Vila Bled is an exceptional place to stay while on your visit to Lake Bled. The estate is located right off Lake Bled with stunning views of the island and the castle. Being it is on it's own estate and located just a short jaunt from the city center, it is quiet and peaceful. If you're looking for a place to stay that offers relaxation, tranquility, and also activity, this is the perfect place for you. We stayed in room 305 which had a balcony facing Lake Bled. The room was clean and spacious with a comfortable bed and views of the island and castle. The two downfalls with the room was that there is no water boiler so you can't have any tea or coffee in the room. Additionally, there is no air conditioning and in July it gets quite warm so expect to leave your windows open all night, allowing a few bugs to enter. Being the room looked over the lake, the room stayed very quiet, thus the only downfall to the sleeping conditions was the heat. The bathroom was clean and offered a hair dryer and some great smelling bath products.
The hotel offers complimentary bike & boat rentals thus offering an active stay if you'd like. We took the bikes out for a ride to the Vintgar Gorge, around town and then back into town for dinner one evening. Note that the bikes do not have lights on them, so they aren't the safest to use once the sun sets. The row boats are nice to take out to get great views of all the sites the lake has to offer, or just to relax in the sun. There is no time limit for the rental, so you don't need to rush. The hotel also has it's own private beach which isn't a sandy beach, rather a concrete patio with comfortable lounging chairs. Though there is a private section blocked off in the water for hotel guest use only. The beach of course offers stunning views of all the lakes sites.
The location of the hotel is perfect. You can either walk into town which takes about 20 minutes or you can bike which cuts the time in half. We found it hard to drive into town as parking is quite limited. But with the waterfront path around the lake, it's a really nice bike ride or walk to the center, so I discourage the driving :) Not only are you close to Bled's city center, but you are also a short drive away from Lake Bohinj which is another serene and gorgeous lake with lots of hiking, boating, biking and other activities available.
There are quite a few options for breakfast, but if you're vegetarian or Gluten Free, then you don't have as many options. In fact, being a vegetarian in Slovenia is tough. We had hard times even just finding salads anywhere we went. So the breakfast here is the same, lots of local cold cut meats and cheeses, and of course pastries. The 2nd morning I actually brought my own lettuce to breakfast that I had picked up from the market so I could at least get some vegetables in for the day! The first day they offered us freshly made eggs, but the 2nd morning we didn't get so lucky.
The service at Vila Bled was phenomenal. The receptionist guy (can't remember his name) was the happiest, jolliest man we met on the entire trip. He made us feel very welcome and always put a smile on our faces.
Vila Bled was by far our favorite hotel we stayed during our time in Slovenia. If we ever make it back to Lake Bled, we will definitely be staying here again.
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- Also Known As:
- Vila Bled Hotel Bled
- Vila Hotel Bled
- Bled Vila Hotel