Hotel Vestibul Palace

Split, Croatia

At a Glance

  • Perfectly located for exploring Split's fascinating Old Town

  • Charming boutique hotel with just seven bedrooms

  • Set in the heart of Diocletian’s Palace beside the ancient Roman vestibule walls

  • First class restaurant serving traditional Croatian cuisine with a modern twist

  • Comfortable rooms with original historic features offset by a contemporary decor

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The warmest months of the year are July and August, during which time the daytime high temperatures will hover around the low 30°C's. The coldest months of the year on average are January and February, during which time the daytime highs will be around 12°C. The rainiest months of the year are generally November and December, with the summer months being fairly dry.

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Insider's View

The restaurant may be small but the food is incredible - ask about the tasting menu!

For an authentic cultural stay, go for the luxury suite which shares a wall with the Vestibule itself

Make use of mobile phone from hotel to help with navigation. Great to call and make reservations from as well.

Open your windows so that you can hear the traditonal Dalmation singers performing in the nearby Vestibul.

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Set in the heart of the Old Town inside the walls of Diocletian's Palace, Hotel Vestibul Palace has just seven rooms which blend original features with a contemporary decor. Its location is hard to beat, making it a great base from which to explore Split.

Hotel Vestibul Palace is a gem of a hotel, tucked away in a quiet courtyard within the walls of Diocletian's Palace and just moments from Split's most historic landmarks. With the Cathedral of St. Domnius right on its doorstep and the Riva just a few steps away, Vestibul Palace is at the heart of the action, making it incredibly easy to discover the city and all it has to offer.

With just seven rooms, Vestibul Palace is quiet and peaceful, and the perfect retreat away from the bustling city streets. Built within the walls of the ancient palace, Vestibul Palace incorporates some of the original Roman features in its architecture; the exposed walls and niches are standout features within the rooms. The old stone walls contrast with the modern furnishings, which are hand-crafted and comfortable, and the rooms are simply decorated in this contemporary style. Above all, the service is personal and friendly, and the warm Croatian welcome that guests receive is incomparable.

Vestibul Palace has its own restaurant which is small and unassuming, but delivers delicious meals and has a great wine selection in its cellar. Outside of the hotel, guests will be spoiled for choice when it comes to restaurants and bars, with a wide choice within the palace walls. Enjoy sundowners on the Riva or catch live music at the nearby Peristil square, and soak up Split's incredible atmosphere.

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The hotel has eleven rooms split between two buildings: the main Hotel Vestibul Palace and Villa Dobric which are about 250 meters apart. The main building houses Superior Rooms, Junior Suite and a Luxury Suite, while Standard and Superior Rooms are located in Villa Dobric. To really get a sense of place take a Junior Suite or Luxury Suite in the main building, which are constructed from the ancient palace walls.


The hotel welcomes children although there are no specific child-friendly facilities. The boutique feel of the hotel makes it ideal for couples or families with older children.


Restaurant Diocles offers daily breakfast and a superb a la carte dinner menu paired with an excellent selection of both local and international wines. Breakfast can also be taken in the pretty courtyard in front of the hotel during the summer months. The hotel's location in the heart of the Old City means you are steps away from a wide selection of restaurants and cafes when you wish to explore.


Staying at Vestibul Palace means you literally have the Old City on your doorstep, making it the ideal place from which to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The palace itself was built between 298-305 AD and still is one of the finest examples of the architecture of the late Empire. The harbor front outside the palace walls is very scenic and lined with cafes and ice cream parlours where you can relax in the sunshine and watch the world go by. It is also possible to do day tours by boat to the nearby islands of Hvar, Vis and Brac.



Gwen Nicol (Staff)

Hotel Vestibul Palace is a heritage boutique hotel built in the original Diocletian Palace walls. This small luxury hotel offers 7 rooms, each one unique due to the historic nature of the hotel. The rooms all have modern dcor and exposed orignal stone walls. We stayed in the Junior Suite and the room was spacious and very comfortable. The staff are attentive and could not be more helpful with anything that we asked for. They truly make the stay extra special. The breakfast is basic but the coffee is fantastic. The hotel has a small restuarant with tables inside and outside that offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are no other facilities but the hotel is happy to arrange all experiences/services on your behalf or they would be happy to make recommendations for you. The windows are triple glazed and so the noise from the nearby piazza is kept to a minimum. Make sure you open your windows to hear the klapa traditional (acappella singers) performance from the nearby Vestibul. Overall, this lovely boutiue hotel is a fantastic choice for those looking for comfort and personalized service without over the top decor. The hotel is in the perfect location and we had a wonderful stay.


Milly Walker (Staff)

I really liked the hotel and its central location. However due to its cosy size I would recommend a maximum of two nights here. Always go for the main hotel building, rather than the villa which is about 200 meters away.


  • Brac Island Tour

    Discover the beautiful island of Brac and learn about the region’s legends and history with your private guide. Taking you along the backroads and rugged trails of the island, this is the perfect way to explore typical island culture and unspoiled nature.

  • Croatian Cooking Experience

    Join your local host for an authentic Croatian culinary experience in the rustic village of Trogir and learn the art of food preparation Dalmatian-style.

  • Day trip to Hvar

    Visit one of Croatia's most popular islands, Hvar, known for also being one of the country's sunniest spots. Explore the old town of Hvar with your private guide before discovering the island's interior and tasting locally produced wines.

  • Explore Hvar island

    The sunniest and greenest of the Croatian islands, Hvar's pretty interior is a panorama of lavender fields, peaceful villages and pine-covered hills. Enjoy an afternoon of exploration on a hike with your private local guide.

  • Explore Vis and Biševo Islands by boat

    Explore the tiny bays and peaceful inlets of the Adriatic Coast with your private boat and skipper. Visit the islands of Vis and Biševo, home to some magnificent water-filled caves including the famous Modra Špilja (the Blue Cave).

  • Half day trip to Trogir

    Visit the picturesque town of Trogir with your private guide and discover the beauty of this ancient city. Admire architecture dating back to the 13th century, visit the St Lawrence Cathedral and the Benedictine Monastery of St Nicholas.

  • Honey and olive oil of Solta island

    The lush Dalmatian island of Solta is well known not only for its rocky coastline and pretty villages but for its unique gastronomic traditions which are still part of local life today.

  • Korcula, Peljesac & Ston

    Explore the charming island of Korcula, the picturesque Peljesac peninsula and sample local Ston oysters on your journey from Split to Dubrovnik.

  • Omis & Ston

    Discover the beautiful town of Omis and the spectacular Cetina River Canyon before tasting delicious Ston oysters on your journey from Split to Dubrovnik.

  • Plitvice Lakes day trip

    Enjoy a private guided walking tour of the Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to spectacular lakes and some of the world's most beautiful waterfalls.

  • Private tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park

    Enjoy a private guided walking tour of the Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to some of Croatia's most beautiful natural scenery. Admire the spectacular colors of these tranquil lakes and dramatic waterfalls.

  • Split private walking tour

    Explore the historic old town of Split with your private guide. The original walls of Diocletian’s Palace are still visible today and the buildings inside are home to a fascinating mix of architecture including Roman, Gothic and Renaissance styles.

  • Walking tour of Split

    Explore the historic old town of Split with your private guide. The original walls of Diocletian’s Palace are still visible today and the buildings inside are home to a fascinating mix of architecture including Roman, Gothic and Renaissance styles.

  • Waterfalls of Krka National Park and Šibenik

    Explore the seven stunning waterfalls and lush forests of the Krka National Park with the option to continue hiking along the river to Skradin town.

  • Wine Tasting on the island of Hvar

    Allow our specialist guide to take you on a unique wine tasting tour of Hvar and introduce you to two of Croatia’s most distinguished winemakers. Take in the spectacular scenery over an authentic lunch in an olive grove overlooking Hvar's lush valley.

  • Wine tour of Brac

    Explore the verdant island of Brac for a day of fascinating culture and fine wines. Croatia’s largest island is a world of its own with historic towns, mysterious monasteries and caves hidden in its hilly interior.

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Split, Croatia

Hotel Vestibul Palace is located in the heart of Diocletian’s Palace, between the Emperor's chambers and the Peristil Square in Split Old Town.

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