Hvar’s city is all about preserved history at its every corner, and it speaks for itself. Still, this story is about the first five-star hotel in Hvar, revealing the old European Mediterranean charm’s essence.
As one of the most beautiful buildings in this area, along with the city Loggia, the Palace Elisabeth hotel is considered one of Hvar’s town’s symbols.
It is located in Hvar’s town’s heart, and its impressive Venetian and Austrian architecture will leave you breathless.
The history of the hotel dates back to the 13th century. It was opened n 1899. under the name of the Empress Elizabeth Spa Hotel since the Austrian Empress Elizabeth was the patron and co-financier of its construction. Respectively, the Palace Hotel bears her name, Palace Elisabeth, characterized by numerous architectural elements typical for the era of Empress Sisi.
The hotel was built on the former administrative authorities headquarters’ site the Rector’s Palace’s residential complex, situated on the main town square, by its size, the largest one among all other Dalmatian islands.
Palace Elisabeth proudly shows a centuries-old Venetian heritage with beautiful stone monuments in Hvar. It also kind of hommage to the Austro-Hungarian empire, which encouraged tourism development in such a small, remote but beautiful province.
The hotel entrance is at the archeological site: the former southwestern part of the city wall (ramparts). On the wall, you can see round openings for cannons (loopholes). This area was significant even before the Venetian rule. The earliest history testifies the existence of a villa or residential building, perhaps of some ancient time ruler…
It proves that it combines the highest standards of luxury with a vision to provide guests with superior service and a unique experience!