Hotel Name: Apartment Novak.
Address: Ulica Svetog Vinka Paulskog, Zadar, Croatia.
I stayed at Apartment Novak in Zadar, Croatia. This was an Airbnb booking, and it worked out at around €35 per night. Apartment rentals are the cheapest private room options in Croatia (I hardly ever saw budget hotels in my accommodation booking), so it is worth checking Airbnb along with booking.com and the like when looking for accommodation in Croatia.
I wasn’t familiar with Zadar, so my selection process was to pick somewhere near the old city centre without being in the city centre. Zadar has an old city centre, and I knew it was going to be all cobbled streets and ice cream shops crowded with tourists. Sometimes it’s better to stay outside the historic area and make daily visits instead.
This apartment was about a 10-15 minute walk from the historic centre, and as Zadar is not a big city that means it was well and truly in the suburbs. I had some trouble finding the entrance in the apartment complex, but I worked it out after a couple of laps of the building.
I’ve noticed that apartment rentals are regulated in Croatia with these signs, so it’s not like anyone can rent out a whole place to tourists. The check-in instructions were clear, with a locked box with a password to get in.
The rental was an entire studio rental to myself.
At the entrance was the kitchen area, which I had no need to use.
The main studio had a double bed that folds into a couch. This is a common furniture arrangement for small studios in Europe. I didn’t feel the need to fold it up into a couch every day.
The room also has a TV in front of the couch/bed and a small work desk. There is wifi in the apartment, and I had good service in my room.
The bathroom has a shower area, and it also doubles as the laundry (this is handy when you are travelling for a long time). There is a clothesline outside the window.
There is a small supermarket opposite the apartment block in case you feel inspired to cook. There is also a bakery and cafe about 5 minutes walk away.
Overall this turned out to be a good place to stay in Zadar, even though it wasn’t centrally located. Check availability at Airbnb, or search for more stays in Zadar. If you are new to Airbnb you can get a credit by applying here. If you prefer to stay at a hostel or hotel, then search for hostels and hotels in Zadar here.