Split Transforms into Construction Site for New Hotels: What Can We Expect?

Daniela Rogulj

What will be ready for the upcoming tourist season, and what can we expect for the future of Split hotels? 

With the renovations of private apartments and bedrooms, the trend that has taken over the city far beyond the center is the amount of hotel construction sites around the city in recent months. Construction is everywhere, making it evident that investors have finally found the climate is sufficiently positive for tourism in the city under Marjan, reports Slobodna Dalmacija on March 4, 2018. 

Despite the long overdue number of 20,000 beds in private accommodation, it should be remembered that to become a year-round and serious tourist destination, it is necessary to have a large number of hotel rooms with the corresponding amenities. The current situation in Split is not up to par, considering in the area covered by the Split Tourist Board, according to eVisitor data, there are only 3,180 beds in 35 hotels which can be classified and categorized by the Ministry of Tourism.

After the reconstruction and upgrading of hotel “Park” on Bačvice and the extension of “Cornaro” to the premises of the former main post office at King Tomislav Street, Split has a few new hotels to boast. For starters, we the recently opened “Ora” hotel at Poljička street which has 24 double rooms and a conference hall, and, of course, the new “Marvie” hotel with 74 rooms and two luxury suites, specializing in health tourism – which is logical as it is located just below Firule hospital.

A new “Radisson Blu Resort” Pavilion will soon be in operation, with 54 rooms and 15 suites, nestled at the site of the former Split hotel building. In 2018, guests will receive the “Time” hotel, which is built on Vukovarska Street, between the School of Economics and Biology and the Hygiene Institute.

“I’m not sure if we will open at the beginning of the tourist season, but we plan to receive the first guests this year,” said Stipe Mađor, whose “Time” hotel will have 24 rooms, wellness facilities, parking and a restaurant open to citizens throughout the year.

The most extensive construction site is at Bačvice, where around five hotels of higher categories are either being built or obtaining and collecting permits at this time.  At the location of the former Kaliterna garden, just above the famous beach, Fani Kerum was planning to open a hotel – but the land and the project were sold to “Veneficus”. The four hotel floors will accommodate 60 rooms or suites, 45 parking spaces, and boast a large garden. The digging has already begun. Somewhat to the west, on a plot located east of the road-pedestrian bridge connecting the city harbor and Bačvice, the company “Špinut”  is building the “Villa Harmony” on six floors.

Tomislav Mamić of ”Tommy” fame bought Villa Rosina, which will experience a reconstruction with plans to build an 80 room hotel next to it. The nearest neighbor will be yet another high-class company, with the investment of Onyx’s Josip Komar, who will build a luxurious hotel on a small plot with six above ground and two underground floors.

To the attention of many Split passers-by since this September is the construction of the new “Ambassador” hotel projected by Neno Kezić, where Klaus Alex Birkenstock will invest as much as 17 million euro in the project.

By the beginning of the 2019 season, the opening of the hotel “Amfora Resort” is planned, whose foundations have just now been cracked. Amfora is an investment of Split entrepreneur Zvonko Kotarac, and as a result, Split tourism will receive a total of 207 rooms, a large congress hall, a series of catering facilities, three swimming pools and luxurious wellness that will be available to the wealthiest of guests.

The project of Jako Andabak on Trstenik and the “Marriot” hotel is expected to open at West Gate B, while the powerful “Adris Group” is trying to break the complicated property and banking blunder at the most famous Split hotel, “Marjan”.

Translated from Slobodna Dalmacija


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