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Review 3590: Owner, Villa Stina

Review by teaberry from PA who is a SlowTrav Contributor

Studio apartment in Split, Croatia

Beautiful exposed stone walls of Villa Stina, photo by teaberry


June 2008, 2 nights


The apartment is located outside the Diocletian Palace walls of the town of Split, just east, still in the old sector of the city, on a tiny side street.

Nearby Amenities

Less than a block away in one direction is a small grocery store, a pizza café, and several restaurants. A few more blocks away is an ATM machine, ice creamery, and just around the corner are the usual shops and even a couple Internet cafes.

The House/Apartment

The rental is located on a quiet, small, side street, in an old stone house that the owners, Mario and Ivana, have lovingly restored. It is within walking distance of the Diocletian Palace, the beach, and the ferry/dock area and bus terminal. The entire house has been is divided into three rentals.


No garden, but there is a lovely covered large terrace on the side of the house.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

Everything was well appointed and immaculate, and had a totally welcoming feel as soon as you entered through the large beautiful wooden front door and saw the exposed stone wall behind the beds. We had the studio, which had two large and luxurious double beds. Our room had an enormous armoire, kitchen area with table and seating, a couch, and a large modern charming bathroom. Air-conditioning and heating provided, and cable TV. Local maps and magazines were laid out on the kitchen table. Lighting throughout the studio was done very nicely.


The beds and pillows were extremely comfortable, with clean, new, soft linens. Extra blankets were available. The bathroom was amazing, tiled in neutral colors, with soft towels and a large sink area, tiled counter space, electrical outlets. The shower was wonderful, with two different overhead water settings, in addition to side sprayers. Great water pressure. There also was a radio installed into the shower, which was fun and novel.


The kitchen area included a nicely-sized sink and cabinet, stocked with some plates, flatware, and a few cooking utensils and drainboard. A small refrigerator included a mini-bar.

Problems or Bonuses

We absolutely loved our stay at Villa Stina, and the owners couldn’t have been nicer. They asked that we call about a half hour before our arrival, and Mario met us at a predetermined location and drove with us to show us the way to our rental. A parking space was provided. He recommended places to eat and visit, and was readily available if needed. This rental is a real gem. If you are interested in an in-room massage, they can arrange this for you, too.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

Ivana was a pleasure to do business with via email. No deposit was required. All the rooms are between €79 and €99 per night, depending upon season. The owners were just delightful, and take real pride in ownership. It shows.

Villa Stina also has rooms you can let by the night. Here's a review for one.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

I highly recommend Villa Stina for your stay in Split. An unequivocal yes. Great hosts, most helpful.

Things to do in this area

Nearby Villa Stina is one of the better restaurants we ate at while in Croatia called The Black Cat. Explore all the streets within the Palace walls - loads of fun. Take a ferry to one of the many nearby islands - Hvar, Korcula, Brac to name a few. Take a day trip to Trogir. Unlimited activities and discovery.

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