ZZZZing in Zadar
Thanks are due to fellow VTer, JLBG, for the recommendation of Zadar's Niko Hotel.
Although 2009 saw the opening of the first (and VERY expensive) hotel within the ancient walls of Zadar, his review of the hotel and the promise of one of Zadar's best restaurants, was the prompt that had us booking a room for the one night we were to spend in the city. Next time we'll make it longer.
A huge room with a wonderfully comfortable bed and spotless bathroom, the balcony with a view across the harbour to the walls and spires of the old city and very welcoming and friendly staff in both the hotel and the restaurant (it's a family enterprise)were just the start. Dinner was excellent, and the restaurant's wide terrace was the perfect place to spend the first part of the evening before taking a bottle of wine out onto the room's balcony to enjoy the view and a chat about the day's doings for another hour or so. Breakfast next morning was fantastic, just about the best we've had anywhere in Croatia - a great start to the day.
Typically of Croatian hotels of this size, rooms are on the two floors above the restaurant, there is no lift but the staff were quick to grab our bags and carry them up for us. The red, cream and gold decor is a bit formal for such a lovely waterside setting for my personal taste but the comfort of the room makes that a minor niggle. Arriving by car it took us little while to locate the hotel as the sign is set back from the road in the car park. The receptionist gave us very clear instructions for driving back into the city and, most importantly, where to park - like many of Croatia's walled cities, cars are no-no within the walls and parking near the main gates is nigh-on impossible.