Monday, April 02, 2007

Croatia Online - Hotels In Split

Following on from our last posting, we should warn you that the interest in the Split Boat Show has caused a run on hotel accomodation in Split. We had a ring around today and most of the hotels at the upper end of the price range were full or nearly full for most of the show (14th - 22nd April).
The enormous Meridien Grand Hotel Lav is affiliated with the boat show and still has space but a double room will cost you in excess of €220. You'll get your money's worth though as the five star facilities are second to none in Split. Today's picture of Lav's sunken champagne bar with magnificent views to sea gives you a taster. Just remember it's a bus or taxi ride into town. Go to for more details.
In the four star range, you can expect to pay between €120 and €160 for a double. Some of the better choices are:
Art Hotel ( - the centre of town but a good twenty minute walk from the Riva and boat show.
Hotel President ( - not too far from Split Theatre and about a fifteen minute walk to the Riva and boat show.
Hotel Park ( - perfect location by Bacvice beach about 15 minutes walk to the boat show. Great terrace and a very stylish building.
Hotel Globo ( - by the bus station about 15 minutes walk from the Riva
If you're on a tight budget, try Hotel Jupiter ( in the Diocletian Palace close to the Riva. Rooms are around £20 per person per night.
If hostel accomodation is your thing Split Hostel ( will look after you very well.
If you'd prefer to stay out of town then you could do a lot worse than Trogir. You can get a coach straight into Split, journey time about 45 minutes and there's plenty of accomodation to choose from. Portal Trogir Travel Agency ( will be able to find the best hotel deal for you and advise on travel options to the show.
To get the inside story on these and other hotels, as well as the latest news on the new 5 star Atrium due to open very soon, make sure you get a copy of Time Out's Magazine for Visitors to Croatia. The new magazine comes out at the end of April but if you can't wait until then, you'll still be able to find the 2006/7 edition in all the good bookshops in the UK, US, Ireland and Croatia.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jane, I had a lot fun browsing through your blog with great pictures of Croatia and great tips for tourists. I couldn't figure out where in Croatia you are based, though.

2:30 am  
Blogger Jane Cody said...

Based in Kastela - between Split and Trogir. Thanks for your comment.

7:45 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for a great site Jane. A wealth of useful info and great pictures - a treasure trove for us relatively new Croatiaphiles. Rogoznica is our favourite place to be and we are looking forward to a trip next week. A question: is there a main/concentrated shopping area in Split (apart from the shops and boutiques in the palace area)? Thanks. Juliet, a Brit in Norway.

7:41 pm  
Blogger Jane Cody said...

Take the back/lower road from Trogir to Split (follow the signs to the airport from Trogir and carry along through the Kastela's). As you approach Split from the airport, after Kastel Gomilica, and after the start of the industrial works, you'll see a sign to the right to Emezette. It has three great superstores - Ipercoop for food et al (a bit like Tesco's). Emezette (a bit like a cross beteen Ikea and Habitat) and Bricostore (something like B & Q/or any DIY place with something extra). There's also a load of boutiques in the same area. You can find most things in this complex including clothes, diving gear, et al. Not the highest of fashion maybe but a good one stop shop!

12:50 am  
Blogger Jane Cody said...

And Juliet.. I forgot to say many thanks for your comment and let us know how you got on.

12:58 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Jane. Emmezette is indeed a good shopping centre - our teenagers like the clothes and sports shops and we bought a lot of small stuff for our flat there. I was thinking more of downtown Split. I keep reading that you can buy Italian shoes and handbags til competitive prices but haven't managed to find them!

10:54 am  
Blogger Jane Cody said...

Same story for me I'm afraid. I did buy some Italian shoes at one of the many shoe shops within the Diocletian Palace walls. They weren't too expensive but neither were they that cheap. Generally I catch up on clothes shopping on trips to the UK - more choice, better suited to UK shapes and generally cheaper. However I did have some success with a wedding outfit at Prima (on the right past McDonalds walking up the main shopping street - Marmontova I think - towards the theatre from the riva). Not that cheap either but a better choice for posher events. And of course there's always Split market for casual clothes, shoes and handbags but you need to shop around and resist the pressure from the stall holders so you can compare prices. If you don't mind a two hour trip north, you'll probably have more luck in Zadar which has a greater Italian influence and is probably a bit more cosmopolitan than Split. The city centre is compact and the standard of shops and boutiques is increasing fast.

5:10 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for that useful tip, we haven't been to Zadar yet but will definitely check it out!

9:46 pm  
Blogger Jane Cody said...

Here's a direct link to our Zadar posting - - or go to our postings index if the link doesn't work in the comments box.

Many thanks for all your input and perhaps a posting on Rogoznica if you have time?

11:22 pm  

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