Villa Tuttorotto Rovinj, Istria
In Croatia’s most Italianate town, situated on the Istrian coast at the heart of the Adriatic. It’s set among the labyrinth of narrow cobbled alleys that constitute Rovinj’s jewel-like old city, near but not quite on the shore, overlooking the harbour. The sea-facing walls once formed part of the town’s medieval fortifications.
Style & personality
Small and intimate with only seven chambers, Villa Tuttorotto is superbly luxurious and intimate but in many ways it is the ribbon and relaxed, unstuffy atmosphere that actually sets it apart. Bedrooms and communal areas are full of classic furniture, the walls are hung with art in gold-painted frames, along with the marble or polished wooden floors are strewn with Turkish, tribal or Persianate carpeting. Sometimes it seems as much as a personal museum collection for a resort, but it never feels cluttered.
The reception includes a glass floor exposing two rock chambers beneath, full of Roman amphorae (most of these found here if the building was revived), whereas the lounge area includes glass-fronted wooden display cases full of books on architecture and art, along with the fireplace was converted in an ethnographic screen. The lift is created into a span feature — older and rather slow, but using a classic armchair interior for comfort.
Service & amenities
Service is impeccable; friendly, attentive and helpful. Villa Tuttorotto provides breakfast but no restaurant, which means you are going to be eating out for dinner and lunch (try the excellent Restaurant Rio, only beneath a five-minute walk in the resort). Large comfy armchairs, TV, DVDs plus also a stereo in the couch — along with heaps of novels — provide guests something to do on a rainy day, and there is a modestly-sized balcony. The resort also has a small exercise area on the upper floor, and also an antique store next door.
Villa Tuttorotto includes seven exquisitely lovely bedrooms — four doubles, two sisters and a package. They all are beautifully decorated and include big wrought-iron beds, antique furniture and polished wooden floors, and the walls have been painted in a cream palette with touches of royal blue and golden. Each one of the rooms have views (partly restricted in certain) within the waterfront and harbour. Among those singles has a very small balcony.
The area to choose is number 30 (the package) — using a huge wrought iron canopy bed, comfy armchair and footrest, lots of cupboard space (a complete wall of it), along with a huge bathroom with walk in shower in addition to separate massage bathtub. The form of space you’d want (or want you had had) in your honeymoon.
Food & beverage
Breakfast just — that is quite great, if not especially extensive, with nice regional cheeses, Istrian ham and other cold cuts, and ideal coffee. Breakfast is served in a large communal dining table, and there is a little terrace available in the summer overlooking the waterfront.
Value for cash
Double rooms from $139 (#118) in low season; and out of $206 (#175) in high season. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
Limited. Two of the double bedrooms have walk-in closets. The elevator only goes up to the next floor, therefore rooms over which are not accessible to wheelchair users.
More suited to couples.
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