Hotel Salona Palace
What We Love
- A brand-new, modern hotel close to Split and the Roman city of Salona, with breakfastStaying a short walk from the entrance to the Roman ruins of Salona, and just a 20-minute drive from Split
- Lounging on the private section at nearby Kasjuni Beach, where you can reserve a sunbed or cabana
- The sleek, designer-led accommodations suites that stand out for their minimalist-chic
What To Know
- The hotel offers a free shuttle to the beach
- You can easily make day trips to Trogir, Kor?ula, and Zadar
- Free WiFi is available
Britain’s The Sunday Times describes Hotel Salona Palace as “one of the 30 coolest hotels in Croatia,” and something tells us you’ll agree. This brand-new, boutique base is situated right next to the ancient Roman city of Salona, a picturesque swathe of land dotted with 2,000-year-old stone ruins, as well as precincts walked by Julius Caesar. A bit further (but still just a short distance) along the coast is Split, where you can marvel at the UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace, wander the vibrant markets and people-watch at the terrace cafés along the old town’s Riva seafront promenade.
But this four-star property has more than its unique and convenient location going for it. Its 47 rooms and suites are spotless and shiny, boasting décor that takes an experimental spin on minimal-chic. In fact, you don’t need to explore the nearby wonders at all to have top-notch stay. Simply head to the spa for a blissed-out day of pampering, savor classic Croatian cuisine at the signature restaurant, or sip your way through the cocktail menu at the hotel bar on Kasjuni Beach.
Good to know
As this is a brand-new property, some images are computer-generated.
Please note that a city tax of €1 per person, per night is payable directly to the hotel.
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Smokers smell in room
Shower temperature uncontrollable. After complaining and explaining the problem, I was told in the evening before the second night there was no problem. Nevertheless, second shower was same problem. After complaining during check out, no apology, nor any (small) compensation was offered
Spider in room.
Towel removed after first night, but not renewed.
Not cosy place, call it nothing more than a practical hotel between airport and split.
A small hotel with excellent rooms, lovely garden and pool. Breakfast was very good, amazing chocolate cake and a wide variety of food. The Staff were so helpful and friendly, particularly Adi, who gave us lots of very useful advice. Excellent value
I visited with my friend at the end of Sept. We had far from a 4 star experience. The bathrooms in the rooms are large but the rooms are small. There's no relaxation seating area in the spa - just a small so called 'current' pool. Both steam rooms were broken when we were there. The spa therapist is also the spa receptionist - so there's often no one at the desk. The bar area inside the hotel was shut for the entire time we were there. There was no manager there at any point during our stay. The place is very short staffed and when we asked to speak to a manager 2 separate members of staff explained their frustration to us that they are between management at the moment and the managers just don't care. Breakfast was below average and is served in a large room with no windows.
The historical ruins and mountains sit on one side of the hotel and rooms at the back overloook the pool and mountains. However, overall, the hotel is remote from everything and is also situated in an industrial area that, overall lacks any beauty. It's about 10 mins taxi from Split at a cost of around £20 return. Although that sounds close - in reality, it feels like you are in the middle of nowhere. If Split is your focus, this is not the place to go.
The shuttle service to the beach is good but again is through industrial areas and busy traffic. At the beach we had to pay for loungers - about £10 each. Other 4 star hotels in Split where I have stayed have much closer private beaches and you don't have to pay to use the loungers.
Beware a Sunday Times review that mentions this as one of the top 30 coolest hotels as it was written before the hotel opened and is based not on service but on the design only - which overall apart from the small rooms and poor spa area, is nice. As is the outdoor pool area.
Overall - Split has so much more to offer in terms of hotels. I have stayed in others and this was a very expensive let down. Make sure you shop around.
The hotel is located outside Split, close to the Roman Ruins of large Roman settlement.
The Roman ruins are located at walking distance from the hotel. They are worth visiting and it takes a couple of hours to visit.
The hotel service, food and rooms were of excellent quality.
The entrance is on a main road but being built upside down rooms are quiet and views nice.
Pool and loungers on ground floor with spa and fitness room. Bus runs from outside the hotel through Solin to Split Old town. 13 Kn each way per person.
Food good, big choice at breakfast - cereals, continental and continental cooked.
Staff very friendly and helpful.
Room a good size, clean and very comfortable.
Would happily stay again.
Couple of 'possible gotchas' for info.
1. Had dinner a la carte one night. Was OK, but hotel prices mean that it was not cheap, especially the wine. Far better to go into Solin or Split.
2. Also had the complimentary 'welcome meal'. Choice limited to 3 set meals all a bit uninspiring. We had sea bass which was actually very good, but the mixed salad starter was just that with no dressing etc; I guess it's "free".
3. All the local beaches are gravel, not sand. Free transport to beach is nice but they didn't mention that where it goes is 'Joe's Beach' which charges for loungers 117Kn each (500 for doubles) with hotel discount. Food at the bar is OK but prices you would expect for a captive audience (70kn (£10) for a sandwich, 25-40kn for a soft drink). There are equally nice beaches, albeit without a bar or loungers, all along the shore so you might want to pick one of those and take your own packed lunch.