“Contemporary rooms, studio apartments and a 3-bedroom house (all self-catering), scattered across restored stone cottages in central Split”
Gleaming hardwood floors, clean lines and sophisticated white-on-white spiked with bold splashes of modern art make for eye-popping interiors - very unexpected inside Divota's 9 restored cottages, which between them house 6 rooms, 8 studio-style apartments (each sleeping 2, with the option of an extra bed in many) with sitting areas and kitchenettes, and a self-contained 3-bedroom home. Conservation restrictions challenged the owner to make do with existing structures, so the sloped ceilings and squeezed-in bathrooms can feel cramped, but they’re enchanting nonetheless.
The Deluxe Studios (301, 302 and 402) feel the most spacious, both indoors and out - 301 has exposed stone walls and a private courtyard, 302 a sunny balcony with a table, chairs and potted plants, and 402 (spread over 2 floors) a private terrace. Just above 302, there's a twin-bedded Superior Studio under the eaves. The 2 units have separate locking doors but share a common entrance via a courtyard - a nice arrangement for families with older children.
The other Superior Studios, all doubles, are a little smaller than the Deluxes but fine for couples - one (902) has a terrace. We're reluctant to recommend 500 as it’s shoehorned into a freestanding house, with a bedroom and bathroom downstairs and a living area upstairs; its kitchenette is perched on a ledge, far too close to open steps for safe manoeuvring.
The smallest apartment is the ground-floor Standard Studio (601). It shares a courtyard with the Deluxe Double Room (602) - convenient for couples travelling together. There are also several Standard and Superior Rooms clustered around the main reception. They’re cosy inside and, like 602, have no sitting area or kitchenette, but 2 have small balconies; a couple (Standard Double Room 401 and Standard Single Room D) can interconnect. There are also 6 newer rooms (1-6) in a more recently refurbed house which we haven't seen, but which look clean and white and contemporary.
The 3-bedroom house (800) is a good option for families and groups of friends. It sleeps up to 7 in 3 double bedrooms and a rollaway bed, with 2 bathrooms, a large living area, a dining room, a full kitchen, and terraces with tables, chairs and a BBQ.
All units have cable TV, WiFi, iPod docks, radios and coffee machines; the apartments, house and Deluxe Double Room also have washing machines. Bathrooms are small but well-equipped, with tubs and/or showers, bathrobes, hairdryers and toiletries.
Breakfast can be delivered to your door each morning for a small additional charge. This service has been introduced since our visit so we have yet to sample the selection, but expect a basket of fresh, warm bread with Nutella, butter, marmalade and various jams.
For other meals, you’ll have to self-cater or head out. With fridges, hobs, ovens, dishwashers, a few supplies (sugar, salt, pepper etc) and dining tables or breakfast bars, the apartment kitchenettes are basic but have all you need for creating simple dishes using fresh ingredients from Split’s fruit, vegetable and fish markets. The 3-bedroom house has a full kitchen and a dining room on its first floor, as well as a little kitchenette off the ground-floor living area and a BBQ on one of its terraces. The rooms only have coffee- and tea-making facilities, a few bits of cutlery and crockery and minibars stocked with drinks, but there's enough space in the latter for storing light snacks. A selection of excellent Croatian wines and olive oils are available to buy from Divota’s reception, and there are supermarkets scattered throughout Veli Varoš.
Split has plenty of restaurants to choose from, though many tend to be packed during high season so it’s worth booking ahead. Our recommendations include Konoba Matejuška, which serves fresh fish and traditional Croatian specialities, and a wine bar called Zinfandel, both in the centre of town. Beyond the bustle, Dvor is popular for its menu of seafood and pasta and its romantic setting overlooking a small beach. Paradox, a wine and cheese bar located a block from Divota's reception, is a great place to sample Croatian wines.
Children of all ages are welcome, and some rooms and apartments have space for an extra bed or baby cot - see Rates. Deluxe Studio 302 and Superior Twin Studio 303 share a main door and are ideal for families with older children, while Superior Double Room 401 can connect with Superior Single Room D next door. The 3-bedroom house (800) is another great option - suitable for 6-7 people, it has 3 double bedrooms (no twins), a full kitchen, a dining room, terraces and a living area with space for a rollaway bed.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Note that some units have steep stone steps that could be dangerous for small children.