My husband and I and two grown children stayed in Apartments on the Beach in the wonderful city of Split. We had a large, two-bedroom suite with a gorgeous view of the Adriatic from the huge balcony/patio. (The second bedroom was a children's room with bunk beds, not really suitable for tall 27- and 30-year-olds.) Within a very short walking distance are a small grocery store, a fast food kiosk, the ubiquitous Croatian "caffe bar," and the beach. Unfortunately, the weather was crappy so we could not use the beach for sunbathing or swimming, and we were much farther from the Old City than I had realized when I made the booking.Two bus routes are very close by, but the cab fare was about the same as bus fare for four, so we took a cab more often than the bus. The drive into the city centre ("Centar") was about 20 minutes by bus or 10 minutes by cab. Had the weather been better, we would have appreciated the location more. On our return visit to Split a week later, Gordana accommodated us in one of her properties in the old city.
Emilia, Gordana, and their driver (lovely man but I can't remember his name!) are very focused on their guests' satisfaction. For example, Emilia delivered extra towels late one evening. We were given a cell phone to use to contact them whenever we needed anything. I will definitely stay with them again on our next visit to Split.
Be aware that this type of accommodation, typical everywhere we went in Croatia, is not a hotel but a private apartment with kitchen. There are few amenities (e.g., no blow dryer, shampoo, etc.) and no maid service during your stay (although you might be able to arrange that with the owners if you stay for more than a few days). Also be aware that everywhere we stayed, including Villa Sonja, operates on a cash only basis. No credit cards.
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