Planning a holiday in Split but unsure of where to stay in Split Croatia? Our Split accommodation guide is here to help!
Find out if it is worth staying in Split, the best areas to stay in Split, the pros and cons of different accommodations in Split, and the complete list of the best Split hotels, resorts, vacation rentals, and hostels for all budgets and travel styles.
Split, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the second largest city in Croatia, is one of the most sought-after destinations in Croatia. It is on the itinerary of almost all first-time visitors to Croatia.
From the historic old town, charming Veli Varos, to the fancy Meje, beach-side Bacvice, and Trstenik area, you will find neighborhoods in Split to suit your needs.
Split old town is the best area to stay in Split because you will be in the heart of everything. Stay in the Veli Varos area if you like a local vibe and a central location without all the hustle and bustle of the old town. If you are looking for a place to stay in Split on a budget, then Dobri, Manus, and Lucac are your best choice. On the other hand, choose Bacvice, Trstenik, or Znjan if you are looking for where to stay in Split near the beach. Meje is a good place for families with children.
Split is a great base to explore central Dalmatian islands like Hvar, Brac, and Vis. You can easily visit Trogir, one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites in Croatia, take a day trip to Krka Waterfalls, or go zip-lining, canyoning, kayaking, or rafting to the nearby Cetina River. You can even make a day trip to Plitvice Lakes, Croatia's most popular national park. Here you can find our list of best day trips from Split.
Split accommodation offer consists of B&Bs and boutique hotels in Split old town, many charming vacation rentals all over the town, and a couple of full-service international hotel chains.
You won't find genuinely 5-star or luxurious hotels in Split Croatia. Instead, you will find lovely boutique hotels in historic buildings and a few contemporary hotels in Split's beach areas like Bacvice, Trstenik, or Znjan.
Stay in Podstrana, a nearby seaside town, instead of staying in Split's city center if you are looking for a nice beach hotel in Split,
Split vacation rentals are a good choice for those searching for more space and extra comfort. They often offer the best value for money for families with children or groups of friends traveling together.
For budget-conscious travelers, Split offers a good choice of budget accommodation options, including cheap hotels and modern hostels with private rooms and bathrooms.
Let us help you decide where to stay in Split!
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The best areas to stay in Split
No time to read the entire post? Here is a rundown of the best areas to stay in Split.
- Where to stay in Split for the first time – Old Town
- Best places to stay in Split for couples – Veli Varos
- Where to stay in Split on a budget – Dobri, Manus, Lucac
- Where to stay in Split for nightlife – Bacvice
- Best neighborhood in Split for families – Znjan and Meje
The 6 top Split accommodation options
If you are on the go, you have no time to read the entire post, or you are curious to find out the top Split accommodation options without going into details, below you will find our list of the best places to stay in Split.
- Best hotel in Split, Croatia for couples: Heritage Hotel Palace Judita
- Best hotel in Split for families: Radisson Blu
- Top budget hotel in Split Croatia: Slavija
- Best beach hotel in Split, Croatia: Hotel Park, Split
- Top vacation rental to stay in Split: Studios No. 81
- Best hostel in Split Croatia: Ciri Biri Bela boutique hostel
Where to stay in Split Croatia: Split Neighborhood Guide
You must be wondering which area to stay in Split, but worry not. There is no right or wrong neighborhood to stay in Split. The best area to stay in Split Croatia depends on your preferences, budget, and travel style.
From the historic old town, charming Veli Varos, to the fancy Meje and beach-side Bacvice and Trstenik area, you will find neighborhoods in Split to suit your needs.
Our favorite places include the old town (Diocletian's Palace), Veli Varos, Dobri-Manus-Lucac, Bacvice, and Meje. Other areas include Firule, Spinut, Gripe, Trstenik, and Znjan.
The good thing is that wherever you stay in Split, you will be within a 30-minute walking distance from the old town. And if you don’t like walking, Split public transport is good, or you can use taxis to move around.
Best places to stay in Split Old Town (Diocletian's Palace Accommodation)
Split's Old Town (Diocletian's Palace), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a historical monument but also a living city filled with shops, restaurants, bars, and residences. The charming cobblestone streets, lively marketplaces, and ancient architecture blend the old and new, offering an unforgettable experience of Split's vibrant culture and history.
Split old town is the best area to stay in Split because you will be in the heart of everything and close to the action. The old town is a great place to stay in Split for first-time visitors.
Here you will find a range of accommodation options, from cozy B&B, like Abokamento Boutique Rooms or Grgur Ninski Rooms, to lovely heritage boutique hotels like our favorite Palace Judita or Antique, as well as charming self-catering apartments like Riva Luxury Suites or Grisogono Residence – all housed in historic buildings with character.
The old town is car-free, and if you travel by car, you’ll need to park outside the palace walls. Hotels usually have a porter service to help you with the luggage, but not Airbnb.
You can expect some noise at night (bars, people, etc.) and morning (street cleaners). But the majority of accommodations have soundproof windows. However, if you are someone who likes to sleep with the windows open, take this into account.
Accommodation within the palace is usually more expensive. As everywhere, a prime location costs money.
Where to Stay in Veli Varos Area
Veli Varos offers many exquisite self-catering apartments and several small boutique hotels. Veli Varos is the best area to stay in Split for couples. It is also our favorite area of Split.
Stay in Veli Varos if you like a local vibe and a central location without all the hustle and bustle of the old town. Veli Varos is partly a pedestrian-only area.
Housed in a former olive oil press, the Heritage Hotel 19 is an elegant property with a quiet setting and friendly staff.
Divota Apartment Hotel offers the comfort of fully-furnished studios and apartments with the amenities and convenience of a hotel, like a copious breakfast, reception, and spa.
Stylish Captain's Guest House comes with modern furnishings, a comfy bed, great bathroom facilities, and a kitchenette.
Split accommodation in Dobri, Manus, and Lucac areas
Less preserved than Veli Varos and a bit rough around the edges, Dobri, Manus, and Lucac areas, in an architectural sense, are a mix of simple stone houses from medieval times and Austro-Hungarian and even post-war socialist architecture. Traffic can also be hectic here.
However, this makes these areas unique in their way. Also, the proximity to the old town, parking spaces, and a bit cheaper accommodation make Dobri, Manus, and Lucac some of the best areas to stay in Split. Choose Dobri, Manus, and Lucac neighborhoods for your stay in Split if you are looking for where to stay in Split on a budget.
Simple but functional studio apartments Mirakul comes with a well-furnished kitchen, free parking, and a friendly host.
Located just a couple of minutes walk from the old town and the ferry port, Hotel Luxe features comfy rooms, quirky decor, small wellness, and a gym.
One of our favorite hotels in Split, Cornaro Hotel, is just out of the old town walls, and it features 147 modern rooms, a spa, gym, buffet restaurant, and best of all, a rooftop terrace with spectacular views over the Split old town.
Best Bacvice Accommodation
Bacvice is the name of the most famous beach in Split and the neighborhood around the beach.
This residential area, only a 10-15 minute walk from the old town, is a great place to stay in Split because of its proximity to the beach, the old town, the bus central station, and the ferry port. You will find different accommodations: apartments and rooms in various-styled buildings, boutique hotels, and B&Bs.
Choose Bacvice if you are looking for a place to stay in Split near the beach, you need parking, you like the feel of a residential rather than a touristy area, and you like green and leafy neighborhoods. Bacvice neighborhood is also the best place to stay in Split for nightlife.
Completely renovated in 2015 and a stone-throw away from Bacvice Beach, a luxury hotel Park has the historical charm of the early 20th century with all mod-cons of our times.
The Villa Muller Apartments are moder, well-appointed with a fully-equipped kitchen, fantastic sea views, and easy access to the beach.
Intimate Green Park Luxury Rooms offers trendy, clean, spacious rooms, a great location, and an attentive and helpful host.
Bacvice is a good neighborhood if you wonder where to stay in Split near the beach.
Split Where to Stay: Meje neighborhood
Meje is a neighborhood of large family houses, urban villas, beaches Kastelet, Kasjuni, and Jezinac, green areas of Marjan Hill and Zvoncac Park, small churches, and museums.
Meje can feel like any small coastal town with its oversized multi-unit houses, seafront promenade, beach bars, and hectic parking situation. Yet, you are still within 20-minute walking distance from the Split old town.
Meje is an excellent neighborhood to stay in Split for families.
Here you will find self-catering apartments and just a couple of small hotels.
Hotel Cvita offers outstandingly large rooms, lovely sea and city views, a fabulous pool area, an excellent breakfast, and friendly staff.
Studio apartment Lju on the Beach offers simple accommodation in a lovely property with a beautiful garden right by the sea.
One-bedroom beachfront apartment Mala Tereza is compact but well-appointed with a long balcony perfect for dining al fresco and chilling out.
Other Split neighborhoods
As we had already mentioned, Split is a big town with many more neighborhoods than we have listed above. Firule, Trstenik, and Znjan are all along the coast from Bacvice toward the east. And they are all good neighborhoods for families because arranged beaches are nearby, and apartments are more spacious. Here you will find many apartments, rooms, and just a few hotels like the Hotel Radisson Blu.
Spinut is home to soccer club Hajduk and Poljud Stadium, but also a popular place to stay in Split. It offers more affordable accommodation as it is a bit away from the old town. However, it's still within walking distance; if not, you can always use public transport or a taxi. Spinut can be a good place to stay in Split on budget.
The same goes for Gripe, another Split neighborhood centrally located not far from the beach or old town.
Best Split Hotels
Split doesn’t have large hotels. Besides a few exceptions, like Radisson Blu or Cornaro, the majority of Split hotels have less than 100 rooms, and most of the hotels in Split Croatia are in a range of up to 20 rooms.
You won't find genuinely luxurious or 5-star hotels in Split Croatia. Instead, You will find lovely boutique hotels set in historic buildings labeled Heritage hotels.
Palace Judita Heritage Hotel
Palace Judita Heritage Hotel is without a doubt one of the best addresses for your overnight in Split. On our stay there, we loved Palace Judita's outstadning location, and a warm atmosphere set by both, owners and the staff. Located at Pjaca, just a block behind the Riva boardwalk, hotel Palace Judita is set in the Pavlovic family palace dating back to the 16th century.
Elegantly decorated rooms are spacious and well-appointed with modern features. The staff is super friendly and they go above and beyond to meet guests' needs.
The hotel features a wonderful courtyard. Buffet breakfast, WiFi, and parking are available and included in the price.
Prices start from 150 € per night for a double room with breakfast.
Heritage Hotel Antique
Housed inside a centuries-old palace, heritage hotel Antique Split has exposed stone walls and contemporary furnishings. All 8 rooms are spacious and immaculately clean.
Regardless of its location, in the heart of the old town, and just stone-throw away from Peristyle and the Cathedral St. Dominus, the hotel remains a peaceful and quiet oasis.
The prices start at 110 € per night for a double room with breakfast.
Hotel Vestibul Palace
When we visited Hotel Vestibul Palace, we liked the location, breakfast and kind and welcoming staff.
A part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, hotel Vestibul Palace is a 7-room historical hotel located at the heart of Split's old town. The hotel features a restaurant, a bar, and a wine cellar.
Rooms have hardwood floors, partly-exposed ancient stone walls, and modern furniture. Standard rooms are a bit small (20 m2). The staff is outstanding and helpful. The hotel also offers 4-rooms in the Villa Dobricic annex. Breakfast is included in the price.
Prices start at 125 € per night for a double room with breakfast.
We've chosen Hotel Luxe for one of our stays in Split because of its great location, free parking and good value for money.
A stylish contemporary hotel, located just outside the old town's walls, hotel Luxe features a bar, small wellness and spa center, and a gym.
Complimentary breakfast, WiFi, and parking are available and included in the price. Rooms are well-appointed, clean, and comfy. Some rooms feature wonderful views over the harbor and the sea.
Prices start at 105 € per night for a double room with breakfast.
We stayed in Radisson Blu in Split on one occassion, and loved hotel's proximity to the beach, and onsite facilities like outdoor swimming pool, and saunas.
While it lacks an old-world charm, hotel Radisson Blu offers modern resort facilities and amenities. Located in Trstenik, Split's residential neighborhood, Radisson Blu Resort Split is just a few meters from the sea, and 30 min walk from the old town.
The hotel features an indoor and outdoor pool, beach for hotel guests, a spa and wellness center, a gym, three restaurants, and two bars. Radisson Blu Resort Split offers 250 comfortable and spacious rooms and suites. It is one of the best hotels in Split Croatia on the beach. And it is also a good choice for families.
The prices start at 135 € per night for a double room with breakfast.
When staying at Cornaro Hotel in Split, we really looked forward to having a glass of wine and chilling at the rooftop terrace after the day of exploring Split.
Featuring 147 rooms, hotel Cornaro is actually one of the few larger Split hotels, and one of the best hotels in Split, Croatia.
Set across the street from the old palace, the hotel attracts guests with nicely decorated rooms, attentive staff, a rich breakfast buffet, and a top location. A rooftop bar with whirlpools, a sun-bathing area, a bar, and stunning views over the old city are a bonus.
The prices start at 195 € per night for a double room with breakfast.
Hotel Ora is a mid range accommodation in Znjan neighborhood on a busy street. However, the hotel itself is really quiet. The location is convenient for someone with a car as the hotel provides parking. It is a good choice for business travelers because of its easy access to and out of Split.
You can easily reach the old town either by bus (the stop is right next to the hotel) or by taxi (expect to pay around 5 € each way).
Hotel Ora is brand new, has a great contemporary design throughout, and nice facilities like an onsite bar and restaurants, conference facilities, and gym.
The prices start at 120 € per night for a double room with breakfast.
We only spent one night in hotel Park before heading to Hvar Island the next day. For us it was a convenient stay because we needed a parking. We found rooms small but stylish, and breakfast was really good.
Set in the 1921 building, hotel Park’s 72 rooms are well-appointed and stylish although a bit on a smaller side. Hotel Park is one of few 5-star hotels in Split Croatia.
The hotel benefits from a great location, just a minute walk from the famed Bacvice beach. Guests also appreciate the hotel’s lovely garden and an outdoor pool, as well as onsite parking.
Breakfast is ok offering a good variety of food, and the staff is friendly and accommodating.
The prices start at 150 € per night for a double room with breakfast.
Villa Split Heritage Hotel
Villa Split Heritage Hotel features 9 rooms in two locations in the old town Split. All rooms are tastefully decorated and spacious with ancient artifacts, up-to-date furnishing, and modern en-suite bathrooms.
The staff is friendly and enthusiastic and eager to share great tips on local sights and restaurants.
The prices start at 110 € per night for a double room with breakfast.
Murum Heritage Hotel
Murum Heritage Hotel reflects the true spirit of Split’s 1700-year-old Diocletian Palace with its stone walls perfectly integrated into the hotel’s overall interior design. However, the furnishing and amenities are all up-to-date and very modern.
Rooms are comfy and well-appointed, breakfast is great and the staff goes above and beyond to make your stay memorable.
The prices start at 175 € per night for a double room with breakfast.
This family-run hotel is housed in a stone villa dating back to the beginning of the 18th century. The hotel’s interiors and exteriors feature lovely details from that time like hand-cut stone stairs, brick arches, and exposed stone walls.
Accommodation is split between the main building, and an annex building a few streets away. Both buildings are within Varos neighborhood.
The prices start at 70 € per night for a double room with breakfast.
Divota Apartment Hotel
Divota apartments, located in Split's lovely Varos neighborhood, offers fully-equipped studios and rooms. Apartments are located at different addresses around the Varos area.
Although all studios come with a fully-equipped kitchenette, including a coffee maker, a dishwasher, and an oven, copious breakfast is included in the price of accommodation.
Prices start at 120 € per night for a two-person studio.
Hotel Marmont Heritage
This 21-room adults-only hotel has a superb location in the heart of the city close to restaurants, shops, and the seafront promenade.
The hotel also features a lovely terrace on the second floor, a lounge bar, and an onsite restaurant.
Rooms are spacious, clean, and modern with WiFi, A/C, electric kettle, hardwood floors, a king bed, and an en-suite bathroom.
Prices start at 160 € per night for a double room.
Priska Split Luxury Rooms
This lovely boutique hotel Split might be a bit hard to find due to the unassuming entrance and lack of signage. However, once inside you will find tastefully decorated spacious rooms with en-suite bathrooms and large walk-in shower.
The staff is helpful and kind.
The prices start at 85 € per night for a double room with breakfast.
Housed in a historical palace from the late 16th century, hotel Slavija is the oldest continuously operating hotel in Split. It first opened its door in the early 20th century.
Today, hotel Slavia is a 3-star hotel, and a perfect place for a budget stay in Split. The location can’t get better.
THotel Slavija the best budget hotel in Split, offering small, but recently renovated and impeccably clean rooms. For a complete experience ask for a terraced room. They are worth the extra.
The prices start at 100 € per night for a double room with breakfast.
NEW and Modern Split HOTELS
Split never ceases to attract the attention of world travelers. Split is becoming increasingly popular and one of Croatia's most popular cities year after year. With the influx of tourists, the number of new hotels opening in the city grows yearly. Below are some of the most interesting hotels in Split that have opened in recent years.
Briig Boutique Hotel
The Briig Boutique Hotel is a modern, futuristic hotel in Split's Bacvice neighbourghood, just steps away from the beach, an 10-minute walk to the old town. The hotel is gaining popularity rapidly, especially since its ultra-modern architecture still creates controversy and criticism two years after its opening. But if you like clean lines, minimalistic look, contemporary feel this is a great place to stay in Split Croatia. The rooftop pool, attentive staff, and central location are additional reasons to choose Hotel Briig for your stay in Split.
The prices start at 169 € per night for a double room with breakfast.
After a six-year renovation, the 5* Ambasador hotel finally opened its doors to guests at the end of summer 2022. The hotel is located on the west coast promenade, right by the sea. The hotel is modern, with the large glass walls throughout the hotel that provide unobstructed views of the sea, the old town of Split and its seaside promenade, Riva. Facilities include a rooftop swimming pool, onsite restaurant, two bars, and a spa center with finish and steam saunas, beauty salon, and a gym. If you like modern architecture, amazing views, and to be centrally located, then hotel Ambasador is made for you.
The prices start at 135 € per night for a double room with breakfast.
All Suites Hotel Posh
Located just above the Zenta Marina, and a few steps away from Trstenik beach, a 5-star aparthotel Posh offers accommodation in spacious and well-equipped suites. The design is modern, and some people can find it too flashy. But if you like to stay close to the beach, and to enjoy comfort of fully-furnished and serviced apartments, then Posh is a place for you. All apartments except studios, have sea views and balconies. Common areas include heated outdoor pool, spa center with Finish sauna, beauty parlor, and a gym, an underground garage, and a breakfast bar.
The prices start at 257 € per night for a 2-person studio apartment with breakfast.
Hotels near Split Croatia
If you don't like the hustle and bustle of a big town, you look for cheaper accommodation, or you prefer to stay by the beach, you have a few options on where to stay near Split Croatia.
For the beach, head south of Split to Stobrec, Podstrana, Omiš, or even more south all the way to Makarska Riviera.
Where to stay in Split near beach
Although you will find some hotels in Split near the beach, like Radisson Blu, hotel Park, or Briig Hotel, some of the best beach hotels in Split Croatia are located out of the town, in the vicinity of Split. So, if you are looking for a nice beach hotel in Split, consider staying in nearby seaside towns instead of staying in the Split city center.
Below, you'll find some of the recommended hotels in Split Croatia near beach.
Hotel Split Podstrana
Located in Podstrana, 10 km southeast of Split, Hotel Split is a family-run 4-star property with a wonderful beachfront location, an outdoor pool at the rooftop terrace, gym, a restaurant, and massage rooms.
The hotel features 40 rooms, all with sea views. All rooms, except Standard, are spacious and have a balcony. Hotel Split is one of the best places to stay near Split.
Prices start at 120€ per night for a double room with breakfast.
Le Méridien Lav
The only 5-star resort located in the vicinity of Split, Le Méridien Lav is a seafront property with 381 rooms and 9 sea view suites. It is one of few luxury hotels in Split Croatia.
The hotel features a large spa center with an indoor pool, treatment rooms, saunas, and gym; an infinity outdoor pool, an 800-meter long beach, six restaurants, bars, shops, a marina with 60 berths, and a casino.
Rooms are clean, comfortable, and spacious. Look for sea-facing rooms, as they offer wonderful views. Each room has a balcony.
Prices start at 115 € per night for a double room with breakfast.
Hotels near Split Airport
Although Split Airport is less than 25 km north of Split, the summer traffic between the two gets heavy. So, if you have an early flight and would like to stay near the airport in Split, you will find below the best hotels near Split airport.
You can stay in Trogir, less than 6 km from the airport. Hotel Trogirski Dvori is the closest hotel to Split Airport. We recommend Apartments & Rooms Tiramola, Villa Kudelik, or Rooms & Studio Stipcic.
Another option is to stay in Split and take a cab or shuttle bus to the airport.
Many locals own and rent apartments in Split. This is a common way to make extra income in Croatia.
Centrally located in a quiet street, just outside the old town, and close to ferry port, bus station, and Bacvice Beach, Apartments Sara offer fully-equipped 1- and 2-bedroom apartments. Diocletian's Palace is literally 2-minute walk from the apartments.
All apartments are well-appointed including a fully-equipped kitchen, free WiFi, seating area, flat-screen TV, and air conditioning.
Owner Nada is friendly, and welcoming!
Prices start at 70€ per night for a four-person apartment.
These tastefully renovated studio apartments come with a kitchenette, comfy bed, lovely bathroom. They are centrally located, yet on a quiet pedestrian street. Public parking is 50 m away. The owners are friendly.
The prices start at 40 € per night for a two-person studio.
Budget Accommodation in Split Croatia
If you are looking for budget accommodation in Split, you might as well consider staying at one of many hostels in Split Croatia. Alternatively, check guest houses offering cheap accommodation in double rooms with private bathrooms. You can also consider staying in an Airbnb out of the city center.
Hostel Dvor in Split is a synonym for comfortable accommodation for budget travelers.
Conveniently located just a short walk from the old town, Hostel Dvor offers air-conditioned 2-, 3-, 4-, and 6-bed dorm rooms with shared bathrooms, lockers, and free WiFi.
The hostel features a shared kitchen and a terrace. The staff is super friendly and happy to share their knowledge about this fantastic city.
BVB Rooms Split
One of the best budget hotels out of Split's city center, The BVB Rooms, is located in the Spinut neighborhood. This quiet residential area is conveniently close to both the old town and the historical Diocletian's Palace, and you might even find some free street parking nearby.
This hotel doesn't skimp on style or amenities despite its budget-friendly prices.
The small yet stylish rooms with modern decor and thoughtful amenities, including a seating area, fridge, flat-screen TV, and free WiFi.
Where to stay in Split: location on the map
The best place to start if you plan to visit Split is our Split Travel Guide. We've also written a post on top things to do in Split. Split has a great vibe, and the heart of the city is the farmers' market – Pazar, and the waterfront boardwalk – Riva. We've written about Pazar as well.
As someone who loves food, we are happy to tell you that Split is a foodie's heaven. Our favorite local eateries are Fetivi and Villa Spiza. If you would like to know more about restaurants in Split, we've got that covered too.
Being the second largest town in Croatia, Split has a pretty exciting nightlife. Head here to start exploring Split's bars, clubs, and nightlife. And although Split's beaches are big-city beaches and nothing to write home about, they are still a great place to refresh in the Adriatic on hot summer days. Here you can read everything about the best places to swim in Split.
We have also compiled a handy guide on how to get from Split to Dubrovnik, in case you plan to visit this lovely town.
If you have any additional questions regarding your upcoming visit to Split, please feel free to drop us a line at info(at)frankaboutcroatia.com. We are always happy to help.
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