Split is one of Croatia’s most popular destinations thanks to the history, UNESCO World Heritage Sites that make up the city centre and the fact that Split is the main jumping off point for visiting some of Croatia’s most famous islands.
But in a city that’s so popular deciding where to stay in Split can be a challenge. Do you want to stay by the beach, right in the heart of the city or outside of the city centre and live like a local?
This guide will help you decide the best area to stay in Split and give you options within your budget. From hostels in Split to Split hotels that are apartment style and luxury rooms in heritage buildings, you’ll know exactly where to stay for your holidays in Split after reading this guide!
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What's in this article
- 0.1 Best Area to Stay in Split
- 0.2 Best Budget Split Accommodation
- 0.3 Best Mid-Range Split Accommodation
- 0.4 Best Luxury Split Accommodation
- 0.5 Best Split Airbnb Accommodation
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Best Area to Stay in Split
These are the three main areas to stay in Split and the most popular areas too. Take your pick!
BEST FOR: Being in the middle of the action
This is the centre of Split that dates back to the 3rd century. The famous Diocletian’s Palace makes up the Old Town which is a UNESO World Heritage Site. If you stay here you’ll most likely be staying in a heritage building and you’ll be in a pedestrian only area.
BEST FOR: Charming local living
This was once a working class neighbourhood but today it’s popular with visitors because of its winding cobblestone streets, adorable buildings and the numbers of delicious restaurants that will literally be at your doorstep. You won’t find chain hotels here, accommodation in Veli Varos is more boutique style hotels or apartments you can rent.
BEST FOR: The beach
Beach lovers rejoice, this is the area you want to stay in if you love the beach. Bacvice beach is the only beach in Split that has blue flag status. Bacvice is also the name of the neighbourhood area around the beach that is residential but has an array of options including hotels, apartments and hostels.
Best Budget Split Accommodation
These are the best hostels in Split based on their location (beach or close to town), high ratings on Hostelworld and awesome amenities.
CroParadise Green Hostel
This award-winning hostel seems to have it all. The brightly coloured green walls are welcoming to rooms that each have an iMac, full-size lockers and fast internet. CroParadise Green Hostel has won the HOSCARS awards for three years in a row, which celebrate the best hostels in the world.
With their prime location, welcoming common area, outdoor terrace and helpful staff this is an obvious choice of where to stay in Split.
En Route Hostel
Just outside of the city centre, En Route Hostel is an affordable option for a hostel in Split. This is where I personally stayed and liked. The rooms are huge but still felt private, the bathrooms clean, there were privacy curtains and a large, chill common area to meet other travellers.
The walk into the centre was about 10 minutes and the beach is even closer. Tours can be booked through the hostel and each bed has its own reading light and locker. It has everything you need in a hostel!
If you love the beach then this hostel is an obvious choice. It’s the closest hostel to the beach that’s only steps away so you can wake up and beach all day. Each bed has its own light, plug and locker to secure your belongings.
It’s a short 10-minute walk into the city centre and for entertainment in the common room there is a guitar that’s free for guests to use and supplies to decorate the walls and leave your mark.
Not quite what you’re looking for? Find more hostel options on Hostelworld.
Best Mid-Range Split Accommodation
It’s possible to stay in Split while on a budget and still get a private room. These are just some of the best places to stay in Split for money consious travellers looking for cheap hotels in Split.
Split Inn Apartments
These well located apartments are in the heart of Split, only a stone throw away from some of the most major attractions in the city such as Diocletian’s Palace. Previous guests have desrcibed the apartments as boutique style with helpful staff when checking in to help you plan your time in Split.
Family rooms are also available with some of the apartments featuring a terrace.
BVB Rooms Split
Previous guests who have travelled here solo loved these Split apartments. The location, garden view and value for money have been rated highly.
Rooms are equipped with a coffee machine, many attractions are within walking distance and many guests have commented on how clean the rooms are.
A&M Aparment and Rooms
Guests adore the location of these Split apartments that are within walking distance to a lot of Split’s best attractions. Solo travellers especially loved these apartments for their privacy, peaceful garden and how quiet the area is compared to how close the apartments are to the city.
Not quite what you’re looking for? Find more hostel options on Booking.com.
Best Luxury Split Accommodation
Luxury isn’t hard to come by in Split, these are the best hotels in Split for those who want to be right in the middle of town and have luxury at their fingertips.
Prima Luxury Rooms
At this Split hotel you can find a taste of luxury in a guesthouse instead of a hotel. These rooms are built for your comfort and provide areas to work for those who work on the road or are visiting on business.
A complimentary breakfast is provided each morning, rooms are modern and fresh and all of Split’s top attractions are within walking distance, including the Riva Promenade which is only 400 metres away.
Family rooms are available and solo travellers have raved about the property.
Palace Suites Heritage Hotel
You can’t get any closer to Split’s biggest attraction than this hotel. It’s located directly beside Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage protected site which is a must-visit on any Split trip.
The hotel has a modern design but is set in a heritage building. From your windows you will hear Split’s lively atmopshere and perhaps even hear some locals singing traditional music.
Each room is equipped with large beds, Brazillian wood floors and luxurious amenities.
Starlight Luxury Rooms
Another guesthouse with style and luxury, Starlight Luxury Rooms is actually a UNESCO-protected building just 150 metres away from another UNESCO site, Diocletian’s Palace. The history here is evident but the rooms are elegant and modern with a beautiful touch of luxury.
The guesthouse is located in a pedestrian area so noise pollution from cars won’t be a worry.
The beach is only a 15-minute walk away, the promenade a mere 400 metres and cafes are everywhere as soon as you step out the front door.
Not quite what you’re looking for? Find more hostel options on Booking.com.
Best Split Airbnb Accommodation
You’re spoiled for choice with Airbnb’s in Split that are located right in the city centre and close to all the places where you want to be.
As the name suggests, this Airbnb Plus is a modern home that is defined well by the word crisp. Picture white, open space with natural light flowing in along with dark furniture and accents as a contrast.
This property sleeps 2 guests in a queen size bed and is ideally located within walking distance of the beach.
Old Town Apartment
Just 150 metres from Split’s historic centre, this old town apartment is rented out by a superhost who goes above and beyond to provide guests an excellent stay in Split. The property sleeps 2 people in 1 bed for a killer price for the location.
Studio Apartment in Split Centre
Set on a quiet street very close to the city centre this studio apartment sleeps 3 people on 2 beds and 1 sofa bed. At this property you’re a 5-minute walk to Split’s UNESCO World Heritage centre and a 10-15 minutes walk from the beach.
Your host is a superhost and previous guests have left stellar reviews. This property is great value for the location.
Not quite what you’re looking for? Find more Airbnb options on Airbnb.