There are three Grand Union Hotels in Ljubljana; Executive, Business and Garni (although the receptionist told me they are thinking of changing the name). I chose the 4-star Garni because it offered a good deal at the time (via Expedia) and it was perfectly acceptable, if typically business-hotel-characterless. There seems to be a lack of mid-range hotels in Ljubljana (at least, those accessible online and not miles outside the city centre).
There are lifts, a restaurant, a coffee-bar, a sauna. Rooms are modern, with desk/TV(several channels, including some in English)/minibar/good double-glazing/good shower/hairdryer etc (and robes/slippers too, though we didn't use ours).
Although my booking was for bed & breakfast the confirmation quoted room only. On querying it, I was told breakfast was 'complimentary'. I don't know why.....but it didn't matter. The breakfast room is pleasant, with the usual cold and hot European items available (bacon/yoghurt/rolls/pastries etc) on a serve-yourself buffet.
The hotel is extremely convenient for railway and airport bus ( 3 minutes walk) and for the city centre (5 minutes) and is opposite the police station. Ljubljana must be a very safe city; we only heard sirens once during our 3-night stay!
I'd choose the Garni again, because it offered good accommodation with minimal hassle. Not particularly cheap by Slovenian standards, but about half the price it would have been in the UK for a similar hotel and a good base for exploration.
Directions: From the railway station cross the road towards the city centre and walk down Miklosiceva Cesta. Hotel is on the right, on the corner of Trdinova Ulica.
I am taking my husband there for his birthday in October, was wondering about nice restaurants, things to do while while we are out there. Also reasonable accommodation, not a hostel. Maybe an apartment?
Also how much are things like, beer, wine, a nice meal. and which part is good to stay in.
There are lots of pages on Ljubljana here on VT. You should have a look at some...
Lovely place, Ljubljana. Going back myself in a couple of weeks (my pages have some info). It is small though, for a capital city, and you will possibly run out of things to do there after a couple of days.
It's not really terribly geared up for tourist accommodation yet; there's a bit of a gap between business-class hotels and hostels. Last time I got a deal at the Grand Union Garni hotel, which was absolutely fine, but this time I'm staying in a 'gostilna'; a sort of pub cum restaurant cum pension. You might like to explore the gostilna options on http://www.ljubljana-tourism.si/en/accommodation/guesthouses_bungalows/default.html
You're probably best to stay fairly central; although not a huge place, it makes it easier to visit places/eat out etc if you are in the city itself (Ljubljana 1). If your husband can bear it, a morning spent at the entirely massive BTC shopping centre(s) on the outskirts of the city is well worth it; loads and loads of shops of all types.
Food is good, with Italian/Austrian and Hungarian influences, and cheaper than the UK (though not hugely). Drinks are about the same really, but both Slovenian beer and wine are a bit cheaper (and very pleasant; I prefer Lasko beer, especially the dark version).
Places worth a visit, depending on what time you have available and what transport you want to use (Slovenia is probably the safest driving place I have ever visited; drivers are very well-behaved): Bled, Ptuj, Piran, various caves in the Karst region, the 'wine roads' around Ptuj/Maribor/Obruz. Look at the VT Ljubljana pages for more info and ideas.
Lovely place altogether; you'll have an excellent time!
I agree with Leics suggestions. We have been to Slovenia two times and the Grande Union was fine. We will stop in Piran in a couple of weeks--a small seaside village. The wine country is beautiful toward Ptuj as is Bled. The gostilna's we went to on our tour were quaint--in the country and hearty food with music.
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