Hyatt plans Hyatt Regency hotel in Zadar, Croatia

Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Dogus Croatia have announced plans for a Hyatt Regency hotel in Zadar, Croatia—the first Hyatt-branded hotel to open in the country. Hyatt Regency Zadar Maraska is expected to open in the spring of 2019. The 130-room hotel will be located at Zadar’s Maraska building on the waterfront.

“We look forward to collaborating with the team at Dogus Croatia to open the first Hyatt Regency hotel in Croatia, and the first Hyatt-branded hotel on the Adriatic Coast,” Peter Norman, SVP, acquisitions and development – Europe, Africa, and Middle East for Hyatt, said in a statement. 

“We are very excited to work with Hyatt to bring the Hyatt Regency brand to Croatia,” said Burak Baykan, Dogus Group regional director for Croatia and Montenegro. “With Hyatt, we look forward to transforming the famous Maraska building and we believe the strong Hyatt Regency brand experience, combined with the hotel’s excellent facilities, will have a great appeal to those visiting the country.”

The development comes on the heels of several major announcements for Croatia. Earlier this year, Arqaam Capital signed a deal with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts to build a mixed-use resort on Croatia’s Hvar Island. Set to open in 2019, the 120-room Four Seasons Resort Hvar will be located on the Dalmatian Coast at Brizenica Bay. In the center of Split, meanwhile, the Hotel Ambassador—slated to open in early 2018—was purchased by the heir to the Birkenstock shoe empire, Klaus Alex Birkenstock. The business is expected to invest between ‎€13.6 and 14.3 million on the project. Birkenstock also took over the finished design plans for the property, which is expected to begin a 20-month construction in the fall. And late last year, Marriott announced plans to open between four and five hotels in Croatia under various brands by 2020.