Rovinj is for many (us included) the loveliest place in Istria. When we have friends visiting us, more often than not, Rovinj turns to be the highlight of their stay in the region.
Charming old town is located on the small, hilly peninsula with narrow cobble streets, colourful houses, lovely bars and restaurants, and small art galleries.
Rovinj is also the only town in Istria with two (soon to be three) 5-star hotels. Besides these two flagship hotels, Monte Mulini and Lone, Rovinj also offers a wide range of accommodation for any type of traveler: from tourist resorts, small and big hotels, to apartment rentals of all kinds, and campsites.
Although there are few small family-run hotels in Rovinj, please note that majority of hotels in Rovinj are owned and managed by Maistra hotel chain.
Contents For Where to stay in Rovinj Croatia in 2018
- 1 Tips on choosing Rovinj accommodation
- 2 Where to stay in Rovinj: luxury and lifestyle hotels
- 3 Where to stay in Rovinj: 4-star hotels and resorts
- 4 Where to stay in Rovinj: budget hotels & resorts
- 5 Where to stay in Rovinj: apartment rentals
- 6 Where to stay in Rovinj: Campsites
Tips on choosing Rovinj accommodation
There are few things to consider when choosing your Rovinj accommodation. Below we’ll share our best tips in order to help you make a savvy decision about accommodation in Rovinj.
Best neighbourhoods to stay in Rovinj
Different people have different preferences when it comes to location of their Rovinj accommodation; some prefer to be amidst hustle and bustle, in town’s centre, while others prefer quiet place. We bring you an overview of all Rovinj neighbourhoods with pros and cons of each of them. Hope this helps you on your quest for best places to stay in Rovinj.
Old Town Rovinj
The old town Rovinj is set on a hilly (mostly) car-free peninsula and it brings a charming array of densely-packed houses, narrow staircases, intriguing courtyards and passages, cobbled streets and town squares, bars, restaurants, and art galleries.
This is definitely the best place to stay in Rovinj if:
- you don’t mind some noise (from bars, restaurants, passers-by, and street cleaners),
- don’t travel by car, or don’t mind parking away from your accommodation Rovinj,
- don’t mind paying extra for prime location, and
- not looking for Rovinj hotels with added facilities (like wellness and spa, or a dedicated beach)
In old town you’ll find lovely Rovinj apartments, as well as small B&Bs.
Wider town area
South of the old town: This is excellent area to choose for your stay in Rovinj. It stretches from the old town all the way to Villas Rubin Resort, and Camping Polari to the south. The area is characterised by seaside promenade that connects it to the old town, and Punta Corrente Forest Park – lovely green area perfect for walking, cycling, jogging, swimming, and rock-climbing. Guests also choose it for its vicinity to the town, and to the beach, both 15-30 min walk depending on the exact location. Rovinj accommodation you’ll find here include landmark hotels: Grand Park Hotel Rovinj – opening in 2019, hotel Monte Mulini, Hotel Lone, and hotel Eden Rovinj, as well as few smaller independent hotels like Villa Lili and Hotel Arupinium, and multi-story family houses many of them offering apartments to rent.
North of the old town: This area stretches from the old town all the way to north to Amarin Resort, and Valsaline camping. It is also popular among tourists, although when compared with southern area, this part is more “rough around the edges”. Back in times this was an industrial part of Rovinj (and it still partly is due to Mirna, a fish processing plant). Further resorts and neighborhoods in this area don’t have a nice promenade connecting them with the old town. Instead you need either to walk along the main street (and it doesn’t even always have a sidewalk) or take a car (other options include buses, or taxi boat, but they are mainly available in high season). Positive characteristics of this area include lovely views over Rovinj old town, and interesting coastline with few pebble beaches.
East of the old town: This area consists of family homes, many of them featuring apartment rentals.
Where to stay in Rovinj: luxury and lifestyle hotels
1 | Monte Mulini
Monte Mulini, a member of the Leading hotels of the world, is not only the most luxurious hotel in Rovinj, but one of the best hotels in entire Croatia (as voted on Tripadvisor for five years in a row).
Monte Mulini features 113 spacious rooms and suites. Each room has a balcony or a terrace, a well-designed bathroom with double sinks, rain shower, separate bathtub, and Molton Brown toiletries. In addition, suites also feature a kitchenette with microwave, kitchen sink, and few hob rings.
Other on-site facilities include wonderfully maintained gardens, heated outdoor pool, pebble beach, two restaurants (read about our experience at Monte Mulini’s restaurant), and wellness and spa center featuring an indoor pool, saunas, gym and treatment rooms. An indoor corridor connects the hotel Monte Mulini with the neighboring hotel Lone and guests of Monte Mulini can also use facilities of hotel Lone (but not vice verse).
Hotel beach is just below the hotel. It’s newly arranged with awesome sun loungers, great bar, showers, changing cabins, and toilets.
Breakfast is included in a room price.
2 | Hotel Lone
The only design hotel in Croatia, Lone is a 5-star, state-of-art property featuring 248 rooms and suites. Located in a bay of the same name, hotel Lone is set at the entrance to the Golden Cape forest park, only 15-minute walk from the old town.
The hotel is modern, with comfy and spacious rooms (30 m2 at least), large wellness and spa area featuring indoor pool, saunas, gym and treatment rooms, two restaurants (read about our experience at Lone’s restaurant), a large outdoor pool and a lovely new beach area.
Some rooms feature a private hot tub on a balcony. Hotel Lone is, at the moment, the most hip and popular hotel in Croatia.
3 | Hotel Adriatic
Currently under reconstruction, hotel Adriatic is scheduled to reopen in June 2015. This charming hotel, located at Rovinj’s main square, is the oldest hotel in Rovinj. Although it will technically be a 4-star property, hotel Adriatic promises to be a high 5-star property in its look and feel.
Similar like iPhone’s early commercial “This is not a phone”, hotel Adriatic positions itself not as a hotel, but as a living space. The entire hotel is designed by 15 renowned artists, each of its 18 rooms and suites features an original art installation.
Hotel also features a stylish bar and brasserie easily compared to hip and urban bars of New York, London or Melbourne.
4 | Villa Tuttorotto
A small boutique hotel, Villa Tuttorotto, is located in Rovinj’s old town. Although a 4-star property, Villa Tuttorotto offers a superb service, high-end finishing like hardwood floors, exclusive Italian furniture, marble covered bathrooms, and a work of art.
The hotel consists of 7 rooms. Each room is stylish and comfortable, and has gorgeous harbor views. Public parking is in the vicinity of the hotel, but staff helps with the luggage. Breakfast is included in the price of a room.
Where to stay in Rovinj: 4-star hotels and resorts
1 | Island Hotel Istra
Families and couples cohabit happily on Rovinj’s Red Island. Island hotel Istra is a large family-friendly hotel featuring 325 rooms. However, there is an additional small hotel, All-suite Istra, featuring 34 suites suitable for couples.
Island hotel Istra features indoor and outdoor pool, wellness and spa center, buffet restaurant, and a large children playroom.
Additionally there is a wonderful a la carte restaurant Lanterna set in a 19th century castle. A breakfast for guests of All-suite Istra is served in the restaurant Lanterna, while hotel guests have breakfast served at the buffet restaurant.
The area consists of two small islands, St. Andrew Island (Red Island) and Maskin Island. Two are connected with a causeway and a pebble beach. Both islands are car-free.
2 | Amarin Resort
Amarin Resort is a large complex located few kilometers from the old town. There are bus and boat shuttles to and from the town throughout a day; and you can also easily reach the town by bicycle.
Amarin consists of two-floor bungalows, some of them renovated in 2014, and an adjoint campsite of the same name. New, Premium 5- and 6-person apartments are awesome; very modern and well-equipped. The older apartments, although comfortable, aren’t as nice as the new ones. So we highly recommend you to book Amarin’s new apartments. You can check our full post on Amarin Resort.
The resort has everything you need for a holiday: a grocery store, restaurants (in a resort, and couple more within a walking distance), sport facilities and a rental equipment (mini golf, table tennis, tennis, pedalo boats, bicycles, diving equipment, etc.), a large outdoor pool (gets crowded in high season), beaches, etc.
You can rent a 2-, 3-, 4-, 5- and 6- person apartment, but the resort also offers a bed and breakfast board plan.
3 | Hotel Arupinium
Open in 2013, this small family-run hotel features only 20 rooms. Located close to Lone Hotel, the hotel is only 15-minute walk from the old town. Rooms are superb, very modern and well-fitted with comfy beds, balcony, flat screen TV, a complimentary WiFi, and bathrooms with walk-in shower and a bathtub.
Other facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, and a good on-site restaurant. Buffet breakfast is excellent and included in a room price.
Where to stay in Rovinj: budget hotels & resorts
1 | Island Hotel Katarina
This 3-star property, dating back from early 20th century, is located on a small island of Sv. Katarina. The island is off the cost of Rovinj, and only 10 min boat ride from the old town. Although a 3-star property, a hotel features some of the grandeur of the old times.
Our five cents, go for a air-conditioned room. It can get pretty hot here in August.
2 | Villas Rubin
Located 3 km south of Rovinj, Villas Rubin is a large holiday village featuring 272 apartments and 88 rooms. All apartments come with a kitchenette, living room with a dining area, and a terrace. Some apartments are air-conditioned. Superior apartments are at the seafront.
Rooms at Villas Rubin are basic but comfortable. All rooms have a double bed and an extra sofa bed for one person. They all can accommodate 3 persons. Rooms aren’t air-conditioned.
WiFi is available in common areas, and it’s free of charge. Free parking is available in front of each unit.
Villas Rubin facilities include a large outdoor swimming pool, buffet restaurant and a pizzeria, and a couple of bars, variety of sport facilities, like tennis courts, table tennis, and a multipurpose sport field.
Where to stay in Rovinj: apartment rentals
1 | Apartments Nina
Our friend Marino and his lovely wife run this wonderful property located in a residential part of Rovinj, just 20 minute walk from the old town. The property consists of 4 apartments and one double room to rent. The owners live on the site, and they are super friendly.
Apartments are brand new, each has a terrace or a balcony. Apartments can accommodate 2 to 5 persons. Apartments Nina are comfortable and well-furnished. Free WiFi and parking are available for all guests.
2 | Apartments Paulino
Another great vacation rental run by our good friends Josipa and Lino. Located in a quiet, residential area of Rovinj, the house consists of four fully-furnished, modern and comfy apartments.
Three apartments are at the ground floor, each around 45 m2, and consisting of one bedroom, bathroom, open-floor kitchen, dining and living room, and a terrace. Each apartment accommodates two persons. The first-floor two-bedroom apartment is spacious (120 m2), fully-equipped, and can accommodate up to 4 persons.
All apartments are air-conditioned, and come with a free WiFi and a parking space.
3 | Residence Porta Antica
Located at the waterfront, right downtown, Residence Porta Antica consists of seven self-catering apartments. This is a perfect choice for those who like to stay in the town’s center and don’t mind all hustle and bustle that comes with it. Apartments are located in a historical building, without an elevator. Thus, some people can find difficult to climb steep, narrow stairs leading up to the apartments.
All apartments come with a kitchenette, free WiFi, flat-screen TV, air-conditioner, and some also offer awesome sea views. The residence Porta Antica doesn’t dispose of its own parking, but public parking is available nearby and charges apply.
Where to stay in Rovinj: Campsites
Today, you don’t need to pitch your own tent to stay at campsites. In Croatia, like in the rest of Europe, campsites are turning into luxurious holiday villages with amplitude of activities, facilitates and accommodations. Rovinj’s campsites are no exception.
1 | Campsite Polari
Campsite Polari, while offering traditional spaces where you can pitch your tent or park your camping van, also offers comfy cottages (or mobile homes as we call them here) with a private hot tub on a terrace, or a shared pool.
2 | Campsite Ulika
This small, family-run campsite, will shine anew as a 4-star property after some serious facility improvements it went through in winter 2014. It’s also a home of Barba Danilo, one of the best restaurants in all Rovinj. The campsite also features an outdoor pool, camping pitches and mobile homes to rent.
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We hope to help you find the best accommodation in Rovinj. If you plan to visit Rovinj, we’ve got a bunch of articles about Rovinj, here at FrankAboutCroatia. Start with our Rovinj Travel Guide, or jump immediately to a list of best things to do in Rovinj. If you are looking for the best places to eat in Rovinj, we’ve got that covered too. Our favorite restaurant in Rovinj is Barba Danilo, but we also like Orca, and Giannino. All about nightlife in Rovinj you can find here. Our Rovinj photo walk is meant to inspire you to travel to Rovinj. Enjoy!
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