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
I stayed in a 40 Euro hostel that had more comfortable beds and pillows. Even functioning on 1 hour of sleep I still couldn't get a good night's rest.The pillows and mattress are flat and lumpy. It is crawling with crying, screaming children. Everything is outrageously overpriced for the mediocre quality. The staff is overwhelmed and overworked and doesn't know how to deliver service. The view and pool is beautiful but I spent most of my time here lost in a giant marble maze of confusion looking for my room or the towel service. The design is a confused mess with no decent signage to tell you where to go. No view or infinity pool is worth the hassle.
We visited the Le Meridien Lav Split during a multi city trip throughout Europe.
Check in: When we arrived the check in desk was quite busy. We were advised this was because the hotel was at capacity. The check in process was quite easy and smooth. It was a bit of a lengthy process only because the staff have quite a bit to explain as the hotel grounds are enormous. I appreciated the help the check in desk gave us in regards to where things were located.
Room: We had a spacious king room overlooking the marina. It was quite a bit dated, but looking at other reviews, it seems like the resort is due for a renovation soon? We had both a shower and a bathtub in our room which was nice, however due to the way the shower floor is positioned, it leaked everyday. I really hope this is fixed if there is a renovation happening. I loved the traditional Malin and Goetz toiletries that Le Meridien provided.
Grounds: Wow, this hotel is like a little city of its own. It has many amenities that are bound to satisfy all of its clients. There are tennis courts, a beautiful gym, indoor and outdoor pools, spa facilities, many yummy restaurants, among many other facilities. We used the spa for a couples massage and hydrotherapy one day and it was amazing. It was probably one of the best massages either of us have ever had. I loved that the spa had different types of saunas, it had a wonderful steam room and great types of showers. The spa was so serene and definitely a highlight of our trip. The outdoor pool area was also amazing, it had many different depth levels and also a beautiful view of the ocean. The sunsets from the beach/pool area of this hotel are surreal. It was an amazing place to unwind.
Restaurants: Conlemani restaurant was wonderful for lunch. The portion sizes were quite large and the food was delicious. I highly recommend the seafood pasta. It was out of this world. We ended up eating twice at Leonis because of the fresh fish. You choose your fish and how you'd like it prepared. It was a pricier restaurant, but the food was phenomenal. We also ate at Gooshter one night and had drinks there as well. The ambiance of the restaurant was amazing as were the drinks. The food was pretty good, but we preferred the previous two restaurants.
Overall, we had such a great time at Le Meridien Lav Split. I would recommend this hotel and I wouldn't hesitate to book it again during a future trip to Croatia!
Stayed here for 5 nights and just didn't enjoy it.
They seem understaffed and not ready for the busy European summer.
There was no acknowledgement of titanium status. I understand no upgrade available but here it was just nothing. I may be a little spoiled as the previous 2 weeks I stayed at Luxury Collection properties in Corfu and Belgrade, both of which not only acknowledged my titanium status, but went above and beyond throughout my stays. Both offered 2 free 30min massages, and put nice welcome letter in the room with fresh fruits, one with a bottle of Greek wine, the other with a small bottle of local Serbian liquor. Anyways, yeah back to Le Meridien Lav...
The reception staff are nice, but the restaurant staff are miserable and they don't even try to hide it.
The breakfast buffet looks good, but doesn't taste so good. 2 mornings it was almost impossible to get a table. Once I finally did, I had to wait 10+ minutes for staff to clean it. Takes forever to get tea. No smiles. Don't blame staff 100% for this, as I think it's Marriott being cheap on labor expenses, so there's more pressure on less staff.
Beaches and pools are over crowded. Almost impossible to get a chair here. Of course there's premium ones you can pay a ridiculous amount for. At the "new" beach by the marina (not the one by the pools) the staff was very rude explaining how you can't reserve a chair, and if you come in the morning and leave your stuff but go for breakfast they will take our things. So there's no way to get a beach chair and have breakfast.
Got a chair by the pool eventually. Could never get waiters attention to order drinks/food the first day. Definitely need more waiters on there. Went to the pool another day. This time I got the waiter's attention, asked for a menu, and he never came back.
A designated area in the restaurant and at the beach for elite members would be nice.
The rooms are very outdated and the beds are very HARD.
The air conditioning is very weak and won't go below 23 and it's on a +/-3 system with 26 being the main temperature. When there is a heatwave outside, it makes 23 feel a lot warmer inside.
One morning, a member of staff let himself into my room at 8:30am. He came to bring a bottle of water and said it's a gift. Nice gesture, but it was very annoying as he did not knock first, plus it was so early.
They offer a shuttle to and from Split Riva for 30HRK (about 4 euros). After spending a day in Hvar, I tried to take the 7:30pm shuttle back to the hotel. Unfortunately, their info sheet just says "Split Riva" and not an exact address. I couldn't find the shuttle. I called the hotel at 7:20 to find where to go. The person told me one place that was incorrect. I then called back and spoke to someone else. They put me on hold, by the time they came back and told me where to go it was 7:33pm and the shuttle had already left and the next one wasn't til 10:30pm so I had to take a taxi back. Perhaps you could either put a small map on the itinerary sheet you give out, or put an exact address or landmark such as "next to ____ hotel or ___ restaurant." Also, it's like they're nickel and diming everything. Yes, this is a better price than a taxi. But come on, most hotels offer free shuttles to and from the city center, and some even do free airport pick up and drop offs.
There's signs everywhere for a casino that no longer exists at the property. You would think that Marriott, a multi-billion dollar company, could make sure this multi-million dollar property at least updated these signs.