by Owen Lipsett
New York, New York
June 25, 2005
In all my travels, I can say with certainty that this apartment is the nicest place I have ever stayed (and that’s a list that includes several luxury hotels.) Granted, it was also the most expensive place I stayed on my journey through Croatia and Slovenia, but in all honesty, even if the off-season price I paid was doubled, it would still be quite an exceptional bargain. The service provided by Jugana Perić (the extraordinarily kind and knowledgeable recent college graduate who rents out the apartment together with her elder sister Adriana) is a great part of its charm, as is the decor inspired by their mother’s native Colombia. But it’s the comfortable surroundings, little touches (I’ve never seen such an extensive choice of teas or soaps in any accommodation!), location, and sheer size that made this apartment unbeatable.
Location:The Perić sisters, their parents, and grandmother all live in the building (despite owning property elsewhere in Split), which speaks highly of the location. The apartment building is located just down the street from the Archaeological Museum, about 5 to 10 minutes from the Old Town. There’s also a grocery store (in a somewhat less attractive area) nearby and a more salubriously situated bakery. The apartment is also relatively close to the suburban bus station, from which the buses run to Salona, Trogir, and the medieval fortress of Klis, although I’d suggest you get directions from Adriana or Jugana, as Split is full of winding streets!
The Apartment:The apartment consisted of a spacious kitchen (with a breakfast bar), a very large living room (with satellite TV, DVD player, and hi-fi), a well-stocked bathroom (with a washing machine!), one bedroom with a very comfortable double bed, and another with a single bed. My first response on arriving was to ask Jugana which room was mine – she explained that it all was. Needless to say, it could comfortably sleep three people. Unlike most apartment rentals geared toward tourists, the decor is quite tasteful and unique.
Service:Even among Croatians (who are justly legendary for their hospitality), both Jugana and her father, Josip (a retired international economist), stand out in my mind for their warmth and helpfulness. (Adrian was very helpful via email; she was away on business during my stay.) Jugana both picked me up from the early-morning ferry from Hvar and drove me to the bus station for the 6.20 bus to Rijeka and very kindly dropped by several times to chat. Josip let me use his oven when I couldn’t figure out how to work the one in the apartment. As my chicken cooked, he explained his preference for Croatia to the numerous places he was previously posted - in Spanish.
Quite simply, I could not possibly recommend this accommodation any more highly. Writing this review has made me quite nostalgic for staying there!
More information is available at http://www.apartment-split.com/ and by email. The Perić family also rents out another apartment in Split and apartments on the island of Vis
From journal Split: Fascinating Gateway to Croatia’s Islands