A home away from home, Spalatensis Apartment right next to Split’s Old Town is everything you need in a holiday rental. I was lucky enough to spend four nights at this place, which I reckon is the best studio apartment in Split!
After a week at sea and then five nights in an 8-bed hostel dorm (a very nice hostel, but a hostel nonetheless!), I caught a £4 Uber to the other side of Split hoping for my next apartment to just have a decent shower and a comfy bed. I was greeted by Anita and her son at the front door, and taken up one flight of stairs to the apartment of my freelancer dreams. Fantastic air con, incredible natural light, a table with comfy chairs and a bed I could definitely spend four days straight in watching Netflix on the SmartTV. Yesssss!
What’s the apartment like?
Sandro and Anita have a couple of apartments on this floor and this is the studio, but it’s more than big enough for two people. There’s a large double bed with a 4k SmartTV (hello Netflix my old friend) and a wardrobe in the bedroom, which then connects to the kitchen and dining area with a table and two chairs, and the bathroom has a rain shower and toilet.
In all honesty I haven’t got high standards now after six weeks in a yacht cabin and five nights in basically a cave bed at my hostel, but I can tell you I slept fantastically at Spalatensis. Even having Netflix on in the background as I write is such a treat compared to my recent living situations!
The kitchen is well-stocked with a microwave, stove, dishwasher and coffee machine – everything you’d need for an extended beach break.
One thing that can really make or break your stay an apartment or hotel is the shower, because no one can feel relaxed when the water pressure is less than impressive, so I’m happy to say that Spalatensis’ shower was impressive enough to be a key stand out point. Just note that in Split each house has its own hot water so if you run out then you need to wait for it to heat up again.
Where is Spalatensis Apartment?
The apartment is just one minute from Split’s Old Town so an absolutely ideal location. There are restaurants, cafes and ice cream shops all around, the port is a couple of minutes away, and it’s a few minutes’ walk from Diocletian’s Palace.
Old Town is super touristy (I was there in July so middle of summer) but because the apartment is just outside, the streets are quiet and there’s some smaller local konobas (restaurants) with delish food at decent prices. There’s also a supermarket, Konzum, just a couple of minutes away if you’re keen to cook your own food.
And on that note, what is there to do around the apartment?
For food I would definitely recommend Paradox Wine and Cheese Bar (one minute away) for a stunning rooftop terrace, local wines and the chance to choose cheeses, meats and tapenades for a DIY platter. If you want a proper meal then check out Articok just up the road for a super creative menu with local ingredients, or for something casual you can head to Pizzeria Galija for pizza and a beer.
If you walk into the Old Town there’s loads of places to eat and shop but one thing you CAN’T miss is Bili San’s natural ice cream, just a couple of minutes from the apartment. BLISS! I can vouch for Ferrero Rocher, stracciatella and lemon sorbet.
I’m not much of a history buff myself but anyone with an interest in classics will love wandering through Old Town, with its gem, Diocletian’s Palace, being built in 295AD. For Game of Thrones fans, there’s filming spots in Split that will be less hectic than Dubrovnik so if that’s your type of thing then check out some Game of Thrones tours.
Any other tips for Split?
To be totally honest the tourist boom in Croatia has brought masses of visitors to Split, so in the middle of summer it’s overrun with cruise guests and Aussies/Kiwis straight off of their Croatia sailing trips (guilty…) so I would personally suggest visiting in the shoulder season, in May/early June or September/October, where you’d still enjoy beaut weather but with lower prices and less people.
The final verdict
Sandro and Anita’s Spalatensis Apartment was exactly what I needed, and is perfect for any beach break, post-sail chill out or extended visit to Split. The location is incredible, there’s loads of space, all the amenities you’d need and easy access to restaurants and bars. Sandro, Anita and their son were all super friendly and there’s loads of city guides, tour brochures and restaurant info in the apartment too. I will 100% stay here again on my next visit to Split, hopefully not during the middle of tourist season and mid-heatwave!
If you’re looking for the best apartment in Split for a group of people, they’ve also got two other apartments on the same floor. One has a double bed and a fold out sofa bed with a terrace, and the other has two bedrooms (one large double and the other with two singles), a sofa bed, and a terrace as well.
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Huge thanks to Sandro and Anita for having me stay for four nights at their beautiful apartment! As always all opinions are my own and are based on my personal experience.
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