Posted by: viewfromtheriva | August 9, 2013

Split’s newest boutique hotel, the 4 star Marul

The new Hotel Marul took five years to complete

The new Hotel Marul took five years to complete

As Split continues to make its mark as a destination, more and more hotels are being planned and built.  Some, like the 300 plus room glass cube/convention center on the Western Promenade facing the harbor, developed by the city’s former mayor, have been languishing for years, while others like the Hotel Luxe, just up from the Green Market, which opened two years ago, sprout and blossom quickly.  The Luxe is now top rated on Trip Advisor, for example.

Today, walking up to the end of Marmontova, then past the Prima shopping center opposite the National Theatre, I took a detour up the alleyway to check out a new apartment building that has been in process for about a year.

I walked down the pathway to the front door and whoa!  It’s not an apartment building, it’s the city’s newest four star hotel–the Marul.  As a friend and I tried to peek in the windows, we were greeted with a hello from the second floor.  It was the owner, who together with his partner, welcomed us in and showed us around.

Because the site is still within the historic area, but outside the Palace proper, it took five years to secure all the permits and finish the project. “We even had the conservator here and they dug down several meters all around just to be sure there was nothing buried that was historically significant, ” he said.

The hotel is actually two buildings, one new and the other re-furbished, creating a very handsome ensemble, very much designed to fit in with the surrounding buildings.  A top floor terrace connects the original structure with the new one, creating a nice private deck for each unit on this floor.

With only 14 rooms, the Marul’s focus is on space and convenience.  Each room is generously sized, with a real sense of privacy and of course its own en suite bathroom..

comfy bed

Everything is spotless, with obvious attention to finish and detail. Interestingly, the hotel will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, which are all optional.  And the restaurant will also be open to anyone who wants just to dine here.  Although there is inside space for dining, most of it will be outside, in a very private courtyard.  Considering how close it is to the National Theatre it makes a perfect place for a pre or post dinner.

although there is an elevator, the inside staircase is nicely done for those who want some exercise!

although there is an elevator, the inside staircase is nicely done for those who want some exercise!

The upstairs rooms are very spacious and have private terraces, a rarity for intown Split hotels.  And in one of the deluxe rooms, a real surprise, a free standing bathtub smack in the middle of the room!



The room rates start at 90E off season and run up to 240E, which is close to the average for a four star hotel here.  With it’s unusual location, close to Marmontova and a stone’s throw from a major bus station and taxi stand, the Hotel Marul is a welcome new addition to Split’s hotel scene!  According to the owners, it will open “in less than a week!”

top floor room opens to its own spacious terrace

top floor room opens to its own spacious terrace


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