Following post should help you make a savvy decision where to stay in Rovinj during your visit. It covers all important aspects someone needs to consider when choosing Rovinj accommodation, whether it be Rovinj hotel, apartment Rovinj, mobile home, villa, or simple camping.
Rovinj is for many (us included!) the loveliest place in Istria. When we have friends visiting us, more often than not, Rovinj turns out to be the highlight of their stay in the region.
Charming old town is located on the small, hilly peninsula with narrow cobblestone streets, colourful houses, lovely bars and restaurants, and small art galleries.
Rovinj is also the only town in Istria with three 5-star hotels. Besides these flagship hotels: Monte Mulini, Hotel Lone Rovinj, and Grand Park Hotel Rovinj, 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
- 1 Where to stay in Rovinj: Rovinj accommodation tips
- 2 Best neighbourhoods to stay in Rovinj
- 3 Rovinj Hotels
- 4 Rovinj luxury hotels
- 5 Rovinj family hotels and 4-star hotels in Rovinj
- 6 Budget hotels in Rovinj
- 7 Boutique hotels in Rovinj
- 8 Rovinj Resorts
- 9 Rovinj apartments
- 10 Rovinj Villas
- 11 Rovinj hostels
- 12 Mobile homes
- 13 Rovinj Campings
- 14 Things to do in Rovinj
- 15 Rovinj Car Rental
- 16 Rovinj parking
- 17 Rovinj shopping
- 18 Rovinj nightlife
- 19 Further reading
Where to stay in Rovinj: Rovinj accommodation tips
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 Rovinj.
When travelling somewhere new, you aren't sure about town's layout, about different neighbourhoods, and distances from landmarks, like museums, old town centre, or beaches. Although Rovinj is not that big, and you can basically get to the centre, and to the beaches from everywhere within a 40-minute walk, we will still try to give you a feel of each neighbourhood when it comes to Rovinj accommodation.
Another thing to consider is type of accommodation you should choose for your stay in Rovinj. We'll give you an overview of each type of accommodation Rovinj, so you can make a better decision which Rovinj accommodation will suit best your needs.
Third thing to think about when choosing accommodation in Rovinj is parking. Parking in Rovinj can be pricey if your Rovinj accommodation doesn't provide one included in price of a room or apartment.
Other, more obvious things to consider, are the size and style of the apartment, price, amenities, and alike.
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 piece and quiet. 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.
Rovinj Old Town
Rovinj old town 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.
Rovinj old town 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 Rovinj old town you'll find lovely apartments, as well as small hotels, and B&Bs. Below we recommend two small hotels in Rovinj old town, and one apartment Rovinj.
Spirito Santo Palazzo Storico
This small boutique hotel in Rovinj old town is housed inside historic building dating back to 1920. The hotel has 7 double rooms. Each room is unique in its own right. They vary in size and facilities, some featuring wonderful loggia, others a terrace, or a fireplace. However, all rooms are elegantly furnished, incorporating old elements, like wooden beams and stone walls with a contemporary furniture. Hotel also has an onsite wine bar and a bistro serving simple dishes like pasta, or cold cuts.Check the latest prices and availability!
A popular brand of short-term apartments in Croatia, Irundo (ex. Zig-Zag) has over 200 apartments throughout Croatia, Serbia and Austria. Irundo offers 24 Rovinj apartments and rooms scattered all around Rovinj old town. All their Rovinj apartments are either studio, or one-bedroom apartments. Apartments are completely renovated, with all mod cons, while still keeping that hostorical charm.Check the latest prices and availability!
Wider town area
Wider town area consists of apartment buildings and family houses of the newer dates, but in the immediate vicinity of Rovinj old town. This area is a good place to stay because of the proximity of the town, and the beaches. They are all within an easy walking distance.
On the other hand, this area is a bit quieter than the old town, as it's less touristy, more residential, and has less bars, and restaurants where people gather and tend to become noisy.
You won't find any big hotels in this area, only apartment rentals, and a couple of small B&Bs. You will generally find two types of private apartments here: ones that are located in the apartments building, and others that are located in private houses.
Choose one that feels a better fit for your needs, but if we can give you one piece of advice for this area then make sure that the parking place is provided if you travel by car.
Just enough away from the city centre to have a nice and relaxing holidays away from the hustle and bustle, but yet within minutes walk from the old town, Villa Dobravac features 5 double rooms and one apartment. Rooms are modern, and well-furnished. There is a nice garden in front of the property, as well as a wine bar. The owners are winemakers, and farmers. So good wine and fresh produce is guaranteed when you stay at Villa Dobravac. Staff is friendly.Check the latest prices and availability!
Hotel Delfin is conveniently located, half-way between Rovinj old town, and Lone Bay beaches. It's just across the street from the sea, and from higher floors the hotel offers wonderful views of the old town and the sea. The staff is friendly, and the breakfast is excellent. Rooms are modern and nicely decorated. It's worth paying extra for the room with balcony.Check the latest prices and availability!
Once a large family house, Apartments Cvek is today completely converted into Rovinj apartments and rooms to rent. The property is run professionally with reception, staff, and even bikes included in the price of rental. Apartments are nicely decorated and spacious. Parking is provided onsite free of charge. The shared garden offers few toys for children as well as small above-ground swimming pool for kids.Check the latest prices and availability!
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 Rovinj 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 10-20 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 Rovinj, and hotel Eden Rovinj, as well as few smaller independent hotels like Villa Lili and Hotel Arupinum, and multi-story family houses many of them offering apartments to rent.
Hotel Eden Rovinj
Hotel Eden is one of the most popular hotels in Rovinj, and for long time it has been considered the best Rovinj hotel until Maistra built three brand new 5-star properties. However, Eden might as well still be go-to hotel for those who search for the best value for money Rovinj hotel. Eden is open year around, and with 325 rooms it is one of the largest hotels in Rovinj. Hotel rooms were last refurbished in 2017, giving it light, sleek look. All rooms have balconies overlooking the greenery. The hotel beach is just stone-throw away, while large outdoor pool is shared with next door sister hotel Lone. Eden also has a wellness & spa centre, meeting facilities, gym, buffet restaurant, and few bars.Check the latest prices and availability!
Residence Vaal is a brand new Rovinj bed and breakfast. A short walking distance from the sea, and from the Punta Corrente forest park makes this small bed and breakfast Rovinj a perfect choice if you visit Rovinj in summer. Friendly staff, breakfast included in the price of room, modern, clean rooms with balcony, and stylish interiors are main characteristics of Residence Vaal.Check the latest prices and availability!
Run by our friends Lorena and Mauro, Apartment Nika is clean and spacious two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment just few minutes walk from the sea, with big balcony, and fully-equipped kitchen including dish washer, and big-size fridge/freezer. The only downside is that both bathrooms are a bit dated.Check the latest prices and availability!
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). Resorts and neighbourhoods in this area that are further north, unfortunately don't have a nice promenade connecting them to Rovinj old town.
Instead you need either to walk along the main street (and it doesn't even have a sidewalk all the way) 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 nice pebble beaches.
This lovely family-run guesthouse features spacious, and spotlessly clean double rooms, and studios. Owners produce their own wine, and olive oil that you can taste and enjoy at the property. Casa Alice is 20-minute walk from Rovinj old town. The staff as well as owners are very welcoming, helpful, and friendly. Very good breakfast often features homemade pastries and cakes (try to beat that!). Outdoor swimming pool is a great place to relax, mingle with other guests, or just enjoy a glass of wine.Check the latest prices and availability!
This family-run guesthouse is as close to the sea as it gets. But not only that you have a wonderful sea views form the apartments Figarola, you also have wonderful views over Rovinj old town. This seafront location is hard to beat. The guesthouse features three studio apartments, and one two-bedroom apartment. A distance to the town is a bit of a stretch, but you can look into renting a bike, or get a boat service or a bus from nearby Amarin Hotel.Check the latest prices and availability!
East of the old town
This area consists of family homes, many of them featuring apartment rentals. The area is nicely arranged, many houses have small gardens. And it is also quiet. It spreads from the old town along Istarska Street and further in direction of Bale, and Polari campsite.
This area is a bit out of the old town and the beaches. It takes about 20 minute walk to reach both: the closest beach, and Rovinj old town. Here you will also find big supermarkets like Lidl, and Konzum, big DM drugstore, but also two gas stations.
This area is a bit less appealing than others, but nevertheless it’s still a nice neighbourhood to stay. It’s quiet, easy to get in and out of town, close to big supermarkets, and not too far from the old town and Rovinj beaches.
Residence Rovinj offers accommodation in 18 modern and stylish double rooms, and one fully-furnished two-bedroom apartment. The property is brand new, it welcomed first guests in 2017. Continental breakfast is served in a onsite restaurant, and it is included in the price. Other facilities and services include: free onsite parking, and WiFi.Check the latest prices and availability!
Maistra Hotel Group owns and runs many Rovinj hotels: Grand Hotel Park Rovinj, Monte Mulini, Hotel Lone Rovinj, Hotel Eden Rovinj, Adriatic, Island Hotels Istra and Katarina, and Family Hotel Amarin.
The same company also owns and runs Polari, Vestar and Amarin campings, and Amarin and Villas Rubin resorts.
In old town you will find small independent Rovinj hotel and cosy B&Bs like Spirito Santo, or hotel Angelo D’Oro. Out of the old town you have Arupinum, Villa Lili, Villa Dobravac, etc.
Hotels in Rovinj are mostly 4* and 5* and few 3-star properties. Rovinj hotels tend to be expensive. A rule of thumb is that hotels in Rovinj are 20% more expensive than comparable hotels in Porec or Pula.
All Rovinj hotels offer breakfast in the price of a room. Some hotels also offer a half-board formula, but expect to pay 15€ to 20€ more per person per day than if you book room and breakfast.
Many Rovinj hotels run an early bird discount for bookings made until mid-February. 5-star hotels run rolling early booking discount: the discount applies for all bookings made at least 60 days before the arrival day.
Many hotels in Rovinj also use dynamic pricing. The less available rooms Rovinj hotels have, the more expensive they get. And vice versa.
Rovinj hotels also have seasonal prices. Prices are higest in July and August. Other seasons follow Bavarian school holidays. When German holidays are in May, you might secure a super deal for hotels in Rovinj for stays in June. When holidays are in June, then Rovinj hotels usually run special deals for May.
Hotels in Rovinj open in March and close in November. Hotel Lone, Hotel Eden Rovinj, Family Amarin and Adriatic are open all year.
Rovinj luxury hotels
Rovinj is the only destination in Istria that offers a variety of lifestyle and luxury hotels. If we would be completely honest, luxury Rovinj hotels are perhaps the only truly exciting hotels in Istria.
We'll try to explain the difference. Majority of hotels in Istria date back to 60s and 70s, and many of them went through renovation in recent years, or decade. But these renovations were done within the existing old building. Except in Rovinj where these old hotels were completely destroyed, and brand new hotels were built in their place instead.
Below you'll find the best lifestyle and Rovinj luxury hotels.
Grand Hotel Park Rovinj
Grand Park Hotel Rovinj is the new landmark hotel in Rovinj schedule to open in 2019. Architectural design is signed by 3LHD, and interior design by famed Italian designer Piero Lissoni, the same designer behind Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam.
Hotel Park Rovinj features 209 rooms and suites. Majority of rooms have wonderful views over Rovinj old town and the sea. Rooms are spacious, beautifully appointed, and comfy with large terraces opening toward sea and the town.
Other facilities include 50 m long indoor swimming pool, Wellness & Spa centre, 6 different bars and restaurants, seaside promenade with 13 designer stores, garage, and a large ACI marina in front of the hotel.Check more information and prices!
Hotel 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 also 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.Check the latest prices and availability!
Hotel Lone Rovinj
The only design hotel in Croatia, Hotel Lone Rovinj 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.Check the latest prices and availability!
All-suite hotel Istria
Although often overlooked by majority of visitors to Rovinj, due to its small size (only 34 suites) and off-the-radar island location, all suite hotel Istra is actually a great small hotel to consider for your holidays in Rovinj.
This small hotel is located next to bigger and better know Island Hotel Istra, and while it benefits from hotel Istra's facilities, like wellness & spa, and the outdoor swimming pool, all suite hotel Istra has its own reception, and breakfast served in the restaurant housed within a historical building, former castle.Check the latest prices and availability!
Rovinj family hotels and 4-star hotels in Rovinj
While many Rovinj hotels are kids-friendly in the sense that they offer entertainment program for children, family rooms, and kids-friendly meals, they don't only cater to families with kids, but rather to wide range of clients including families with children. Hotels that kids love include Island Hotel Istra Rovinj, and Hotel Lone Rovinj. But family hotel Amarin is the only true family hotel Rovinj.
As for 4-star hotels in Rovinj, they are handful and they perhaps offer the best value for money compared with all other hotels in Rovinj. Two of them, hotel Istra Rovinj and hotel Eden Rovinj, are large full-service hotels featuring over 300 rooms, while other 4-star hotels are small boutique hotels with less than 25 rooms.
Amarin Family Hotel Rovinj
Opened in 2016, Amarin family hotel Rovinj is simply the best family hotel in all Croatia. Rooms are sleek and modern, with large balconies overlooking the sea, and the rooms facing south have also a view over Rovinj. For the best views ask for the rooms on higher floors.
A full board meal plan includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner with soft drinks and water free of charge during the meals.
Kids’ clubs, rich entertainment program for children, tons of toys and games for kids, outdoor activity swimming pool, and indoor pool make Amarin a perfect choice for families with children, especially for kids up to 12 years of age.
Other facilities include wellness & spa centre, two beach bar and restaurants, and a small lobby bar. The hotel is open all year around.Check the latest prices and availability!
Island Hotel Istra Rovinj
Families and couples cohabit happily on Rovinj's Red Island. Island hotel Istra Rovinj 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 centre, buffet restaurant, and a large children playroom.
Additionally there is a wonderful a la carte restaurant Lanterna set in a 19th century castle. A buffet restaurant in the main building is completely renovated in 2017.
The entire area where hotel is located consists of two small islands, St. Andrew Island (Red Island) and Maskin Island. Two are connected with a causeway and a pebbly beach. Both islands are car-free.Check the latest prices and availability!
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.Check the latest prices and availability!
Budget hotels in Rovinj
As you will see when you start looking for a your perfect Rovinj hotel, there are no budget hotels in Rovinj. Even three star hotels get expensive, especially in summer season. However, we'll present here a couple of 3-star properties that, while maybe not budget per se, are still the cheapest hotels in Rovinj.
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.
Island hotel Katarina is for us the best 3star Rovinj hotel. Lush gardens, historical building, a short boat ride from Rovinj, air-conditioned rooms, outdoor swimming pool, and lovely views over Rovinj are all great reasons to choose Island hotel Katarina for your stay in Rovinj.
The only problem is that Katarina is very popular hotel in Rovinj which drives prices beyond what one might expect to pay for a 3star hotel.Check the latest prices and availability!
Villa Lili is a simple place to stay in Rovinj. Breakfast, staff and location make it worth the money. Décor, and overall state and age of furniture leave a lot to be desired. Villa Lili is still a h+good choice for a short stay in Rovinj if you are looking for the budget Rovinj accommodation.Check the latest prices and availability!
Boutique hotels in Rovinj
We’ve already mentioned hotel Adriatic, and Spirito Santo Palazzo Storico, both small boutique hotels located in Rovinj old town that we highly recommend. Few other boutique hotels in Rovinj worth checking our are listed below.
This charming hotel, located in Rovinj old town, at the main square, is the oldest hotel in Rovinj. Built by family Löffler from Vienna, it first opened its door back in 1913.
Today, Adriatic is a wonderful art hotel with traditional exterior, but very eclectic, urban, and cosmopolitan interiors. Although it is technically a 4-star property, hotel Adriatic feels like a 5-star property particularly in its looks.
Hotel Adriatic positions itself not as a hotel, but as Rovinj's living room. 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.
Guests can use boats free of charge to cross over to the St. Catherine's and St. Andrew's Islands, as hotel Adriatic doesn't have its own beach.Check the latest prices and availability!
Brand new boutique hotel opened in 2018, The Melgrano features 8 rooms scattered over four floors in a historical building located within the old town Rovinj.
The hotel has interesting contemporary design with some quirky details like Olivetti typewriter in each room.Check the latest prices and availability!
Hotel Angelo D’Oro
Quaint and charming, hotel Angelo D’Oro is located in the heart of old town. Staff is very helpful, and friendly. Breakfast is served in a lovely garden. Rooms vary in size with some rooms being on a smallish side. However they are clean, come with a comfy bed and a great shower (who really needs more?!).
If you travel by car, public parking lot is just few minutes walk away, and charges apply. However, staff can pick you up with a golf cart and bring you to the hotel.Check the latest prices and availability!
There are two seaside resorts in Rovinj: Amarin and Villas Rubin Resort. Both Rovinj resorts are owned and run by Maistra.
Amarin Resort is located 4 km north, while Villas Rubin is located 2 km south of Rovinj old town.
Both Rovinj resorts offer a variety of accommodation, entertainment, basic sport facilities, bars, and restaurants.
Although each of those two resorts in Rovinj has its own advantages and positive sides, we are generally not too crazy about this kind of accommodation. And to be completely honest, with so many beautiful Rovinj apartments we don’t really understand why anybody would stay in a 300- or 400-unit resort at the outskirts of the town. Besides, the rental price of these apartments is also usually higher than the price of a similarly-sized vacation rental.
Now when we explained all that we didn’t like about resorts in Rovinj, let us tell you about few things we do like.
You can walk to the beach. Both resorts are right by the sea, and you don’t need to use your car to get to the beach. You simply walk from your unit to the beach. And you don’t need to fight for your spot at the beach. You come, you swim, you walk back to your apartment. And then you repeat it.
All public transportation (boat, bus, or tourist train) have a scheduled stop at the resort. Again, no need to walk anywhere. They will all come directly to your resort.
Outdoor swimming pool is available in both resorts, a facility rarely available in Rovinj apartments.
As for prices, situation is similar to hotels; seasonal prices follow German and European school holidays; prices change dynamically with the demand; early booking discount valid for bookings made until mid-February.
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 an apartment complex and the camping. An apartment complex features two-storey buildings with studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments, some of them are renovated in 2014. New, Premium one- and two-bedroom apartments are awesome; very modern and well-equipped. The older apartments, although comfortable, aren't as nice as the new ones. If you are considering staying here, it's definitely worth paying more for Premium 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, etc.), a large outdoor pool (gets crowded in high season), beaches, etc.
Besides apartment rental, the resort also offers a bed and breakfast formula.Check the latest prices and availability!
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, and are all 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.Check the latest prices and availability!
Rovinj apartments are many in the town: from cozy Rovinj apartments in the old town to luxurious, brand new spacious apartments in newer areas of Rovinj.
Many Rovinj apartments have a superb design, and some even offer amenities to make you feel like in a hotel.
We’ve already described difference between various areas of Rovinj when it comes to accommodation. Now we would like to point out advantages of Rovinj apartments over hotel accommodation.
Rovinj apartments, all come with a fully-equipped kitchen, or at least with a kitchenette. Eating out can be fun for few days but try to do it for a week, and your stomach is set for a catastrophe. This is where kitchen comes in handy.
Other important things to look for in a particular apartment Rovinj is parking if you travel by car, number of bedrooms (how many people are you, do you prefer to have a separate room or stay in a studio), does the owner provides basic supplies like toilet paper, shower gel, etc. or should you bring them with you. Last time we’ve stayed in an apartment rental, it was in Venice and we had to buy everything ourselves which was inconvenient to say the least. I wouldn’t mind to pay extra for that, if they just provided it.
Rovinj apartments also keep seasonal prices, with July and August being the most expensive time of the year to stay in Rovinj. But they do care less about dynamically changing the prices. This is mostly due to the fact that many owners have only one unit to rent, and once it's booked, it's kind of useless to change the price.
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. Nina apartments can accommodate 2 to 5 persons. They are comfortable and well-furnished. Free WiFi and parking are available for all guests.Check the latest prices and availability!
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.Check the latest prices and availability!
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.Check the latest prices and availability!
You will generally find two types of Rovinj villas: newly built large holiday homes with a swimming pool located at the outskirts and outside of Rovinj, and cozy renovated historical houses in Rovinj old town.
Which type of Rovinj villa is right for you, you'll need to decide yourself. However, the experience you will have in one or the other Rovinj villa will differ a lot.
In Rovinj old town, holiday homes don't have a splendour of new villas with the pool, neither they have a space, especially outdoor space with garden and swimming pool. But these villas have charm, feel cozy, and give local flavour to your stay in Rovinj. You will also be in the heart of action, and feel like a local.
Newer villas, on the other hand, give you more piece and quiet. They are often located in a quiet area, at the outskirts of Rovinj, or in the villages in vicinity. They also provide more outdoor space, privacy, and better facilities like swimming pool, and private parking.
Holiday Home Bo
Holiday home Bo is located in the heart of action, in Rovinj old town, just steps away from St. Euphemia Church. The house is 120 m2 but it spreads over four floors. This spacious and modern two-bedroom, three-bathroom house has a large terrace for dining al fresco at the top floor. Owners are friendly and helpful.Check the latest prices and availability!
Villa David Rovinj
It feels funny to call 50 m2 one-bedroom house a villa, but hey, it's all about how we do feel about a place. And Villa David, although small in size, feels like a real villa in many ways. It's located on a large plot of land in a very remote area of Rovinj too many neighbours. Thus, privacy is guaranteed. It has its own outdoor swimming pool. Although not too big, it's all yours, and it is great to refresh on hot summer days. Interior is very stylish, clean, and cozy.Check the latest prices and availability!
Our villa Rupeni can be a good choice for your holidays in Rovinj. Located in a small tranquil village of Rupeni, 30 km away from Rovinj, our house is a great base to explore Rovinj and Istria. The villa has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, fully-equipped kitchen, open space living and dining area, front porch, covered terrace with BBQ for dining al fresco, 30 m2 outdoor swimming pool, enclosed garden, private parking, and most importantly, it has lots of charm.Click here for more info, photos, and prices!
Istria, with a exemption of Pula, isn't a place with too many hostels. I think few things contribute to that: public transport is very poor in Istria (and trains aren't viable travel option at all), and majority of backpackers plan their itinerary based on ease of transport (among other things) as majority don't travel by their own car.
However, in Rovinj, you can find one real hostel, and a couple of guest houses that offer budget accommodation in Rovinj.
Roundbout Hostel Rovinj
If you look for a hostel in Rovinj, you won't really have much choice, or requests, because Roundabout is the only real Rovinj hostel. The name comes from hostel's location: this Rovinj hostel is located at the roundabout, at the eastern entrance to the town. It takes about 15-20 minute walk to reach Rovinj bus station, and the old town from Roundabout hostel. The hostel is housed in the ground floor of big apartment building. It has a nice shared living room, and fully-equipped kitchen. Accommodation is offered in mixed dorm rooms. Each dorm room has its own bathroom which is a huge plus. Rooms and bathrooms are cleaned daily.Click here for more info, photos, and prices!
Although technically not a hostel, guesthouse Montalbano attracts young backpackers due to its central location, clean rooms, and affordable prices (at least for Rovinj). It is a typical multi-story Rovinj home with narrow and steep stairs. Rooms are basic, but very clean, and comfy. They don't come with A/C but owners provide a powerful fan in each room. En plus, owners are super friendly, and with an extensive local knowledge that they happily share.Click here for more info, photos, and prices!
Mobile homes are hugely popular in Europe, and Rovinj is no different. In Croatia, mobile homes are always found within a camping. But they are super comfy cottages with all mod cons, and a great alternative to Rovinj apartments for few reasons.
While mobile homes have relatively small surface (most often 32 m2), they are perfectly arranged to fit two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a fully-equipped kitchen. En plus, they come with a large covered terrace of about 20 m2. This is where you will spend moat of your time.
Another advantage of a mobile home versus apartment Rovinj is that a mobile home is detached, standalone house. This fact alone guarantees more privacy. You’ll feel like renting an uber small villa.
Mobile homes in Rovinj come with different facilities. Some mobile homes have shared swimming pools, some come with a private whirlpool, some others are right at the seafront, and others benefit from a tranquilty of natural forests.
Since all mobile homes in Rovinj are within a camping, and all campings here are by the sea, when staying in the mobile home you are always within a walking distance from the sea, never further than 300 m.
However, the big downside of mobile homes is their rental price. These small 32 m2 units rent as expensive as 400 € per day. You can rent many real 170 m2 villas in Istria for that price.
Mobile homes have seasonal prices just like hotels. Prices and seasons basically follow European school holidays, but even more so German (Bavarian) school holidays.
Prices dynamically change with the demand. And usually the sooner you book the better deal you should get.
Prices also drop dramatically with the first week of September.
Vestar Mobile Homes Superior
In Vestar there are almost 120 mobile homes of different types. However, for us Superior mobile homes are hard to beat.
They are located in a car-free zone, on a hilly terrain, surrounded by typical Mediterranean greenery: oleanders, lavender, rosemary, immortelle, holm oak trees, and alike. Some mobile homes are in the first row above the sea, while others enjoy elevated position, and nice views. Some Superior mobile homes are two-, and others are three-bedroom houses.
Mobile homes are small, only 32 m2, but have everything one might need: two-or three-bedroom, two-bathroom with shower, well-fitted kitchen, dining room, and really large terrace. They are enough apart one from the other to provide privacy. Long chairs are provided, although we, as usual, rather used our hammocks.
Rovinj is 30 minute bike ride, and the cycling trail passes by the sea.Check the latest prices and availability!
Boutique Mobile Homes Ulika Rovinj
Best known for its onsite restaurant – Barba Danilo, camping Ulika isn't only a great place to eat, but also a great place to stay in Rovinj. Camping Ulika offers accommodation in 10 stylish, yet atypical mobile homes.
Mobile homes in Ulika don't have a kitchen, they consists only of a double bedroom and ensuite bathroom, as well as a large terrace. In a way they are nothing short of open-air hotel rooms. Breakfast is delivered in a picnic basket at your terrace at your convenience, in other words whenever you feel like having a breakfast. Noon? And why not?!Check the latest prices and availability!
Rovinj offers accommodation in over 10 campings and mini campings. Mini campings are campsite with the max capacity of 200 people or approximately 65 plots.
Valalta camping is only naturist campsite in Rovinj, while Polari camping has a naturist beach. For those who wonder, naturist has little to do with people who love nature (although they might do) but it rather means that people like to vacation naked.
Campings are open from Easter until October. Rovinj campings offer various types of pitches. Some pitches are close to the sea, and some are fully serviced with water, electric hook ups, and even drainage. Distance to the sea and on-pitch services determine the type and price of the touring pitch.
Prices change with the seasons, and seasons (you guess by now!) follow European and particularly Bavarian school holidays. Prices for tent and touring pitches are fixed, and don't change dynamically (only seasonally).
When calculating daily price for Rovinj campings, you need to add a price of a person (adult, child) to the price of pitch (depends on pitch type), and additional services or charges (like pet, extra car, additional electricity, etc.).
All campsites can be booked online, at their respective website. Croatian camping union (KUH) runs Camping.hr website, a great place to check all Croatian campsites, Rovinj campings included, at one place. They also have a booking engine at their website, but you are better off booking your pitch directly from a campsite because campings keep full availability for all pitch types only on their website.
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 parks with amplitude of activities, facilitates and accommodations. Rovinj's campsites are no exception.
Camping Polari is the biggest camping in Rovinj. It can accommodate over 5000 people in a single day. Accommodation options include touring pitches, mobile homes, glamping and standard tents to rent.
Polari is 10-minute drive from Rovinj old town, but guests can also reach Rovinj by bicycle via a cycling trail along the shore.
Camping Polari also offers variety of activities, entertainment for kids and adults, large outdoor swimming pool, and a spray park, sport facilities, as well as few restaurants, snack bars, and cafes.
This small, family-run campsite 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.
Camping Vestar is one of our favourite campings in all Croatia. Although it can accommodate over 2000 guests in a single day, Vestar doesn't feel that big.
Beautiful nature, many islets in the vicinity (pretty to look at, but also great to go for a swim), cycling trail to Rovinj old town, pebbly beach, large swimming pool with separate spray park and smaller but deeper diving pool, variety of accommodation, decent quality pizzeria and burger joint, beach bar, and above everything a harbour for small pleasure boats set Vestar apart from all other campsites in Rovinj.
Things to do in Rovinj
We've written a full post on what to do in Rovinj, but below we give you a couple of most popular Rovinj things to do, tours, and day trips.
Rovinj Walking Food Tour gives you a great opportunity to see major Rovinj landmarks while sampling local delicacies. This tour lasts three full hours, and it includes stop at six local eateries like Bookeria, Veli Joze, and Rovinj's green market. Read more here …
Sailing trip to Lim Bay and Porec includes few highlights. First you get to see Rovinj from the sea which is the absolute must-do while in Rovinj. Second, you get a boat ride! Third, you get a lunch onboard. And last but not lease, you get to see three Istria's gems without a hustle of driving and looking for the parking: Lim Bay, Vrsar, and Porec. Find out more info here.
Don't miss the chance to visit Venice for a day while in Rovinj. This is one of the day trips that people book the most out of Rovinj. Venice is super popular, and you can simply visit it from Rovinj by a fast hydrofoil in a single day. This is a full day tour that starts in the morning with a crossing of Adriatic onboard catamaran. Once in Venice you can either take a guided tour of the town, or wander the streets and channels of Venice on your own (we prefer the second option!). Check information and prices here.
Rovinj Car Rental
Renting a car in Rovinj should be simple if you follow few of our tips. In high season (July through first week of September) car rental in Rovinj is scarce. There are simply more people wanting to rent a car in Rovinj, than there are cars to rent in Rovinj. For this reason we highly recommend that you rent a car in advance.
In Rovinj you'll find a couple of car rentals companies, some local like Vetura, Oryx, and Greenway, and others international like Sixt and Enterprise. However, the best place to check all car rentals in Rovinj is Rentalcars.com website. They are brokers, and have entire offer on their website, where you can easily compare prices, conditions, and types of vehicles, and instantly book one that fits your needs.
We'll share with you the ugliest truth about Rovinj :). Just kidding! Anyways, when it rains, tourist from all over Istria come either to Rovinj or to Pula. These are two top destinations to visit when the beach is not the option. Rovinj often has a heavy traffic, and it's tricky to find a parking spot. But on these cloudy days, it gets almost impossible.
Rovinj main and largest parking lots, Mala and Velika Valdibora, are to the north entrance to Rovinj old town. This is closed parking with a card system. In August, the parking here costs 8 Kn per hour, while in June and July the price drops to 7 Kn per hour. You'll pay 5 Kn per hour in April, May, September and October, and in other times of the year (mid-Oct. through March) only 2 Kn per hour.
In this area of the town, you will also find two other, smaller parking lots: Concetta (near Mirna fish processing plant), and Boksiti.
All other parkings in Rovinj are street parkings, and you can find them throughout the town (except in car-free areas). A good area to try your luck with a parking is near former tobacco factory, in and around Rovinj bus station. Go down 43. Istarske brigade Street (parking is on both sides of this street), then down behind Konzum supermarket, and to the seafront near tobacco factory and restaurant Maestral. If you don't find it here either, go up along Omladinska Street, and then left to Fontana Street. If it doesn't work, then simply make another circle.
Street parking is divided in four zones.
In Zone 1 parking is limited to max. 180 minutes. Zone 1 has two seasons regarding parking fees and other regulations: summer (April to mid-October), and winter (mid-October to April). First hour costs 4 Kn, and every consequent hour is 6 Kn. Parking charges apply every day from 6 am to 11 pm (Apr.-Oct.); and Mon.-Sat, from 6 am to 8 pm (Oct.-Apr.).
Zone 2 and 3 have three seasons regarding parking fees and other parking regulations. In August, parking costs 7 kn per hour and parking charges apply everyday from 6 am to 11 pm. From April to August, and from September to mid-Oct., parking costs 5 kn per hour and parking charges apply everyday from 6 am to 11 pm. In winter season (mid-Oct. until April), parking costs only 2 Kn per hour, and parking charges apply Mon.-Sat, from 6 am to 8 pm.
Zone 4 is located close to the entrance to forest park Punta Corrente. Charges apply only for parking in period from May to mid-October, from 6 am to 11 pm. It costs only 2 Kn per hour, or 10 Kn per day to park your car in Zone 4.
You can pay for parking either by coins through automatic pay stations, or by sending text message (sms) to designated phone number. These phone numbers can be found on street signs near the parking.
Below is the map of all Rovinj parkings.
In Rovinj you won't find big high-end fashion stores. Instead you will find lots of small artisanal stores, art galleries, hand-made souvenir stores, local jewellers, and some concept stores with local clothing brands, and other cute products.
Profumo di Rovigno is a small shop in Carrera Street selling perfumes and toiletries as well as home fragrances and various decorations. These souvenirs are really unique and typical for Rovinj. We love their glass diffuser with scents of lavender, rosemary and basil that comes with sticks. We always have it at home. I also use their Acqua di Rovingo body spray.
Break Time is a Croatian brand of nautically inspired bracelets. We both have one of them. Vera's got a red one with a small sailing boat, and mine is red and grey with a shackle.
Koza Leather Bags offers handmade leather goods, primarily bags of all kinds, but also wallets, and belts. Their main shop is in Zagreb, but they have stores in various Croatian towns along the coast as well. And Rovinj is one of them. Their products make a great souvenir to bring from Croatia. They are unique, local, and handmade. Besides, they don't ship so Croatia is actually the only place you can actually get their leather goods.
Ribica Atelier has a collection of beautiful handmade arts and crafts, from jewellery, hand-painted coffee cups and small plates, to (our favourite) “Tintorama”, an art in the can of sardines. The owners, two local artists from Rijeka, transfer different aspects of Rovinj past, captured on old postcards, into an used can of sardines. I know sounds weird, but just check the photos (link above), and you'll realise how beautiful and unique these souvenirs are.
OK, we won't pretend that Rovinj nightlife is super exciting. Because, it simply isn't! Rovinj isn't destination for late night partying. It doesn't have proper clubs, but rather bars offering a wide range of drinks, some night entertainment like live music, and DJ nights.
Buzz Bar is a small bar tucked away in one of the alleys with a lovely seafront terrace. The bar is open year around, and it is frequented by locals. It offers a great variety of local and international craft beers, and it often plays rock, blues, and alike.
Circolo is another bar that is open year around. Circolo serves a wide range of drinks and prices are affordable. On weekends, especially off season, the bar has night entertainment like pub quiz, and live music. The raised terrace with a water well in the middle is very welcoming and a great place to chill with a glass of wine, gin, or a cocktail.
Mediterraneo is the cutest bar in Rovinj. Located at the water edge, the bar is very quirky, romantic, and relaxed. Staff is friendly, and the prices are not too high. It's open only from April to October.
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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