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“Rundown and shabby but retains some inkling of surrealist charm...” 2 of 5 stars
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Hotel Bellevue Split
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Bana Josipa Jelacica 2, Split 21000, Croatia   |  
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Ranked #36 of 49 hotels in Split
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“Rundown and shabby but retains some inkling of surrealist charm...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2005

The first, let's say, challenge about this hotel is finding the reception desk! It is one floor up a small unmarked staircase after entering what appears to be an abandoned lobby. (Well, actually it IS the former lobby of what was probably once a grander hotel.) Even the elevators were hidden behind a huge wall, and we felt like morons as we walked around knowing we were in the building and that the hotel had to be there somewhere!

This hotel is in a great location, I should mention, and the rooms have a lovely view over a beautiful plaza near the old town and overlooking the split marina. Of course to see that view you had to stand on a chair, since some bright architect put the windows up at about 2 meters high. The drawback to that great location is that you get to hear the 100-decibel church bells chime at 6 a.m. If you do not have earplugs you will not sleep at this hotel (well, unless you like to wake up at 6 a.m.).

The staff was pretty unfriendly, but once again that is because this was obviously a communist government-run yugoslav setup at some point, fully equipped with those funky huge round lightbulb covers everywhere and bad wood panelling. The beds were incredibly uncomfortable and the bathroom a bit dirty and majorly out-of-date.

I guess the highlight of the hotel is the outlandish decor. It is truly tacky and not on purpose in a wannabe retro kind of way. This is true kitsch homespun from people who really did have bad taste, especially the hideous wallpaper in the hallways. The rooms did have a slight "i'd rather leave my clothes on while sitting on the bedspread" feel to them, and i think i've never witnessed such a thick and putrid layer of bird doo-doo on a window ledge in my life.

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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Address: Bana Josipa Jelacica 2, Split 21000, Croatia
Location: Croatia > Dalmatia > Split-Dalmatia County > Split
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #36 of 49 hotels in Split
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Bellevue Split 3*
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