Have I told you lately that I love Opatija riviera? Well, more exactly, I love the whole riviera from Rijeka till Mosceniska draga, for many reasons. And I especially love Lovran, because it is quieter and less busy than Opatija, with some fantastic restaurants to enjoy the local Istrian cuisine. The only thing that is a bit disturbing in Lovran is the fact that most of the hotels are closed during low season, starting from November. So, I did some homework and I found this cute adults only and pet friendly hotel, rising above the coastline overlooking the Adriatic sea. Boutique hotel Acacia in Lovran is well worth the visit, and here are the reasons why.
Boutique hotel Acacia lies in the very end of Lovran, an easy 1 kilometer walk from the old town center. Trust me, you will want to stretch your legs, and you don’t want to look for a parking space in Lovran – they are very limited (or payable), especially during the high season. For us it is very convenient because we usualy go for good dinner to the old town, accompanied with too much wine so we enjoy the short walk to “clear our thoughts” before going to bed. 😉 The hotel has a lot of parking lots, so no worries about that as well.
Boutique hotel Acacia has 10 very comfortable and carefully designed rooms. You can really tell the furniture is “fresh”, as the hotel started operating in June 2018. The bathrooms are modern and very spacious, offering a rain shower as well as a bathtub, a large sink and all amenities needed for a stress-free vacation (bathrobes and slippers included!). All rooms have a fantastic sea view with balcony to enjoy your morning coffee (complimentary coffee machine in the room) or a glass of wine in the evening. Just keep in mind that the sea view is facing the street so the noise from the street cannot be avoided. The rooms are soundproof though so no worries for a good night sleep.
The breakfast is simply fantastic, and you can either enjoy it inside or out in the terrace. You can choose from a variety of fancy appetizers, fruits and sweets, while the main dish (omelettes or eggs any style) is served at your table. You can see that Acacia team tries really hard to please their guests. Štanger restaurant is also popular for evening dining, and judging by the breakfast, I dare to say their dinner menu will knock you down as well.
If you are staying in Lovran (or anywhere in Opatija riviera) you will probably want to have a swim in the Adriatic Sea. At least during the high season. Boutique hotel Acacia has a small beach just across the street, accessible via stairs. The beach itself is not as nice as some of the public places along the “Lungomare” (12 km path connecting Opatija and Lovran), but it is very quiet and hidden away from all the hustle and bustle so you can enjoy a good swim in the crystal-clear sea. Fancy sunbeds are also provided complimentary for hotel guests. If you prefer sandy beach, just take a stroll around 500 meters towards Lovran center and you will find a cute little bay (which will probably be crowded in July or August).
The spa is coming soon!
The hotel owner has later informed me that they are in the process of building a spa with pool and fitness room, which should be finished by the end of 2020. So stay tuned and see it for yourself. And check out things to do in Lovran in this post.
Anda’s rate: 9,5 from 10
Bottom line: We stay in Boutique hotel Acacia in Lovran because it is adults only, pet friendly (they even offer dog bowls for food and water) and because it is close to Lovran old town which we love so much. I love the fact that it is a “boutique hotel”, meaning you will always feel special and not just a number. If you want to enjoy a relaxing weekend, or if you are just passing by, I definitely recommend staying here.