The small seaside town of Zadar, hidden behind fortified stone walls on the edge of the Adriatic, is filled with many charms: narrow cobbled streets, ancient ruins and treasures from its Renaissance heritage. Our 4-star boutique hotel in Zadar's historic center, just steps from the Arsenal, was built on the remains of a former 13th-century Venetian medieval fortress at the tip of the peninsula. This Relaix & Chateaux property features 27 artfully designed rooms that exude simple elegance, with Art Deco-themed handmade wooden furniture, polished teak floors, and portions of the old tower's stone walls incorporated into the varied spaces. En suite bathrooms have walk-in shower, organic toiletries, hair dryer, and robe and slippers. Rooms are decorated in soft grays and neutral tones and have air conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi, satellite TV and direct-dial telephones.
The cozy Kristal aperitif bar invites guests to relax with a drink at the end of the day, indoors or on the open-air terrace. The famous Kastel restaurant is headed by a visionary young chef who seeks to imbue "the Dalmatian way of life" into every dish. Inspired by traditional Mediterranean cuisine, he pays homage to a rich heritage that he constantly reinterprets to make locally sourced gourmet fare modern and creative. The Castello Spa and Wellness Center offers a sauna, hot tub and lounge area with a wide range of massage and spa treatments that can be booked individually.