We stayed here for a week and were realistic about what they might mean by 5 star, so were not too disappointed. The location isn't brilliant - it's about a 10 minute walk to town - but you do get a flavour for the "real" Croatian experience on the way.
It is a nice hotel and I would recommend it. The room was fine - a good size, clean and comfortable. The TV menu listed BBC in the choices but they didn't have it, although we didn't mind really as we weren't there to watch telly.
Breakfast was a little disappointing. There was plenty of choice - and very eclectic it was too - rice, pasta, tinned peaches, grilled courgettes appeared among the usual suspects of bread, ham and cheese. The problem at breakfast was the room and the staff. the room is large and mostly empty - very little decoration and no atmosphere whatsoever - quite unwelcoming. The staff - who were polite and courteous, if a little taciturn, were totally preoccupied with cutlery and clearing tables and would have been better off concentrating on the buffet. They were primed to swoop down and take your spoon away just as you finished your cereal whilst the juice, milk and pancackes (thank goodness for them or I would have starved!) had all run out!
Based on breakfast, we decided not to eat at the hotel. However, we did order some "cheese and grapes" from Room Service. What arrived was a plate of cheese with broken crackers, walnuts and pretzel sticks - but no grapes, which was a shame.
The best thing about this hotel is the Wellness Centre - a spa complex which includes a good sized pool with jacuzzi area, a very well equipped (but mostly unsupervised and rather untidy) gym, sauna and steam room (out of order). They also do all sorts of spa beauty massage therapy things - we didn't indulge.
A leaflet in reception about Split lists this hotel as the crème de la crème of hotels in Split - I think that's going a bit too far but it was perfectly adequate and the leisure facilities were excellent. There's even a casino if that's your thing.
As long as you take the 5 star rating with a pinch of salt - you won't be disappointed.
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