About Villa Nora
The Villa Nora is a small hotel situated in the middle of Hvar old town, enclosed by the 14th century walls and fortifications towering above. The hotel is surrounded by tiny streets favoured during the island’s history by artists and adventurers searching for their inspiration, it is framed by old palaces built in gothic and renaissance architecture. These surroundings and the charm of the hotel itself will allow you feel the atmosphere of mediaeval Hvar. This ancient Palace, built in the XIV century, once the rich and magnificent residence of the aristocratic family Gazzari, has been completely restored as the elegant and refined Hotel Villa Nora.
At the Villa Nora you can enjoy the mediaeval atmosphere of the old town whilst relaxing in rooms furnished to a high-quality. The most distinguished member of the Gazzari family was Marin Gazarovic, writer and composer of dramatic poems and lyrics, who was born in 1575 in the house which is today Villa Nora. In 2006 an inscription was placed on the outside wall of the Palace to remember the street where the famous artist was born.
Accommodation: the Villa Nora offers very comfortable accommodation in 5 large junior suites (30 m² to 40 m²) and 4 superior rooms. Rooms are designed in traditional style but include many modern touches. Three of the Junior Suites have large balconies. The superior rooms have bedrooms with an area of around 20 m² (one of them has 2 rooms and 2 bathrooms and is ideally suited for families). All rooms feature queen size beds, and have old town view as well as air-conditioning, LCD satellite TV, Hair dryer, FREE Wi-Fi in room and 24hr room service.
Facilities: the restaurant Lucullus has been open in Hvar town from many years now and is justly famous for its typical dishes and high quality cuisine. For dinner you can try some traditional specialties of Hvar island: goat with potatoes cooked in a brick oven, cheese with capers and olive oil, Carpaccio of fish, soup of langoustine, Mussels and many more. The “imperator” (as they call him in Hvar) Antun Matkovic, prepares meals under his great cook's rule: “no food is good if the cook preparing does not use his fingers and his weight is not over a hundred kilos”.
"The visit to Plitvisc lakes and falls were absolutely spectacular. Driving on the open roads is simple and easy. Through the towns can a little more nerve raking. Having a couple of nights in each place helped keep the pace realistic. Be prepared for limited ability for laundry other than the hotel services. Having 3 nights in Trogir was a little more than needed and would have been better 3 nights based in or nearer to Split as this was where most sights were. Overall it was a very interesting experience and well worth it. Croatia is a beautiful country with plenty of natural sights. Being just before the tourist season had its benefits with things being less busy. Just a few times things were not yet open. Some wonderful memories, I would not hesitate to recommend it to a friend."
G Emblen, April, 2015
"Thank you very much for helping us to enjoy a most memorable family holiday. We all enjoyed every bit of this trip and we will most definitely contact you again when planning our next trip. We were very happy with five of the six hotels we stayed in. Bad weather for three of the last four days of our trip restricted the number of activities we could do in Hvar and Dubrovnik, especially missing out on the green and blue grotto's around the island of Vis was quite disappointing for the children. Not having parking closer to Hotel Villa Nora in Hvar was a bit of an inconvenience, however the exceptional service we received from the host made up for that. Hotel accommodation close to the old town in Dubrovnik would have been preferred, especially due to the fact that we have already returned our rental car. In general we have had a great time in a very beautiful country with friendly people and all bookings and arrangements were without any issues. "
J Voges, October 2016
"All went very smoothly. A beautiful country to visit and its people are very helpful and friendly. The notes provided by Andy were very informative. We took our own satnav and I think we would have struggled without it. Enjoyed all the hotels and the staff were all very friendly and helpful but particularly liked the hotels in Trogir and Hvar. Both of us were very happy with this holiday experience."
M Cole, October 2017
"Thank you for organising a brilliant holiday for us. We returned half an hour early on Easy Jet yesterday. The 5 hotels were excellent, car parking worked well and we were bowled over by Croatia in general. It's a shame so much of Zadar is pst ww2, but what an excellent hotel! Luxe in Split was a great choice, modern, chic and well positioned. We loved Trogir. Hvar was the highlight, once we mastered the kerb at the car park which was a story in itself! The drive across Hvar was great fun and the mountain road is brand new. The ferry q was 4 hours .... After Mali Ston, it will be a while before I can eat more mussels and oysters, but what a great evening we had. We drove thru Bosnia, as we had eaten our day in the ferry q, which was not an issue at all. Dubrovnik was sensational and the Bellevue great. Nice people, great food, lift to the beach, great swimming, friendly taxis. So superior to Portugal and Spain and the wines were delicious. Even the red."
K & M Falconer, August 2013
"All arrangements and hotels were excellent. Everything ran smoothly. However, for the benefit of future clients please note that Hotel Derossi in Trogir and Hotel Tuttorosso in Rovinj do not have car parking facilities and public car parks have to be used - this cost 18 for the two nights at Derossi and 30 approx in Rovinj! Also, finding some of the hotels was something of a challenge - even though we had a sat nav in use. Perhaps some more detailed driving directions would be advantageous. Hotel Villa Nova in Hvar is in the complex of old alleyways and a car cannot get near it. We had to do a lot of asking to find it. Anyway, these are just my thoughts, the whole holiday was terrific, and thank you very much for organising it."
J Vause, May 2013
"We spent a lot of time planning our honeymoon trip with Rediscover to make our perfect trip. There was a lot of email correspondence, a lot of questions from us and a lot of patience from Andy and Dawn. We valued their advice on accommodation etc and in the end it all worked out perfectly. The documentation we received covered everything and was very detailed so we knew exactly where we had to be and when. This is what we wanted as we didn't want to think about much on our honeymoon. All of the transfers were perfect. Timing was exceptional and all very helpful friendly drivers. The boat transfers worked perfectly too. Dubrovnik - the hotel Rixos Libertas was just outstanding for everything, customer service, cleanliness, breakfast, room service, location, room and views. We felt we were on a luxury honeymoon here. The walk into the old town was just lovely and we loved everything about our stay here. We took boat trips to Lokrum and Cavtat and did a day trip excursion on a galleon ship to 3 of the Elphite islands, we also treated oursleves to the taster menu in the Dubrovnik360 restaurant just amaxing! Hvar - this is just a beautiful island, we arrived off the catamaran early evening to a wonderful atmosphere, we got a little bit lost finding the hotel but only because it was dark, the instructions were spot on, the hotel Villa Nora is in a perfect location on a back street, we were a little bit disappointed with our room but this was entirely our fault, we\'d requested the junior suite which we didn't realise was so big and definitely too big for us for 2 nights, on our last day we used the bathroom in another room after we had checked out and this room would have been perfect for us, we had just gone for what we thought was the best, we did have a request for a balcony room noted on our itinerary but we did not get this, it didn't matter roo much for such a short stay, breakfast outside in the courtyard was lovely, Hvar Town is amazing so many places to eat and lovely walks, we visited the fortress for the most amazing views, we caught the bus to Stari Grad another amazing place for exploring Split - we were met off the catamaran for a super short journey of 2mins to the city walls, here we were collected by a golf buggy from the hotel which was just brilliant, our escort was fantastic, the hotel was in the perfect location within the palace walls and we are so glad we chose this hotel and location,the room was very comfortable and lovely, breakfast was freshly cooked to order for us very nice, the palace grounds and old parts of Split are fantastic for exploring,beyind this there is nothing much to see, we caught a water taxi to Trogir which was really good. All of the hotels gave us a honeymoon gift which was so lovely. Overall we had such an amazing trip and most of this is down to the help of Andy and Dawn and the organisation of Rediscover. It was just perfect!!!"
J Chambers, October 2017
"Brilliant place, lovely people, great location, a class act. Nora was just up the alley from the main square and a pleasant stroll to the restaurants ; They have their own car park some distance from the hotel, but they will come out to pick up your bags and walk you back to the place which you would probably have difficulty finding on your own."
M Fenner, July, 2017
"The other hotels: Hotel Monika at Trogir was good with very helpful staff. Villa Nora at Hvar was very good as well and well placed. Hotel Ostrea at Mali Ston was less satisfactory. We were put up in their annexe, on the ground floor and the room was damp, attracting mosquitos. We were moved up to the first floor after complaining. Reception here was off hand. Hotel More outside Dubrovnik was very comfortable, and good service. The bus into town was easy. In hindsight we would have preferred to have had three nights in Hvar and two in Trogir as the beaches were much more attractive around Hvar."
R Vaughan Payne, October 2014
"We just wanted to thank you for arranging a wonderful trip for us to Croatia. We all had a great time, saw amazing sights and enjoyed excellent service and wonderful hospitality. The Croatian people are refreshingly warm and honest and they are blessed with a truly beautiful country. We will fill in your online questionnaire when we have a few minutes but wanted you to know how pleased we were with our trip."
J Daintith, July 2016
"We also stayed in Dubrovnik which was great. The hotel was not really our taste but it was efficient and very clean and food good. A 20 min walk into old town which was fine by us but some people may not be so keen! Overall the holiday was great, sadly we had a lot of heavy rain but still got enough sun to enjoy a day on the beach off Hvar. The hotel in Hvar was absolutely fantastic and they were incredibly friendly and helpful, definately our favourite. Transfers were great and everyone very friendly. We would definitely like to use you again in the future! Thank you for your help. "
D Goodin, October 2016