Stay in Split in style
You don't have many options if you want to stay within the Roman walls of Split's Old City. How nice then to find somewhere as charming as the Hotel Peristil. It's not a cheap option but how many hotels can you stay in that are built inside a Roman Emperor's summer palace? The rooms weren't the biggest hotel rooms we've ever stayed in - but they were comfortably stylish, spotlessly clean and cool.
Helpful staff, the delicious breakfast (included in the room rate) served on the terrace and a peerless location - all in all, certainly recommendable and a hotel we would return to ... in fact we are, this year. I'll have to follow my own advice and book well in advance - there are only 12 rooms and demand is high. Built right into the palace walls (one wall of our daughter's room was actually the ancient stone) and literally a minute's walk from the very centre of the Old City, some rooms have a view of the Peristil and the Cathedral. It's this marvellous location that makes the Peristil special but there is perhaps a downside to it - it didn't worry us but it could be if walking and carrying your bags more than from kerb to door is a problem.
If you're bringing a car, parking can be a bit tricky - the whole of the old city is a pedestrian-only zone - but perseverance should get you a spot in the public car park on the Riva and there's no limit on the time you can leave it there. You can walk pretty well everywhere in Split that you might want to see sightseeing and the ferry terminal is a 10 minute walk at most.
The staff are very helpful and welcoming. The hotel has no lift - and a tiny entrance - but suitcases are quickly whipped upstairs and there's someone on hand to help with bags when leaving if required.
Lunch at the terrace restaurant was excellent - and how nice to have cool room so close at hand to return to for a short siesta after a morning's sightseeing and a long lunch.
A gem of an hotel!
Based on the tripadvisor reviews, my husband, our 13 year old son and I booked here for 4 nights (3 - 6 Sep). What a win! Superb location within part of Diocletian's Palace - splendid to have breakfast in a charming courtyard with a Roman arch! Very central to the Riva (beachfront boulevard), tourist info and market. Short walk (5 - 10 mins) to bus station, port and beach. Delightful room, tastefully furnished and air-conditioned (most welcome in the searing heat), spotless bathroom (shower only), really good breakfasts (orange juice, fruit salad, cereal, eggs and bacon or delicious omelettes, coffee or tea) and very friendly and efficient staff. Cannot recommend it highly enough!
Sue Briggs, South Africa
After reading the reviews on Trip Advisor we booked this hotel and were very happy with it.
Excellent Hotel, perfect location, very friendly staff (especially Daliborka - who made us feel very welcome!).
Good Breakfast. Clean and comfortable rooms.
Only negative comment I would make would be the level of noise late at night.
Our group of seven LOVED our stayed at the Peristil. This small, somewhat tricky-to-find hotel is right in the heart of the action. The rooms were totally modern (yet charming) and crispy clean. The entire staff (a family-run business) was extremely friendly and available to help with anything we needed throughout our stay. Since the weather was perfect, we ate breakfast and several dinners on the patio in front of the hotel. The restaurant service was a bit spotty, but carried out with such good spirit and intent that it was easy to overlook. The food, especially the seafood, was excellent. Seven thumbs up for the Peristil!
A very good hotel experience
Stayed at the Peristil as a lone traveller at the end of August begining of September 2006 during a trip through Croatia.
From the moment I arrived I loved my stay here. The hotel is small and friendly and they allocated me a fantastic corner room on the 3rd floor with views towards the Cathedral. This was welcome because usually, as a lone traveller, hotels charge premium room rates and then proceed to treat you as if you have a highly infectious disease, dumping you in the smallest room room with a terrible view and ingnoring you in the bar and restaurant!
Not at the Peristil, they got it just right, friendliness and concern without over familiarity. A great little hotel!
I would definitely stay here again, Split is a wonderful place to explore for a few days and I think that my overall experience here was one of the best on my trip.
Wonderful Hotel in a Great Location
This is a wonderful hotel in a great location. The building shares a wall with Diocletian’s Palace. It is at the East gate next to the Cathedral. Our room was not large, but well laid out with nice furnishings and a comfortable bed. Good bedside tables with reading lights a writing desk and plenty of closet space and hooks and a small refrigerator hidden in a lovely piece of furniture. The décor is warm and inviting and very nicely appointed. The bathroom was compact but nicely arranged and very clean. We were in room 102 which looks out to the restaurant area and walking area leading to the cathedral and noise was not a problem. The rear facing rooms, unless on upper floors, most likely have a views of another building. There is no elevator so we requested and received a room on the first floor. They have a nice restaurant where they serve a very generous breakfast that is included in the room rate. There is both inside and outside seating. The staff was very helpful and polite. They also have drivers available to take you to trains or airport.
Situated in the wall of the Diocletian palace, very near the harbor esplanade and overlooking the ancient 'peristil' and bell tower, this hotel has great location and very comfortable rooms. It was the only place we stayed in either Croatia or Italy that took individual orders as part of the breakfast. The staff was friendly and helpful, and the view into the peristil was fantastic. The only drawback would be the lack of an elevator, but, hey, you walk all over town, why not walk up a couple flights of stairs. It's worth it.
"A youthful city"
The first thing I noticed about Split, is how many young people there are. Teenagers, young couples, and young families swarm along the pier and the main drag in Diocletian's Palace. The second thing I noticed is the fasionable way people dress. Even mothers wore mini skirts with the fancy stockings and pointy high heels.
Situated on the ocean, Split's major attraction is Diocletian's palace. It spans a huge area. We stayed in the Hotel Peristil, right in the palace. The highlight for us was not the many beautiful shops with amazing shoes and clothes. It was the cathedral of St. Duje. Wow. Incredibly high ceiling in this all stone structure. Numerous stone statues with fine detail and breath-takinginly gorgeous carved windows. Each part, the altar, where they keep the Blessed Sacrament, the statue of Pope John Paul XXIII, the crucifix, it's all so beautiful. We went to mass there, and met a very nice nun who had lived in the palace all her life. She couldn't speak english and we couldn't speak Croatian, but luckily my mother and her found common ground in the language of German!
Diocletian (245 to 313 AD) was known in history as a persecutor of Christians. It is now quite ironic that his very own mausoleum has become the main Cathedral of Split, the oldest Catholic cathedral in the world.
3,000 people live inside Diocletian's Palace. It's a city all unto it's own, complete with shops, delicatessens, restaurants, churches, museums, and apartments. But there is much more beyond the palace to see in this big city! The Bell Tower right above the cathedral of St. Duje (St. Domnius in english) you must climb. Because when you get to the top, you can see much of Split, the surrounding mountains, the ocean, the bustling city and all it's structures. What I liked was they have a huge soccer (football if you're there) arena with what looks like a retractable roof, like the Skydome in Toronto, Canada. Very impressive. The Croatians are very good at soccer/football.
We walked along the waterfront and looked at the tugboats, ocean liners, and yachts. Long rows of tented restaurants/cafes lined the whole front of the pier. It was November 1st while we were there, which is All Souls Day in the catholic church. Because Croatia has such a huge catholic population, entire streets were lined with flower vendors and just about everyone was running around with bunches of flowers in their hands. People in business suits, mothers with children, guys on motor-bikes...they all had flowers. Then my mother told me All Saints Day is actually a national holiday in Croatia. They place the flowers on the graves of their beloved and pray God will accept them into heaven. How beautiful.
We only stayed one day in Split so we didn't go to any of the islands. Next time.
What I will remember of this lovely city, is our last night we went to a small pizzaria down a very narrow cobblestone street. Inside was cozy, wooden beams, dimly lit with candles. Good food, nice to see all the young people enjoying themselves and my mother and I had our last meal in a land we will never forget!
"A view of Split from the Bell Tower"
We climbed the Be;; Tower and saw more pretty red roofs!
"The Gate to Diocletian's Palace"
This was our view from our hotel room
SAFE overnight parking near the Palace of Diocletian
Hotel Peristil AT the Palace does NOT have parking facility for its customers. Where can we park over night safely and with reasonable cost?
While there are limitedparking spaces just south of the Palace, we do not know 1) how easy (mid-week in May, during the day or evening) to find a space there; 2) if it is safe to park a rental car overnight, and
3) and how much it would cost per night/day.
Any quick help will be highly appreciated (we will be there in a few days)!
Thanks in advance!