Upon my arrival I was greeted by the hotel concierge and seated outside with my guests. We were welcomed with beverages, a walnut liquor or cherry liquor made locally and/or water and there were also provided snack trays of chips and a variety of nuts. The hotel manager and staff were very welcoming and warm. I believe they wanted us to get a feel of the refreshing atmosphere that their outdoor bar and dining area offered and I must say it was very lovely after the 45 minute catamaran ride from Split. I could easily picture myself wasting some time here if I were too early for my check in.
The rooms are smaller than the tiniest of European hotel rooms, so I have to give this hotel a 3star rating just because of this, and I might warn you that there is no such thing as privacy when it comes to using the bathroom, everything is made of glass, you can have an eye to eye conversation from the privy to the bed. On another note the shower is very slippery, when getting out of the poorly designed shower with no door; I almost went through the glass wall. I would never suggest this hotel to elderly travelers. If you happen to be young at heart, chic and open minded then I think you would appreciate Hotel Riva. But I would strongly suggest rooms that are Jr suites, which had just enough room for two (still open bathrooms) or if in standards I would stick to Rm # 118, 218, and 318 (think these may be considered superior). Everywhere else the windows literally dragged across the bed when you tried to open them and your luggage cases would not even fit between the bed and the wall. My opinion of Hotel Riva is it may be best for a single traveler.
Unique Quality: The hotel faces an immaculate seafront. The lobby, restaurant and bar are all facing the water. I watched the sunset from here and took pictures too. The hall has a decent size elevator and staircase in marble with gold and silver accents. There were even electronic shoe shiners by the elevators on each floor. It was all very pretty thus far. When I reached my floor I stood gawking at the walls in the hallway, the first thing I noticed, as would anyone, were nude charcoal drawings and this risqué, almost pornographic music playing overhead (on each floor, 24hrs nonstop except Sunday nights, the reason for my bow chica bow bow comment) – it was pretty hysterical! I thought it was just really contemporary. Each floor had the really pretty brick red with the contrast of the black and white portraits.
Directions: Located about 20 footsteps away from the port of Hvar Town you will find the Hotel Riva facing the seafront.
I recently stayed at the Riva and can recommend it. My room was on the top floor. It was very small, but very smartly designed, and even had a nicely-sized balcony overlooking the water. A few quirks: the lighting in the room is insufficient, and the bathroom and shower are completely open to the rest of the room (and to people across the harbor, unless you pull the curtains). Also, the American-style breakfast (eggs, bacon, and sausage) was the worst I have ever had. I paid 125 Euro (April 2008), which I think was reasonable. During the high season, it would obviously be much more; at that point, I'd probably be a bit more hesitant to recommend it.
Unique Quality: Hip design, friendly staff, unbeatable location, and free in-room WiFi.
Directions: On the harbor. You can park in one of the lots north of the main square, or if you plug the location into a GPS, it will get you to a residential/commercial street behind the harbor, where you can park for free.
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Address: Hvar Harbour, Riva, Hvar, Hvar Island, 21450, Croatia