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Hotel Vestibul Palace
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Iza Vestibula 4a, Split 21000, Croatia   |  
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Palm Springs, California
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57 hotel reviews
Reviews in 54 cities Reviews in 54 cities
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
“Loved this place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

This hotel was great. I had the highest floor room and the room, service, and breakfast were fantastic. Location spot on and the staff were extremely helpful. They parked my car, retrieved it in the morning and couldn't be more helpful. Nice job!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Stayed at this hotel on a Saturday night on return from boat charter and had to leave very early the following morning. The location is both good and bad. It is right in the heart of the old Palace so really convenient but the drawback is with the free concert staged on a Saturday night was a little noisy. Probably not the case if you stay any other night. Staff were helpful in organising transfer to Trigor for lunch and also to airport at 4.00am in the morning. Compared to other small luxury hotels we have stayed at this was the most expensive and missing the little touches, especially tea and coffee making facilities in the room. Judita Palace far far better and less expensive.

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mumbai
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Another terrible choice made by me to stay in this 'Palace Hotel' The website shows the hotel and the rooms to be so good and modern but in reality the hotel rooms seem a bit run down and smaller than it seems on the website.
The Double Room in the adjoining part of the Vestibul Palace the Villa Dobric, the bedroom is up a narrow staircase but theres only the bed, the bathroom and other utilities are on the lower level.
This hotel also boast of being part of the SLH, but id really like to question the Small Leading Hotels Organisation to review this hotel!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Munich, Germany
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194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

the room itself is quite average really for the price you are paying but then i guess it really is location location and location. there is also the special charm that the hotel is part of the old palace itself. sleep quality wise not very good. pillows are not soft neither were the linens, i think they can improve on that, again for the price that the guests are paying. breakfast was quite nice though. i usually skip breakfast as i get up very late but then somebody mysteriously knocked at my door at 9 am so. and then some neighbor's alarm went off at 5 am so that didnt help with the sleep either. the hotel is very inflexible about checkout time. i got a call at 12.08 noon. i mean they could be a bit courteous i thought but then it is a tiny hotel with only 7 rooms so i think i kind of understand. staff are extremely friendly and helpful though.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Madrid, Spain
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

We stayed at the Vestibul Palace in August 2011 before and after a week-long stay in Hvar. Our flights didn´t allow us to go straight to the island, and this was a blessing in disguise.

All I can say is that our expectations were easily surpassed !

The email exchange with them regarding the rooms and our plans was quite nice and left a great impression. We asked them to pick us up at the airport as we were arriving on a national holiday.

When we were getting out of the plane, I saw my suitcase being thrown out by the handle, and I got a bad feeling, that was confirmed upon pick up. The handle was partially broken and I wasn´t going to be able to use the wheels. I could have asked for a replacement or a repair, but it was going to take longer than our vacation time, so we headed out to meet our driver. He told me not to worry, and off we went into Split. We parked ... and he picked us both our suitcases (mine by hand) and we followed him underneath the Diocletian Palace, among all the tourists and the stairs.

The hotel is right in the middle of the Palace, but it is quiet and has a lovely small square in front of the entrance where you can have dinner or breakfast. Our room was at the very top of the building, with open stone walls, a small bathroom and so comfy beds ...

They gave me some duct tape to try and semi-repair the suitcase so that it could survive the holiday, and then they told us not to worry about next day ferry tickets, that they would buy them for us. That day we went for a walk near the beach and then into town and end up having dinner at Konoba Atlantida, near the harbour, a place recommended by some friends.

In the morning we had a great breakfast, and then we headed to our ferry, again with our driver (I don´t remember the name, but everybody was extra-nice) carrying our luggage. He helped us to get the suitcases at a good place inside the ferry, specially given the state of my poor suitcase.

Our return was similar. They were waiting for us at the ferry, picked up the luggage and off to the hotel, where we got the same room as the week before. We decided to have dinner at the hotel, which was nice and entertaining because of an american couple who fussed over the aperitif they had ordered, end up with a glass of spanish cava although the husband maintained that it was croatian, and left having drunk the cava and not paying at all ... and complaining quite loud ;)

The following morning I woke up very early to get to the farmers market. It is quite near from the hotel, and I truly recommend it specially if you have a short flight home. I bought cheese, plums and wild rucola, and they were a hit at home because everybody in the family remembered our time in the former Yugoslavia back in the Eighties.

The only thing I can say it is that I have been recommending Vestibul Palace to all my friends. Some of them complain about the price, but the service is amazing and so it is the place, right in the middle of Diocletian Palace. A brilliant stay.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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20 hotel reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013 via mobile

This is a tiny little hotel, 2 rooms per floor, no elevator. We were upgraded to the penthouse suite and the sleeping area is a loft above the sitting area and bathroom. Very well located for being inside the place walls and close to all the activity, shops, restaurants and Marina with the boats coming and leaving. The staff are wonderful, and the buffet breakfast, which was included, was spectacular. A great introduction to Croation food with proccuto and cheese as part of the extensive selection from the buffet, or eggs made to order should you desire. The only slight hitch is finding it late at night after a delayed plane flight from Gattwick airport in London. The taxi has to drop you opposite in the public parking area, as no cars can drive into the walled area of the palace. You have to walk through a market area, and up a flight of stairs to get to the entrance. Once you arrive though, your bags will be carried to your room, and if you inform them you are there, (call when the taxi drops you) they will come down and meet you and help you bring your bags. You are truly in Emporer Diocletian's former dressing room (Vestibule) as pieces of the original palace walls have been incorporated into the very modern design.

Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Tampa, Florida
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

My interest in Croatia began with Diocletian's palace. Hotel Vestibul is built within it, with the Roman walls exposed. The rooms and dining room are very attractive. We loved staying in this hotel! The breakfast consisted of many varieties of fruit, ham and sausage, bread, yogurt, cheese, eggs made according to request, cereals, etc. We dined often in the hotel's courtyard across from the Ethnographic museum and only had to walk through the roman remains of Diocletian's vestibul to sit in the lit up peristyle, listening to guitar music. Magical!
Light sleepers should request a room with windows not facing toward the roman vestibul.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Iza Vestibula 4a, Split 21000, Croatia
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Location: Croatia > Dalmatia > Split-Dalmatia County > Split
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Split
#4 Family Hotel in Split
#5 Luxury Hotel in Split
#7 Romantic Hotel in Split
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Vestibul Palace 4*
Number of rooms: 11
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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