Where to stay in Split, Croatia: Split accommodation compared

Looking for advice on where to stay in Split? With so many iconic hotels and nice places to visit, it can be hard to narrow down the best place to stay in Split. That’s why our in-depth Split accommodation guide zooms in on every district while also highlighting some of the best Split hotels.

Coastal Split is the second-largest city in Croatia and a true stunner. It’s home to one of the best-preserved monuments of Roman architecture in the world, a forested hillside park, and several beautiful city beaches. No wonder it’s become such a tourist magnet. Split’s location on the central Dalmatian coast also makes it an excellent travel base to explore the wider region as well as the Dalmatian islands. 

Whether you’re looking to discover the best beaches in Split, the best family hotels in Split, the best things to do in Split, the best day trips from Split, or the best luxury villas near Split I’ve got you covered.

This is the only Split accommodation guide you need to make an informed decision on where to stay in Split during a weekend getaway or as part of a Croatian itinerary.

Split Old Town, Riva and Marjan Hill make for the perfect places to stay in Split
Find the perfect accommodation in Split Old Town and along the Riva


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Then this short overview of top picks will help you decide on the best places to stay in Split for your upcoming trip. Keep scrolling for a comprehensive overview of the best areas of Split as well as a selection of the best accommodations in Split.

Best places to stay in Split Croatia

Where to stay in Split for sightseeing: Old Town & Veli Varoš

Where to stay in Split for beaches: Meje, Firule & Trstenik
(And not Bačvice, as suggested by other bloggers. Continue reading to find out why.)

Where to stay in Split for families: Meje, Firule & Trstenik
(And not Žnjan, as suggested by other bloggers. Continue reading to find out why.)

Where to stay in Split for nightlife and day trips from Split: Bačvice

Where to stay in Split on a budget: Radunica

Best accommodation in Split Croatia

Best luxury hotel in Split: Hotel Park Split

Best boutique hotel in Split: Heritage Hotel Santa Lucia

Best family hotel in Split: Hotel Agava Split

Best affordable accommodation in Split: Lions Luxury Rooms

Best rental accommodation in Split: Villa Mala

Best bed and breakfast in Split: Balatura

There are so many gorgeous places to stay in Split that you’ll be spoilt with choice. Then again, booking well in advance is crucial, especially if you plan to visit Split during the high season.

Now, without further ado, here’s an in-depth guide on the best places to stay in Split as well as our hand-picked selection of amazing hotels and apartments for each.

Best places to stay in Split on the map

A layout of the city is essential to narrow down the best places in Split to stay. That’s why, for your convenience, we’ve created this interactive map that mentions all of the places in Split that we’ll zoom in on further down in this article. You can just continue reading to discover every area or you can click the Split area of your choice to navigate directly to an in-depth overview of that specific area.

(Map coming soon.)

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Where to stay in Split

Let’s zoom in on every place to stay in Split. Find out what the atmosphere is like and what there is to see and do in every area. Plus, discover the crème de la crème of accommodation in Split Croatia for every budget.

Just click on the hotel name to be taken to the corresponding booking page on Booking.com where you can check availability and get the latest prices.

Old Town Split

The Diocletian's Palace is where to stay in Split Croatia for culture

The heart of Stari Grad or Old Town Split is the Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site that dates back to the 4th century. It was the retirement palace of Emperor Diocletian. Even though it’s called a palace, it looks more like a fortress.

This historic core comprises the Peristyle, the Saint Domnius Cathedral, the Split City Museum, the Ethnographic Museum of Split, and a collection of winding alleyways. It can be accessed by four different gates.

Other highlights in Old Town Split’s pedestrian area are the convivial Peoples Square, the neo-Renaissance-styled Republic Square, and the palm-lined waterfront promenade known as Riva.

Conclusion: Old Town Split is the best place to stay in Split for sightseeing and, as a result, perfect for short jaunts and first-time visitors.

Best accommodation in Split Old Town

A dazzling number of irresistible family-run boutique accommodations can be found here. Here’s our selection of the best places to stay in Split’s Old Town, many of which can be found within the walls of the Roman palace.

  • Luxury hotel: Cornaro Hotel
    This popular hotel can be found just outside the Diocletian’s Palace. Cornaro Hotel has a rooftop terrace with a lounge area, seasonal bar, and even a hot tub. Take in the amazing views over the city before heading to the hotel’s wine bar for a tasting session or retreating to one of the modern rooms in neutral tones. All room types at Cornaro Hotel come with breakfast included.
  • Boutique hotel: Murum Heritage Hotel
    This luxurious hotel is located within the walls of the Diocletian’s Palace. The interior’s darker tones contrast beautifully with the exposed stone walls, resulting in an intimate setting. Bathrobes and slippers are available in all rooms of the Murum Heritage Hotel. Suites can accommodate a family of four. All rates mentioned include breakfast.
  • Boutique hotel: Heritage Hotel Santa Lucia
    This elegant boutique hotel is located on Peoples square, just outside the walls of the Diocletian’s Palace. The rooms feature a refined yet cozy decor. It’s one of the few hotels that offer family accommodation in Split Old Town. Heritage Hotel Santa Lucia also has an enchanting secret patio and a lovely terrace with scenic views over Split. All rates mentioned include breakfast.
  • Bed and breakfast: Split Luxury Rooms MA de Dominis
    Location-wise, this is as central as you can get. Enjoy a carefree stay in a luxurious historic setting with modern amenities. The exposed stone walls and tasteful decoration work together to create a romantic setting. Continental breakfast is optional and takes place right next door to Split Luxury Rooms MA de Dominis.
  • Apartment: Central Park Residence
    This residence is located between the Diocletian’s Palace and a park. It offers studios or one-bedroom apartments. All accommodations come with a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, and private bathroom equipped with a hairdryer and free toiletries. The self-catering units are clean and cozy. Private offsite parking is available on request.
Woman overlooking Split from the Marjan Hill viewpoint which is mentioned in any travel guide

Veli Varoš

Veli Varoš is a former fishermen’s neighborhood between Republic Square and Marjan Hill, also covering the northern part of the Marjan Peninsula. Over the years, it’s grown to be one of the more expensive residential neighborhoods in the city.

Its popularity is mainly due to its central location between Split Old Town and Marjan Forest Park. So, whether you’re looking to experience city vibes or verdant tranquility, a short walk is all it takes to make that happen.

The Veli Varoš area is located uphill. So, yes, some uphill walking is involved. But you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views over downtown Split and the islands of Brač and Šolta. The architecture in Veli Varoš is very well preserved. The area is also some of Split’s lesser-known landmarks, like the 11th-century Church of St. Mikula and the Archaeological Museum which are definitely worth a visit.

Veli Varoš has a cozy, village-like atmosphere. If you appreciate a more tranquil version of Split with plenty of couleur locale, then the winding streets of Veli Varoš make for a perfect place to stay in Split.

Conclusion: Veli Varoš is the best place to stay in Split for sightseeing in a more tranquil setting and at a more relaxed pace.

Best accommodation in Veli Varoš

There are some delightful boutique hotels in this area in addition to the up-scale self-catering accommodations that line the winding streets. Here’s our selection of the best accommodation in Split’s Veli Varoš district.

  • Luxury hotel: Hotel Ambassador
    This 5* luxury hotel is located on the Riva. Some of the well-appointed rooms offer the most amazing sea views, with or without a balcony. Bathrobes and an iPad are available in all rooms. Based on the glowing reviews, the service at the Hotel Ambassador is top-notch. Enjoy the wellness area or take a dip in the panoramic rooftop pool before enjoying a poolside meal.
  • Boutique hotel: Hotel Agava Split
    If you’re looking for an idyllic hotel located right in between the Riva and the Marjan Peninsula, then Hotel Agava is where to stay in Split. This family-run boutique hotel is a gorgeously restored renaissance-era noble house. Family rooms are available. This Veli Varos hotel features a beautiful heated swimming pool. There’s no onsite restaurant but hotel guests are welcome to enjoy breakfast and other meals at a nearby restaurant, right on the Riva.
  • Boutique hotel: Split Heritage Hotel 19
    Located right in between both previously mentioned hotels, is the Split Heritage Hotel 19. Once again, an amazing location. Add to that the warm and elegant interior, cozy vibe, and fabulous tree-shaded breakfast and you know that you’re in for an amazing stay. All reservations come with breakfast included.
  • Bed and breakfast: Belvedere Luxury Rooms
    Retreat to the comfort of your luxury room with high-quality amenities in this wonderful bed and breakfast in Split. Some of the luxury rooms have a private balcony but even when yours doesn’t you can still take in the most scenic views from the common rooftop terrace. Breakfast is included and is served at a nice restaurant nearby.
  • Hostel: Ćiri Biri Bela Boutique Hostel Split
    Located a bit uphill from the Riva, is this boutique hostel. Ćiri Biri Bela is a breath of fresh air. It features two clean and modern rooms with 4 bunkbeds each and a shared bathroom. Be sure to check out the cute concept store which offers handmade products, artwork, local delicacies, and wine.
Split Riva is the perfect place to go people-watching in Split

Bačvice

Southwest of the Old Town you’ll find Bačvice, which is both the name of the residential area and of the beach that fringes it. The main tourist sites can be found within walking distance.

Despite its location just south of the busy Port of Split, Bačvice beach was awarded blue flag status. Although Bačvice beach is very generously sized, it gets super crowded during the high season. Too bustling and noisy for our taste and, in our opinion, not thé best place to stay in Split for beach fun. But don’t despair! Continue reading to find out which areas in Split are better for a beachside stay.

On the easternmost side, Bačvice beach connects to a complex that houses a myriad of trendy restaurants, bars, and clubs. It’s a hotspot for party people, locals, and visitors alike.

Aside from the beach and nightlife, there’s another reason to consider booking your accommodation in Split’s Bačvice district: it’s super-well connected. Split’s intercity bus station is located here as well as the Split Ferry Port. This is ideal if you’re planning on taking some day trips from Split.

Whether you’re looking to explore the Dalmatian islands of Hvar and Brac, discover the mesmerizing Blue Cave or the Pakleni islands, visit Krka National Park or Biokovo Nature Park or soak up the atmosphere in Makarska, Šibenik, or UNESCO-listed Trogir, you’ll have all transport options at your fingertips.

Conclusion: Bačvice is the best place to stay in Split for nightlife. It’s also the perfect starting point for day trips from Split.

Rooftop with jacuzzi at a rental accommodation Split Croatia
Source: Villa Muller

Best accommodation in Bačvice

Due to its proximity to Split Old Town and its reputation as a transportation hub, Bačvice is known to be rather pricey. In addition to the best Split luxury hotels in this area, we’ve found some equally gorgeous but more affordable apartments too. Here’s our selection of the best accommodations in Bačvice.

  • Luxury hotel: Hotel Park Split
    Splurge on a stay in one of the most iconic hotels in Split. Hotel Park Split dates back to 1921 and has been completely renovated with respect for its historic elements. The hotel overlooks Bačvice beach. The elegant rooms come with bathrobes and slippers. Take a dip in the seasonal swimming pool or indulge in a delicious meal on the leafy patio.
  • Boutique hotel: Hotel Villa Harmony
    Right next to Bačvice beach you’ll find the 4* Hotel Villa Harmony with its opulent decor. All rooms are well-appointed and come with a private terrace. Spacious family rooms are available. The hotel has a heated outdoor swimming pool which is partly shaded. If you don’t feel like sharing, then you’ll be pleased to learn that the penthouse suite comes with a private pool and numerous VIP services.
  • Upper-range hotel: Briig Hotel Split
    Next in our list of Split hotels and just steps away from Bačvice beach is the Briig Hotel with its eye-catching facade. It offers contemporary yet cozy accommodation with a Scandinavian twist. Brigg Boutique Hotel features a heated rooftop swimming with a bar and a contemporary patio restaurant. It’s a great place to stay in Bacvice.
  • Apartment: Villa Muller
    If you prefer to stay in an apartment, then Villa Muller comes highly recommended. It offers family-friendly and affordable accommodation. The apartments are very spacious and well-equipped. Some come with a sea view, others with a balcony or even a hot tub or sauna. Villa Muller is just a block from Bačvice beach.
  • Apartment: Villa Mala
    Another affordable boutique apartment complex is Villa Mala with its stylish facade. Enjoy the sun on the patio and take a dip in the small, heated seasonal pool before retreating to your stylishly decorated apartment. Each unit of this family-run accommodation has a balcony and a fully equipped.
Some of th best hotels in Split can be found near Firule beach in Split

Firule & Trstenik

Directly east of Bacvice are two more residential areas that make for excellent places to stay in Split: Firule and Trstenik. These pleasant coastal gems take their name from the beaches that lie in this area. The vibe here is more relaxed and very family-friendly.

Trstenik is the area located furthest from the Old Town. Getting there on foot will take about half an hour but there are plenty of buses that will get you to Split city center too.

Many bloggers, most of which don’t actually travel with children, seem to recommend the next neighborhood of Žnjan for a stay in Split with kids but that’s not our recommendation. Firule especially, and Trstenik in the second instance, are a much better choice. Take it from this traveling family.

Not only are these areas located closer to the Old Town than Žnjan – about 20 minutes on foot from Firule and only 30 minutes from Trstenik – but also because they have far better beaches. Especially Firule beach is amazing. It’s a sandy beach that’s well protected from the north winds. No better place to place picigin, the traditional Croatian ball game that is played on the beach. Trstenik beach and Žnjan beach are pebble beaches and especially Žnjan beach is more exposed to the wind.

Conclusion: Firule & Trstenik are some of the best areas to stay in Split for families. It’s also where to find some beautiful beaches.

Rooftop pool with a view at this Split Croatia accommodation
Source: Posh Hotel

Best hotels to stay in Firule & Trstenik

These pleasant coastal areas are home to several fabulous boutique hotels and apartment suites. Here’s our selection of the best places to stay in Firule & Trstenik.

  • Luxury hotel: Radisson Blue Resort Split
    One of the best-known Split luxury hotels is the Radisson Blue Resort. It’s located in Trstenik and, of all Split accommodations mentioned in this article, is located furthest away from Split Old Town. The total walking distance from Radisson Blue Resort Split to the Diocletian’s Palace is just over half an hour. Then again, this is the closest beach resort in Split. That’s right: Radisson Blue Resort Split also operates a private beach with a seasonal beach restaurant on Trstenik beach. This hotel features a bright and airy decor and has a seasonal pool.
  • Boutique hotel: Boban Luxury Suites
    Located just a few blocks from Firoule beach lies the Boban Luxury Suites Hotel. No one size fits all in this boutique hotel: every suite has been individually decorated resulting in an eclectic style. Family suites are available. There’s also an affordable penthouse suite that comes with its private rooftop jacuzzi. This Split hotel also features a seasonal outdoor pool. Right next to Boban Luxury Suites is a recreation area with playground, tennis courts as well as football and basketball terrains.
  • Wellness boutique hotel: Marvie hotel
    Hotel Marvie is all about blissful relaxation and a healthy lifestyle. The onsite private clinic offers a myriad of specialized treatments, from nutrition counseling to medical acupuncture and beyond, to help you find your best shape. There’s also a wellness area and beauty center to pamper you to the fullest. The modern rooms of Hotel Marvie – some of which are family-sized – are equipped with slippers and bathrobes. In addition to the indoor wellness pool, this Split hotel also features a seasonal outdoor rooftop pool. A balanced and delectable restaurant menu completes the healthy picture.
  • Aparthotel: Posh Hotel
    Next on our list of places to stay, is Aparthotel Posh with its modern and sophisticated design. It’s located opposite the Split Yacht Club, right between Firoule beach and Trstenik beach. Posh features a heated infinity pool that’s open all year round. All reservations come with breakfast included.
Green market in Radunica Split

Radunica

Radunica covers not more than a dozen streets located in the Lučac district. It’s named after the main street Radunica.

This area is located just east of the Split city center and is an excellent low-budget place to stay in Split. You can shop for groceries at the Green Market (as the Farmers Market is called) which is open every day.

This area is a bit less polished than Firule and Veli Varoš but that only adds to its charm. The characteristic centuries-old houses and narrow streets make it a convivial place to retreat to after a busy day of exploring. Be sure to explore the 17th-century Tvrđava Gripe fortification.

Radunica is a tranquil part of time… except in June because that’s when the traditional folk festival Days of Radunica takes place here.

Conclusion: Radunica is the best place to stay in Split on a budget.

Best accommodation in Split’s Radunica district

You won’t find any hotels in this area but rather pretty affordable and nicely converted rentals. Here’s our selection of the best places to stay in Radunica.

  • Bed and Breakfast: Balatura
    This accommodation is located on Radunica street, in the heart of the like-named district. Each of the six pastel-hued guest rooms comes with a garden view and two rooms even have a balcony. All furniture is handmade to perfect the authentic experience in this centuries-old renovated house. The lavish breakfast is served on the shaded patio.
  • Apartment: Serenity Split Apartments
    In one of the most charming streets of Radunca, you’ll find the Serenity Split Apartments with their cheerful decor. All studios are fully equipped with a bed, a kitchenette, a dining area, a private bathroom, and a sofa.
  • Guest house: Lions Luxury Rooms
    Two beautifully renovated, tastefully decorated, minimalistic-styled rooms are ready to accommodate you on Radunica street. Each one is equipped with a walk-in shower. The guest rooms are located on the first floor and can be reached via a stone staircase outside of this traditional house.
  • Guest house: Central Split Apartments and Rooms Paese
    Behind the most enchanting facade of this Split accommodation, you’ll find four units. The ones on the ground and first floors are bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. On the second and third floors are two self-catering duplex apartments. If you’re staying with a larger group, then you’ll be pleased to learn that the townhouse can also be rented as a whole.
Meje is where to stay in Split near beach

Meje

On the southern shore of the Marjan Peninsula, south and west of Veli Varoš lies the Meje neighborhood. This leafy residential environment is fringed by the most scenic beaches in Split and is home to the most exclusive real estate in the city. 

Art galleries, fancy restaurants, and picturesque panoramas are just some of the things to enjoy in this upscale neighborhood. The main attraction is the Meštrović Gallery, featuring bronze, wood, and marble statues by Croatia’s top sculptor Ivan Meštrović. Another must-see are the 15th-century hermitage caves. These are built into the cliffs near St. Jerome Church.

The bays of Meje hide some of the best beaches. Kaštelet beach is located closest to the Old Town of Split. This pine-fringed beach with its crystal-clear waters is just a short walk away from the Diocletian’s Palace, about half an hour. Kasjuni beach is equally gorgeous but located a bit more to the west. This beach is semi-private and, at the westernmost part, clothing optional.

Nestled against the green Marjan hill, you’ll find fabulous villas and high-end apartment complexes.

Conclusion: Meje is the best place to stay in Split for beaches. It’s also great for a stay with kids and active travelers.

This luxury villa is the perfect place to stay in in Split Croatia
Image courtesy of Plum Guide: Villa Diocletian

Best accommodation in Meje

You won’t find any hotels in this exclusive district. What you will find are luxurious dwellings that are spacious and therefore perfect for families. Here’s our selection of the best places to stay in Meje.

  • Lavish homestay: Villa Diocletian
    This beachfront villa with a pool perfectly reflects the Meje lifestyle. It’s grand and incredibly spacious. No less than 5 double rooms, 3 of which come with a private bathroom, can accommodate up to 10 guests. Agreed, it doesn’t come cheap, but for big groups, the price is pretty reasonable. It features a magnificent garden, a seasonal pool, and the most amazing views over the Adriatic. All that is just 1.5 km (under a mile) from the Diocletian’s Palace. Bikes are available to explore the wider area.
  • Apartment: Adriatic Azur
    This spacious apartment with its bright and cheerful interior design can accommodate up to 8 guests in 3 bedrooms. It’s perfect for families who like the best of both worlds: city vibes and beach bliss. The balconies offer the most amazing sea views. It even comes with private parking. A carefree stay is guaranteed!
  • Apartment: Luxury Apartment Meje
    Just a short stroll from the beach you’ll find this newly renovated apartment. It’s bright and light and has a balcony with garden views. Free parking is available on request. Breakfast is included in the rate and is served right next door in Hotel Cvita.
  • Apartment: Charlie Chaplin
    Retreat to the comfort of this spacious apartment that can sleep 5 persons in 2 rooms. The cozy decor gives it a homey feel and the balcony is a nice treat.
Mother and 2 daughters discovering where is best to stay in Split

FAQ on where to stay in Split

By now you must have a good idea of which Split area you should stay in. Let’s conclude this Split accommodation guide with our best answers to some frequently asked questions.

How many nights should I stay in Split?

It all depends on your travel plans: Is Split the sole focus of your visit or do you plan on exploring more places on the Dalmatian coast?

A weekend break in Split will allow you to soak up the atmosphere and visit the main tourist attractions. If you also plan on visiting more cultural sights or spending some time at the beach, then three nights would be perfect.

Split’s central location makes it an excellent travel base to explore the Dalmatian coast and its dreamy islands. If you plan on taking day trips from Split, then you could easily spend a midweek in Split.

Is Split, Croatia, a walkable city?

It is, very much so. The Old Town is a pedestrian zone. Then there’s the scenic Riva to connect it to other areas in Split.

Which is the most expensive area to stay in Split?

That would be the Meje area of Split due to its excellent location between the city center and the beaches that fringe Marjan park.

Which is the most affordable area to stay in Split?

The most affordable place to stay in Split would be the Radunica area just east of the Old Town. It’s one of the oldest neighborhoods in Split and only comprises two main streets, one of which is named Radunica. … is a well-rated budget accommodation in this area of town.

Which are the areas to avoid in Split?

Feel free to search for affordable accommodation in Split without worrying about safety. Crime rates in Split, and Croatia in general, are pretty low. No area in Split is known to be more dangerous than another. So, apart from an occasional tourist scam, you’ll be safe no matter where in Split you decide to stay.

Staircase to Marjan Hill in Split

Things to know before booking your Split accommodation

Split’s historic architecture is what gives this Croatian city its shine. But the historic layout and centuries-old accommodation of Split Old Town also come with their challenges.

  • Because the Old Town is a pedestrian zone, parking is scarce. Therefore, if you plan on arriving by car or on renting a car for a few days, then we’d strongly recommend you opt for an accommodation that offers parking.
  • The majority of Split’s historic buildings are protected. To retain the original character of each property, elevators are not an option. That means that the guest rooms in most of the heritage accommodations in Split can only be reached by stairs. Now, of course, in the most luxurious Old Town hotels there are bellboys to assist you with your luggage. But if you choose a smaller, boutique-style property then you may have to carry your luggage up the stairs yourself.
  • Summers can get hot making air conditioning in the room a necessity. Most accommodations in Split, including the ones mentioned in this list, have air conditioning. But still, it’s not a bad idea to double-check this before finalizing your booking, especially when you have your eye on a rental operated by a private owner.

Where will you stay in Split?

That’s it for this in-depth guide on where to stay in Split, Croatia. Have you visited this Croatian coastal city before? Then we’d love to hear all about your favorite area to stay in Split! If you’re yet to discover it then, by now, you should have a good idea of which area in Split is right for you. If so, then don’t forget to book the Split accommodation of your choice well in advance. And hey, why not bookmark or pin this page on where to stay in Split for future reference?

Split Old Town, Riva and Marjan Hill make for the perfect places to stay in Split
Find the perfect accommodation in Split Old Town and along the Riva

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