The 20 Best Hotels on the Dalmatian Coast, Croatia

Dalmatian Coast

The Dalmatian Coast is best known for its climate: Mediterranean on the coastline, but quickly changing to alpine just inland in mountains which roll right down to the sea in a particularly picturesque way. There are a number of lovely towns and cities lining the coast, many containing the best hotels on the Dalmatian Coast, and all of which seem to have their best side facing out to sea.


Northern Dalmatia stretches from the Kvarner Riviera to Split, including Zadar and Trogir. Split is the largest city in the region, so makes an easy base. The Old Town, built around a vast Roman palace, is exceptionally beautiful. Zadar is the other large town in the region, again with an impressive Old Town littered with Roman ruins, medieval churches and excellent museums. But Northern Dalmatia is probably better known for the scenery, with some breathtakingly lovely National Parks and some of the least built up islands along the Dalmatian Coast.


The southerly part of the Dalmatian Coast is where you'll see palm trees and olive groves along the ribbon of Adriatic blue, but the grey cliffs and peaks are still right behind the coast. This is also where you'll find Dubrovnik. A favourite of famous aesthete Elizabeth Taylor, Dubrovnik's sheltered, emerald harbour, 13th century walled town and its Stradun, said to be one of the world's most beautiful main streets, are endlessly enchanting. It sounds over the top, but you'll see...

Boutique Hotel Kazbek

Whether you fancy the north or the sounth, if you're going to visit during the busy summer months, the 20 best hotels on the Dalmatian Coast will get booked up well in advance. So either get organised and plan ahead, or come in the quieter months when this beautiful region is far less crowded!

The 20 Best Hotels on the Dalmatian Coast

The Most Romantic Hotels on the Dalmatian Coast

The Villa Dubrovnik is certainly luxurious enough for Elizabeth Taylor. With private beach, private ocean view balconies, excellent Mediterranean restaurant and the possibility of having a hot tub on your balcony means it's probably luxurious enough for anyone!

Villa Dubrovnik

The Grand Villa Argentina is a stunning villa turned 127 room hotel positioned right on Dubrovnik’s waterfront. It’s has a private beach as well as a full service spa and three excellent restaurants, two pools and lush gardens.

The Judita Palace is a gorgeous, romantic property near Diocletian's Mausoleum in Split's main square. Beautiful rooms have exposed stone walls and classic decor and some boast wonderful Old Town views.

Judita Palace

The Best Boutique Hotels on the Dalmatian Coast

Once a castle holiday home, now a 13 room boutique hotel, the Boutique Hotel Kazbek is on the bay of Lapad and has stunning rooms and suites benefitting from the castle’s original features. There’s also a fantastic restaurant and pool.

Boutique Hotel Kazbek

The Almayer Art and Heritage Hotel is an historic property turned boutique hotel in the centre of Zadar. This chic spot has just nine rooms which are up to the minute modern, and you've easy access to both sea and sights!

Almayer Art and Heritage Hotel

The Best Waterfront Hotels on the Dalmatian Coast

For a top notch stay on Trogir's waterfront, we recommend the Brown Beach House. Its 25 rooms and suites are light and bright, plus you'll find a huge pool and excellent Mediterranean restaurant.

Brown Beach House

For a Dubrovnik property that's right on the sea, we'd recommend the Hotel Kompas. Slightly out of town, it's an ultra modern property with chic rooms, state of the art spa, plus choice of bars and restaurants.

Hotel Kompas

The Best Hotels on the Dalmatian Coast for Families

Traditional and elegant, the Hotel Bastion is just a few minutes from Zadar's old town and built into the city's ramparts. And with some of its traditionally elegant rooms sleeping up to four, this is also a great option for families.

Almayer Art and Heritage Hotel

Just outside Zadar is the family friendly Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera, a superb contemporary property with gorgeous ocean views, a state of the art spa and activities for all ages.

The Stradun Apartments are a collection of boutique style apartments in Dubrovnik’s Old Town. Light and airy, with contemporary decor, each apartment sleeps up to four, and offers all the mod. cons. plus the measure of staying in a 17th century townhouse.

Stradun Apartments

Split’s Divota Apartment Hotel is a stylish collection of rooms, apartments and a three bedroom house, it is perfectly situated for exploring the city.

The Best Hotels on the Dalmatian Coast for an Escape!

Just outside Trogir, the adults only Hotel Ola is a romantic treat with rejuvenating spa and epic sea views. Plus there's a good restaurant and activities aplenty.

Hotel Ola

To the south of Dubrovnik, Cavtat is a good choice if you want to escape the crowds and have easy airport access. Villa Pattiera is a traditional property offering simple but spacious accommodation within walking distance of the beach.

Chic Hotels on the Dalmatian Coast

Glass fronted, state of the art Hotel Bellevue has fresh and neutral interiors with spectacular views and an excellent spa.

Hotel Bellevue

The Excelsior Hotel is situated a stone's throw from Dubrovnik's Old Town. It's a modern property with exceptional views both over the Adriatic and Dubrovnik's Old Town. Plus there's an excellent spa and seafront restaurant.

The Hotel Vestibul Palace is situated in the heart of Split’s Diocletian Palace. Luxury combined with contemporary interiors located bang in the centre of the Old Town.

Hotel Vestibul Palace

Heritage Hotel 19 offers seven beautifully renovated rooms with plenty of original features, yet a fresh contemporary feel, right in the heart of Split.

The Byron is a stunning property situated right beside Dubrovnik Cathedral. Its four rooms offer chic minimal decor that effortlessly blend period and contemporary features. All also provide little kitchenettes for those who'd prefer to stay in!

The Byron

The Best B&Bs on the Dalmatian Coast

St Joseph's is a gorgeous property set within the walls of Dubrovnik's Old Town. Luxurious rooms ooze elegance and sophistication - perfect for a romantic break.

St Joseph's

The Villa Allure of Dubrovnik is a stunning little guesthouse hotel with nine contemporary rooms with elegant decor and wonderful sea views from sprawling terraces. There is a pool and you’re only a short walk from the beach.

Grgur Ninski Rooms is a smart B&B situated inside Split's Diocletian Palace. Rooms are a lovely mix of period and contemporary features and breakfast is served at a cafe down the road.

Grgur Ninski Rooms

The Best Value Hotels on the Dalmatian Coast

Split’s Hotel Marmont is close to both the seafront and the heart of the Old Town. It boasts contemporary chic rooms encased in a beautiful 15th century shell, plus outside terrace and busy cocktail bar.

The Amoret Apartments are a collection of traditional apartments located just five minutes walk from Buza Beach with wonderful views over Dubrovnik’s Old Town. Each apartment has a kitchenette, wi-fi and extra beds. From around £65 per night.

Amoret Apartments

Who says cheap accommodation has to be grotty? At Split’s Design Hostel Goli + Bosi you'll find a range of incredibly inexpensive yet stylish rooms. Plus a fantastic pizzeria! Prices start from just €20 per person if you're in one of the dorms.

Design Hotel Goli

Split's Vida Boutique Hotel is also fantastic value. It offers a handful of individually designed rooms with prices starting from as little as €50 per night in low season.

Vida Boutique Hotel

If you haven't found your perfect property on our Guru's list of the Best Hotels on the Dalmatian Coast you could:

The 20 Best Hotels on the Dalmatian Coast

  • Villa Dubrovnik Dubrovnik 56 rooms from €132

    Views  -  Fabulous views over the Adriatic and of the old city.
    Families  -  2 villas sleep 6 each.
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet

    A beautiful Five Star hotel crafted by local architects from the rock face in Dubrovnik. Designer rooms, suites, and villas are contemporary with sea facing balconies, some with private hot tubs. Excellent restaurant, pool, spa, private rocky beach, and lots of privacy. Romantic luxury. See More

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  • Grand Villa Argentina Dubrovnik 127 rooms from €266

    Spa breaks  -  A full service garden-view spa.
    Views  -  Fabulous views from all angles.
    Foodies  -  Three excellent restaurants.

    A stunning Dalmatian villa sits on the waterfront with breathtaking views, its own private beach, and a full service spa. Rooms and suites, slightly traditional, but very luxurious with private balconies. Three excellent restaurants, beauty salon, spa treatments, two pools, and picturesque gardens. See More

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  • Almayer Art and Heritage Hotel 23000 Zadar 9 rooms from €96

    Beach Life  -  Located on a sea-port, swimming spots and sea views are endless plus ferries run from a nearby port to neighbouring islands
    Local exploring  -  A perfect location in the heart of Zadar means cathedrals, Roman forums, restaurants and nightlife is all on your doorstep
    Sailing  -  Hop on one of the ferries that run from nearby ports and spend a day exploring the surrounding islands
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Zadar's famous sea-front art installations Greetings to the Sun and Sea Organ

    This intimate hotel of just nine rooms is in a beautifully renovated 19th-century building. The classical exterior is juxtaposed with stylish, contemporary design. Chic rooms are decorated in earthy hues and feature polished concrete floors and large oil paintings. An undeniably cool spot. See More

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  • Brown Beach House Trogir 25 rooms from €212

    Local exploring  -  Ideally placed on the coast and just a short distance from Trogir's medieval old town.
    Sailing  -  Charter a boat and explore the coastline stopping for swims along the way.
    Diving  -  Explore the numerous diving sites full of coral, sponge and sealife.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site, Trogir Cathedral.

    A boutique hotel offering chic accommodation and glorious sea views. The rooms and suites are light and bright with pale wooden floors, large windows and luxurious marble bathrooms. The terrace restaurant serves up exemplary Mediterranean dishes and there's an enormous pool overlooking the sea. See More

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  • Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik 173 rooms from €166

    Local exploring  -  Ideally placed for exploring the enchanting city of Dubrovnik and the stunning surrounding Dalmatian Coast.
    Beach Life  -  A romantic hotel in a sheltered bay on the Lapad peninsular, perfect for a seaside escape.
    Fishing  -  The hotel can organise sea fishing trips for guests.
    Sights nearby  -  Fifteen minutes bus ride from Dubrovnik old town.

    A stylish ultra modern hotel, with a spectacular seaside positioning. Hotel Kompas offers guests a first-class staying experience from chic rooms, to superb vistas, atmospheric bars, an excellent restaurant and a deluxe spa. Perfect for simply relaxing or exploring Dubrovnik. See More

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  • Hotel Bellevue, Dubrovnik Dubrovnik 77 rooms from €162

    Beach Life
    Sights nearby  -  Easy walking distance of the Old Town
    Views  -  Fabulous views across Miramare Bay
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection, Tablet, CN Traveller

    State of the art glass hotel set in the cliff face in central Dubrovnik. Contemporary designer rooms, family suites, and suites have neutral tones, all the high techery and private balconies. Two restaurants, excellent spa, and immediate access to all the sights. A luxury spot, very family friendly. See More

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  • Hotel Bastion Zadar 28 rooms from €124

    Sights nearby  -  Located on the peninsula close to all major attractions
    Lively  -  Zadar is know for its nightlife and bar scene
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux

    A good four star option a few minutes from Zadar's old town. Traditional elegant rooms, some sleep up to 4, with subtle lighting, rich fabrics, and wallpapered walls. Excellent restaurant and terrace, spa and business room. A good choice for any traveller. See More

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  • Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera Zadar 110 rooms from €218

    Foodies  -  Dalmatian specialities in two restaurants.
    Spa breaks  -  A two floor state of the art spa.
    Families  -  Plenty of children's activities.

    A fabulous contemporary spa hotel on the Petrcane peninsula. Panoramic ocean views, a state of the art spa covering two floors, fantastic Dalmatian cuisine, and charming nautical themed rooms and suites with all the mod cons. A sophisticated choice for a spa and beach holiday, family friendly too. See More

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  • Judita Palace Hotel Split 8 rooms from €262

    Sights nearby  -  Diocletian’s Palace, Peristyle and Diocletian’s Mausoleum.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.

    A romantic hotel just near Diocletian's Mausoleum. Beautiful rooms and suites have stone walls, creamy furnishings, wooden floors and all the mod cons. Charming terrace, sitting room, library and restaurant. A stylish spot for a stop-over in Split. See More

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  • Boutique Hotel Kazbek Dubrovnik 13 rooms from €213

    Sights nearby  -  Dubrovnik old city - take the cable car to the view point above Dubrovnik - a must!
    Traditional  -  The summer house of a Croatian noble family.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool with hot tub
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

    A luxury boutique castle hotel, previously a holiday home, in the heritage bay of Lapad. Stunning rooms and suites, traditional in style with wooden beamed ceilings and attractive furnishings. Fantastic regional restaurant, pool and courtyard, and a speedboat to hire. See More

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  • The Byron Dubrovnik 4 rooms from €290

    Local exploring  -  This prime location in Dubrovnik's Old Town is a great choice for guests interested in discovering the city's many attractions
    Great walks  -  Walk the city walls- the easiest and most popular itinerary for visitors to Dubrovnik is the stroll around its fortifications
    Sights nearby  -  Of all the Old Town treasures, the Franciscan Monastery and its Old Pharmacy Museum are the real gems
    Local markets  -  The oldest market in Dubrovnik is located in the prominent, baroque square of Gundulićeva poljana
    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    A lovely 17th century guesthouse in the heart of the Old Town set just by the cathedral. Rooms are bright with chic minimal decor, an up-cycled feel and have little kitchenettes for self-catering. Hosts are hands-on and very welcoming, providing guests with indulgent breakfasts and top local tips! See More

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  • Hotel Vestibul Palace Split 11 rooms from €269

    Local exploring  -  From Split you are able to explore the Croatian islands, such as Korcula, Hvar, Vis.
    Sights nearby  -  St Domnius Cathedral, ruins at Saloma, the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Small Luxury Hotels

    A traditional Dalmatian house with chic minimal interiors in central Split. Rooms and suites have original stone walls, big sky lights, white walls, and sparse furnishings. Good Mediterranean restaurant and walking distance to all the attractions. A stylish spot for Split. See More

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  • Heritage Hotel 19 Split 7 rooms from €164

    Local exploring  -  Ideally placed on a quiet cobblestreet just a short walk from the town's main attractions.
    Great walks  -  Take long walks through the cypress and Mediterranean pine tree forest just outside Split.
    Sights nearby  -  Wander through the Diocletian's Palace and view the St Domnius Cathedral.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.

    A charming boutique property in the centre of historic Split. Beautifully renovated rooms keep their original charm yet have a fresh contemporary feel. Indulgent breakfasts are served in the lobby overlooking the courtyard which later turns into an honesty bar. A delightful base to explore the town. See More

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  • Villa Pattiera Cavtat 12 rooms from €113

    Traditional  -  All rooms are furnished with antiques and have oak floors.
    Sights nearby  -  40 mins to Dubrovnik by boat taxi
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.

    A good choice for a less touristic holiday on the Dalmatian coastline. A traditional hotel in the town of Cavtat within striking distance of the beach. Simple, but very spacious, rooms have parquet floors and mahogany furnishings. A bit off the beaten track, but better value. See More

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  • Stradun Apartments Dubrovnik from €100

    Families  -  Each apartment sleeps up to 4.
    Beach Life
    Sailing  -  Take a boat to Elaphiti islands - Kolocep, Lopud or Sipan - for walking, swimming, sunbathing.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Michelin Travel

    A boutique collection of apartments in the Old Town. Light, airy, and contemporary decoration within a 17th century townhouse. Each suite has all the mod cons, including DVD players, and a kitchenette. A great option for a family or a couple for a summer beach holiday or a winter retreat. See More

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  • Divota Apartment Hotel Split 24 rooms from €119

    Private Hot Tub  -  Book the three bed villa and get your own private terrace with hot tub
    Sights nearby  -  Unesco-listed Diocletian's Palace, Cathedral of St. Duje.
    Sailing  -  Catch a boat to Hvar, Vis, or Pag.
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    A renovated stone town house with a collection of contemporary chic rooms, studio apartments and one house. Interiors are all white with wooden floors, kitchens, sitting rooms and all the mod cons. Superb location in the thick of all the attractions. Stylish and family friendly. See More

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  • St Joseph's Dubrovnik 6 rooms from €199

    Local exploring  -  Right in the heart the UNESCO-protected Walls of Old Town Dubrovnik, and only minutes from the Stradun Promenade.
    Romantic Break  -  An enchanting escape for two- the elegant and stylish suites are steeped in romance and history.
    Sights nearby  -  The old walls of Dubrovnik, Onofrio's Fountain and the Franciscan Monastery Dubrovnik are all with two minutes walk.
    Sailing  -  This hotel serves as a perfect stopping point on a sailing trip around the Dalmatian coast.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Great Small Hotels

    A stunning 16th century guesthouse set within the walls of Dubrovnik's old town. The luxurious rooms are appointed with style and elegance, fittingly paying tribute to the city's rich culture and heritage. Surrounded by the old town's enchanting streets, it's the perfect place for a romantic break. See More

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  • Hotel Ola Trogir (Seget Donji) 50 rooms from €145

    Beach Life  -  Located just a couple of hundred metres from the sea plus sea taxis are accessible to transport you to nearby secluded spots
    Romantic Break  -  This adult-only hotel offers chic rooms with breathtaking sea-views, infinity pool and terraced dining
    Active Holiday  -  One-day sailing trips on the hotel's own boat can be arranged, as can hikes, biking and guided tours
    Foodies  -  Black Pepper restaurant offers a range of fresh, local ingredients as well as paleo diet recipes

    A stylish adult-only hotel offering a rejuvenating retreat with spa, sauna and multitude of in-house treatments. Located on a beautiful stretch of Croatian coast, rooms boast breathtaking sea-views. This stunning ocean spot provides activities ranging from sailing to local village exploration. See More

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  • Hotel Marmont Split 20 rooms from €134

    Historic  -  Mediterranean side streets and the Sveti Duje Cathedral
    Romantic Break  -  Situated in the UNESCO-listed old town of Split
    Designer  -  Minimalist furniture and bathrooms
    Sailing  -  Ultra Sailing
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape

    An old-town hotel perfect for the cultural explorer. 21 minimalist chic rooms with kingsize beds and big bathrooms. Many historic sights, day trips, and lots of beach life. A sumptuous seaside spot for couples. See More

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  • Design Hostel Goli + Bosi Split from €20

    Groups  -  Three and four person dorm-style rooms perfect for groups of friends.
    Contemporary  -  Superbly contemporary and minimal rooms all in white.
    Value chic
    Traditional  -  An old 19th century warehouse conversion.

    Fantastically modern hostel from a newly renovated 19th century warehouse. A range of modern minimal rooms, dorm-style rooms, and suites provide excellent value accommodation for families and groups of friends. Simple but delicious pizzeria and access to all the sights. See More

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  • Grgur Ninski Rooms Split (Dioklecijanova ul. 8) 4 rooms from €60

    Local exploring  -  Located within the Palace, it's in the heart of the Old Town with tourist attractions, restaurants and cafes around.
    Value chic  -  Great value for money considering its cool interiors and superb location inside a UNESCO world heritage monument.
    Writing a novel  -  Be inspired by all the history around you! Writing desks in rooms.
    Sights nearby  -  Gregory of Nin and the Cathedral of St. Domnius are both moments away from the hotel.

    A chic bed and breakfast located inside Diocletian's Palace in Split. Rooms contrast old and new with exposed stone walls, minimalist white-on-white décor, and contemporary furnishings. Breakfast is served at a nearby cafe. The perfect place to soak up the city's history and architecture. See More

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  • Villa Allure of Dubrovnik Dubrovnik 9 rooms from €199

    Views  -  Stuning views over the Mediterranean and Dubrovnik Old Town
    Beach Life
    Sights nearby  -  Close to Dubrovnik's historic old town
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor

    A stunning little guesthouse-hotel. Contemporary classic rooms have four poster beds, beige tones, and elegant furniture. Wonderful sea views from sprawling terraces, swimming pool, and walking distance to the beach, restaurants, and Dubrovnik's stunning Old Town. See More

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  • Amoret Apartments Dubrovnik from €73

    Views  -  Stunning views over the Old Town.
    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Dubrovnik's Old Town is a highlight.
    Kayaking  -  Adriatic Kayak Tours.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Michelin Travel

    Traditional apartments, excellent value, just a five minute walk from Buza beach. Apartments have kitchenettes, extra beds, wifi, and wonderful city views over the Old Town. Rooms are rather antique but offer unbeatable rates. Ideal for anyone on a budget, very convenient too. See More

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Written by Sarah Empson

posted Wednesday, 21st August 2019