Split is a stunning destination with a rich history and breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea past the yachts that have long sheltered here. As the second-largest city in Croatia, it offers a diverse range of attractions such as the UNESCO-protected Diocletian’s Palace and beautiful beaches. You won’t have any trouble finding an ideal place to stay here no matter your travel style. To narrow the choices down, we have the scoop on the best hotels in Split Croatia.
Getting to Split from other locations in Croatia is relatively easy. From Zagreb there’s a cheap bus or a quick flight. To get from Hvar to Split you can just hop on a ferry that will be around 23 euros. From Dubrovnik there are flight, bus, and ferry options.
Overall, prices are reasonable in Split hotels outside of summer. Just be advised that there are only a few chain hotels where you can cash in loyalty points for a night’s stay or earn more for your stay. If that’s your aim, check into the Radisson Blu or the Le Meridien, which is one of Marriott’s 30+ brands.
Luxury Split Hotels
The best Split Croatia hotels offer a way to pamper yourself and live it up a little without breaking the bank if you visit outside of the summer. Compared to many waterfront locations, prices here are at sea level instead of sky-high for nine months of the year, even at the most luxurious hotels. In June through August though, prices routinely double or triple.
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Conveniently situated in the center of Split, the Cornaro Hotel offers easy access to local attractions, such as the Diocletian’s Palace. This is a sizable property with 156 rooms, two restaurants with outdoor terraces, and a rooftop bar with great city views. The private wine bar enables you to get schooled in the range of excellent Croatian wine.
Heritage Hotel 19
This converted 19th-century townhouse is an intimate boutique hotel near the waterfront and old city that’s a favorite with couples looking for a romantic place to bed down. Exposed stone walls, carved wood doors, and a courtyard with an olive tree make it clear that the architects and designers put some real thought into creating a unique hotel with character.
Just be advised that facilities are limited at this small property, with the breakfast room by morning turning into a makeshift bar in the evening. Great for exploring the city though, especially since Heritage Hotel 19 provides bikes for guests to use.
Judita Palace Heritage Hotel
If you really want to get the royal treatment in Split, stay in this converted 16th-century palace that’s right next to Diocletian’s Palace, in the heart of the historic district. For those who like to walk and explore, you can’t beat the location where you can see all the sites, eat at the best restaurants, and stroll to the beach. You’re also a short walk to the central bus or train stations. Inside, expect exposed stone walls, parquet flooring, and a view of rooftops of buildings that have been here for hundreds of years.
Hotel Vestibul Palace
This small luxury boutique property can feel a bit schizo since it is spread across multiple buildings, one of them a four-room annex separated from the rest. It’s a short walk from the Split port though, in the heart of the UNESCO World heritage center, in an area geared more to pedestrians than cars. It’s a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
Briig Boutique Hotel
If you’re not going to have time to laze on the beach on one of Croatia’s islands or along the coast, book a stay at 62-room Briig Boutique Hotel so you’ll be next to Bacvice Beach. You’re still only a 15-minute walk from the center though when staying at this stylish design hotel and there’s plenty of room to stretch out.
Cool off in a small rectangular swimming pool on the sunny terrace with a view and enjoy the sauna or massage rooms in the spa. This is the top spot in town for those who love contemporary design and furniture, with plenty of name artists having pieces in use here.
Hotel Park Split
The oldest hotel in Split is also one of its grandest, with 7 impressive suites for those willing to spring for an upgrade. It has 72 rooms overall, with some of the higher ones offering a view of the sea. The small outdoor pool is surrounded by lounging and dining areas, while winter guests have more to enjoy by way of a sauna, salt room, hot tub, and massage areas. Fans of the Art Deco era should head straight for the Hotel Park Split for plenty of design elements from that period.
Large Split Hotels
While most hotels in Split, Croatia are small boutique hotels in converted buildings, there are a few large ones that will work for groups or for meeting situations.
Radisson Blu Split
One of the few chain hotels in the city, the Radisson Blu is a reliable international-style choice. Located in the Znjan district, it was built as a hotel and is not hemmed in by a lot of other buildings. There’s an indoor pool here with an extensive spa to enjoy in cold periods, but in hot months there’s an outdoor swimming pool and a pebble beach area with palm trees to enjoy.
There are 252 rooms to choose from, many with a sea view, and the luxury suites here are some of the largest and most jaw-dropping in the city. Just be advised that all this space comes with distance: it’s two miles from the city center.
Le Meridien Lav
This is a great place to pick if you’re trying to act on Marriott Bonvoy loyalty status, but be advised you’re even further out from the city’s attractions than you would be at the Radisson. Le Meridien Lav is in the suburb of Podstrane, around five miles southeast of Split proper. It’s a well-run international hotel with tri-lingual staffers though and the property has its own beach and marina. It’s seldom sold out either, with 381 guest rooms available. Many rooms have a sofa bed, so it’s a good choice for families on vacation.
Marvie Hotel & Health
This well-equipped contemporary property offers the best of all worlds: a view of the sea, walking distance to a beach, and not too far from the historic center either. This is a wellness-focused property, offering a whole range of facilities from indoor and outdoor pools to a sauna, spa area, gym with classes, and a dermatology treatment area. This is the best spot for those trying to eat healthy with a restaurant focused on wellness also.
Split Boutique Hotels
There are plenty of interesting boutique hotels in Split that are not priced like luxury palaces. Here are a few to consider that are highly rated by guests on Booking.com and other services where only past guests can leave reviews. Most are good for those who like to explore on foot as they’re located in or near the historic center.
Piazza Heritage Hotel
If you want to be in the heart of the action and feel history all around you, the Piazza is a great choice: it’s near the palace and other attractions and the property itself is in a UNESCO-protected historic building. Rooms are decorated in Art-Nouveau style, so expect plenty of French finery for a vacation where you’ll feel like royalty.
Villa Split Heritage Hotel
You won’t just visit the UNESCO palace complex when staying at this hotel: Villa Split Heritage Hotel is located in a 10th-century building that’s part of the historic whole. The stone walls, ceiling beams, and hardwood floors are offset by refrigerators, comfortable furniture, and a flat-screen TV in each room. There aren’t a lot of facilities in the hotel itself besides the included breakfast, but you’ve got a hundred places to try outside among the historic buildings and it’s a short walk to the seaside promenade, the ferry port, and the train station.
This highly-rated boutique hotel is a favorite with those who want to combine a location near the harbor with an easy walk to the bustling historic center. Some of the rooms have a view of the bobbing boats and sea and guests rave about the good breakfast and helpful staffers. Hotel Luxe also offers free parking for those who arrive in a rental car, which is generally not easy to find in a hotel so close to the action. There’s also a fitness room on site.
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