Review: Palace Derossi, Trogir, Croatia

In this review we stay at Palace Derossi, a charming family-run hotel in the old town of Trogir, Croatia.

Trogir arrival

After a truly wonderful flight across Croatia on a Let L-410 Turbolet, I had arrived at the airport of Split.

On final approach towards Split Airport I already enjoyed some stunning views over the walled old town of Trogir from my plane window.

Split Airport is located roughly halfway between the cities of Split and Trogir and although most arriving tourists head straight to the better-known city of Split, Trogir is a more quiet but equally beautiful alternative.

To get from Split Airport to Trogir, you simply walk out of the terminal towards the bus stop on the main road where you hop on bus 37 for the short ride to Trogir.

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Flying over the old town of Trogir. ©Paliparan
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The Let L-410 Turbolet on which I flew from Zagreb to Osijek, Pula and Split all across Croatia. ©Paliparan
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You simply walk out of the airport terminal towards the bus stop on the main road to catch the Split-Trogir bus. ©Paliparan
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Trogir bus station. ©Paliparan

Palace Derossi check-in

Trogir’s old town is located on an island right across from the bus station.

When you cross the bridge from the bus station to the island, you will find yourself standing in front of the North Gate, the point where most of Trogir’s visitors will likely enter the walled old town.

From this point, Palace Derossi is just a few feet away, so the hotel’s location really couldn’t be more central and convenient.

Upon entering the building I was warmly greeted and swiftly checked in by one of the owners of this family-run hotel.

As the Palace Derossi is actually an accommodation complex of adjacent historical houses set around a central courtyard, I was escorted through the premises to my room.

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From Trogir’s bus station, you only have to cross a small canal to reach the walled old town. ©Paliparan
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Crossing the bridge over the canal which links the bus station with the North Gate of the old town. ©Paliparan
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When you walk through the North Gate of Trogir’s old town, you are just a few feet away from the entrance to Palace Derossi. ©Paliparan
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The rooms at Palace Derossi are located in different houses around a central courtyard. ©Paliparan

Palace Derossi room

For my stay at the Palace Derossi I had booked a superior double room for 60 euro per night, a rate which included breakfast.

With its orange-and-pink colours and original stone walls, the room felt warm and charming and was certainly quite large.

Besides a comfortable double bed the room also featured a large sofa and a couple of closets and small bedside tables, although a desk was somehow lacking.

There were however plenty of power sockets throughout the room, WiFi internet was fast and the air-conditioning worked fine.

Although Palace Derossi is located in the heart of Trogir’s old town there were zero street noise issues throughout my stay as the rooms aren’t directly located on one of the main thoroughfares and the isolation is good.

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Palace Derossi superior double room. ©Paliparan
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Room at the Palace Derossi. ©Paliparan

Bathroom

Just like the room itself, the bathroom of my superior double room was spacious as well.

Although it lacked charm and was rather non-descript in comparison to the rest of my room, it did have all the necessary facilities and came with a good-quality shower.

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Palace Derossi bathroom. ©Paliparan
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Palace Derossi bathroom. ©Paliparan

Rooftop terrace

Palace Derossi has a communal rooftop terrace overlooking the old town of Trogir.

Standing here you really have a good impression on how centrally located this hotel is as the Cathedral’s spire is just a stone throw away.

The rooftop terrace also features a Jacuzzi, which unfortunately was closed when I visited in early May of 2021.

This wasn’t a big surprise as due to the COVID pandemic it still felt like low tourism season in Trogir, which also reflected in the hotel’s occupancy rate as besides me there was only one other guest.

According to the hotel owner, the Jacuzzi would be reactivated for use later in May, so if you visit in high season you can look forward to a really nice place to relax with a drink while admiring the Trogir skyline.

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View over Trogir from Palace Derossi’s rooftop terrace. ©Paliparan

Breakfast

Perhaps the biggest highlight of my stay at Palace Derossi was the excellent breakfast.

As the morning weather was lovely, I opted to eat breakfast outdoors on the lovely patio.

Breakfast at Palace Derossi is served at your table and consists of a typical European spread of bread, cheese, cold cuts, croissants, fruits and yoghurt.

Your choice of coffee or tea is also served with the breakfast and a bottle of homemade apple juice was provided as well.

The breakfast was certainly sufficient in quantity and all food items – from the bread and croissant to the cold cuts – were of high quality.

The outdoor breakfast was a lovely way to start the morning and the cute house cat roaming through the courtyard and reception area made it even better.

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Breakfast at Palace Derossi. ©Paliparan
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Palace Derossi cat. ©Paliparan
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The fluffy house cat. ©Paliparan

Service

The service throughout my stay at the Palace Derossi was impeccable.

The friendly owner of this family-run hotel was extremely helpful as well when it came to giving some local advice in terms of restaurants to eat and placing some phone calls to check which bike rental shops were open in town.

Conclusion

If you are looking for historical accommodation in the heart of the old town of Trogir, Palace Derossi is a great option.

With charming and comfortable rooms, a good price-quality ratio, friendly service and a perfect location in Trogir, this hotel ticks off all the important boxes.

Best of all was perhaps the high-quality breakfast served individually at your table as it was such a joy to sit on the lovely courtyard in the morning with a coffee and some good food.

Overall, I can certainly recommend Palace Derossi and would love to come back if I would revisit Trogir.

Trip report index

This article is part of the ‘Across Europe by Train: Interrail in the Age of Corona‘ trip report, which consists of the following chapters:

1. Review: LOT Polish Airlines Economy Class Bucharest to Warsaw (Embraer ERJ-175)
2. Walking Through an Empty Warsaw in Corona Lockdown
3. Review: Four Points by Sheraton Warsaw Mokotow
4. Review: LOT Polish Airlines Economy Class Warsaw to Zurich (Boeing 737 MAX)
5. A Stopover Walk Through the Old Town of Zurich
6. Review: Railjet Train Zurich to Feldkirch
7. An Evening in Friendly Little Feldkirch
8. Review: Nightjet Train Feldkirch to Graz
9. A Short Walk Along the Sights of Graz
10. Review: Emona EuroCity Train Vienna – Ljubljana – Trieste
11. Zidani Most: Europe’s Most Picturesque Train Station
12. Review: Ljubljana to Zagreb by EuroCity Train EC 1211 ‘Sava’
13. Flying With Trade Air on a Let L-410 Turbolet Across Croatia
14. Review: Palace Derossi, Trogir, Croatia (current chapter)
15. A Visit to the Tranquil Island City of Trogir, Croatia
16. Cycling on Ciovo: A Trogir Day Trip by Bike
17. Split: Croatia’s Bustling Seaside City Full of History
18. Review: Croatian Railways ICN Train Split to Zagreb
19. Review: Esplanade Hotel, Zagreb, Croatia
20. Zagreb: A Guide to Croatia’s Underrated Capital City
21. Review: EuroCity Train “Croatia” Zagreb to Vienna
22. Review: Dacia Night Train Vienna to Bucharest

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Koen

Koen works as a freelance journalist covering south-eastern Europe and is the founding father and editor-in-chief of Paliparan. As a contributor to some major Fleet Street newspapers and some lesser known publications in the Balkans, he travels thousands of miles each year for work as well as on his personal holidays. Whether it is horse riding in Kyrgyzstan’s Tian Shan mountains, exploring the backstreets of Bogotá, or sipping a glass of moschofilero in a Greek beachside taverna, Koen loves to immerse himself into the local culture, explore new places and eat and drink himself around the world.

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