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A 19th-century townhouse formerly owned by the painter and sculptor Veljko Bodulić, Heritage Hotel 19 offers seven elegantly decorated rooms that mix exposed stone walls and original wooden beams with sophisticated contemporary furnishings. Located on a peaceful side street in Split’s Varoš district, with lemon trees and lattice vines covering the outdoor courtyard, the hotel is on the edge of the old town and offers a peaceful escape from nearby sights such as the Diocletian’s Palace. Each room is individually designed, with some offering terraces and others private whirlpool tubs or large antique wardrobes. Staff take great care to tailor the experience to your preferences and the lobby and outdoor cafe area are set up as inviting places for you to relax in the evening with a glass of wine or your choice from the impressive whisky selection.

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There are just seven rooms in the historic building, and each has been lovingly decorated with stylish accessories and antiques. The original stone walls and wooden beams have been retained and are complemented by elegant modern furnishings. Ground Floor rooms offer easy access with private entrances, while Deluxe rooms feature their own balconies with views over the garden. The Penthouse Suites are decorated in black leather and dark woods, and have whirlpool baths. All rooms are spacious and offer Egyptian cotton sheets, air conditioning, flat-screen TVs and large luxurious bathrooms with rain showers.


Located on a quiet pedestrian side street between the Riva promenade and Split’s glamorous West Coast, the hotel is walking distance from both the historic downtown area and nearby Marjan Park, which offers stunning views over the city. There are a number of local restaurants which are easily reached on foot, while the sea is a short stroll away. The property is less than a half-hour drive from Split Airport.

Food and Drink

The hotel serves a continental buffet style breakfast in the ground floor lobby bar, which you can also enjoy outside in the courtyard. In the afternoons, wine and cocktails are available. Although lunch and dinner are not offered, there’s a wide selection of restaurants in the immediate area and hotel staff can help you with recommendations and reservations.

Facilities and Activities

Its central location makes Heritage Hotel 19 the ideal base from which to explore the best of Split. The old town and its historic sites, such as Diocletian’s Palace and St Domnius Cathedral, are less than a ten-minute walk away, as are the cafes and bars of Riva promenade. Away from the town you can soak up the sun on Bačvice Beach or walk up Marjan Park’s forest trails and enjoy the impressive views. You can also borrow the hotel’s bicycles for a ride around the area.


The hotel is a historic building and all upper floors are accessed via staircases, although two of the rooms are located on the ground floor. It’s also worth noting that the street is pedestrian only, so you’ll need to walk a short distance along the cobblestone pathway to enter.

Our opinion

An inviting and intimate boutique option in the historic Varoš area, we particularly like Heritage Hotel 19 for its attentive service, bright airy rooms and quiet yet convenient location.

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