Tuesday, 3 October 2017

It's True: Preparations Begin for New Ambasador Hotel!

The moment we have all been waiting for...

Monday, 25 September 2017

Will an Overhaul of Split's Ambasador Hotel Finally Begin Next Week?

Brace yourselves for some (hopefully) good news...

Friday, 15 September 2017

Sneak Peek of New Hotel on Bačvice (Photos)

Have you seen the hotel construction going on at Bačvice?

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Breakfast at Heritage Hotel Antique: A Morning Treat

Because who wouldn't want to enjoy a morning meal in the heart of Diocletian's Palace?

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Tourist Board Director Has New Plan for Split, Including More Hotels?

In the Split area today, 18,646 beds in household accommodations have been registered, which is 20% more than this time last year.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

It's Official: Split to be the New Home of a Marriott Hotel

One of the world's largest hotel chains has confirmed their arrival to the Dalmatian capital.

Monday, 23 January 2017

50 New Hotels Will Open in Croatia this Year

This year's investment cycle for Croatian tourism will bring many newly landscaped walking trails, beaches, and bike paths...in addition to 50 new or completely reconstructed hotels.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

17 New Luxury Hotels? Here are the Projects that Will Change the Tourist Face of Split

There is no doubt that Split in 2017 will be a large hotel construction site. Now a true brand destination, Split must further develop its tourist offer year after year - and with an increasing number of private renters and hotel accommodations (which will grow significantly), Split should definitely not miss a bed for every budget.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Where To Stay In Split (7): Off the Beaten Path

Staying in the heart of a 1,700 year-old city is unbeatable, and as we have already seen in this series, the vicinity of Split old town has many advantages when it comes to accommodation. One of the parts of Split we would like to recommend is the big area northeast of the old town. Those neighbourhoods are locally known as Lučac (pron. Lootchats), Manuš (Manoosh), Gripe (Greepae), and a little bit further are Bol and Dobri (Dawbry). This is for many reasons a very convenient place to stay: it's only minutes away from the old town and all important attractions. Beaches are also very close, and apartment prices are very competitive, real value for money. These neighbourhoods are early examples of urban Split, and staying there might give you a really good insight into the way of living in Split. Unlike the old town, or Varoš, or even Bačvice, there are many inhabitants still living in their apartments, meaning in these areas it's possible to experience some real life. That also brings some responsibilities for guests - respect your neighbours, they are there longer than you.

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This area gives you several different moods, and living styles. Closer to Diocletian's Palace you can find narrow streets and old stone houses, very much like those in the old town or even more like in Varoš. This is the most vivid in a street called Radunica, and surrounding alleys, which are packed with apartments and rooms during summer. There are even a few hostels around.

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If you go further north and east bound, you will find nice quiet streets, but with bigger buildings. The further you go, the more Split changes its look, and becomes more modern. Nevertheless, it's still Split, with its unique atmosphere.

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There are not so many attractions in this area, this is mainly residential. The biggest one by far is Gripe Fortress, with the Croatian Maritime Museum, including part of steam ship Bakar in its yard, which served as a convoy ship during WW2. If you are a basketball fan, very close to the fortress is the small sport arena, the home of Split basketball club, former Jugoplastika, which was named by FIBA as the best team in history. NBA players Toni Kukoč, Dino Radja, Žan Tabak, and many, many others are its legends.

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We have already said that accommodation in this part is easy to find, there are plenty of apartments. We typed in a random search for mid-June in AirBnB, and results are impressive, with some nice examples. However, there are not only apartments and rooms available, but also hostels, one of them was featured in Total Split, design hostel Emanuel.

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On the verge of these neighbourhoods, especially on its northwestern edges, there are several good hotels, with four or even five stars, like President, than Best Western Art Hotel based in former pastry factory. Also, the best rated is business oriented Atrium, and there is also more moderate, but excellently located Globo.

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Being a residential area usually means there is almost no nightlife, and that goes with this area, too. There is a club called Masters within the sport center on Gripe, and that's pretty much it. The same goes for bars, and restaurants. Go to the old town for gastronomy or liquid pleasures. Still, it can be fun to drink where locals drink, at least morning coffee. People in Split are very loud, in small amounts it can be interesting to foreigners. There is, of course, one special place, Total Split's favorite pub in Split, and the oldest one, too - Basket.

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the downsides of this area, let's call it Split NE, are few. First, there is no tourist-oriented life (except accommodation), but that's not the big problem, especially for those who consider this as an upside. Also, this area has a problem with parking, like most of Split. There are paid parking lots closer to the Palace, but the rest is mostly left to your skills and luck. Not to mention that people who live there are also parked around. However, since it's so close to the old town, you can leave your car there and basically don't need to move it.

PREVIOUSLY IN WHERE TO STAY IN SPLIT

Choose Neighbourhood By Your Needs

City Within The Imperial Palace

Quiet Labyrinth on Marjan

A Neighbourhood With The View

Land Of Hajduk FC

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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.

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