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I had booked us into Hotel Vestibul Palace, a beautiful historic hotel set right in the heart of Diocletian’s Palace, the best address in Split. We were staying in the annex of the hotel, a short 5 minute walk from the main hotel, which I was a little apprehensive about as I’ve stayed in some annexes that really haven’t lived up to the main hotel’s expectations.
There was no need to worry about that here – the annex is decorated in exactly the same style as the main hotel and the rooms are just as luxurious and well appointed.
And much to my delight, we were greeted with beautiful Molton Brown toiletries: we were off to a good start!
I loved the old walls throughout the city, and especially that we were lucky enough to be staying in a hotel that, on the outside, was as old as its surroundings.
The upstairs bedroom was beautiful if very simply decorated. I loved the simple colour palette as it made for a very welcoming room.
The bed itself was wonderfully comfortable, so much so that when we wanted to explore the city we had to drag ourselves out of bed!
The only thing was that as Andy is over 6ft, he did have to watch he didn’t smack his head off the ceiling when we woke up!
It was wonderfully spacious upstairs that had more than enough room for my wardrobe to explode as it somehow tends to do when I go abroad..! The bedroom also had a large flat screen TV for us to watch as we were falling asleep.
Downstairs was the sitting room and bathroom, separated by a mirrored sliding door. Again, the rooms were simply but tastefully decorated and were very welcoming.
We loved having this space to enjoy after a long day of sightseeing, especially as we didn’t feel as though we had to lie on the bed (as I probably would never have woken back up!).
There’s also a second, smaller TV downstairs which was great for background noise for when we were getting ready – or for Andy to watch the football as I was getting ready, more accurately!
Biggest pet peeve about this hotel? The hairdryer. I know I’m not the only woman to complain about this when I go abroad, but I don’t want to lug a big hairdryer with me, but I also don’t have time to spend three hours drying my hair with the awful little hairdryers that hotels often provide. I can’t wait for the day when luxury hotels provide proper hairdryers.
One of the best bits about this hotel is the location: not only is it the perfect place to start your sightseeing, but it also means you have a beautiful view of the incredible city architecture, both evening..
There’s the option of a continental breakfast in Villa Dobric, the annex, or you can make the short walk to the main hotel for a full breakfast.
As it was so hot when we were there we were happy to sit outside and enjoy the morning sun, and listen to the singers that I mentioned before.
I love the way that SLH hotels subtly announce their accolade: the sign is always present and in view, but it’s never ostentatious, much like the hotels themselves. In fact, that’s one of the main reasons that I keep going back to them (the last SLH hotel we stayed at was Jetwing Beach, Negombo)
I mean I couldn’t leave that mirror without one photo in it, could I?!
Oh, and well, it’s ironic that the photo of this chocolate came last… As it was the first to go!