Monday, 23 February 2015

Ultra Europe Accommodation: Survival Guide

As we all know, Ultra Europe is by far the main event of the summer season in and around Split, with tens of thousands of partygoers literally invading every available bed or room. On the other side of this story, there are lenders and the whole hospitality industry seeing Ultra as the source of significant income. Unfortunately, those two sides usually clash, and accommodation became one of the biggest issues of the festival. How to survive it in Split, especially when we know that Ultra Europe 2015 will be a week long event, including parts in Hvar, Vis and island Brač?

First, let's talk about infrastructure. Split has a chronic lack of hotels, except smaller and boutique class. There are some bigger resorts, too, but of higher class, like Radisson Blu and Le Meridien Lav. Another choice is hostels. In the last few years they are booming in Split, mostly because of Ultra and city's opening toward younger people as the main market. Those available are ranging from bunk-bedding joints, to great looking design hostels like Golly&Bossy. Next, there is camping. Besides official Ultra Europe camping in Seget and Omiš, there is only one camp site close to Split, the one in Stobreč only few kilometres from Split.

The biggest category is private rooms and apartments, probably the most popular among Ultranauts. Their owners and lenders sometime can be a little bit too ambitious with pricing, if we want to put in a polite way. In short - be careful for ripping off, meaning use reliable rental channels and check for reviews.

Now we came to another dimension of the issue, how to find an accommodation. Ultra Europe has very good official channel, called Travel2Ultra, designed not only to help visitors find an accommodation, but also tickets, travel arrangements, packages, etc. Have in mind that none of sites like this one is a charity organization, it's strictly business operation. Therefore, don't expect to find really low prices anywhere, but it's always good to have a feeling that there is someone responsible for all possible problems.

Other means of accommodating include usual and safe options like Booking.com and AirBnB. As you might have noticed, links we included are with search results for 4 nights, July 9 to 13, for one person. Two facts are more than visible - beds are selling fast, and prices are going up. So, better hurry, before it becomes ridiculous.

Another option is to find a place to stay via some agency; it's hard to expect that there will be any which will not have some Ultra packages. Finally, you can always go to the basic and just drop into Split, and take whatever you find at the spot, like following those ladies holding "rooms" signs around the main bus or train station. Be careful with that. And for those the most adventurous, there are always city parks and beaches.

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Last but not least, which part of Split to choose when accommodating? Total Split had a series of blogs about that; here is the link of the last one, with links to previous at the end. Everything you need to know about different neighbourhoods is there.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

New Player On Split Hostel Market: Meet Apinelo

Hostel market is very much alive in the recent years in Split, especially since city became popular destination for backpackers, and 20-somethings. Offer is getting better, from ascetic sleeperies, to design-aware hip places. Now, there is a new player, with excellent location as the main feature, but also nice and cozy accommodation. It's called Apinelo, and is located minutes from both city center and Bačvice beach as main summer targets for international youngsters. First look is a proof that we were righteously directed to them as a great addition in 2015.

Hostel is recently neatly renovated, with comfortable rooms, and free wi-fi, plus broadbanded computers. There are two types of accommodation in this venue, rooms - twin, five bed and six bed - with shared bathroom, all air conditioned and equiped with brand new furniture, including lockers, and self service kitchen.

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Beside those rooms, on hostel's ground floor there are two apartments - one double and one double, as well as double room with private bathroom. Both apartments are studios, with kitchen, AC, huge closet, PC with large screen, cable LED TV and even disco ball for "special moments". Triple apartment has a chair sofa bed.

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Definitely, after this first look, Apinelo is worth of paying attention, and might have great sale once when youngsters begin pouring in. Looking forward.

More detailed info is available on hostel's web site, and why not following them on Facebook.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Hostels and Budget Accommodation in Split

A few years ago there were no hostel in town but now there is a wealth of hostel accommodation in the city popping up every season. Please see below list of preferred hostels and budget accomodation in Split and click read more for further information.

 

Split Hostel Group

(Narodni Trg 8; +385 (0)21 342 787 / Kruziceva 5, +385 (0)21 355 156; www.splithostel.com)

Run by two Aussie Croat women, this pair brought the first hostel to Split in 2006. Creatively named Booze & Snooze, this hostel is just that; a meeting point for travellers who are in for some fun between discoveries. The group’s brand-new outpost hostel bares another creative name with a similar definition; Fiesta Siesta. Also located in the old town in a heritage listed Dalmatian house, it sits above Charlie’s Bar, a backpacker’s hangout also founded by the group…read more.

 

Goli+Bosi Design Hostel

(Morpurgova poljana 2; +385 (0)21 510 999;www.gollybossy.com)

Goli+Bosi certainly does not exude the traditional hostel vibe; it has a quirky attitude and an ultra hip décor. Goli+Bosi, meaning naked and barefoot in Croatian doesn’t target your usual budget traveller as dorm prices match that of private accommodation but if you are into collective holidays, this is your place.

 

Tchaikovsky Hostel

(Ulica Petra Iliča Čajkovskog 4; +385 (0)21 317 124;www.tchaikovskyhostel.com)

Owned and operated by a German born Croat, there is certainly German order in this place, and positively so. Named after the street this hostel is located on in the Špinut neighborhood behind the National Theatre of Split, this spic and span hotel has four dorms named after Tchaikovsky’s famous compositions…read more.

Beach Hostel

(Viška 9; +385(0)98 9450 998;www.facebook.com/BeachHostelSplit)

For an old school backpacker vibe, Beach Hostel just 100m from Bačvice beach is just the joint for you. This place is run by a Norwegian lady named Ladybird who dropped her high-flying corporate career to take a chill pill and devote her time to art, writing, and hanging out with hipster youth…read more.

 

Silver Central

(Kralja Tomislava 1; +385 (0)21 490 805;  www.silvercentralhostel.com // Hrvojeva 6; +385 (0)21 322 857;  www.silvergatehostel.com)

Silver Central Hostel is located right off Marmontova, the city’s main shopping street, meters from all the action. This boutique four-dorm hostel is housed in an upstairs apartment featuring beach woods, bright yellow walls and an underwater themed dorm puts you right into the Adriatic mood. Their second hostel, Silver Gate offers yet another colorful set-up to brighten you stay…read more.

 

Hotel Dujam

(Velebitska 27;  +385 (0) 21 538 025;www.hoteldujam.com)

For affordable yet comfortable hotel accommodation, venture 20 minutes on foot from the city center and stay at two-starred Hotel Dujam located in a residential neighborhood. The hotel has 33 little rooms with simple interiors. Hotel Dujam also houses the rather soulless but affordable “L” hostel…read more.

 

 

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Hostels in Split: Goli+Bosi Design Hostel

Goli+Bosi certainly does not exude the traditional hostel vibe; it has a quirky attitude and an ultra hip décor. Unlike most hostels, this is no apartment conversion; this is a hostel the size of a mini hotel smack bang in the old town. Über modern interiors of white and yellow is the theme throughout, with hints of black in the public areas. The smart dorms have maps and directions of the floor to make you stay more easy to navigate, and the ship-like bunks allows for maximum privacy as you catch a quick nap between all the city discoveries and parties. Apart from funky rooms, there are lots of nooks to hand out in and be entertained.

Goli+Bosi, meaning naked and barefoot in Croatian doesn’t target your usual budget traveller as dorm prices match that of private accommodation but if you are into collective holidays, this is your place.

Another fun play on words, the in-house restaurant is named De Belly, perhaps referring to ‘the belly,’ or stomach however, when pronounced, debeli means ‘fat’ in Croatian; quite a suitable name for an eatery. De Belli serves up affordable daily dishes, pizzas and an a la carte menu that spans the continent with traditional delights suited for the hungry traveller or any other by passer. Seating is available on the square and during summer-time, a DJ spins his tunes, gathering quite the crowd.

Goli+Bosi

Morpurgova poljana 2

21000, Split, Hrvatska

+385(0)21 510 999

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Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Hostels in Split: Tchaikovsky Hostel

Owned and operated by a German born Croat, there is certainly German order in this place, and positively so. Named after the street this hostel is located on in the Špinut neighborhood behind the National Theatre of Split, this spic and span hotel has four dorms named after Tchaikovsky’s famous compositions; Sleeping Beauty Room, The Nutcracker Room, Swan Lake Room, and the Marche Slave Room. Every bunk is custom-built with integrated shelving, cupboards, sockets, towel racks and curtains allowing for some personal space. Wi-Fi is of course available throughout and the little common area has TV and a handy tea kitchen where milk, cereals and swanky espresso capsules for Nespresso are available to guests.

Tchaikovsky Hostel

Ulica Petra Iliča Čajkovskog 4, Split

T: +385 (0)21 317 12

W: www.tchaikovskyhostel.com

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Hostels in Split: Beach Hostel

If you are looking for an old school backpacker vibe, Beach Hostel near Bačvice beach is just the joint for you. Located in a residential area just 100m from Split’s most popular beach, this place is run by a Norwegian lady named Ladybird who dropped her high-flying corporate career to take a chill pill and devote her time to art, writing, and hanging out with hipster youth. She gives this place soul and becomes a real mother figure to guests…she even gives them a genuine hug when they check out.

The place is truly ‘no-frills’ with metal army-like bunks, random wall murals, in-room fans, and eclectic furniture and fittings. The hostel has a washing machine and a kitchenette with free coffee and teas for guests. There is also a cute terrace where the walls are decorated with messages and art made by guests; a guitar always stands ready and Ladybird likes to hang with the crowd for a chat.

The owners of the hostel also operate the Karaka Pub & Pizzeria on the beach nearby so this becomes a popular hangout for hostel guests.

Beach Hostel

Viška 9, Split

M:+385(0)98 9450 998

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Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Hostels in Split: Silver Central & Silver Gate

Silver Central Hostel is located right off Marmontova, the city’s main shopping street, meters from all the action. This boutique four-dorm hostel is housed in an upstairs apartment featuring beach woods, bright yellow walls and an underwater themed dorm puts you right into the Adriatic mood. The hostel also has a pleasant lounge where you can share a drink or two with fellow travellers before venturing out into the city for a night on the town. The TV is connected to a DVD and PlayStation2. The Silver Central crew also arrange trips and advise you on hip places to party at.

Silver Central Hostel

Kralja Tomislava 1 (on the corner to Marmontova), Split

T: +385 (0)21 490 805

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W: www.silvercentralhostel.com

 

Their second hostel, Silver Gate, offers the same facilities as Silver Central and is located directly adjacent to the Silver Gate of Diocletian’s Palace. The deco offers yet another colorful set-up to brighten you stay. Meters away from the main vegetable market, shops, and the 1700 year old palace, you are right in the center of Split life.

Silver Gate Hostel

Hrvojeva 6, Split

T.: +385 (0)21 322 857

M: +385 (0)98 995 5878

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W: www.silvergatehostel.com

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Split Hostel Group: Booze and Snooze, Siesta Fiesta, and Charlie’s Bar

Booze & Snooze Hostel

Run by two Aussie Croat women, this pair brought the first hostel to Split in 2006. Creatively named Booze & Snooze, this hostel is just that; a meeting point for travellers who are in for some fun between discoveries. Booze & Snooze is located in the heart of the old town, near all the popular attractions, shops, bars, and restaurants. The hostel has 25 beds in four dorms, a book swap, a common terrace, free Wi-Fi and bed linens, and they arrange fun party boat trips to Brač. The simple interiors are spiked with festive colors on the walls, ensuite bathrooms and air-conditioning. With the team at Booze & Snooze, you will surely have a blast and as party animals themselves, they’ll probably join you for drinks after their shift ends.

Booze & Snooze

Narodni Trg 8, Split

21 000 Croatia

T: +385 (0) 21 342 787

F: +385 (0) 21 342 787

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www.splithostel.com

 

Fiesta Siesta

Split Hostel Group’s brand-new outpost hostel bares another creative name with a similar definition; Fiesta Siesta. Also located in the old town, Fiesta Siesta has five large dorms and one double room. It is located in a heritage listed Dalmatian house and the modern interiors pay respect to that with exposed walls, hard wood flooring, and mosaic bathrooms. Just below the hostel is Charlie’s Bar, also managed by Split Hostel Group.

Charlie’s Bar is founded by Aussies, built by backpackers, and loved by locals. This is the inner city’s drinking hole where any goes; a melting pot of cultures where cheap drinks flow by the dozen…with a happy hour lasting five hours, there is no wonder why. Party peeps swarm to this joint, often inventing their own theme nights and drinks as the night unfolds and the awesome tunes animates the crowd.

Fiesta Siesta & Charlie’s Bar

Kružićeva 5, Split

21 000 Croatia

T: +385 (0) 21 355 156

F: +385 (0) 21 355 156

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www.splithostel.com

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