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Split is one of the most underrated destinations in all of Europe. The architecture is gorgeous, and when you set it against the blue waters of the Adriatic sea, you get a once in a lifetime combination. But with beauty comes cost – and Split can be shockingly expensive! Which is exactly why we made this bargain neighborhood guide for where to stay in Split. Our expert travelers break Split down by different neighbourhoods, so you know exactly where to stay in Split based on what YOU want to do. So whether you are looking to have a few drinks, save a few bucks, or just find the coolest neighbourhood in Split, our guide will show you everything you need to know (plus some hidden gems!). Let’s jump into where to stay in Split, Croatia.
Split is one of the most underrated destinations in all of Europe. The architecture is gorgeous, and when you set it against the blue waters of the Adriatic sea, you get a once in a lifetime combination.
But with beauty comes cost – and Split can be shockingly expensive! Which is exactly why we made this bargain neighborhood guide for where to stay in Split.
Our expert travelers break Split down by different neighbourhoods, so you know exactly where to stay in Split based on what YOU want to do.
So whether you are looking to have a few drinks, save a few bucks, or just find the coolest neighbourhood in Split, our guide will show you everything you need to know (plus some hidden gems!).
Let’s jump into where to stay in Split, Croatia.
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Looking for a specific place to stay? These are our highest recommendations for places to stay in Split.
Located in the heart of Old Town, these studio apartments could not offer greater value for money if they tried. As the best budget hotel in Split, Split City Breaks offer guests whole apartments complete with a kitchenette, living room area and a cosy bedroom. The local staff are really knowledgeable about Split.
Golden B&B is a little gem. Located in Veli Varoš this is the best mid-range hotel in Split. Some rooms offer views of the ocean, others of the beautiful terracotta rooftops of Split. The rooms are simple, homely and have ensuite bathrooms. Breakfast is included in the room rate and gets great reviews!
Grand, ornate and the very definition of beachside splendour, the best luxury hotel in Split is Hotel Park. Within a short walk of Bacvice Beach, Hotel Park offers beautiful rooms and excellent facilities. There is a beautiful swimming pool and sun terrace. The in-house restaurant is divine.
Split is a vast city but when it comes to travel there are only a few neighbourhoods of great interest. They all centre around the Old Town or the iconic beaches of the Dalmatian Coast.
Hotel Jules Insider TipAlthough there is a lot to love about inner-city Split when it comes to first time travellers, budget backpackers, party people and even families, it is the southern districts of Split that spark those feelings of wanderlust.
The Old Town is the most famous neighbourhood in Split and understandably so. With row after row of vibrant terracotta roofs leading eventually to the glistening ocean, who wouldn’t want to wake up to such a view every morning of their stay! You can get these kinds of views in sleepy Veli Varoš too.
When it comes to the beaches of Split you have a choice on your hands. That said, both Bacvice Beach and Žnjan Beach are within a 10-minute drive of each other. You can walk from one to the other in less than 45-minutes. Bacvice Beach is where the cool kids come to hang, Žnjan Beach is a little more laid back.
Whether you are a culture vulture seeking to tick off all the iconic historical landmarks, or a beach bum seeking to bask in the sun for days on end, there is a neighbourhood in Split to suit every style.
Even better if you like to mix up your travel experiences. Incredible architecture, beautiful food, picturesque beaches and a great nightlife scene. Split is a winner all round!
Now let’s take a look, in greater detail, at the best neighbourhoods to stay in Split. Each is a little different to the last so be sure to check out which is right for you!
Old Town is the best place to stay in Split first time for it is home to the most iconic landmarks and landscapes the city has to offer.
The most famous landmark in Split is, of course, the magnificent Diocletian’s Palace. This opulent palace was built in the 4th-Century AD and the whole complex takes up a huge portion of the Old Town neighbourhood. It can get pretty hectic here in the summer months. Be sure to arrive early in the day if you want those people-free photographs!
If Diocletian’s Palace doesn’t satiate your appetite for awesome architecture then move on to The Cathedral of Saint Domnius. This majestic cathedral is the second jewel of the Old Town and is not to be missed.
Away from architectural gems, you can simply take some time to saunter through the cobbled streets of Old Town. Imagine yourself in the footsteps of the people who built this city all those thousands of years ago.
Cheap, cheerful and offering near unrivalled value for money, Split City Breaks is the best budget hotel in Old Town. This cute and cosy hotel offers genuine Croatian hospitality and an awesome location. Guests can walk to the major landmarks and get to stay close to some of the best restaurants in Split.
Offering modern, whitewashed rooms and a sense of romance, Palace Tartaglia is the best mid-range hotel in Old Town. With only five rooms available Palace Tartaglia affords a personal service to all who stay and the staff are really lovely. An airport shuttle can be arranged on request.
Antique Split Luxury Rooms are simply beautiful, not to be missed. They are surprisingly affordable considering that they are the best luxury hotel in Old Town.
The rooms have rustic decor and a homely feel. The in-house restaurant is amazing. Previous guests have been hard pressed to find anything to complain about!
It may not be the most picturesque area of the city but Ferry Port is the best place to stay in Split on a budget. Within a short walk of the Old Town and Bacvice Beach, this limbo land actually offers the best of both world, for a fraction of the cost!
Ferry Port lies to the east of Old Town and is home to some of the cheapest accommodation options in the city. There are heaps of tour companies in this area so you are bound to find a great deal on day trips to the islands. Being so close to the dock means you don’t need to fork out on a taxi either!
There are a few great bars in the Ferry Port area. If you want to get pre-drinking before you hit the main nightlife scene at Bacvice Beach, the streets of Ferry Port will see you right!
Offering a great selection of private rooms and dormitories for the super scrimpers, the best budget hotel in Ferry Port is Hostel Split Backpackers. This is a humble, homely place to stay. Fantastically clean and tidy, and with plenty of space to spread out, this is a great shout.
Hotel Villa Diana is a gorgeous little hotel that features a garden with palm trees! Easily the best mid-range hotel in Ferry Port, Hotel Villa Diana boasts 3-stars and excellent levels of service. The rooms are rustic and have everything that you could need; air conditioning, ensuite bathroom and free WiFi.
If you want your own indulgent space in Split, be sure to book Horizon Luxury Suites. Offering amazing city and coastal views and modern decor, this is the best luxury hotel in Ferry Port without a doubt. Guests can relax in their in-suite living room or at the hotel’s swimming pool.
Bacvice Beach is the beach of choice for many travellers to Split and as such, there has been a great deal of investment in facilities, cafes and bars in the area.
If Bacvice Beach seems a bit crowded there are plenty of secret spots nearby where you can sunbathe in peace, enjoy ocean views and not even get sandy. Park Pomorace offers a peaceful retreat and great views of the crystal blue sea.
In terms of nightlife, you are spoiled for choice in the Bacvice Beach neighbourhood. Tropic Club is one of the most famous clubs in Split and it kicks off after dark. Oceanside Club Black & White is another firm favourite. With a myriad of beach bars and swanky cocktail clubs to visit you’ll barely have time to laze on the beach!
What makes Bacvice Beach that little bit more brilliant is that it is only a 15-minute walk to Diocletian’s Palace. That’s if you’re awake during the daylight hours!
For night owls exploring Split on a shoestring, the best budget hotel in Bacvice Beach is Hostel Vila Mikica. Offering a range of rooming options, including super cheap dorms, Vila Mikica is simple but ample. Ideal for unfussy travellers looking for a place to crash out and cool off from the sun.
Set in a traditional Croatian townhouse, Aspalathos Apartments is an authentic B&B. Being the best mid-range hotel in Bacvice Beach Aspalathos Apartment offers great value for money. Breakfast, WiFi and access to the hotel swimming pool is all included in your room rate. An airport shuttle can be arranged on request.
Hotel Park is the best luxury hotel in Bacvice Beach, one of the best in Split in fact! Offering guests access to their fitness centre and sauna, Hotel Park has everything you could need and more. Hotel Park goes above and beyond, they even have a limousine service and valet parking.
If you want to explore all of the wonders of Split but feel like you’re having a more authentic living experience look to stay in Veli Varoš. Easily the coolest place to stay in Split, Veli Varoš oozes charm in the most nonchalant of ways.
This seemingly sleepy side of Split is, in fact, anything but. Veli Varoš is a neighbourhood alive and thriving. You just have to look a little harder to find it.
You can spend your days wandering through the labyrinth of cobbled streets, stopping to chat with locals about whether to turn left or right. This is an incredibly photogenic area of Split and you will feel like you are walking through a scene of Game of Thrones. In fact, some of the GoT episodes were filmed in Croatia; few scenes were shot in Split.
If you want to get to grips with real Split, to understand the rhythm of the city and to hang with the cool kids, Veli Varoš is the best place to stay.
Gorgeous, authentic, rustic, there is a lot to love about Villa Matejuska. What makes it the best budget hotel in Veli Varoš is the great value for money. The staff are incredibly kind and will make you feel right at home. There are studios available complete with little kitchenette and private bathroom.
Golden B&B is, unquestionably, the best mid-range hotel in Veli Varoš. Offering views over the famous terracotta rooftops, some all the way out to the ocean, Golden B&B is a real treat. All rooms have an ensuite bathroom and private balcony complete with a table and chairs.
Exceptional in every sense of the word, Vida Boutique is the best luxury hotel in Veli Varoš. The rooms are fresh and modern, spacious and bright. The staff are wonderful and can help you to plan your whole itinerary in Split. With only 8-rooms there is a sense of tranquillity to Vida Boutique.
A little off the beaten track but not extradited from all the fun, the best place to stay in Split for families is Žnjan Beach.
A little quieter and more spacious than Bacvice Beach, Žnjan Beach is a wonderful place to enjoy a family holiday. What makes Žnjan Beach so great is that Old Town, Bacvice Beach and Ferry Port are all within a short walking distance. That said, taxi’s are generally very reasonably priced so bundling the brood into a taxi and heading off to Old Town is not an expensive affair.
This is a quieter side of Split, seldom explored but the party people and the budget backpackers. Staying in Žnjan Beach offers you the opportunity to explore Split like a local and enjoy more beach space for yourselves.
If you want a little bit of fun at Žnjan Beach, head to Watersports Split at the western edge of the neighbourhood. They can arrange everything from parasailing to scuba diving.
Hotel More ticks all the right boxes and is deservedly the best budget hotel in Žnjan Beach. There is even a swimming pool. Hotel More is a family-friendly option and they can even arrange packed lunches for your day trips. How lovely is that?! Hotel More is humble and homely.
A little piece of luxury for a reasonable price. Hotel Fanat is the best mid-range hotel in Žnjan Beach. Guests can enjoy coastal views from their private balcony or escape the roasting heat in the indoor swimming pool, relax in the sauna. You can hire bicycles at the reception.
Radisson Blu Resort is the perfect place to stay in Split for families. They have everything you could ask for and then some more! As the best luxury hotel in Žnjan Beach, Radisson Blu offers family rooms, kids club, kids pool and babysitting services. There is a spa where parents can relax to the max!
Split is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. With its amazing architecture, stunning landmarks, crystal clear blue waters, this Mediterranean flower is not a destination to be missed. Whether you’re young or old, looking to dance the night away or lounge on the beach, there’s something for everyone in Split.
To recap; our favourite neighbourhood for where to stay in Split is Veli Varos. Nestled between the Old Town and nature, this lively and vibrant ‘hood oozes charm and authenticity around every cobbled street.
Our top pick for the best hotel is the Golden B&B. Tastefully decorated and conveniently located this charming three-star property boasts unforgettable views and great food all at an awesome price!
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Emma Johnson lives to travel! Born in Washington D.C., Emma is a hotel connoisseur and a staff writer at Hotel Jules. An army brat, Emma got the travel bug early and has never been able to stop. Now, she has proudly visited 70+ countries and plans to visit every country in the world! Passionate about her ukelele (obviously) and her family, Emma eventually wants to retire in Thailand and write a book about all of her travel experiences.