Zadar hotels accommodation is concentrated on three and four-star hotels. There are no five-star hotels.
If your primary goal is visiting the sights of Zadar, it's best to stay in town, unless you have a car.
For a more restful experience with some beach activity thrown in, stay outside of town, where most Zadar hotels are.You can choose: either in Borik, the peninsula that lies about 4km northwest of the town centre or in Diklo which is a little further.
In either case, you are not within easy walking distance of the historic centre of Zadar but you will be near a beach. Part of the Borik peninsula is lightly forested and there is a long, narrow beach that curves around a shallow bay. Diklo also has pebble beaches. There are a few restaurants and shops in either place.Be aware that buses to Borik run about every 10 to 20 minutes but buses to Diklo only run every 30 minutes.
There is also a small wilage Petrčane about 15km northwest of Zadar, where are Hotel Pinija, place where The Garden festival is, and Punta Skala,a resort community .
Four Star Hotels
To stay in a Zadar four-star hotel you have a choice between an urban experience and a resort experience.
Four Star Hotels in Zadar
Right in the center of town and is thoroughly four-star.
The spa, jacuzzi, wellness center, sauna and an on-site restaurant.
The location is really good as the hotel is just outside the town gates,
near the main city beach called Kolovare(hence the name, kolovare).
It's also within walking distance of the train station and has an outdoor swimming pool.
Four Star Hotels Around Zadar
Hotel Adriana Select
It's a lifestyle hotel and definitely the best of the bunch in Borik.
The clean, modern design and "Hollywood pool" lend this hotel a romantic air of elegance.
This family hotel in Borik is a water wonderland with pools, saunas,
spas, jacuzzis and myriad other entertainments.
And, it's all inclusive.
Family Hotel Diadora
Yes it is a family hotel and it's first rate.
Located in Punta Skala, this hotel is near the beach and can provide a whirlwind of activities for the young's.
Adults will like the sleek design and modern wellness facilities.
This four-star hotel is located in in the midst of a pine-studded peninsula, right outside Petrcane.
In addition to the beach, there are indoor and outdoor pools plus a wellness facility.
Three-Star Hotels in Zadar
The budget three-star hotels in Zadar are all out of the historic town centre either in Borik (4km) or Diklo (5km).
None are within easy walking distance although there are buses (more frequent to Borik than Diklo).
Most of the hotels below provide free parking.
This old stand-by in Borik provides good, simple accommodation.
There's free parking and a swimming pool, plus various programs for kids.
Hotel PortoThis hotel is the closest to Zadar airport and about 3km from the town center.
It's not a resort hotel but it is convenient for catching an early flight plus it's a quick drive to central Zadar.
Hotel Villa Nico
Located in Diklo practically right on the beach, the Hotel Nico is a small, familial establishment.
It's a quiet, relaxing place with a restaurant, bar and terrace.
Guest Accommodation Tamaris
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Just outside the town centre, this guesthouse has modern, newly-renovated facilities.
You can take a quick bus ride to town in relax in the on-site restaurant and bar.