In this Split accommodation guide, we'll help you choose where to stay in Split Croatia. We cover everything from different Split neighborhoods, pros, and cons for each type of accommodation in Split, and other tricks and tips to make you choose the best place to stay in Split.
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Split, Croatia is a must-visit destination in Croatia. Split is the largest town in Dalmatia and the second-largest town in all Croatia.
Since Split is a big town, it's important to get familiar with its different areas. That will help you choose the best places to stay in Split Croatia for your budget and travel style.
In recent years lots of small B&Bs and boutique hotels opened in Split's historical center. You can also find many charming vacation rentals all over the town, from Bačvice and Žnjan to the 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 an abundance of accommodation, it's not always easy to choose the best area to stay in Split Croatia. Here are a few hotels, B&Bs, hostels, and vacation rentals that we recommend.
The best areas to stay in Split for different travel styles and budgets
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
Where to stay in Split: The 6 top Split accommodation choices
If you are on the go, you have no time to read the entire post, or you are simply curious to find out top Split accommodation, below you will find our shortlist 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
Is it worth staying in Split Croatia?
Split is one of the most sought after destinations in Croatia. It is on the itinerary of almost all first-time visitors to Croatia. But is it Split worth staying in, you might ask?
It 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 neighborhood 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 neighborhoods, with pros and cons for staying in each of them. I will also recommend my fav hotels, restaurants, and things to do.
From the historic old town, charming Veli Varos to fancy Meje and beach-side Bacvice and Trstenik area, you will find neighborhoods in Split suitable to your needs.
The best places to stay in Split, the best areas to look for your accommodation in 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 move around.
The old town (Diocletian's Palace)
Constructed as Emperor Diocletian’s summer residence back in the 3rd century, today, the 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 the old town if you like to be in the heart of everything. The old town is also a great area to stay in Split for the first time.
Don’t forget that the entire old town is car-free. There is parking 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 accommodations 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 the majority of accommodation have soundproof windows. However, if you are someone who likes to sleep with the windows open, take this into the account.
Accommodation within the palace is usually more expensive. As everywhere, prime location costs money.
Best Split old town accommodation
Here you will find an array of cozy B&B, like Abokamento Boutique Rooms or Grgur Ninski Rooms; lovely heritage boutique hotels like our favorite Palace Judita or Antique; and charming self-catering apartments like Riva Luxury Suites or Studios Aurela Palace. They are all housed in historic buildings with a character.
Veli Varos is, along with Dobri, Lucac and Manus, one of the oldest Split neighborhoods. 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 a predominantly working-class neighborhood. Today, this area is characterized 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 a couple of minutes' walk from the old town.
Veli Varos offers a myriad of exquisite self-catering apartments and a couple of small boutique hotels.
Why stay here: If you like a local vibe and a central location without all the hustle and bustle of the old town, stay here. Veli Varos is partly a pedestrian-only area.
Best accommodation in Veli Varos area
Veli Varos literally starts just outside the western palace wall. The main shopping street downtown, Marmontova Street, divides Varos from the old town.
To the east, it borders Marjan Hill, and to the south, lovely little fishermen harbor, Matejuska.
Veli Varos is for us the best neighborhood to stay in Split. And it is also the best area to stay in Split for couples.
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 the comfort of fully-furnished studios and apartments with amenities and convenience of a hotel, like a copious breakfast, reception, and spa.
Stylish Studios 81 come with modern furnishings, a comfy bed, and great kitchen and bathroom facilities.
Dobri, Manus and Lucac
These three areas developed around Palace's walls in a similar way and at similar times as Veli Varos. Dobri and Manus are neighborhoods north of the Palace, and Lucac spreads east of the Palace walls.
The most famed street in Lucac neighborhood is Radunica, one of the oldest streets in Split. Radunica is celebrated by the yearly Radunica Days event taking place in June.
Less preserved than Veli Varos, and a bit rough around the edges, these areas in an architectural sense are a mix of simple stone houses from medieval times, as well as Austro-Hungarian and even post-war socialist architecture. Traffic can also be hectic here.
However, this makes these areas unique in their own way. Also, the proximity to the old town, as well as parking spaces, and a bit cheaper accommodation make them some of the best areas to stay in Split. If you are looking for where to stay in Split on budget, then you should look into these Split neighborhoods.
Where to stay in Dobri-Manus-Lucac neighborhood
Simple but functional studio-apartments Mirakul comes with a well-furnished kitchen, free parking, and a friendly host.
Just 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 the best of all a rooftop terrace with spectacular views over the Split old town.
Bacvice is the name of the most famous beach in Split, but also of the neighborhood around the beach.
Bacvice beach is a sandy beach and an integral part of Split identity. Winter or summer, the beach is always buzzing with people. And it’s the most popular spot where to see or play a game of picigin. Picigin is a local game played by 4-5 players in shallow water with a peeled tennis ball.
This residential area is a great place to stay in Split. Here you will find a good variety of accommodation: apartments and rooms in various-styled buildings, boutique hotels, and B&Bs.
The beach is also a hotspot at nighttime with a couple of clubs here working until the wee hours.
The whole neighborhood is only a 10-15 minute walk from the old town.
You should choose Bacvice if you like to be close to the beach, you need parking, you like a feel of a residential rather than touristy area, and you like a green and leafy neighborhood. Bacvice neighborhood is also the best place to stay in Split for nightlife.
Where to stay in Split Bacvice
Completely renovated in 2015, and a stone-throw away from the Bacvice Beach, a 5-star hotel Park has a historical charm of the early 20th century with all mod-cons of our times.
Apartments Suzy are well-appointed apartments with a fully-equipped kitchen, wonderful sea views, and easy access to the beach.
Intimate 4-bedroom Dream Luxury Rooms offers trendy, clean, and 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.
Located on the south slopes of the Marjan Hill, and just above the sea, the Meje area has always been an exclusive residential part of Split.
Meje is a neighborhood of large family houses, urban villas, beaches Kastelet, Kasjuni, and Jezinac, green areas of Marjan hill in the back, and Zvoncac Park in the front, lovely churches, and two museums – Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments and Mestrovic Gallery.
Meje can feel like any of the small coastal towns with its oversized multi-unit houses, seafront promenade, beach bars, and a hectic parking situation. Yet, you are still within 20-minute walking distance from the Split old town. Also, Meje is a hilly neighborhood, so count on some uphill walking if you choose to stay here.
Meje is a good neighborhood to stay in Split for families.
Split where to stay: Meje
Here you will find self-catering apartments and just a couple of small hotels.
Hotel Cvita offers outstandingly large rooms, lovely views over the sea and the city, a fabulous pool area, excellent breakfast, and friendly staff.
Studio apartment Lju on the Beach offers simple accommodation in a lovely property with a wonderful garden and 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, and it has 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 there are arranged beaches in the vicinity, and also apartments are more spacious. Here you will find lots of apartments and rooms, and just a couple of 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, and if not, then 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 typical Split luxury hotels or 5-star hotels in Split Croatia, you will find instead lovely boutique hotels set in historic buildings, and labeled as a Heritage hotel.
Palace Judita Heritage Hotel
Palace Judita Heritage Hotel is without a doubt one of the best addresses for your overnight in Split. 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 110 € 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 120 € per night for a double room with breakfast.
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. 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 95€ per night for a double room with breakfast.
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 80 € per night for a double room with breakfast.
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 110 € per night for a double room with breakfast.
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 130 € per night for a double room with breakfast.
Hotel Ora is located 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 90 € per night for a double room with breakfast.
Set in the 1921 building, and renovated in 2015, 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 100 € 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 100 € 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 90 € 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 75€ 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 100 € 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 60 € 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.
Rooms are smallish, recently renovated and impeccably clean. For a complete experience ask for a terraced room. They are worth the extra.
The prices start at 70 € per night for a double room with breakfast.
Hotels near Split Croatia
If you don't like 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
Some of the best hotels in Split Croatia on the beach are actually located 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 96€ 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 100 € per night for a double room with breakfast.
Hotels near Split airport
Although Split Airport is 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.
Hotel Trogirski Dvori is the closest hotel to Split airport.
You can also decide to stay in nearby Trogir. Since the airport is only 5 km from Trogir, you can basically also stay in any accommodation in Trogir, as long as you stay on the mainland, and not across, on Ciovo Island. It's technically just a minute away from Trogir, but it includes a bridge crossing. This bridge gets congested often. We recommend Bubalus Boutique Rooms, Villa Kudelik, or Guest House Tiramola.
Another option is also to simply stay in Split and take either a cab or shuttle bus to the airport.
Many locals own and rent apartments in Split. This is a common way in Croatia to make extra income.
You will also find a good choice of Split apartments on the Airbnb and VRBO websites.
Gajeta apartments, located in the Split old town, offers fully-equipped one- and two-bedroom apartments. Apartments are located at different addresses around the old town.
All apartments are well-appointed including a fully-equipped kitchen, free WiFi, seating area, flat-screen TV, and A/C.
Prices start at 40€ per night for a two-person studio.
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 70€ per night for a two-person studio.
Hostels 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.
Ciri Biri Bela Boutique Hostel Split is a synonym for comfortable accommodation for budget travelers.
Conveniently located just a short walk from the old town, Ciri Biri Bela Boutique Hostel offers air-conditioned 8-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 amazing city.
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 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 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 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 hot summer days. Here you can read everything about the best places to swim in Split.
We have also put together 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.
Have you been to Split before? Do you have any accommodation in Split to recommend? Let us know in the comments below.