Value Score Poor Value
Good For Business
One of Ljubljana's nicest hotels
My 1st choice, Hotel Emonec, was fully booked for our 1st night in Ljubljana so I decided to splurge and spend a night at the Grand Hotel Union Business. There are two hotels next door to each other, the Grand Hotel Union Business where we stayed at and the Grand Hotel Union Executive which is next door in an lovely art nouveau building. There's also a Grand Hotel Garni so make sure you know which one you are staying at.
Ljubljana is a relatively small city for a European capital, most of it is walkable and this hotel was walkable with wheeled luggage from both the train and bus stations, no more than 10-15 minutes on foot.
Booked through hotels.com for $164 per night including taxes and fees.
Unique Quality: Room-we got a room on the 8th floor which is the top floor with a nice view of the city from a balcony, the room was very spacious and a reasonably comfortable bed with big pillows. There was a mini bar and TV with a few channels but no movie channels.
Bathroom-toiletries included bath gel, soap and shampoo, plenty of hot water and good pressure, hair dryer
Check in was quick and pleasant. There was a swimming pool on the 8th floor but we didn't have a chance to use it. Our car rental agency, Budget, had an office in the lobby so it was very convenient.
Breakfast was included at all of the hotels we stayed at in Slovenia but this was definitely the nicest breakfast, in addition to a wide selection of the standard bread, meat, fruit, cheese and cereal there was eggs, bacon, sausage and crepes with several different toppings.
ORIGINAL PRISON BUILDING TURNED INTO HOSTEL
My friend and I stayed one night at the Celica Hostel which is at walking distance of the centre of Ljubljana. I was told that this used to be the old Prison and some of the features would confirm that bit of info.
We slept in a mixed dorm in very comfortable beds with nice space between each one. I slept well except for a dog barking in the distance and music outside in the street, but that did not upset nor distrub me, they were just new noises in a for me new city.
There was a meditation room at the hostel which I thought was a nice idea, it was small but peaceful.
There was plenty of food and sitting area, the place was full of young but also older people. At night we walked to the centre of the city to go to a concert and it was not far at all.
There is an Internet connection. The place is spotless and the bedlinnen clean and fresh, you also get a towel. The bathroom facility was good with shower and toilet, two per dorm.
The staff were friendly and helpful and there was a good atmosphere in the place.
Unique Quality: The fact that it used to be a Prison before and was very cleverly turned into such a great hostel I found brilliant.
Very close to centre of city which is great if you are going out for a night in the city.
There is an Art gallery at the Hostel which adds a nice touch.
Some additional info: You are asked to pay 20euro deposit but of course this is returned when you leave.
The place is secure and safe, there is a key to the dorm and also to the doors leading up to the dorm.
Breakfast is included in price, we paid 17euro each.
I would recommend that you explore their website, it give plenty of photos of all the rooms, parts of this hostel I have not seen yet. Website is www.hostelcelica.com
Directions: Between railway station and Centre of town.
Upscale Hotel with a Great Loacation
The Grand Hotel Union is the most conveniently located upscale hotel in Ljubljana. It is only 1 block from Preseren Square, the city's central square, and the gateway to the city's Old Town. The Grand Hotel Union has two sections, The Grand Hotel Union Executive, which is the older part of the hotel and occupies a 100-year old classic building, and the Grand Hotel Union Business, which occupies a contemporary building that is attached to it. The two share facilities, which include a bar, two restaurants, an underground parking garage, a health club, and a rooftop indoor swimming pool.
THe rooms were decent size, with nice bathrooms and small balconies. We stayed in the Business half of the hotel. The staff was friendly and spoke English. The one thing missing was the lack of a concierge, which a hotel in this price range should have.
Directions: One block from Preseren Square in central Ljubljana
We were lucky, there was a special offer for the period that we stayed at this hotel. The 'Special offer' coupon was available at the Tourism Information centre, and also at the Information desk at the airport. We wanted to see the room first, and the first room they showed us was facing the patio. When we asked for a 'better view' room, they gave us a nice room on the top floor facing the castle. It was really nice. They have broadband internet in the rooms, they have carpark, and the hotel was very nice and tidy. The location is unique. It is close to every place you may want to go!
Unique Quality: Location, renovated rooms, and great view!
Directions: just downtown!
Very nice, great location
The Grand Hotel Union was very nice. Clean, good food, good service. Probably the best thing was that it was so close to the sights. A short 1 minute walk puts you right in the middle of everything, the river, restaurants, and the castle. I can't remember the price, so don't trust my guess.
This was a very nice hotel - I'd originally surfed the net and booked a hotel called the Domina Grand but after a few conflabs on VT's LJ Forum I found out, I was a little bit too far out of town so plumped for this one.
The hotel was lovely, breakfast was varied with typical English Fried stuff but also plenty of fruit, cereals and Breads as a change.
The main square was literally a 1 minute walk and the main Bus Station and airport drop about a 5 minute walk in the other direction.
It was a little bit more pricey than other hotels but because we were only on a short break we got a special offer which I think also had something to do with the time of year!
Unique Quality: Great Location / Ok views and a top floor pool - Oh, and a casino just down the road at the Garni Hotel (same chain I think)
Directions: Near the river and main square, 5 mins from Bus Station
The best hotel in town
The Grand Hotel Union is a 4* hotel and is one of the most beautiful hotels in Ljubljana.
In 1998 it was refurbished and transformed into an elegant and modern hotel that
currently boasts 194 rooms. The refurbishment was directed by the Slovene architect Dobrin, who followed the original plans and restored its Art Nouveau charm with decorative stuccoes and copies of etched glass window panes made by the world famous glazier Rehvald from Plzen.
Directions: It is located in city centre -
a pedestrian zone - just 100 m from the old part of the city.
Cheaper outside of Ljubljana
If you are looking for cheaper accommodation
and do not insist on staying in the city centre try some private accommodatin in Ljubljana´s
surrounding. We stayed in Medvode which is about 13 km from the city centre but you can easily reached it by bus in 20 min (the bus station is directly in the city centre).
The only unpleasant thing is the railway
line that goes directly behind the house.
Directions: exit Kranj
great buffet breakfast
Very nice hotel in the heart of Ljubljana. It is expensive by Slovenian standards, but didn't break the bank in U.S. dollars. Easy walking to all major attractions and several good restaraunts in the vicinity.
Unique Quality: The breakfast buffet was the best I have seen at a hotel. Many different types of cold cuts, cheeses, fresh fruit, pastries. Hot dishes including eggs, sausages, potatos etc.
Directions: In the heart of central Ljubljana only a couple blocks from the river and the triple bridge.
Grand Union Hotel.
Way out of my price range. ;)
Unique Quality: Perhaps the most ornate of the high class hotels, retaining an old world charm.
The best in town
Grand Hotel Union is situated right in the heart of the city centre, just a foot from the Presern's Square. It is undoubtely the best and the most expensive hotel in Ljubljana, not recommendable for the family tourists.
Unique Quality: Hotel is perfectly positioned, in a walk distance from all major sights of the town. Besides', it has a number of high quality facilities.
About £35 sterling per night for a single in April 2000. I was given a special discount for some reason, so it may be worthwhile asking if they have any other deals.
Unique Quality: I stayed here for a couple of nights in April 2000. Its really close to the centre of Ljubljana and has good facilities - satellite TV and comfortable bed! - as would be expected of a four star hotel. The souvenir shop downstairs in the lobby (open to non residents) had some better quality items and the staff were polite and helpful.
Directions: From Presernov trg, take Miklosiceva ulica and the hotel is 100 metres on the left.
Grand hotel Union - Comfort ...
Grand hotel Union - Comfort (former Holiday Inn) ****
Unique Quality: 127 air-conditioned rooms and 6 suites with bath/WC, phone, TV, mini bar, internet access; restaurant, conference facilities, swimming pool, sauna, solarium, fitness centre, hairdresser, souvenir shop, garage
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