Weird & Wonderful Accommodation in Croatia
Because sometimes a regular hotel room is down right boring.
Travel doesn’t have to be mainstream, and you don’t have to follow the rules – at least I don’t think so. Of course, this can mean the place you go, how you get there, what you pack (super important by the way), and where you stay should be changed up every now and then.
I keep seeing a lighthouse for rent near my house (I desperately want to sleep in a lighthouse) and it got me thinking about weird places to stay, so I asked my Facebook pals for some other suggestions and boy did they have a few weird suggestions – thanks guys!
If you’re bored of the regular hotel room/hostel/B&B set up, check out these cool and rather unusual places to stay when traveling around Croatia.
If a boring old bricks and mortar building isn’t for you, check out the Tower Cabin. The fact you’re surrounded by stunning countryside is by the by because this large cylindrical building is indeed on the side of ‘different.’ The ivy growing up the side adds to the vibe of the structure, and the inside is a fantastic blend of old and new, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a spacious living room, and a large kitchen.
While you’re not going to get high up views from here, only stepping outside the door will fill your camera memory card with chilled-out, natural, and authentic sights. The spiral staircase which runs through this Airbnb property takes you up to the various rooms, and the stone building creates more warmth than you would imagine it to, making it perfect as a year-round place to stay. The inside of the building is surprisingly minimal and modern too.
Hum, The World’s Smallest Town
If you’re one for creating records in your travel plans, then this is for you. Hum is the world’s smallest town, with just two streets to its name, and because of that you’re not going to find much in the way of accommodation, but what you will find is certainly beautiful and luxurious. Check out House Vera for your place to stay needs.
This building is picturesque and lovely, giving you that authentic village vibe. The stone exterior is decorated with light blue shutters, and flowers growing outside during the summer months. Built back in the 19th century, this villa is luxurious, with a large terrace, perfect for chilling out, with a modern side too, thanks to the large LCD TV!
The large kitchen, living room, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms are very comfortable, and everything you need outside of your room is within reach, thanks to the nearby public bus network.
Lighthouses in Croatia
If you fancy staying somewhere completely different, how about a lighthouse? You’re probably not going to get a view better than this when you wake up, and this particular choice was built back in 1881, which gives you history as standard.
This one in Vir Island really close to Zadar has a nearby pine forest, and the beach is perfect for exploring during the day time, and the lighthouse itself sleeps up to 8 people, so fantastic for family stays. Renovated in 2012, there are two floors, with all mod-cons included, as well as a balcony which wraps around its exterior, with those aforementioned stunning views. Outside you will find a relaxing area, which comes equipped with a sauna and whirlpool, for a spot of added luxury. If you really want to up the ante, you can even add a butler service in with your package, so you don’t have a lift a finger in the kitchen! Wowzah!
Lighthouse on Prisnjak, Murter
Just 300m from the island of Murter you will find Prisnjak, and there you will find a lighthouse built back in 1886. Of course, this is on our list because you can stay there for your accommodation while also being fantastic for water-based fun, such as fishing and snorkeling.
The islet offers this apartment, which is a lighthouse, and it contains a stone terrace area which his perfect for kicking back and relaxing during the summer months, surrounded by pine trees for plentiful shade in the intense peak season sun and high temperatures. The sunsets around here are downright magical, making this the ideal location to get away from it all, perhaps a little off the beaten track.
As with our previous lighthouse choice, staying in a building such as this is certainly different, but gives you privacy, and a chance to truly relax, next to a fantastic sea view.
Hotel Dvorac Bezanec
This post is about places which are different to hotels, but don’t let the name fool you because this is actually an old castle, dating back to the 17th century! If that’s not impressive enough for you, Hotel Dvorac Bezanec is the first castle to become a hotel in the whole country, giving you everything you need for a truly opulent and luxurious stay, surrounded by history (and perhaps the odd ghost!)
Rooms are decorated in the same truly sumptuous surroundings you would expect from a castle, with furniture to reflect the setting. Rooms are equipped with single or twin beds, with authentic furniture, to give you that same olde-worlde feel.
It’s certainly worthwhile learning a little about the castle itself, so you can truly appreciate where you are; the castle was built on the order of Count Keglevic back in the 17th century and was restored to bring it up to date in 1990.
Botel Marina – Yes, Botel!
Certainly not a hotel, but definitely a botel, you can stay on a boat here in Rijeka, with everything you would expect from a hotel room while floating on water. No, you’re not on a cruise, and you can choose a budget to suit your needs, with a dormitory room available for backpackers, as well as double rooms and family rooms for different requirements. If you’re worried about safety for children, obviously be careful because you’re on water, but the actual boat is safe.
There is a bar and restaurant on the boat and there are 35 rooms. All rooms are predictably non-smoking and come with a porthole to check out the views. Furniture is custom-made, and all rooms have an en-suite bathroom, air conditioning, internet access, and a half board features, which means you get a buffet breakfast to fuel up for the day.
What else could you want for something truly different? Even the name is pretty cool.
Saint Paul Franciscan Monastery
If you want to experience total rest and relaxation, as well as a chance to reflect and think about life, then a little time in a monastery is the ideal setting.
This particular choice welcomes everyone and is set on a private island, which gives you some of the most picturesque and beautiful views you’ll find anywhere in the country. Of course, this being a monastery, you need to observe silence rules, and you can choose to eat your meals with other visitors, or you can choose to eat them alone in reflection. There are no TVs, no phones, no noise from the outside world, and you are also invited to take part in the daily meditation sittings, which held in the morning, evening, and at noon.
In keeping with the setting, accommodation is basic but comfortable, and certainly clean, but the setting is what will take your breath away, as well as the decluttered mind you will leave with.
If you arrive in Zagreb, and you want to mix up, your accommodation, head outside the central train station and stay in a train wagon! Adriatic Train Hostels have developed a unique initiative whereby visitors can stay in an unused train carriage, in basic but comfortable surroundings. This is the ideal choice for those who are looking for somewhere to lay their head for a night or two, before heading off on their travels.
When the project is finished, there will be 90 beds, and while the whole thing may be basic as we have mentioned, it is certainly quirky. They are also looking to develop this in other cities in Croatia. Of course, if you’re a train fan of any kind, this is a definite must do for you!
Nestled in Cadmos Village adventure park near Dubrovnik, outdoor enthusiasts will find serenity in their very own treehouse accommodation. Sleeping up to 6 people, this unique house gives guests a chance to sleep above ground with the beautiful Konavle Valley as the backdrop. Enjoy a restaurant offering homemade meals and all the activities for an adventure junkie right at your backdoor!
Sleep in a Barrel
You can either want to do something completely off the radar, or be a wine fan, but whichever you fall into, why not sleep in a barrel?
No, we haven’t totally lost the plot, because Grandpa Marko’s Tavern gives you the opportunity to sleep in a huge wooden barrel, which was once used for storing wine, and is actually over 100 years old!
The barrels have been renovated into actual hotel rooms, and contain double bedrooms, using unique furniture from the same time period. The bathrooms inside are also very modern, and don’t worry; there is air-conditioning to keep you cool during the summer months, as well as a TV – yes, old but modern too!
There’s probably nothing more unusual than this, so if you are looking to up your quirk factor to major levels, this is the place you need to be heading to!
Want even more accommodation ideas for your travels? Jeremy has Airbnb alternative options you should take a peek at. Oh and if you need a travel bed for your toddler, check here.
Which of these choices of weird accommodation in Croatia tickles your fancy?