Split is the kind of city you’ll want to take in at your leisure, and that means spending a few days. Luckily, there's a hotel for every taste, often in the historic center—and even within Split's most famous attraction, Diocletian’s Palace. This list has your best options, from pretty boutique hotels in town to classic coastal properties that continue to exude old-world glamour.

Hotel Peristil

Some of Hotel Peristil's rooms include views of the cathedral bell tower (photo courtesy of Hotel Peristil)

If sleeping inside Diocletian’s Palace gives you a thrill, look no further than this cozy hotel, located within the walls of the Roman architectural marvel and Split’s top attraction. The rooms in Hotel Peristil are bright and simply decorated, with hardwood floors, exposed stone walls, and large windows that provide the perfect perch for admiring the palace architecture, including the campanile and arcade.

The simple Tiffany restaurant serves straightforward Dalmatian cuisine, and there’s a daily open-air market in front of the nearby Silver Gate. What’s more, you’re only about a ten-minute walk to the seaside, and within steps of the city’s best restaurants, many of which are also within palace walls.

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Heritage Hotel 19

Deluxe room with balcony at Heritage Hotel 19 (photo courtesy of Heritage Hotel 19)

If you want to feel like you’re living in your own secluded villa—but with access to all the sights downtown has to offer—look no further than this sumptuous boutique hotel. True to its name, Heritage Hotel 19 is built into a heritage (landmarked) 19th-century townhouse, and each room shows off those whispers of the past: think wood-beamed ceilings, exposed stone walls, carved wardrobes, and deep-hued accents.

Some suites featuring hot tubs or a balcony are particularly inviting to couples on a romantic getaway, but every room seems to radiate with those special touches that make a hotel into a home. The indulgent breakfast ticks all the continental boxes while also using local Dalmatian ingredients, and the small courtyard with an olive tree is a welcome sight as you return every day.

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Vestibul Palace

Charming street in the Old Town of Split near Vestibul Palace

With only seven rooms (plus a bar, restaurant, and wine cellar) this tiny boutique property offers a bit of exclusivity and tranquility at the center of Diocletian’s palace. While the world bustles in the palace’s Roman peristyle just outside, you can relax in Vestibul Palace's sleek  aesthetic that incorporates Roman, Gothic, and Renaissance design.

Rooms harness the best of both old-world and modern elements, with exposed stone and brick walls, a minimalist color palette, and architectural renderings of ancient buildings framed on the walls. Book an afternoon tour of the Dalmatian islands in the hotel’s own speed boat, then return for a meal at restaurant Magnus, where traditional Croatian dishes are given a modern twist and paired exclusively with wines from the local region.

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Hotel Marmont

Hotel Marmont's terrace at night (photo courtesy of Hotel Marmont)

Named after a French general who had a big hand in making Split what it is today, Hotel Marmont holds a similarly influential place in recent Split history: it was one of the first to take advantage of the latest wave of visitors, offering an upscale yet comfortable place to call home.

Rooms feel stylish yet simple, with natural linens and walnut floors. The generous terrace overlooks the cathedral bell tower, making it a subdued place to enjoy tea or coffee in the afternoon, or a grown-up haunt to enjoy a few evening drinks. A bright bar and restaurant offer space for light meals if you don’t want to venture outside the hotel walls—and trust us, it’ll feel so much like home, you’ll be happy to stay there forever.

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Judita Palace Hotel

A table set for a romantic dinner for two (photo courtesy of Judita Palace Hotel)

Set in a 16th-century building just outside Diocletian’s Palace, Judita Palace Hotel feels like a glorious hideaway that is nevertheless steps from everything you'll want to see in Split.

Rooms are decked out in gilded wallpaper, sumptuous fabrics, and wood inlaid floors, while common areas include old-fashioned details like vintage typewriters and crystal chandeliers. Some rooms offer views onto a bustling main square full of buildings from different eras, while others face the inner courtyard, itself a sanctuary from the lively and sometimes overwhelming city. The glass-covered atrium strewn with plants is a wonderfully calm place to enjoy breakfast every day.

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Hotel Park Split

The luxurious Hotel Park Split (photo courtesy of Hotel Park Split)

If you want to get a sense of old-world Split, look no further than this 1921 coastal property, just west of the old town. With its palm-fronted, washed stone façade, red-shingled roof, and prominent sign, Hotel Park Split evokes images of the beach resorts of years past, when young people went on a Grand Tour of Europe and came back with watercolors and marriage proposals.

With its large swimming pool surrounded by greenery, tranquil private balconies and terraces, and luxurious day spa, it promises a well-rounded experience before you even leave its gates. Reserve a table at the restaurant, or if you’re feeling especially adventurous, a trip to the market with one of their chefs, who will help you choose the day’s best produce and prepare an impressive meal from it.

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Piazza Heritage Hotel

Rooms at the Piazza Heritage Hotel overlook the Pjaca, one of Split's liveliest squares

Overlooking the Pjaca (or in Italian “piazza”) is the Piazza Heritage Hotel, a low-key yet upscale boutique hotel where rooms draped in beiges, yellows, and golds mimic the radiance of the Dalmatian sunlight coming through the windows. Those windows, by the way, are gargantuan, letting in the light of the surrounding streets and giving the feeling that guests are at once removed from city life and somehow part of it as well.

Venture out of the hotel to see the city sights just a few steps away from the front door. Or, linger in the mod Kitchen 5 restaurant or the flower-festooned terrace, where you can have a bite to eat or a glass of wine while making a plan for your next adventure. Whatever you decide to do with your day, the attentive hotel staff will be on hand to make suggestions.

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