In this Split accommodation guide, we'll try to help you choose the best place to stay in Split. We cover everything from different Split neighbourhoods, pros and cons for different types of accommodation in Split, and other tricks and tips to make you choose where to stay in Split Croatia.
With almost 200.000 inhabitants, Split is the largest town in Dalmatia and second largest town in all Croatia, just after Zagreb. Split definitely feels bigger than majority of coastal towns you will perhaps visit during your holidays to Croatia.
For this reason only it might be smart to check best places to stay in Split Croatia. And to get familiar with different neighbourhood so you can pick right accommodation in Split for you.
In recent years lots of brand new small B&Bs and boutique hotels opened in Split's historical centre. You can also find many charming vacation rentals all over the town, from Bačvice and Žnjan, to old town, Varos, Gripe and Pujanke.
Tourists seem to be everywhere now (not that there's anything wrong with that!). For me Split got better with tourists.
With abundance of accommodation, it's not always easy to choose the best area to stay in Split. Here are few hotels, B&Bs, hostels and vacation rentals that we recommend.
Contents For Where to stay in Split Croatia
- 1 Split neighbourhood guide
- 2 Where to stay in Split: Hotels in Split
- 3 Where to stay in Split: vacation rentals in Split
- 4 Where to stay in Split: Hostels
- 5 Where to stay in Split: location on map and contacts
Split neighbourhood guide
There are in total 27 administrative areas in Split. However, for the purpose of this Split accommodation guide I’ve divided them slightly differently, less official, and more in the way people refer to these areas.
I’ll try to give you an overview of each of these Split neighbourhoods, with pros and cons for staying in each of them. I will also recommend my fav hotels, restaurants, and things to do.
From historical old town, charming Veli Varos to fancy Meje and beach-side Bacvice and Trstenik area, everyone will find something suitable in Split.
The best places to stay in Split, the best areas to look for your accommodation Split Croatia are: the Palace, Veli Varos, Dobri-Manus-Lucac, Bacvice, and Meje.
Other areas include Firule, Spinut, Gripe, Trstenik, and Znjan.
There is no right or wrong area to stay in Split. It all depends on your preferences, budget, and travel style.
Also, wherever you stay in Split, you will be within 30-minute walking distance from the old town. And if you don’t like walking, Split public transport is good, or you can simply use taxis to reach your accommodation.
Old town (Diocletian's Palace)
This is the oldest part of Split, dating back to the 3rd century. The palace was built by Roman emperor Diocletian, 5 km away from Salona, the administrative centre of the province of Dalmatia at the time.
According to popular belief, the palace was built as the Emperor’s summer residence. Although this theory isn’t completely proved.
The outer palace walls are over 2 km long and wide (215 m x 206 m). There are four main gates into the palace: Golden, Silver, Iron, and Brass Gate.
Today, pedestrian-only palace is the heart of the city and the place where you will find all major historical and cultural Split sights.
It’s also a place full of restaurants, bars, shops, and well, tourists. The palace is vibrant, and bustling with life throughout the day.
Stay in old town if you like to be in the heart of everything.
Don’t forget that the entire palace is car-free. There are parkings just outside the palace, and a little further away. This can increase the cost of your accommodation. Also, it means dragging your luggage more than you might want. However, many accommodation offer a porter service and will help you with your luggage on arrival and departure.
You can expect some noise at night (bars, people, etc.), and morning (street cleaners). But majority of accommodation have soundproof windows. However, if you are someone who likes to sleep with open window, take this in account.
Accommodation within the palace is usually more expensive. As everywhere, prime location costs money.
Accommodation Split old town
Here you will find an array of cozy B&B, like Abokamento Boutique Rooms or Grgur Ninski Rooms, lovely heritage boutique hotels like our favourite Palace Judita or Antique; and charming self-catering apartments like Riva Luxury Suites or Studios Aurela Palace. They are all housed in historical buildings with character.
Where to eat in Split old town
Split historical town is full of restaurants. And while popular, they aren’t always the best places to eat in Split. Nevertheless, some of our favourite restaurants you’ll find here. A tiny hole-in-the-wall Villa Spiza serves classics of traditional Dalmatian home-cooking; the Articoke wins us over with a cozy ambience, attentive staff and sublime food.
Best bars & cafes in Split old town
Tucked away in small alleys and tiny passages, Split bars are always bursting with people. Locals and tourists alike always start their night crawl in the bars in the old town, and move later to the clubs in outer boroughs like Bacvice.
Academia Ghetto Club attracts both locals and tourists alike with its quirky art exhibitions, live performances, and good vibe. If you feel like sipping on cocktails, seek out the Gaga Bar or the Sanctuary, the later also serving a choice of Croatian craft beer on tap. Get familiar with Croatian wines in the Zinfandel Wine & Food Bar.
What to do in Split old town
- Stroll along seaside promenade
- Climb the bell tower for the awesome views
- Wander a labyrinth of narrow cobblestone streets, and alleys
- Rub Grgur Ninski toe
- Bargain at Split green and fish markets
Best day tours in Split old town:
Veli Varos is, along with Dobri, Lucac and Manus, one of the oldest Split neighbourhoods. They all developed in the 16th century when peasants from inland villages fled the Turkish invasion and started moving into the town.
Located west from the old town, and along east slops of the Marjan Hill, Veli Varos has always been predominantly working-class neighbourhood. Today, this area is characterised by winding cobblestone streets, typical small stone houses with green shutters and interior courtyards, medieval churches, and plenty of taverns serving delicious local food. Veli Varos is just minutes walk from the old town.
Veli Varos offers a myriad of exquisite self-catering apartments, and a couple of small boutique hotels.
Stay here if you like a local vibe, and a central location without all the hustle and bustle of the old town. Veli Varos is partly pedestrian-only area.
Best places to stay in Split Veli Varos area
Veli Varos literally starts just outside the western palace wall. The main shopping street in downtown, Marmontova Street, divides Varos from the old town.
To the east, it borders Marjan Hill, and to the south lovely little fishermen harbour, Matejuska.
Housed in a former olive oil press, hotel Heritage Palace Varos is an elegant property in a quiet setting and friendly staff. Divota Apartment Hotel offers comfort of a full-furnished studios and apartments with amenities and convenience of a hotel, like copious breakfast, reception, and spa. Stylish Studios 81 come with modern furnishings, comfy bed, and great kitchen and bathroom facilities.
Where to eat in Varos area of Split
Here you will find some of the best taverns serving traditional Dalmatian dishes. Konoba Fetivi is one of the most popular taverns in Split serving simple, yet tasty Dalmatian food. Family-run tavern Kod Hvaranina offers traditional reasonably priced meals.
Best bars in Varos Split
Beer aficionados should head straight to Leopold’s Delicatessen Bar that serves a wide selection of Croatian craft beers as well as great choice of international specialty beers. Paradox Wine and Cheese Bar is a great place to make yourself familiar with Croatian wines. And Vidilica is a great cafe at the Marjan Hill with relaxed atmosphere and nice views.
Things to do in Veli Varos
- Hike Marjan hill
- Explore Veli Varos
- Have a coffee with a view in Vidilica bar
- Stroll along Matejuska harbour
Best tours in Split Veli Varos
- City Walking Tour With Marjan Hill
- Morning Sea Kayak Tour
- Marjan Hill Sea Kayaking
- Split Bike Tour
- Sunset Cruise from Split
Where to stay in Split: Hotels in Split
1 | Palace Judita Heritage Hotel
Rated number one on Tripadvisor, Palace Judita Heritage Hotel is without a doubt one of the best addresses for your overnight in Split. Located at Pjaca, popular People's square in Split, just a block behind the Riva boardwalk, hotel Palace Judita is set in the palace Pavlovic dating back to 16th century. Elegantly decorated rooms are spacious and well-appointed with modern features. Staff is super friendly, and go above and beyond to meet guests' needs. Hotel features a wonderful courtyard. Buffet breakfast, WiFi, and parking are available and included in the price.
Prices start from 70€ per night for a double room with breakfast.
2 | Hotel Vestibul Palace
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. Hotel features a retairant, a bar and a wine cellar. WiFi is available throughout hotel and it's free of charge. Rooms have hardwood floor, partly exposed ancient stone walls and modern furniture. Standard rooms are a bit small (20 m2). Staff is outstanding and helpful. Hotel also offers 4-rooms in the Villa Dobricic annex. Breakfast is included in the price.
Prices start at 85€ per night for a double room with breakfast.
3 | Hotel Luxe
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 abd included in the price. Rooms are well-appointed, clean and comfy. Some rooms feature a wonderful views over the harbour and the sea.
Prices start at 76€ per night for a double room with breakfast.
4 | Hotel Split
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. Hotel features 40 rooms, all with sea views. All rooms, except Standard, are spacious and have a balcony.
Prices start at 96€ per night for a double room with breakfast.
5 | Radisson Blu Resort Split
While it lacks an old world charm, hotel Radisson Blu offers modern resort facilities and amenities in Split. Located at Trstenik, Split's residential neighbourghood, Radisson Blu Resort Split is just few meters from the sea, and 30 min walk from the old town. Hotel features indoor and outdoor pool, beach for hotel guests, spa and wellness center, a gym, three restaurants, and two bars. Radison Blu Resort Split offers 250 comfortable and spacious rooms and suites.
The prices start at 120€ per night for a double room with breakfast.
6 | 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. Hotel features large spa center with 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 99€ per night for a double room with breakfast.
Where to stay in Split: vacation rentals in Split
1 | Divota Apartments
Divota apartments, located in Split's lovely Varos neighborhood, offers fully-equipped studios and rooms. Apartments are located at different addresses around Varos. All studios come with fully-equipped kitchenette, including a coffee maker, a dishwasher, and an oven. Studios also feature a seating area, flat-screen TV, WiFi, A/C, and an iPod docking station.
Prices start at 65€ per night for a two-person studio.
When we wrote a post on places to stay in Zagreb, the co-founder of Zig Zag apartments that we highly recommend for your stay in Zagreb, has reached to us and told us about his little place to stay in Split. Check it out!
Where to stay in Split: Hostels
1 | Booze ‘n' Snooze Hostel
The Booze ‘n' Snooze Hostel, located in the old town, is a party hostel with dorm rooms, a lovely outdoor terrace, friendly staff, organized themed parties and pub crawles. The hostel features 6- and 8-bed dorm rooms with en-suite bathrooms, free WiFi, bed linen and lockers.
Voted the top hostel in Europe for 3 last years, the Booze ‘n' Snooze is a perfect place for anybody looking to party, and not really caring about sharing a room with strangers.
The same owners run also Fiest & Siesta Hostel, as well as popular backpackers' bar Charlie's. Charlie's has the cheapest drinks in the town.
2 | Hostel Split Backpackers
Conveniently located on the main street, few minutes walk from the old town, bus and train station, and the beach, Split Backpackers Hostel offers air-conditioned private and dorm rooms with en-suite bathrooms, lockers, and free WiFi. Hostel features shared kitchen, computers to use, and a garden. Staff is super friendly, and happy to share their knowledge about this amazing city.
The same owners run another hostel – Backpackers 2 located just a throw away from Split's popular Bacvice beach.
Where to stay in Split: location on map and contacts
The best place to start if you plan to visit Split is our Split Travel Guide. We've also written post on top things to do in Split. Split has a great vibe, and the heart of the city is farmers' market – Pazar, and waterfront boardwalk – Riva. We've written about Pazar as well.
As someone who loves food, we are happy to let you know that Split is a foodie's heaven. Our favorite local eateries are Fife and Villa Spiza. If you would like to know more about restaurants in Split, we've got that covered too.
Being a second largest town in Croatia, Split has a pretty interesting nightlife. Head here to start exploring Split's bars, clubs and nightlife. And although Split's beaches are, well big city beaches and nothing to write home about, they are still a great place to refresh in the Adriatic on a hot summer days. Here you can read everything about best places to swim in Split.
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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