This was my first time in Croatia and we were looking for a nice small hotel for me, my partner and my friend. This hotel proved to be perfect, apart from the lack of privacy in the room.
The hotel is a nightmare to find. It is not signposted from the road and we spent an hour talking to various locals and family in the UK with maps before chancing upon it.
It is close to the busy coast road, but it is high above the road and traffic noise was not a problem. That also made it convenient for getting around. It is just 10 minutes drive south of central Split, but it would be too far to walk.
There is a beach nearby, but we could never find a way down to it. Instead we drove five minutes up the road to Stobrec, a lovely stony beach with free parking and nice swimming.
We ideally wanted two rooms - one for my partner and myself and one for my friend - but the cost was too high. Instead we got one large room, which would sleep four. That meant we had a double bed and two single beds, split by an archway, but there was no door between them. There was very little privacy.
The room was very clean, with spare towels and duvets. It had two balconies with views over the mountains. It also had rails for drying swimming clothes and outside chairs and tables to sit on.
The bathroom was small, but suitable for our needs, with a good shower.
There was a small kitchen area in the room, with a fridge, sink, electric hob and kettle and also all the tools needed for a basic meal (cutlery, plates, saucepan and sieve).
The room also had a safe for the valuables and an air conditioning unit
The room was very quiet at night. We never heard anything from other rooms or from neighbouring properties and we all slept well.
The service was amazing. Due to a delayed flight and getting lost we did not arrive until 11pm and we feared we would be sleeping in our car. But the hotel manageress answered the intercom and said the room was unlocked and we could check in the next morning.
She was very helpful, giving us advice about where to visit and checking the times and costs of ferries for us. Her English was also perfect, which really helped
The room was cleaned in the mornings, but it seemed the cleaner came around very early (9am). As we were on holiday we were rarely out of the room that early, so only had it cleaned once, but it was done to a good standard. If we were still in the room, the cleaner would leave a new toilet roll and towels outside the room for us.
All parking was at the front of the hotel, with beautiful views over the sea. However the spaces are small and maneuvering was tricky (and we only had a very small car). There were always spaces, but they were not always easy to reach. Actually getting out of the car park onto the main road was also tricky, due to the busy road, the blind corner and the steep slope.
No food was included in the room price. Breakfast was served between 8am and 10am in the hotel garden (which was very nice) and cost 39 kuna - about £4.50. It consisted of cereal, juice, tea, coffee, yogurts, fruit, ham, cheese and bread and was very filling.
The Bottom Line
This was a lovely little apartment complex, with great service and lovely rooms. The price was very reasonable and it is in a lovely location. I would happily go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Modern, elegantly furnished villa hotel located in Split-Podstrana only few kilometers from the ancient Diocletian palace offers its guests during the whole year an excellent accommodation in spacious and comfortable apartments with a large terrace and a sea-view. It is an ideal place for tourists as well as business people due to proximity of the city of Split and excellent traffic connections with Dalmatia and Dalmatian Islands. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aparthotel Stipe Croatia/Podstrana