This establishment demonstrated a split personality (pun intended because similar issues arose elsewhere in Croatia), but fortunately, the balance was more positive than Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, if at times unnecessarily inconvenient.
As if to illustrate this inconsistency, the business appears to operate under two similar, but distinct names: Royal Accommodation and Royal Hotel.
First the good news, the care of this establishment is visible in the design of the rooms. For two standard size rooms, every detail was finely fitted and there was none of the usual sloppy placement of electrical outlets. Rather, the single free outlet was positioned above the desk. So if you've got gadgets, you may want to pack a USB charger/multiple outlet combo.
Air conditioning functioned well, as did wireless internet and television. Shower stalls were decent size, not so narrow as bang your elbows when you lather -- a problem at some places. Breakfast was perfectly adequate - including hot eggs and sausage and a range of cold selections.
On the down side, our stay was marred by management weaseling out of prior agreements: it failed to provide the larger room that had been promised, then relocated us from one room to another for no apparent reason, and it initially refused to accept payment by credit card despite their prior agreements to these terms. Despite their entreaties to use the cash machine up the street, we held fast to our original terms and paid by credit card.
We were also redirected to a more expensive airport transfer - something we learned in advance only because that driver took us to dinner the night before. Only after raising this matter with hotel management were we advised that the taxi would accept a price closer to our earlier understanding.
As to location, it is convenient to touring ancient Split, the Riva, and walking distance to airport buses, trains, and ferries. Seasoned travelers know that proximity to transit hubs usually means a less visually appealing neighborhood, and so I think it important to point out that the transit area is sufficiently distant that we felt perfectly safe around the hotel. One does not need Las Vegas electrical waste for safety, reasonable foot traffic will do. In fact, we dined at a restaurant on the narrow, dimly lit street behind the hotel that also happens to have a super market.
For disabled travelers, this hotel lacks an elevator and the two approaches to the entrance involve a flight of steps. Similarly, because the hotel is uphill from the transit area, the distance is short, but the walk can be challenging when dragging bags over cobblestones.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Your best choice in Split Royal is located in the center of the city, two hundred meters from the Diocletian's Palace and the waterfront in a quiet street, offers guests a unique experience. Royal categorized as a 4 *, its 6 double rooms equipped best to please our guests: spacious rooms have LCD TV, safe, mini bar, free high speed Internet and large, comfortable beds, a rich breakfast of local foods selected by carefully selected owners will provide power for an ideal start to the day.Once guests Royale, Royal guests always. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Accomodation Hotel Split