A spellbinding Croatian destination famous for Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace built 1700 years ago, Split has much to offer than the imperial residence and a whimsical cityscape dominated by Croatia’s vibrant terracotta rooftops. This sun-soaked Mediterranean city is one of the best spots to immerse in the unfiltered beauty of the Adriatic Sea and enjoy a taste of authentic Dalmatian culture.
Finding good accommodation can prove daunting, for Split is brimming with an endless variety of boutique hotels, seaside estates and luxury apartments. To help you, here are my favourite cool and unusual hotels in Split, Croatia (in no particular order)...
1. Time Boutique Hotel – a new, tranquil and unique hotel featuring a spa and wellness center
A wellness-themed retreat featuring 24 rooms, a world-class spa, onsite dining venues and abundant recreation opportunities, the Time Boutique guarantees an unforgettable Split vacation. This modern getaway emphasizes health and wellness, tempting guests to indulge in a soothing massage or relax in the tepidarium.
The 24 rooms are divided across three floors, and each floor has a unique theme, story, color palette and design inspiration. Some rooms come with private balconies and additional furniture, while units feature in-room appliances, LCD TVs, air conditioning and a minibar.
The onsite Chef’s Time terrace is a popular outdoor dining venue serving traditional Dalmatian fares and Mediterranean cuisine.
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2. Marvie Hotel & Health – an Instagrammable, tranquil and petite hotel ideal for a relaxing and rejuvenation stay
Home to one of Split’s most remarkable wellness experiences, the Marvie Hotel & Health beckons vacationers for a rejuvenating getaway by the Adriatic Sea.
The Renevie Wellness Zone is indeed the crown jewel in the hotel’s treasure trove of unmissable experiences, healing the mind and body with a wide range of health and wellness treatments.
Travelers can explore a selection of standard and spacious guest rooms equipped with in-room appliances, air-conditioning, flatscreen TVs and luxuriously soft bedding.
Marvie provides affordable extended-stay plans for digital nomads and remote professionals, offering them comfortable living spaces and functional coworking stations.
The onsite Da’Mar Restaurant is quite famous for its creative spin on traditional cuisine prepared with Mediterranean ingredients.
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3. Briig Boutique Hotel – a contemporary, stylish and design hotel steps away from Bačvice Beach
Cultural enthusiasts eager to immerse in the Dalmatian culture and authentic Croatian spirit will find the Briig Boutique Hotel utterly delightful.
The seaside location, eclectic architecture and extensively personalized services make this hotel a popular choice for water adventurers, couples and families.
Briig offers 62 stylish accommodation units, equipped with innumerable amenities and appliances to ensure the utmost convenience for modern travelers.
Guests enjoy fine dining at the onsite Median Restaurant, while the BarCaffe Bar supplies flavorful drinks and snacks throughout the day and late into the night.
This venue boasts a convenient location to embark on rewarding adventures across the Dalmatian coast, explore hiking trails and have breakfast by the sea.
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4. Cornaro Hotel – an urban, lifestyle and vibrant hotel in a location perfect for partying Millennials and Gen Zs
The Cornaro Hotel is a lavish urban hotel nestled in the heart of ancient Split, surrounded by historical landmarks, fine dining establishments, luxury boutiques and the Diocletian’s Palace.
Home to 151 luxury rooms and 7 suites, the Cornaro combines professional dedication with high-end amenities, tech-savvy services and charming interiors.
The accommodations offer in-room electronic safes, air-conditioning, high-speed WiFi, flatscreen TVs, minibars, and exquisite furniture with fine linens. Guests can enjoy breakfast in the room or have their first meal at the terrace restaurant, Kralj Tomislav.
Travelers can carve out moments of serenity with purifying body treatments and aromatherapy at the onsite spa.
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5. Hotel Park Split – a 5-star, art-deco and lavish hotel where guests can experience a unique atmosphere
Perched charmingly on the spellbinding Adriatic shoreline, Hotel Park is a glorious pick for nature lovers wanting to wake up to bewitching sea views and enjoy walkable distances to medieval landmarks.
One could not ask for a more divine location to enjoy the best of Split’s main attractions and the seascape.
Hotel Park features 72 guest rooms, an Art Deco-style restaurant, a winter garden, a terrace, an onsite spa, and a conference center.
The comfortable accommodations provide guests with everything they need to feel pampered and relaxed, from plush bathrobes, luxury toiletries and signature bedding to infant beds, additional furniture, blackout curtains and a well-stocked minibar.
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6. Jupiter Luxury Hotel – a historic-chic, intimate and lifestyle hotel surrounded by an array of shops, cafes and galleries
A quaint lifestyle-focused hotel situated a stone’s throw away from Diocletian’s Palace, the Jupiter features 38 luxury suites, an outdoor Jacuzzi and a sauna.
It offers an intimate setting equipped with abundant modern amenities to maximize comfort and convenience. The location is splendid for connecting with the spirit of Split, attending local events and festivals and exploring centuries’ old architecture.
The sparsely furnished rooms have a minimalist appeal, equipped with functional furniture, fine linens, comfortable bedding and in-room appliances. Guests have access to flatscreen TVs, high-speed WiFi, mini-bars, iPod docks, and private bathrooms with whirlpool tubs.
Some onsite amenities include a restaurant, bar, hot tub, sprawling terrace, sauna and salon for massage services.
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7. Hotel Luxe – one of the finest boutique hotels in Split offering guests an elegant, modern and upscale stay
Hotel Luxe offers a splendid location between the white sandy Bacvice beach and ancient landmarks of the historic quarters, positioning travelers near all major public transit options, including trains, ferries and speed boats.
This high-end hotel balances historic charm and contemporary comforts with seamless grace, serving its guests with state-of-the-art amenities and security systems.
Guests can find their match from an extensive lineup of guest rooms and suites, including Classic Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, and the Prestige Suite. The onsite Wellness Center invites weary travelers to pamper themselves with luxuriating massages, therapeutic body treatments and a whirlpool.
Hotel Luxe also offers an onsite restaurant and lobby bar to relax and indulge in gourmet cuisine.
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8. Heritage Palace Varos – MAG Quaint & Elegant Boutique Hotels – a historic, quirky and newly renovated hotel situated in one of the oldest towns of Split
Located in the pulsating heart of the ancient Varos district, Palace Varos is housed in an 18th century stone mansion. This charming hotel is only a 9-minute stroll away from Diocletian’s Palace, the main farmer’s market and the city square lined with restaurants, boutiques and bars.
Heritage Palace Varos features 16 beautifully adorned double rooms, an onsite restaurant and a serene garden. Each room is well-equipped with contemporary comforts, providing guests with minibars, safety deposit boxes, LCD satellite TV, high-speed WiFi and luxurious bedding.
History buffs flock to Palace Varos to immerse themselves in the ancient soul of Split, for Varos offers an authentic glimpse into history.
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9. Heritage Hotel FERMAI MGallery Split – a trendy, modern and retro-chic accommodation perfect for Millennials and Gen Zs
Situated 500 meters from Diocletian’s Palace, FERMAI MGallery is an excellent starting point to unravel the historic mysteries of Split with walking access to local markets, museums, landmarks and hangout spots.
This Art Nouveau gem entices travelers with its rich interiors, authentic Mediterranean vibe, and traditional gastronomic experiences. The century-old building features 31 guest rooms and 4 suites, lovingly refurbished to enhance the vintage elements with modern amenities.
The soundproofed rooms offer large windows that fill up the rooms with sunlight, delighting guests with enchanting views of the old town landmarks and terracotta rooftops.
The in-house Café FERMAI offers a deluxe breakfast buffet with healthy homemade treats, and plenty of vegan and vegetarian options.
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10. Hotel Posh – a fancy, sleek and 5-star accommodation offering guests a continental or à la carte breakfast each morning
One of the new entrants to Split’s luxury hospitality scene, this upscale establishment spoils its patrons with exclusive amenities, traditional hospitality, and free-spirited Mediterranean energy.
Posh features independently-owned luxury apartments, each uniquely decorated with contemporary chic furniture and state-of-the-art appliances.
Guests can browse through a selection of apartments to find the perfect setting with their preferred views and amenities. Chic is a 2-bedroom suite with a terrace overlooking the sea, while Gold is a lavish 2-bedroom apartment near the beach.
Posh is an ideal suite to accommodate a group of 4 with luxurious furniture and an expansive terrace overlooking the Split archipelago.
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11. Boban Luxury Suites – a stylish, bright and hip accommodation providing guests with free bikes to explore around Split
Situated 200 meters from the Adriatic Sea, the Boban Luxury Suites offer a splendid location to immerse in seaside pleasures, with the famous Bacvice Beach only 1 km away. Guests also enjoy proximity to cultural and historical landmarks, an onsite swimming pool, a fitness studio, and business-friendly amenities.
Boban offers 25 uniquely decorated luxury suites, including a Two-Bedroom Garden Suite, a Two-Bedroom Penthouse Suite, Double Room with a Sea View, and Spa Suite with a Sew View. Each unit is fully air-conditioned and adorned with rich colors, fine furniture and smart appliances.
The onsite restaurant provides breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Boban also organizes fun-filled day trips from Split to nearby destinations.
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12. Alba Residence – a lavish, new and contemporary accommodation where guests can enjoy a rooftop terrace with Insta-worthy ocean views
One of the finest accommodations near Bacvice Beach and Firule Beach, Alba Residence features contemporary units and a rooftop terrace overlooking the Adriatic Sea.
This upscale venue offers 9 recently constructed units adorned with tasteful furniture, state-of-the-art amenities and luxury accents.
Each unit offers air-conditioning, flatscreen TVs, furnished seating areas, smart appliances, and private bathrooms. Guests can explore some rooms featuring private balconies with outdoor furniture and even a private in-room sauna. Continental breakfast is served every morning, and the rooftop restaurant offers a scenic setting for romantic dinners.
The location is incredible, a short stroll away from Split’s popular beaches, historical landmarks, fine dining venues and retail outlets.
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13. Sleep Split – a trendy, upscale boutique accommodation located in the heart of the city
Nestled a stone’s throw away from the iconic Golden Gate of Diocletian’s Palace, Sleep Split is a luxury boutique hotel featuring tasteful accommodations and resort-like amenities.
The location is ideal for vacationers planning to spend their holiday sightseeing in the historic quarters, making day trips to nearby national parks and indulging in Bacvice Beach’s rip-roaring nightlife.
Every room offers enticing views of the sea, historic landmarks and terracotta rooftops, and guests have access to ensuite bathrooms, multiple in-room appliances, high-speed WiFi and elegantly furnished seating areas.
Guests can book relaxing massages or walk down to the beach, situated at a 15-minute stroll from the hotel.
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14. Splendida Palace – a petite, upscale boutique B&B within walking distance of the city centre
An intimate family-run boutique hotel featuring ten luxurious rooms, Splendida Palace, was originally constructed in the 19th century and listed among the city’s cultural heritage sites.
This hotel positions travelers in Radunica, a magical section of the old Split, a two-minute stroll from Diocletian’s Palace and the action-packed city center.
This boutique hotel has a homely B&B-like setting, and the quiet neighborhood and relaxing ambience make it ideal for serenity seekers. The rooms are equipped with air conditioning, LCT TVs, minibars, safety deposit boxes, tablets, and high-speed internet.
Splendida Palace also offers a swimming pool with a lounging area and a complimentary breakfast buffet each morning.
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15. Split Industrial Design Rooms – a sleek, spacious and industrial-style accommodation in close proximity to popular local attractions
Split Industrial Design Rooms delight modern travelers with their state-of-the-art amenities, minimalist design and functional convenience, situated near Bacvice Beach. Travelers can browse a wide selection of rooms to find their preferred amenities and comfort.
All rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with a flatscreen TV, a writing desk, in-room appliances, a seating area and an ensuite bathroom.
The hotel provides everything from towels and bed linens to luxury toiletries, hair dryers, and fluffy slippers. Some rooms offer lovely views of the garden, while others face the inner courtyard.
The location is splendid for sightseeing, offering proximity to Diocletian’s Palace, the Croatian Maritime Museum and the Church of St. Martin.
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16. Captain’s Guest House – a bright, spacious and beautiful accommodation moments away from the Riva Promenade
Boasting a convenient location in the heart of Split, Captain’s Guest House is a 5-minute stroll from Diocletian’s Palace and a mere 100 meters away from the picturesque Riva Promenade. Vacationers and large groups seeking a home-away-from-home are bound to find their match in Captain’s two studio units.
Each unit is fit to accommodate 12 people, featuring 4 spacious double rooms, a functional kitchen, a seating area and a dining space. The studios are well-equipped with premium furniture, Android TVs, minibars, kitchenware and cookware, and smart appliances.
The residence helps travelers enjoy fun-filled local experiences, such as booking massages or horse riding sessions at discounted rates.
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Gaby Maia – writer and photographer
Born and raised in Brazil, Gaby has always had a taste for the intriguing, the off-beat and the far flung. After traveling around most of South America, living in Spain and Italy and then moving to England, her feet have stayed continually twitchy. Studying for a degree in Spanish translation and then learning five more languages only poured more fuel onto her traveling ardor. Gaby likes nothing better than discovering new destinations in her spare time and meeting the locals, tasting the cuisine and then writing about her favourite places. Her other indulgences include French cinema, boxing, photography, colourful manicures and soaking up the rays on a sun-infused beach. The places she loves the most include Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Turkey, Barcelona, Lisbon and Cornwall. Find Gaby on Linkedin or Twitter.