cities and one of the best places to visit in Croatia for couples. So, whether you are planning an ideal Croatia travel itinerary, a road trip along the Dalmatian coast, luxury holidays or just a short break to Croatia, this Adriatic gem is an unforgettable vacation spot for everyone. The Zadar region has an ideal position in the centre of the East Adriatic, between Zagreb, Split, and Dubrovnik, with three national parks nearby: Plitvice, Kornati, and Krka. With its stunning coastline, nature of great variety, historic landmarks, and vibrant lifestyle, Zadar is the perfect base for exploring this part of the country.

Ideally located in the heart of Zadar’s Old Town

Boasting one of the most enviable locations in the heart of Zadar’s historic core, Almayer is the perfect base for exploring Zadar’s Old Town. Just a step away from the hotel, guests can find the city’s main landmarks and attractions, including the Roman Forum, Cathedral of St Anastasia, and the City Walls of Zadar, recently included in the UNESCO world list of protected monuments. Guests can also take a stroll along the nearby seafront promenade and enjoy the famous Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun installations. With its central location, Almayer is an ideal choice for travellers seeking to immerse themselves in the beauty of Zadar’s romantic historical city centre during their holidays in Croatia.

Adults-only boutique getaway

As one of the best Adults-only hotels in Croatia, Almayer is exclusively reserved for guests aged 14 years and older, providing a sophisticated artsy atmosphere of relaxation and tranquillity. With its refined luxury accommodation and exclusive restaurant, our boutique hotel is one of the best places to stay in Croatia for couples. So, whether you're fun-loving and flying solo, seeking a romantic getaway for couples, travelling with your family, or looking to unwind with a group of friends, this design hotel is the ideal urban retreat where you can relax and unwind.

Redefined boutique hospitality

Almayer redefines the boutique experience with its exclusive accommodation options. Our luxury double rooms are nested in two newly reconstructed historical buildings facing each other across the public park. The Almayer's main hotel building was an old single-storey military hospital built in 1863 within the complex of the former medieval monastery of St. Nicholas. Its owners lovingly restored it and stylishly reimagined it in 2017 as a dazzling Adults-only boutique hotel. Our newly added Almayer Dépendance Rooms are housed in the beautiful adjacent Bianchini house, the palatial three-storey building built in 1914 and meticulously restored in 2022.

Design: The pleasure of proximity to beautiful things

Almayer is designed and thoughtfully reimagined by its creative owners, spouses Irina Bakija and Vjekoslav Bobić. The hotel's interiors are visually lavish, truly eclectic, and filled with the cosmopolitan Mediterranean spirit. Guided by a holistic design manifesto that connects architecture, heritage, visual identity and art, the emphasis was on creating a strong emotional impact and a sense of intuitive comfort that feels like home. The result is a stylish and welcoming atmosphere that celebrates the unique relationship between people and place.

Experience: The art of feeling at home

Experience the art of feeling at home at Almayer. Our establishment offers all modern amenities, as expected in a contemporary city Adults-only boutique hotel, but we're much more than that. Our warm and welcoming interior design blends a carefully curated mix of vintage and custom-made furniture for a cosy feel. In addition, our highly personalised but unobtrusive service ensures you're treated like a part of our family, not just a guest. All that give Almayer the feel of a well-loved house rather than a hotel. So come and experience the warmth and comfort of home away from home at Almayer.

Artsy boutique hotel for curious travellers

Almayer is named after the homonymous Inn from Alessandro Baricco's lusciously mystical book "Ocean Sea", a novel figuratively dedicated to the sea. Themed after the Mediterranean winds, motives from the story and famous individuals associated with Zadar's cultural scene, the hotel is a perfect place for curious travellers and cultural cosmopolites. With its in-house art gallery, gallery-esque experience and cabinet of curiosities atmosphere, this artsy-inspired hotel is a must-stay for story seekers who appreciate the unique and are searching for an unprecedented experience that is sure to be unforgettable.

The magic of our secret garden

Discover the magic of the secret garden of Almayer, which, like the present-day Garden of Hesperides, stays hidden inside a medieval monastery wall, filled with the heritage, the scent of oranges, and 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 verdant Mediterranean vegetation and a steel and glass Orangerie in the industrial style that connects the place to the Fin de siècle and the golden age of bourgeois Zadar, our secret garden is a visual homage to a centuries-old art of living in the heart of Dalmatia.