Kvarner newsletter / no 36

Ethno Hotel Balatura
Cultural sensation in the Municipality of Vinodol

A three-centuries-old family estate, refurbished as one of Croatia's few high-class "heritage hotels", offers its guests much more than just accommodation. The Ethno Hotel Balatura doesn't just look sensational – it is also the perfect place for exchanging cultural ideas with writers and poets.

Away from the crowded seaside resorts, in the quiet Vinodol valley, only six kilometres from the Adriatic coast, lies the Ethno Hotel Balatura, distinguished for its unique ethno offer and superb quality of services and facilities. This is one of the five hotels in Croatia that have been categorised as "heritage hotels".

Ethno Hotel BalaturaThe hotel, which complies with the high 4-star standard, is located on a three-hundred-years-old family estate consisting of several ancient stone buildings that have been refurbished as comfortable guest houses. The hotel is located in the hamlet of Skutići in Tribalj (in the Municipality of Vinodol), and has been renewed with the financial support of the Ministry of Tourism in collaboration and under supervision of the Conservation Department of the Ministry of Culture in Rijeka. Only traditional materials were used during the renovation: old stones, tiles, fittings etc., and the new items were produced according to old patterns: wooden doors and windows, iron beds etc. To make this hotel in line with modern trends, every single detail of the interior design was carefully thought out. For instance, the rooms have underfloor heating instead of radiators, and large flat screen TV sets are hidden behind the glass… In this hotel, the emphasis is put not only on its visual appearance, but also on culture and literature. The property was visited by many people from all over the world (even from Alaska!), and also by several renowned writers from Croatia and abroad.

Its owners, the Godec couple, want to make this hotel recognisable not only as a traditional property of the Vinodol area, but also as the venue for memorable cultural dialogues. Every visitor of the hotel is received as a private guest and offered plenty of information about the surrounding area, regional culture and local attractions according to the individual interest. Nature lovers have at their disposal various biking and hiking trails in the Vinodol area and in the wider environment.