It's been a year but I absolutely must go back and review the single best hotel experience we've ever had.
Vestibul Palace is in between the emperor's living area and his square, and that's appropriate because staying here makes you feel like royalty.
We chose to have limo service pick us up from the airport. We were greeted by an extremely friendly driver, fluent in English (most if not all staff were), who refused to let us carry our own bags once we arrived - even though they were two large packs. You have to walk into Diocletian's Palace a few minutes to get to the hotel and it's a magical entrance indeed.
The location of the hotel is breathtaking. Diocletian's was one of the most beautiful landmarks we saw in our 31 days in Europe and the sea just outside the walls, along with waterfront businesses, were equally as inviting. Seconds from the hotel, a capella singers belt out impressive harmonies which is incredibly romantic. Some had complained before that it wakes you up but it's kept out quite well with windows closed, you should always travel with ear plugs, and to be honest I quite enjoyed forgoing both and starting my day with those incredible voices!
The service of the hotel was above and beyond what you could hope for. With only a handful of rooms, everyone knows you and is incredibly helpful and friendly with every tiny interaction. Whether it was insisting on cooking us a custom omelette after breakfast service just ended, waking up at 5:00 to go buy us catamaran tickets, accompanying us to the dock with our heavy bags, or anything else we could possibly need - the staff was at your full service and beaming with happiness to be so.
The room was comfortable, well appropriated, and my favorite mix of modern and historic. Some of the original walls that housed roman emperors were part of our enclosure, and used in such a way that worked so well with the modern decor.
Breakfast was amazing, the hotel felt completely safe and secure at all times, and I felt like every penny spent was spent well. It's a splurge, to be sure, but if you're going to do it - this is the place. You can get luxury and boutique everywhere but it's rare to have that combination inside the walls of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Thank you for an amazing experience!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Small luxury boutique hotel in the heart of 1700 year old Diocletian's palace. 11 Unique rooms will give you a one of a kind experience of sleeping in the emperor's chambers! City Center, City Hotel, Luxury Hotel, Boutique Hotel, Luxury Boutique Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vestibul Palace Hotel
- Vestibul Palace Split