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Hotel Vestibul Palace
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Reviewed 14 November 2013

Those men in black suits hunkered over a cup of coffee outside the Vestibul Palace Hotel are not waiters on break. They are singers of traditional klapa music relaxing between sets that begin daily at 8:00am. If you are a guest in the hotel, you cannot avoid hearing them because the peal from the St. Domius belltower begins at 6:00 am and has awakened you already!

All of this is oddly calming and appropriate to the setting.

We loved the Vestibul Palace Hotel, named for its proximity to the vestibule inside Diocletian's Palace. Our suite was perfectly sized and nicely appointed; the bed was very comfortable, the personable yet professional and the breakfasts delicious. Fresh juice every morning from the Croatian orange-growing Neretva region was the best I have ever drunk.

Two nights was not enough. I would return in a heartbeat.

Room Tip: If you are driving, directions from downtown Split are tricky. No cars are allowed in the palace area. Make sure you have the hotel phone number and either call the hotel for directions or pay a taxi to lead you to the closest parking lot. Staff will meet you there to carry your luggage.
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank RavenLB
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Reviewed 8 November 2013 via mobile

We arrived in a downpour, made awkward by the fact that the entrance is hard to find. Frustrated and angry, we were greeted by the friendliest, most accommodating staff you could ask for. They gave us towels to dry off, whisked our luggage to our room and delivered tea to warm up all in the ink of an eye. We've been traveling for a week to three countries so far: this staff was the best. However, the hotel has been carved out of rooms in an old Palace so they are modest in size. You don't need a wake-up call as church bells ring 100 times at 6:00AM (I counted them). And again at 7:00. By 8:00 there's a quartet signing outside. Don't expect to sleep late. Right next to great shopping and good restaurants.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Gary S
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

We stayed in room 7 which is the highest room in the hotel with a view over a small square and with the original palace walls in the bedroom. Very neat, beautifully designed hotel in a fantasic location. In the morning we had breakfast outside listening to a male a capello group. More than the location, it was really the superb staff that made it a very enjoyable visit. From the time we called to reserve a room to the time we departed, every member of staff was professional, courteous, engaging and helpful no matter what our request was. For example they organised a private tour of the city with an historian called Dino which we would highly recommend. We had a peek into room 6 and this is a large split level room which is also beautifully designed. If you can afford it and it is available then you should get it. Overall an amazing place to stay. We got an excellent rate as it was the end if season

Room Tip: Go for room 6 if you can but all of the 7 rooms are really nice. Room 3 is the junior suite and room 7 has the original walls in it.
  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 October 2013

This is a modern boutique-like hotel built in the walls of Diocletian's Palace. That means some of the walls in the rooms are 1700 years old. Great location as you are inside the UNESCO World Heritage site and a very short walk (2 minutes) to the ocean front. It is true there are no elevators in this hotel but you get plenty of help from the staff and the stairs are wide and not steep. The rooms are large and modern. This is a definite winner.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank kgsrenChicago
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

We were very happy with our stay at Hotel Vestibul Palace. It is located right in the walls of Diocletian's historic palace. You couldn't ask for a better location. Fortunately, because I planned our trip so far in advance, we had no trouble staying in the main location. Having read the reviews of travelers who stayed in the Annex, I was careful to insure that we stayed in the "Palace" section. Interestingly, this is the second hotel we've stayed in on this particular trip where we were "upgraded" to a "superior suite" -- in fact, a "loft" arrangement -- in which our bed was up a flight of stairs from the main part of the suite. Although this is architecturally attractive design, and I'm sure looks great in travel magazine photographs, I would generally prefer having the bed on the same level as the bathroom for those late night-time visits one must make. Nevertheless, the staff did ask me if this was OK with us. I accepted it, and so I have no complaints at this point.
Overall, we very much enjoyed our two-night stay, due to the extremely comfortable bed, the almost luxurious bathroom, and the spacious, living-room like space we were afforded. We have no complaints about the service, which was unusually accommodating, friendly and courteous. The breakfast buffet was actually better than one usually encounters in hotels of this type -- the friendly staff actually explained what was available, offered to prepare cooked eggs for us, and then whipped me up a superb omelet to order, both mornings.
In conclusion, if this beautiful hotel isn't worth 5 stars, what is?

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Rick049
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