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article imageVestibul Palace Hotel in Split, Croatia makes Fodor's top 100

By Paul Bradbury     Nov 28, 2013 in Travel
Split - A small boutique hotel in the heart of a Roman emperor's palace in Dalmatia enters the list of Fodor's top 100 hotels in the world.
There was yet another boost for tourism in Croatia after another hugely successful season on November 27, 2013, as boutique hotel Vestibul Palace in Split was named in the prestigious Fodor's top 100 hotels for 2013.
Inclusion in the final list, whittled down from some 17,000 hotels from 43 countries, was the latest accolade for the small luxury hotel, which was listed in the 'Creative Conversions' category - reserved for hotels whose buildings started out life with other usage.
"Three palaces from different eras have been combined to form this intimate Old Town standout with interiors that have been carefully renovated to expose Roman stone- and brick-work, along with more modern, minimalist designer details", said Fodor's review, citing the hotel's attractions as its history and standout architecture, location inside the walls of Diocletian's Palace, beautiful interior, small and intimate feeling, and individual attention.
Vestibul Palace owner Nenad Nizic with the award.
Vestibul Palace owner Nenad Nizic with the award.
"When we heard we entered a narrow choice of 4,000 hotels, we thought it was a success. This is incredible, said Vestibul's owner Nenad Nizic at a press conference to mark the hotel's award, which was attended by Digital Journal.
"When we opened in 2005 and said we wanted elite clients, prepared to pay high price for ultimate quality, many laughed. Now they don't. Now we have reputation based on quality, and our guests are willing to pay average 300 euros per night. Our the most expensive suite costs 800 euros per night, and it's been already booked for October 2014," said Nizic.
County tourist board chief Josko Stella and Split Tourist Board director Vedran Matosic were among t...
County tourist board chief Josko Stella and Split Tourist Board director Vedran Matosic were among those at the press conference.
The hotel - which was also featured recently by CNN in an article on the top 12 regal stays in castles, palaces and chateaux around the world - is located within the walls of the retirement palace of Emperor Diocletian, just metres from the pristine Adriatic, and is just one attraction in the 1700 year-old palace, which is helping Split undergo a tourism renaissance after being previously perceived as merely a gateway to the popular Dalmatian island resorts.
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