Newly opened 4 star gem, Falkensteiner Hotel Adriana may be less than a month old but this sibling to the already well-established and known Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Ladera is already creating it’s own headlines as the place to stay in Zadar, Croatia. Falkensteiner Ladera is the self proclaimed, “Top address in Croatia,” which may seem a little far-fetched, but it’s typical of locals in Zadar to consider their quiet corner of the Adriatic the best in the country. As they all say, you haven’t experienced a sunset until you’ve experienced one in Zadar.
Falkensteiner Hotel Adriana is located in Borik, a well heeled end of Zadar and easily accessible by car off Antuna Gustava Matoša Road, one of the city’s main arteries. The hotel is one of three by Falkensteiner in the resort that takes over a prominent cove of the Borik region, compromising of oak trees, seaside cafes and pebbled beaches. During summer season, guests of Falkensteiner are able to enjoy access to these private beaches within the resort for free, while anyone not staying in any of the three hotels will have to pay a daily fee.
It was my first experience staying at a Falkensteiner Hotel but I was aware that their collection of luxury hotels is quite large and there are quite a few across Croatia, Serbia, Austria and Slovenia. My first impressions were positive, an air of calm and peacefulness.
Staff approached normal tasks with an ease, nothing seemed too difficult and check-in was pleasant. This may seem like a stupid sentence but in Croatia you’d be amazed at how complicated simple things can be. Great customer service can often seem like a chore for staff, despite being in their job description. It was obvious that it was in the company’s ethos to go out of the way to please the customer.
Our room was located on the first floor, fully equipped with a selfie mirror, wardrobe for two (with spare wooden hangers), safe and terry towel bathrobes. A common area with comfortable armchair, TV and Nespresso coffee machine was enough space for two people. The only thing missing in this room for me was an executive desk but I suppose this is Zadar, not Zagreb, people come here to rest and not to work.
Targeting for a cooler, hip and younger crowd, Falkensteiner Hotel Adriana provides all the necessities for a memorable stay. A glass window separates the bathroom and bedroom, making your morning view a little more spectacular as your brush your teeth and get ready for the day.
A generous queen bed with extremely firm and comfortable mattress lays alongside floor to ceiling windows that open up toward a two storey balcony. My visit was during the cooler months in February, however I can imagine how perfect this setting would be in Spring/Summer. The balcony also comes with patio furniture, hopefully I’m back during warmer months to enjoy a morning coffee overlooking the rich hues of Croatia’s trademark blue coastal waters.
While this hidden oasis is not quite a stone throw away from Zadar’s Old Town Centre, it’s about a 5 minute drive or 35 minute walk, whether you choose to walk or drive, you can expect a serene journey with the sea to your right. Many of Zadar’s streets are one way such as this trek and I highly recommend taking a nice long stroll as the sun sets.
ADDRESS / Majstora Radovana 7
Zadar, Croatia 23000