Le Méridien Lav, Split
What We Love
- A five-star spa hotel in Podstrana on the beautiful Dalmatian coast, with thoughtful perksA speciality of the hotel is its éclairs, with an inventive and mouth-watering range of classic and locally inspired flavours (figs and apricot, rosemary, yoghurt...)
- The amazing spa, with its sense of space and light, infinity pool, and mind-boggling choice of treatments
- The chance to go have fun on the water (jet skiing, parasailing and banana rides, to name but a few options)
What To Know
- Set on a 2,600-foot private beach with panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea and Split
- The champagne bar overlooking the marina is a hotspot among guests
- There's a range of activities from scuba diving to tennis on one of the four courts
- The spa also has a Finnish sauna and Roman baths
- There's a small fee to use the hotel shuttle into Split, but it's cheaper than taking a taxi
Set on its own private 800-metre beachfront with fabulous panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea, the city of Split, and surrounding islands, Le Méridien Lav, Split is an impeccably stylish five-star hotel, with white, glossy interiors and spacious sea-view bedrooms. Don’t just take our word for it – this spot was also voted TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice 2014 Winner in the Luxury category.
Its landscaped terraces, complete with an infinity-style swimming pool look onto the hotel’s 60-berth private harbour and beach, where you can take advantage of a range of water sports and even try some scuba diving. If you fancy a spot of tennis, there are four courts on site, as well as an impressive spa where you can soak in the Jacuzzi, Finnish sauna and Roman baths. When it comes to dining, take your pick from a wide array of chic gourmet seafood and Mediterranean restaurants, and sip chilled fizz in the Champagne Bar.
How to Get There
First impressions of the hotel were great - the reception staff seemed friendly and efficient, arranging for our bags to be taken to our rooms while we went for a drink in the champagne bar.
Despite arriving mid afternoon we were easily able to get a sun lounger at one of the 2 private beaches. The beaches around this area are not sand so water shoes are advisable for going in the water. The location of the hotel is fantastic with spectacular views from everywhere.
Having stayed in other 5 star hotels, this was just missing the little details. the air con could only be adjusted by 3 degrees and cut out if the balcony door was opened so you couldn't turn it on then sit on the balcony while the room cooled down.
There were shops contained within the reception area, all of which opened when they said - except the hotel shop. When we tried to find out about it none of the staff knew anything about it with the restaurant and reception both saying that the other was in charge of it and no one seemingly bothered about actually helping us to find out.
Breakfast was possibly the biggest disappointment. The staff seemed inexperienced and customer service was certainly lacking here
I ordered a pot of tea which, when poured, had a burst teabag. I asked for this to be replaced and watched as the young member of staff poured the tea through a sieve into a new teapot. At this point I presumed he had added a new teabag but no - he had just topped the teapot up with hot water, leaving the weakest tea I have ever seen and he had no interest in what I was saying to him after that so I gave up and just waited until I got home 2 days later for a cuppa.
We would come back but would do more research into what is round about to do
We had a lovely stay at Le Méridien Lav stayinh in a really nice room with a very large balcony overlooking the marina. We were very very pleased.
All the staff were super nice. The only exception during this very nice hotel experience was the breakfast. The food and the selection and variety of it was totally ok, but the serving staff obvisiouly needed better routines and experience to match this five star hotel.
We will gladly come back!
We stayed at the Le Meridien Lav on 2 separate occasions over a week in Croatia. I held on the review until the 2nd stay just hoping to give it 5 stars vs. 4. The hotel is great in almost every way, great service, rooms are large with amazing views of the marina and ocean, good wifi, cheap parking. The downside, the beds. They're pretty bad, definitely the worst of any of the Marriotts we've stayed in for the past several stays. Very thin and you pretty much feel each of the coils.
We stayed in an Adriatic suite which we found a little dated and felt quite small compared to our friends superior sea view room, the rest of the hotel was lovely the pool area and views especially.
The staff is where this hotel really comes into its own. From the helpful and friendly porters (one young guy in particular-we didn’t catch his name!!) excellent reception staff to the duty manager that after we had major issues with ‘Adriatic escape’ a boat hire company with its literature in the hotel rooms arranged a boat for us with a few hours notice with ‘costal experience’ a company that offered much better service.
The breakfast was brilliant, everything you could want and more!
The location is great, 10 mins taxi ride into the main marina area with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants.
For a 5 star hotel the overall experience is way less than you'd ask for.
Nice breakfast buffet
Great bathrooms, both in rooms and reception
Bad tasting and badly cooked lunch and dinner buffet
The hotel service except reception is less than optimal
The cleaners did a good job 1 of out 2 times. Last night there was what seemed to be resedue from the detergent in the bed.
Nice view though, no doubt.