9 Things to Love About Radisson Blu Split

9 Things to Love About Radisson Blu Split
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Oh Croatia, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. If you’ve been following my travels, you’ll know I absolutely adore the country. I especially fell in love with the coastal city of Split on my first visit in 2013 and I have been going back frequently ever since. It’s a special city and you cannot easily escape the charm.

Did I mention my boyfriend is Croatian? So yeah, I have a thing for Croatia.

When I travel, I swear by using Airbnb for accommodation. But honestly, I have not had the best of luck renting in Split. I find most the apartments I’ve rented in Split through Airbnb are WAY smaller than they look in pictures, the walls are paper thin and you can hear footsteps all throughout the day and night, and the wifi is usually TERRIBLE.

So I decided to try my luck at a hotel and I’m so glad I did! The Radisson Blu Split has set the bar high and I will definitely stay there again in the future.

Here are the Top 9 Things to Love About Radisson Blu Split: 

1. Location

The bad news: the hotel is NOT in the center

The good news: the hotel is NOT in the center

Split Riva

The beautiful Split Riva (waterfront) in Croatia

If you’ve been to Split in July and August, you will notice that the night life is very lively. Fun if you’re into partying, not so fun if you’re trying to sleep. There are usually pros and cons to staying in the center. The obvious being you’re within walking distance to everything. The cons being the noise and the inflated prices. I think the Radisson Blu Split is in a perfect spot, away from the crowds yet close enough to be a part of it if you wish! A bus will get you to the center in 10 (ish) minutes. Walking will take you about 45+ minutes, but it’s all along the coast and you will pass several cute little local beaches so it’s a great way to see some of the lesser known beaches in the area.

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Another great perk about not staying in the center? The hotel had excellent wifi, which in my experience, is NOT common in the center of Split.

2. Support for Local Artists

Art Hall at Radisson Blu Split

If you walk around and explore the hotel, you will notice a large section of paintings in one of the hallways, beautifully lit by blue lighting. What I learned is that once a month, the art is changed and they display prints from local artists in and around Split. I thought that was really great and it’s nice to see them supporting the local community. It might not seem like a big deal, but I thought that was really encouraging to see.

3. Huge Breakfast Selection

Breakfast at Radisson Blu

I was surprised at how big the breakfast room was. At first it seemed like a school cafeteria, but the awesome views made up for it. The food selection was huge and even with my gluten allergy, I found plenty to eat. Custom made omelettes, local cheeses, cured meat, sausages and bacon, cereals, fresh squeezed juices, and a porridge station with a variety of nuts and toppings, you name it and they had it. To top it off, they had soy milk for my coffee, which is nearly impossible to find in Split otherwise. It was everything you could have asked for in a buffet breakfast.

4. The Amazing Spa

The spa was hands-down my favourite part about the hotel. At 2,000 square feet, it’s the largest spa in all of Split! You could seriously spend an entire day there getting pampered, or just relaxing on your own. Are the treatments pricey? Yes, slightly, but nothing outrageous. And what hotel spas aren’t pricey anyways? You’re paying for convenience.

Radisson Blu Split Spa

Indoor pool & jacuzzis. Photo courtesy of Radisson Blu Split.

Even if you don’t want to spend any money, there is a lot to enjoy. My boyfriend and I really enjoyed the solarium and jacuzzis, and got some good R&R in during our stay. The spa has a solarium/sun room, a pool, 2 Finnish saunas, steam room, hot pool, cold pool, and 2 jacuzzis. We literally spent a whole evening there and would have stayed longer if we didn’t get kicked out for closing time.

Radisson Blu Split Spa

Relaxing spa day with #Bae

Also inside the spa was a gym with free weights, machines, and cardio equipment. It’s another perk for those of you who love to work while traveling (which definitely is me).

5. Views for Days

Views at Radisson Blu Split

One thing you will notice right away at Radisson Blu Split is the nice views, which can be seen just about everywhere. All the restaurants, bars, and even the gym had floor to ceiling glass windows with lots of sunlight. All that vitamin D really puts you in a great mood! Ok, maybe it’s just the placebo effect, but hey, whatever works!

Radisson Blu Split Outdoor Pool

Radisson Blu Split Outdoor Pool. Photo courtesy of Radisson Blu Split.

6. Relax on Your Own Private Beach Area

Private lounging area at Radisson Blu Split.

Private lounging area. Photo courtesy of Radisson Blu Split.

A few minute walk down to the sea from the hotel you will find a small private beach for hotel guests. There is a beach bar called Mistral and several day beds for your lounging pleasures (free for hotel guests). It’s super nice to have your own private beach, especially during peak season when most beaches in the area are packed.

7. Nearby Žnjan Beach

Znjan beach near Radisson Blu Split

Žnjan beach is one of my favorite beaches in Split. For those of you not too familiar with Split, Žnjan beach is a located on the outskirts of the center with a very laid back atmosphere. It is a pebbly beach (as most in Split are) lined with some trendy cafes that are very popular with the local crowds. The beach is more secluded and the water is crystal clear. Žnjan Beach, along with Kasuni beach, are my top 2 favorite beaches in Split and away from the tourist crowds.

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8. Modern Luxury Not Typical in European Hotels

Radisson Blu Split luxuries

The Radisson Blu Split exudes modern luxury, noticeable from the second you enter the large colorful lobby. One thing that immediately caught my eye was the iPad station available for guests with fast wifi. Even though I had my own laptop and iPhone with me, I couldn’t resist playing with a new toy. You always want what you can’t have, right?

Radisson Blu Split Rooms

The entire hotel is very tastefully decorated with pops of color in all corners of the hotel. Our room had 2 twin beds, a flat screen TV, ample shelf space for unpacking, and a large balcony. There was a partial sea view and a view of the mountains. Although the car lot in between was not the most attractive view we could have asked for, it was still very nice.

The bedding was extremely plush and comfy, which really makes the difference of a good night’s sleep or not. It’s something I have learned not to take for granted when traveling in Europe. Comfy beds are very rare to find, trust me.

9. Because Size Really Does Matter

Lobby at Radisson Blu Split

It’s one of those places that has everything on site, so you never have to leave. But Split is gorgeous and you’re going to want to get out and explore. I’ve been traveling to Europe religiously since 2006 and this was definitely the biggest hotel I’ve ever stayed in. The hotel boosts 250 rooms, a spa and fitness center, 3 restaurants, 2 bars, an outdoor pool, a huge lobby, and 9 conference rooms. The hotel also has an onsite hair dresser, car rental company, and excursion center to help plan your holiday activities. So really, it has everything you need without having to look elsewhere. Convenience at its finest.

Oh, and the Radisson Blu Split is also a popular spot for weddings! Just in case you’re wondering…

Cons (Because not every hotel is perfect)

  • the bathroom had stained glass instead of regular walls/doors, so it lacked the privacy I like when using the toilet.
  • the size of the hotel was a plus, but at the same time that resulted in a less cozy feel.
  • 12 euro for parking. I know most hotels these days charge for parking, but since its not inside a busy town and there is plenty of space around, I think parking should be included in the price. But that’s just me. It’s not a huge deal, but just had to mention it (very nitpicky of me, I know).

Overall, I had a really nice stay and it was great getting pampered while in Split. It really had all the amenities you could have asked for and the staff was so nice and inviting. This was my very first experience staying in a Radisson Blu hotel and I was quite impressed. They uphold very high standards and I would definitely stay in one of their hotels again!

Happy travels and enjoy Split!

♥A special thanks to Radisson Blu Split for hosting me during my stay. All opinions, however, are my own. I don’t bullshit and would never recommend somewhere I didn’t truly enjoy!♥

Note: Due to my visit during off season, the outdoor pool was drained & the beach area was not set up. Therefore, the Radisson Blu Hotel provided me with a few pictures to supply for this post, as were marked above.

Have you ever Stayed in a Radisson Blu Hotel? Have you Ever Been to Split? How was Your Experience? Do tell! 

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25 Comments

  1. I would love to visit Croatia especially Split and Dubrovnik. The Radisson Blu looks like a gorgeous hotel and I like the idea that it’s not in the centre but it’s right by the beach. I will definitely pick your brains when I make it to Split which will hopefully be next year!

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    • Let me know and I would be glad to help in your Croatia trip! 🙂

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  2. We stayed at the Radisson Blu when we were in Aqaba, Jordan. And yes, it also had a really amazing selection for breakfast. Looks like the one in Split is just as fabulous!

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  3. I actually live in Albania so I’m very close to Croatia, I just haven’t made it up there yet for a good exploration session. But I’m sure I will soon!! Great pictures 🙂

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    • Ohhh you gotta get up there! Croatia is amazing and there are so many great islands to explore!

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  4. I’m already in love with all Radisson Blus, and this one is just as lovely as the one in Mitte, Berlin! Plush beds are a heaven send while traveling Europe. It looks like Radisson Blue in Split treated you well!

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    • Yes, definitely! One of the most comfy beds in Europe that I’ve had! 🙂

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  5. I could live without the partying. This places looks beautiful. I love how they display local art.

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    • The art was a nice touch indeed!

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  6. I love the views from this Radisson!!! Amazing. And, I like that its not in the hub of town and near the water. I stayed at the Radisson Blu at the Mall of America and really liked the layout and hip vibe. I hadn’t stayed at a Radisson in a long time so it was fun to experience another hotel. I did find it a little odd that an escalator took guests up to the second floor where the elevators were. I was at a conference so unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to check out the spa.

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    • Ohh, the spa was the best part! I wonder if they are that nice and big in all the other Radisson Blus. I guess I need to find out! 🙂

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  7. This Radisson reminds me of the Hilton I stayed at in Luxor, Egypt. Anyways, TBEX last week was held at a Radisson Blu in MSP, MN so it was my first time around one. They are nice!

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    • Oh nice!!! I’m going to TBEX in Stockholm, wonder where its held.

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  8. The bad news: the hotel is NOT in the center
    The good news: the hotel is NOT in the center

    Haha! Love this! I like that it’s not in the city center (I’m not really into partying). But still very accessible and just close by the beach. The resort looks beautiful and modern.

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    • Ya my partying days are over so this was perfect haha 🙂

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  9. when traveling, i wind up splitting time between airbnb’s and hotels, for reasons just like this. this hotel looks stunning, and split’s definitely on my to-go list!

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    • Split is beautiful, you gotta make it over there! September is the best month to go imo! 🙂

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  10. The hotel looks super modern and sleek. Unfortunately, if I’m traveling on my own and having to pay for expenses myself, staying there would probably be out of my budget. I’ve only stayed at a Radisson Blu once (in Dakar, Senegal) and the lobby and actually looks really similar to this one in Split.

    I agree that not being in the center is usually both a benefit and a drawback.

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    • Totally understandable! Hotels usually aren’t the best option when it comes to solo travel. Although it’s nice when traveling with a companion to feel pampered every once in awhile. The Radisson was a great choice for that! I liked it a lot more than some of the standard chain hotels 🙂

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  11. That hotel looks amazing. I will be visiting the Radisson in Barbados this weekend. Hope it is just as nice.

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    • Oh awesome, hope you enjoy it! Barbados looks gorgeous!

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  12. The name Radisson itself comes with a promise, a promise of quality, and this hotel seems to have that in abundance. The hotel seems so idyllic and to top that it is not in the centre, which means you can get some relaxation away from the hub of activities, which is something we really like.

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    • Definitely a relaxing place! And the local beaches just topped it off! 🙂

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  13. I love the look of this hotel and particular;y the fact that they support local artist. I went to a restaurant like that and really enjoyed looking at all the painting on sale. The interior itself looks fun and funky too.
    What exactly though is a wifi station?
    It’s a shame the parking is so expensive. If we went to Croatia, we would probably want to hire a car to get around. That is very expensive parking and would make me think twice about staying at the hotel.

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    • Ya I really liked the artists cove, it was a nice touch! The wifi station was just for anyone who didn’t have a computer and wanted to use free wifi. 🙂 Ya the parking price might be an issue, but at the same time it is much cheaper for parking than other parts of Europe so I guess when you think about it that way its not that bad 🙂

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