Radisson Collection enters Croatia for the first time

by | 08 Jun 2022 | Design

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The Adriatic Coast’s first Radisson Collection hotel has opened in the Croatian city of Pula.

Grand Hotel Brioni Pula, A Radisson Collection Hotel has made its debut following the transformation of the site’s former hotel.

A milestone for the brand

Radisson Hotel Group has announced the opening of Grand Hotel Brioni Pula, A Radisson Collection Hotel following the £30 million repositioning of the former Hotel Brioni. Radisson undertook this development in partnership with PPHE Hotel Group and its Croatian subsidiary Arena Hospitality Group.

The hotel is located in the city of Pula, home to Istria’s main international airport and welcoming many visitors each year as they begin their journey here. In this area known for its historic sites, nature and coastline, the hotel occupies a cliffside location with views over the Brijuni islands.

“The opening of Grand Hotel Brioni Pula, A Radisson Collection Hotel is a tremendous achievement for us, as we introduce our luxury lifestyle brand to this culturally rich city and region, the first on the Adriatic coast and our first in partnership with PPHE Hotel Group,” said Elie Younes, global chief development officer of Radisson Hotel Group.

“Radisson Collection properties embrace and represent the local culture and design wherever they are located, and this is true here at Grand Hotel Brioni Pula, A Radisson Collection Hotel. Guests will be able to discover Croatian art, dine in one of the many restaurants and take in all that the Istrian Peninsula has to offer.”

Reli Slonim, president of the Management Board and chief executive officer of Arena Hospitality Group, added: “We are excited to have our Grand Hotel Brioni Pula join the Radisson Collection brand, which represents Radisson Hotel Group’s finest hotels around the world.”

“Our two-year repositioning programme of Grand Hotel Brioni Pula has been completed and has resulted in a true luxury experience in one of Istria’s most spectacular locations. This premium redevelopment paves the way for our other two premium hotel openings planned for Croatia in Zagreb (2022) and Pula (2023).”

A historic transformation

Taking over a 1970s-built property once known as a getaway for celebrities, Grand Hotel Brioni Pula, A Radisson Collection Hotel has been given a new lease of life with the interior design of Studio 92 fusing the site’s heritage with modernity. Mediterranean colours and materials are paired with Italian and Croatian stone and the artworks of renowned Croatian artists.

The hotel’s 227 guest rooms are joined by a number of restaurants and bars, wellness facilities and infinity swimming pools.

Guests can dine on local Mediterranean cuisine highlighting fresh and locally sourced ingredients at Restaurant Brioni Forum also offering international specialties, the beach restaurant Brioni Lungo Mare focusing on Mediterranean meat and seafood and the hotel’s fine dining venue, Restaurant Sofia.

A highlight of the property is The Wellness Centre, Gemma di Brioni, which encompasses an indoor pool, whirlpool, three saunas, six treatment rooms and a fitness area as well as a 60m outdoor infinity pool with ocean views.

Technology has been brought into the hotel experience with guests able to access hotel services, including mobile digital key, through their mobile devices.

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