One of my last stops on my road trip along the Croatia coast was the lovely coastal town of Rabac.
Rabac isn’t that big but during the high season from late may to mid-september the town fills up with tourists from all over the world and it’s a lot more bustling than you would expect.
Covered in beaches, restaurants, and small cafes Rabac offers visitors a nice break away from the hectic lifestyle of the city and gives people the opportunity to spend some time swimming, tanning, and relaxing.
There are plenty of hotels in Rabac and after looking through quite a few of the options available I eventually settled on the Adoral Boutique Hotel and after two nights there I don’t have any doubts that I made the best choice.
The Adoral Boutique Hotel in Rabac, Croatia
Hidden out-of-sight by a plain yet modern facade, the Adoral Boutique Hotel turned out to be one of the best places I stayed during my visit to Croatia.
I’ve stayed at a few boutique hotels before and they tend be to hit-or-miss in the quality of accommodation that they provide but the Adoral has obviously worked very hard to ensure that all guests need are taken care of.
With a location literally steps away from the water there are few alternative options for accommodation that offer a better place to spend a few days on the coast in peace and quiet.
There are just 15 rooms at the hotel so guests are able to enjoy a much more private and personal stay, especially compared to hotels that pack upwards of 100 people onto the property.
All of the rooms are modern, recently updated, and feature contemporary and high-quality interior furnishings.
After speaking with the wonderful manager Franko I learned that every room also offers an unforgettable view of the Adriatic-fed harbor that’s less than 10m from the hotel itself.
There are few things better than waking up and glancing out the window on the way to the washroom only to see the beautiful light green and deep blue colors of the Adriatic off in the distance.
One of the main highlights of the Adoral, apart from the view, is the fact that it’s located far enough away from the main tourist area that it’s not that busy or loud but still close enough that it’s an easy walk to the many cafes and restaurants nearby.
Well, now that you know a little bit more about the hotel let’s take a look at the experience I had staying at the Adoral.
The Adoral Boutique Hotel: An In-Depth Review
Check-In and Interior
The check-in process at the Adoral is a bit unusual but I’ll get into why I prefer it over other hotels in just a moment.
The parking situation in the area is a bit tricky if you’re not sure how it works so I had to wait in the car while my girlfriend went to go ask about where I could park.
I was a bit worried because you only get 15-minutes for free in the parking zone and I didn’t want to get stuck paying for a full hour.
After ringing the doorbell and speaking with a cleaning lady one of the hotel managers, a different Franko than the I originally spoke with, came out with a key and informed me I could park in a secure parking space right by the entrance.
When I walked in I was expecting a traditional lobby and instead I was greeted with a small, comfortable seating area.
The informal arrangement actually put me into vacation mode a lot faster since rather than having a huge desk set-up with a dedicated receptionist there was just a small table surrounded by a few chairs where the hotel details are casually exchanged.
I received all of the important details and then made my way down to my room, but not before I checked out the rest of the hotel.
The interior was very contemporary and tastefully designed with minimal artwork decorating the walls, mirrors conveniently placed to make the hallways seem much bigger, and a glass staircase that let in plenty of ambient lighting.
I was very impressed by the interior design of the hotel and I could already tell before even entering my room that the room was going to follow a similar level of contemporary style.
After opening the door to my room I was quite surprised that I was staying in a suite.
The suite was very spacious and the windows in each room let in plenty of natural lighting so that even until late in the day I never had to turn on the overhead lights.
The lighting was also welcome in the morning where I was able to wake up naturally from the sunrise without having to resort to my smartphone alarm.
The suite consisted of three rooms, a bathroom, living room, and a bedroom, and one of the windows opened up onto a french balcony while the other opened up onto a large balcony.
The main living room featured a large sofa, workspace, plenty of storage space for clothing and suitcases and there was even a small mini-bar with a kettle and good selection of drinks.
The bedroom was very basic (in a good way) and had a comfortable queen bed positioned right in the middle of the room that offered a beautiful view of the Adriatic.
There was also a small workspace and even more storage space but the area was very well designed for sleeping and nothing else.
The main balcony was one of the highlights of the room and my girlfriend spent a significant amount of time outside working on her tan.
On the balcony was a large reclining deck chair and a small table with two more chairs that offered a great place to enjoy a cold beer while watching the sunset.
I really loved sitting on the balcony and watching all of the people walk by while taking advantage of the lovely early-September coastal weather.
The bathroom at the Adoral Hotel was spacious, contemporary, and came fully equipped with all the amenities you would need for a short-term stay.
There was a stand-up shower in the corner with a very unique shower head that put out a very high pressure stream of water, although in this case one of the showers with a hose attached that can be removed from the wall would have been appreciated.
With a towel rack it was possible to keep our towels warm and dry when we needed them and it was also good for quickly drying bathing suits before heading out to the beach again.
Speaking of towels, a wide selection of different size towels was available.
As for the amenities, shampoo, body wash, and lotion were provided (enough for two days worth of use) and there was also a sewing kit and shower cap as well.
I really liked the bathroom at the hotel and it was the perfect size for two people to use during a short-term stay.
Depending on the type of room you choose you’re looking at spending anywhere between $100 and $200 USD per night.
The prices at the Adoral Hotel vary throughout the year and during the summer the rooms are going to be much more expensive, if there are even any available to book.
May through September is the high season on the Croatian coast and I recommend booking a room as far in advance as you can to avoid any issues with availability.
Compared to the other hotels in Rabac I would argue that the Adoral offers incredible value for what you’re able to enjoy while staying there and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better quality hotel for a more affordable price.
The location of the hotel is great if you’re looking to spend your days swimming, enjoying the weather, and checking out the nearby cafes and restaurants.
The beach can be accessed directly from the hotel and you only have to walk across a small public path to reach the rocky waterfront.
From my room to the beach it only took about 3-5 minutes and I could be swimming just moments after putting on my bathing suit.
About a 10-minute walk down the public pier is the main tourist area of the town of Rabac and it’s here where you’ll find a wide selection of restaurants, cafes, small shops, and access to any excursions to the nearby islands.
Just beside the hotel are a few different restaurants and cafes so if you don’t want to walk very far you don’t have to.
For those driving from Zadar or Zagreb it’s very easy to find the hotel and the town of Rabac is quite popular so it’s not difficult at all to reach the area by car.
Included in the room rates is a buffet breakfast.
The breakfast selection was quite large, especially since I only ever saw one person preparing everything.
There were both hot and cold options available including scrambled eggs, fried ham, a selection of bread rolls with a variety of different jams and other spreads, cereal choices, juices, and even a small selection of cookies and pastries.
Hot coffee drinks and tea were also available depending on your preferences.
As for the seating, both indoor and outdoor seating was available and during the warm summer months I’d recommend sitting outside as it’s a much more enjoyable eating experience.
Breakfast was very well done at the hotel and I recommend waking up early to take advantage of the widest selection of menu options.
The wireless internet setup at the Adoral was a bit unusual compared to what I’ve experienced in other hotels.
Rather than a generalized wi-fi connection being available in all rooms there was a small router in each room that was accessed through a unique ID/password.
At first I thought that this would result in a faster, better quality, and more stable connection but I didn’t find this to be the case.
The wi-fi didn’t work very well during my stay and while I was able to browse the web and use social media I wasn’t able to stream videos or even upload photos or videos either.
For travel bloggers like myself or anyone else working online this could be a problem and you might want to consider bringing along a travel router to try to work out a better connection.
Otherwise, for those on vacation looking to disconnect from everything and just spend the time relaxing you shouldn’t have any problems.
Parking and Accessibility
There is free parking available on-site at the Adoral Hotel right outside the entrance.
You’ll have to speak with whoever is working at reception before you’re able to park your car so you can get a key to unlock the metal piece that prevents others from parking in the available spaces.
Keep in mind you’ll have to grab a ticket to enter the parking area but a free parking voucher is provided once you check in so you’re able to come and go as you please without having to pay.
There isn’t much foot or car traffic so there isn’t any reason to worry about your vehicle on it has been parked.
As for accessibility, I’m not sure if it’s possible to reach the property by public transportation and I wouldn’t recommend it either as it’s much easier to explore the region with a car.
Overall, I had a very wonderful stay at the Adoral Boutique Hotel in Rabac.
The Croatian coast is one of the most beautiful areas to check out in Europe and this hotel helped to make exploring the region while being able to enjoy the nearby beaches and natural areas nearly effortless.
There isn’t much to do in Rabac itself but there are plenty of opportunities for excursions and if you’re looking to just spend a few days relaxing by the seaside then I can hardly think of a more fitting place.
If you’re looking for a reasonably priced, comfortable, and high quality hotel to stay in when you’re visiting Rabac and the Croatia coast then I would definitely recommend checking out the Adoral Boutique Hotel.
It’s nearly impossible not to enjoy your stay and I’m positive you’ll have a great time during your visit!