Villa Nora

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Address: P. Hektorovića bb, Hvar, 21450, Croatia

Star rating:
3 star hotel

4.4

Stylish but homely b&b in a restored stone house with restaurant, in Hvar’s lovely old town.

In a cobbled side street in the heart of Hvar Town’s pedestrian-only historic centre, the ground floor of this aristocratic Venetian-era palazzo has been home to the Lucullus restaurant for many years. In 2007, the owner-cook, Antun Matković, completed restoration work on the upper floors to open the elegant Villa Nora, with nine rooms and suites.

Location
4.4
90%
Eating/drinking
4.6
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4
90%
Value for money
4
90%
Bedrooms
4.1
90%
Public areas
4.3
90%

Location

In a narrow stone alley one block back from the main square, in pedestrian-only Hvar Town. Less than a 10-minute walk to all the main attractions, the ferry port and bus station.

Bedrooms

There are four rooms and five spacious suites, all with wooden floors, queen-size beds, air conditioning, flat screen satellite-TV and hairdryer. Three of the suites also have balconies. Expect a mix of modern and antique furniture, brass bathroom fixtures, multi-stream showers, cheerful sunny-coloured bed linens and fresh flowers. If you are a light sleeper, ask not to have the room above the courtyard restaurant.

Public areas

The ground floor Lucullus restaurant is connected through the reception – a rustic stone dining space with heavy wooden tables and benches, plus outdoor seating on a lovely walled terrace, where breakfast is served. Guests also have the use of a laptop with internet (free) in the reception area.

Eating and drinking

One of highlights of staying here is the breakfast – come down to the Lucullus restaurant whenever you like, and a succession of plates will be brought to the table: freshly squeezed orange juice, seasonal fruit, yogurt, honey, platters of cheese and ham, bread, eggs cooked to order, and coffee or tea. In the evening, Lucullus serves up delicious Dalmatian specialities, cooked by Mr Matković himself, with an emphasis on seafood plus excellent local wines.

Leisure facilities

None, but there’s plenty to do in Hvar. I suggest catching a taxi-boat from the harbour and visiting the tiny scattered Pakleni islands, perfect for bathing and some nudist-friendly.

Service

Personalised service from friendly and helpful staff, including information about things to see and do.

Who stays there

Discerning travellers, mainly Europeans, who want to sleep in the heart of the old town, both to enjoy the historic sights and to feel closer to the local way of life.

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with younger children
  • Foodies
  • Sporty types
  • Great views / scenery
  • Nightlife
  • Romance
  • Sightseeing
  • History

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent breakfast
  • Authentic Dalmatian dining
  • Old town location
  • Atmospheric historic building
  • No sea views
  • Early morning church bells
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