The Villa Ariston Hotel, surrounded by a beautiful park is one of the most charming and outstanding hotels of the Opatija Riviera. A place, where the past times atmosphere perfectly mixes with the most modern comforts and a top level service, ideal for a unique and truly unforgettable vacation.
Dating back to the final years of the 19th century and reconstructed along classical lines by Viennese architect Carl Siedl in 1924, Villa Ariston has welcomed a constant stream of royalty, political leaders and v.i.p.r during its life, including people from Habsburgs family , Kennedys and Coco Chanel. This charming historic house is surrounded by a large park sloping down to the sea. From its marble terraces you can enjoy the most enchanting view over Bay of Kyarner.
The Villa presents an ideal choice in Opatija for exclusive weddings, cocktail parties and business meetings (wi-fi internet free).
A grand wooden staircase passing through an original 17th century painting leads guests to the 1st floor where are the entrances to a President Suite and a Junior Suite. The remaining guest rooms are located on the second floor in the attic.
All rooms are equipped with all modern conveniences including air-conditioning, satellite TV and a hairdryer .
Excellent service and most welcoming atmosphere in a splendid nineteenth century ambience marked by first-rate comfort and superior professionalism.
Breakfast can be taken on the terrace overlooking the Bay and others meals con be served in the panoramic restaurant where you can taste superb traditional cuisine.
The hotel has a direct entrance to famous 13 km long promenade dedicated to the emperor Francis Joseph I that connects Volosko, Opatija and Lovran.
The hotel has its own car park and a private rocky beach; there is also available a 10 mt motor- boat for day trips along the Bay of Kvarner.
History of Villa Ariston
First time mentioned in 1890. as the property of Mrs. Anna Pick, the widow of Dr. Julius from Ozor, Hungary.
In 1898. the owner became baroness Hedviga von Haas-Teichen from Vienna who ordered the project in year 1908. from Oswald Meese. So that year is considered to be the year of birth of this Villa.
Villa was several times renovated and adapted, and today´s form got thanks to adaptations in 1915. and 1924. which were performed by Vienna-Opatija´s architect Carl Siedl so that Villa looks like «Mediterranean Jewel» rising from cliffs above the sea.
A large area around the Villa was turned into an English-stlyled promenade, in front of Villa there is, some say, the oldest Opatija`s palm tree.
Beetween two World wars, the Villa was owned by Italian prince Andrea Boncompagni and then by Jewish family Papo, and in 1960`s Villa gets today`s function as hotel and restaurant.
So, from the name Villa Haas and Villa Papo we get to the today`s name Villa Ariston, from the Greek aristos what means: the best, the noblest.
The interior of Villa is almost completely preserved. The walls are enriched with paintings from dutch masters: the portrait of baroness Hedwiga, presentations of batlles and nature mort from Lombardy, 17th century. Above the entrance into Villa there is one example of ancient sculpture, replica of Auriga, the charioteer from Delphi.
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