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“Modern, well organized, with a touch of luxury”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Residence

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The Residence
Almaty, Kazakhstan
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“Modern, well organized, with a touch of luxury”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2012

In comparison to other residences we stayed in, this one is very modern, very professionally run, very spacious and luxuriously furnished. There is a small grocery shop on site, and the staff offer transportation to Split, which added to an overall high quality of service. If you need more than just residence facilities you can easily get access to the Le Meridien Lav and use their facilities for a charge. The staff are very professional and friendly. The only disadvantage is a tiny stony beach which was crowded but this didn't spoil an overall impression of this place.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2012

We had a lovely apartment with one bedroom and a huge terrace on the fourth floor. The room was wonderful and modern and the view was just amazing! Staff we're very helpful and friendly.

It was close to the small beach and for a small fee there was beach chairs and parasols to rent from the hotel next door. The bus into Split stopped right across the street from the hotel and took about 15 minutes.

The only negative thing I can think of was that there was some noise from outside on the weekend and from the furniture in the room above.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2011

The Residence is right next to the prestigious Le Meridian Lav and just a 15 minutes bus ride out of Split. The bus stop is just a few minutes walk away from the entrance on the main road.

For a surcharge you can use the pool and spa facilities of the Meridian and watch the sun set in their infinity pool. We had a few great meals at their rooftop restaurant and visited nearly every night for their fantastic cocktails. There is free wi-fi in the Meridian too.

Reception staff at The Restdence were very helpful.

The room was very modern and contemporary. My only negative we had was our view was of a wall, although as walls go, it was a nice one with tropical plants beside it. I would recommend requesting a room with a view before arrival. We did ask if we could move to another room but were told the price would increase somewhat so we decided to stick with our wall.

I have wrote a blog with our travels around the area, if you would like some tips on what to do whilst you stay visit http://littleblondebird-rosie.blogspot.com/

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view and not the view of the wall.
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Glendale, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2011

This hotel was a great deal. The room is big, spacious and very clean. Plenty of room for one person. I love the decor and furniture, all brand new and very modern looking. The hotel is near the beach and Le Meridien where one can eat with a 20% discount card from The Residence. The staff at The Residence was friendly and very helpful.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Brussels, Belgium
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2011

We got a tiny apartment with a small terrace open to the other terraces of the neighbouring aparts, it was very dark since the only light came though the terrace that was against a high rock. Plenty of mosquitoes, tiny pool. The beach was free but no sand and tiny. il was at maximum 2 metres large on low tide. You need to go early for a swim, there is lots of people coming to this tiny beach, impossible to lay down to sunbath. The alternative was to pay to access the larger pools at Le Meridien, the hotel next to it. Very little to do for children, you need to pay for everything (like mini golf or tennis at Le Meridien) It is far from downtown and there is very little to do. Really disappointing and expensive.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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MrsTreselj, Public Relations Manager at The Residence, responded to this review, 7 August 2011
Dear Sir,
I am very sorry to hear that last year your stay at The Residence was disappointing. Our garden units are small compared to other apartments (35 m2 in size), but lots of guests did love them because of the shade and greenery that they provide when outdoors temperatures raise above 30 degrees C.
If you decide to come once again, please, make sure that when making reservation you tell us your wishes and we will make sure to meet them.
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2011

The Residence was absolutely perfect. We have vacationed on the Croatian coast for the past 15 years. We have stayed all over the coast - in luxurious hotels and private apartments. Our 5-day stay at the Residence is perhaps our best vacation experience in Croatia!

Location: The Residence is located in Podstrana, a short drive from Split. While we preferred to stay at the property, it is very easy to make a trip (taxi, bus, rent-a-car, water taxi) to Split to see the sights. We felt it was a waste to leave the beach and property and stayed as long as we could.

Beach: The beach is a stone-throw from the property. A perfect Croatian beach. Simple as that!

Building: The property is right next to the 5-star Le Meridian Lav Hotel. For a reasonable fee, you can use the pool/spa of the hotel. Well worth it in my opinion. The building is well taken care of with a nice surrounding area.

Rooms: The rooms (suites and apartments) are simply luxurious. We spend 3 nights in a suite (bedroom with an extended seating area) and 1 night in a two-bedroom apartment villa. The suite was wonderful. The pictures on the website are a true representation of what the rooms look like. The two-bedroom apartment villa was to-die-for. A dream for any honeymoon or vacation. Again, the pictures on the hotel website are right on. If a sea view is important for you, make sure to ask for one during your reservation. It is worth it!

Services: The Residence does not offer all the traditional services of a luxury resort. There is a small check-in area with a 24-hour store for food and other basic items. All the regular full-service facilities are available next door at the Lav. This was not an issue for us. We wanted a beautiful hotel, luxurious room, and a location on the beach. We found just that at The Residence.

Customer Service: The staff at The Residence was amazing! Very professional and friendly. They went above-and-beyond our expectations from the moment we checked-in. It is clear that they want guests to feel welcome and return.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2011

Stayed here in September 2010 for 5 nights. The residence is a new complex for 2010, and the rooms were very modern and clean. We were picked up by the residence's own transfer service, which was cheaper than normal taxi, and they also took us into Split one day for a discounted rate. Our room was a 'garden' room, which was effectively the basement, but it was still light and the outside, although there was no real view, was still a fairly pleasant place. We ordered breakfast one morning, which was huge and lasted us over lunch too! We also bought access to the next door hotel's pool, Le Meridien, which was a real luxury, 5 star experience, but you have to make the most of it as it is quite expensive? The residence's own pool was unfortunately in the shade and so didnt look as appealing, and quite small to fit everyone in if the apartments were all occupied.

There was a 24 hour reception, with a quite expensive room for buying essentials from. The staff were really helpful, friendly and dedicated, which was one of the main plus points of the experience. We got a lift back to airport from their service again, which was efficient and friendly. Ate out at a few of the Meridien's restaurants which were nice, aswell as a couple of podstrana's, and once in split. (bus ran back until around midnight which was good).

Overall, a really modern, clean apartment, in Podstrana which required a cheap bus (very regular) to split. The residence is basically a cheaper self catering option add-on to the 5 start Meridien, so to gain a full experience you really have to pay for and make use of their pool/beach, which is a little extra unfortunately.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Residence
Address: Grljevachka 2b, Podstrana 21311, Croatia
Region: Croatia > Dalmatia > Split-Dalmatia County > Podstrana
Amenities:
Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 84 Speciality Lodging in Podstrana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — The Residence 4*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Residence reveals a new dimension of luxury in Podstrana, Croatia. Only 8 km south of Split, our brand new suites and apartments offer impressive premium features and modern interior designs creating a perfect living atmosphere. Located on the Dalmatian coast, the most beautiful riviera of the Croatian Mediterranean, and nestled in the five-star hotel resort, Le Meridien Lav, providing numerous facilities you can enjoy. The Residence serves as the perfect home away from home. ... more   less 
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