After arriving in Split late in the evening after a slight flight delay, we were excited to see what our accommodation for our 4-night stay was like. As Split is predominately pedestrianised, Samm from The Inspiration Highway and I were dropped off near the ferry port and a representative from the airport transfer company led us on the 5(ish) minute walk to our apartment – Diokles Studio Apartman. I’m so glad he did, as Split is a warren of tiny streets and I’m positive that we would have got lost in the dark.
We arrived at Diokles Studio Apartman to be greeted by Naba, the owner/manager. She kept apologising that her English wasn’t great, but like we said to her, it was way better than our Croatian. She ran through the basics, pointing out what was where, including which remote to use for the satellite TV and air conditioning, and which to use for the funky neon lights running around the top of the apartment. She gave further information about the in room safe, took our passport details and left her contact details, and that was that – we were in!
The apartment (studio with terrace) itself was perfect for our needs. Having Googled a number of apartments in Split, it was obvious that ours was in a different class to many others. Most are quite traditional, whereas Diokles Studio Apartman was über modern. Even though it was a studio, it was spacious, complete with massive double wardrobe, twin beds (which can be made into a double), a dressing table, dining table, kitchen including fridge and dishwasher, and en suite shower room with enough towels to keep us going for a month. There were plenty of windows in the apartment, however, they all have built in black out blinds, which were great for keeping the early morning sun out, but did make it feel like we were underground at times. Luckily, there was a small terrace outside complete with bistro table and chairs for two where we could sit and enjoy a drink and enjoy the warm Croatian sun. My only small criticism was the lack of a full length mirror, meaning I couldn’t check what I looked like before heading out for a night on the town!
The location was perfect – right in the centre of Split, meaning that we could walk everywhere within a short time. All of the major sites were on our doorstep, including the Palace of Diocletian which was a mere 200 metres from the property. We couldn’t have asked for a better location. The only small issue was that there are a couple of restaurants and an on-site bar surrounding the apartment, which meant that we were woken up EVERY morning between 6am and 7am by people talking, laughing and even singing(!) whilst eating their breakfast. Also, they are open until midnight every day, so if early nights are your thing, you may want to bear that in mind.
We were a bit worried when it came to check out, as our return flight wasn’t until 8.30pm. We went into panic mode, thinking that we would have to wheel our carry-ons around Split with us that day. However, Naba firstly extended our check out time to 11.am instead of the advertised 10am, and then let us store our bags for the day at the ice-cream shop a few doors down. As it was an apartment as opposed to a hotel there wasn’t a formal check out procedure – we simply left the keys for the door on the dining table and let ourselves out.
I loved the apartment, it was modern and clean and had everything we needed for a short break. I would highly recommend staying here if you are looking for an apartment in the centre of Split. As mentioned above, the early mornings were quite a struggle for us, as we are night owls. However, if you are early birds, this should prove no problem for you. A great apartment in a great city.
- We stayed at Diokles Studio Apartman as part of the holiday that Samm from The Inspiration Highway won at Icelolly.com‘s #blogatthebeach event earlier this year.