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“Lovely Honeymoon”
Review of Penzion Mayer

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Penzion Mayer
Ranked #5 of 24 Hotels in Bled
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 August 2013

We have just returned from our 2nd of 4 honeymoons, this time at the lovely Penzion Mayer. A quick note about the travel - a quick 2 hour flight from Manchester in a small plane resulting in the quickest ever luggage to carousel, then a transfer to the Penzion in a small 8 person mini-bus. Thank you Thomson, If only all travelling was this easy.

Anyway, I digress... upon arrival at the beautiful floral Penzion Mayer we were greeted by the friendly owner, Dietamar, and a very strong grappa. I'd emailed ahead and Dietamar had allocated us a lovely room at the back of the hotel with a balcony (at an extra supplement) and a view of the fairytale castle. The room was large and comfortable with a free safe, fridge (and minibar), t.v., and a large bathroom (with complimentary daily sachet toiletries). There is no kettle etc so if like a brew during your stay you might want to take your own. Also the hairdryer is pretty useless so again you may wish to take your own. Probably the most important thing to note during the summer months is that there is no aircon and it does get really hot and stuffy in the rooms at night. We left the balcony door open which did help.

The Penzion is situated in a lovely location, above the lake, surrounded by other similar pretty penzions. The only blot is the large Hotel Golf next door, however this only causes a problem early in the morning when there is quite a lot of noise heard from the hotel efuse and laundry vans. We may have only been affected by this though because our room was on the back and we had our balcony door open.

Mealtimes were always great, there is an inside breakfast room and restaurant, but the weather was gorgeous we always ate on the terrace. Breakfasts were prepared by Dietamar's lovely wife and consisted of cereals, fruits, cold cuts etc and eggs cooked fresh. If you like a massive buffet and fry up it might not be for you but we loved it and started the day feeling very virtuous indeed. Evening meals were a set menu (you can ask for an alternative if you don't like what is on offer). Each meal was absolutely gorgeous accompanied by a basket of bread and a jug of water (you can drink the tap water in Slovenia). It is a public restaurant so expect to see non-residents there too. On a Monday the restaurant is closed and residents eat in the charming 'cellar'. Each course is accompanied by complimentary grappa/wine... a great way to mix with the rest of the guests, but expect to stagger back to your room. Complimentary apples, homemade biscuits and sweets are always in plentiful supply at reception which you can take out with you during the day.

The lake itself can be reached by a pathway to the right of the Hotel Golf and then a 'lot' of steps, not problem on the way down, a bit of a killer on the way back up in the heat. It is a beautiful lake with a path all the way around which you can either: walk in 3-4 hours, take a horse and cart (about £40), cycle (these can be hired a points all around the lake), take the mini 'train' (every 45 mins from outside hotel Panorama £4), or row (from points all around the lake £15).

We went specifically during the 'Bled Days and Nights' festival, which I would really recommend, during the last weekend of July. There were various events, some better than others, but it culminates with the most gorgeous sight on the Saturday night of candles floating on the lake and a fantastic fireworks display which we were lucky enough to be able to see from our hotel balcony.

Other things to do are take the 'gondola' across to the little church in the middle of the lake. It really is beautiful. We rowed over there in our wedding outfits and some extremely kind tourists helped us to take some photographs with the stunning backdrop of the 99 steps and church. The castle is also definitely worth a visit. We took a taxi up there on our final evening for a gorgeous meal (you can walk up the steep hill, or take the tourist 'train'). The views are spectacular and you can visit a very quaint printworks and have a personalised 'olde worlde' print of the castle. We also recommend the toboggan run, it isn't just for the thrill seekers, you can stair lift it back down again if you don't want to hurtle down the hill, the views are worth it.

We did a couple of trips. The Thomson trip around the Julian Alps is worth it, even though we felt it could be done in half a day, do take a look at the poignient Russian Church during the trip. We also went to the Vintgar Gorge on the service bus from outside the Panorama Hotel. Do get the 9.03 bus though rather than the 10.03 so that you have plenty of time as it can get quite busy (and slow) with all the tourists. It's very pretty and worth it. We ran out of time to get the bus back at 12.30 and walked back to Bled along a signposted route, very uphill initially but very scenic and you pass through woods, fields, pretty villages etc and you will be ready to dip your feet in the lake when you land back and feast on a Bled Cake (think humongous vanilla and cream slice).

You can take out complimentary bikes from Penzion Mayer, which we did one morning. The little back roads around the Penzion are really nice and quiet, but do take a mental note of where you are turning as it could be easy to get a bit lost.

The hotel gardens are quiet and relaxing and we spent late afternoons having a read and a snooze there.

If you want a traditional spotless hotel, excellent hospitality, service and food in a scenic resort this is is the place for you. A week is probably long enough to do everything, although there are opportunities in the resort to do more extreme sporting activities (rafting etc), and Thomson offer other trips you could do.

Have a great time, we are already thinking of returning in the future to renew our vows in the little church on the island.

Room Tip: Email the hotel in advance. I emailed and explained that we were on our honeymoon and when we arrive...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

We returned to the Penzion Mayer expecting another great holiday and we were not disappointed ,
The greeting was excellent , the food and drink excellent , the weather excellent , the staff excellent , all in all an EXCELLENT holiday. Lots of walks to do, plenty trips if you want to venture from the resort or just relax in a beautiful peaceful place.
We will be returning again next year.see the photo section of trip advisor for more info.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank jandjtweedie
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Reviewed 7 July 2013

We previously stayed here in Sept 2012 and enjoyed it so much we returned again in june 2013 for 2 weeks. This small hotel is perfectly situated being only 3 mins from Lake Bled. The hotel is excellent and our room was both spacious and decorated to a high standard. The staff are friendly and very helpful and in particular David and Allesh (not sure of spelling) were perfect in the evenings in the restaurant. On Monday nights when the restaurant is closed, the Thomson/Crystal guests on half board have a meal in the hotel owners cellar. This is good fun and not to be missed. The owners and staff are very obliging and will do what they can to accommodate persons needs or requests. The half board basis means that in the evening you are told what the starters, main course and sweet are. If you do not like any of these they are happy to give an alternative. If you want you can pay an additional supplement for the a la carte menu but we found the food we were offered was lovely and In the two weeks we were there we were never had the same meal. This is a small hotel with lovely staff in a lovely setting. There are plenty of bars and restaurants for drinks and light meals. Lake Bled is a picture postcard setting and a wonderful place to visit.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Paul J
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Reviewed 2 July 2013

We stayed at this hotel and were pleasantly surprised at every stage. The location is fantastic, just 3 min walk to Lake Bled and the center where you find cafes, rentals etc. The hotel itself is really pretty housed in a really old building but renovated and modern. The room was huge, well decorated, warm and super comfortable. The breakfast is outstanding in quality and range - it has the works, and the service and hospitality of the team is fantastic.

They call it a Pension but it is comparable to a four or five star. Fantastic value for money.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank vinay-shwetha
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Reviewed 30 June 2013

This small hotel is charming with flower laden window sills and garden. My room was very comfortable though did not have air conditioning (it was hot) so the owner supplied a fan which worked well. I had a balcony which overlooked the garden and outdoor seating for the restaurant. Everything worked well including the wifi and the bed was comfortable. The only thing I would change is the bathroom hairdryers...they do not function well at all. The restaurant is quite good and the waiters very friendly. The breakfast served was fantastic and included everything you could want. It took about 5-10 minutes to walk to the lake and plenty of other places to eat or drink. I would stay here again if in Lake Bled!

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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled solo
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Thank LOB16
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Reviewed 30 June 2013

We loved our stay here, we were lucky enough to get the cottage for a week. Although we had seen the cottage on the website, we thought we would be offered an apartment in the cottage, however we got the whole thing! It sleeps 8 people I think, maybe more, we were just two so had the whole place to ourselves. We could come and go as we pleased, cook our own food etc whilst literally falling out our front door and into the bar for beers or a carafe which we could take back to our cottage. Great memory of the love of my life teaching me how to play poker outside our Hansel and Gretel cottage at night with a lovely starry sky above us, friendly staff around us, two massive steins in front of us and a gentle hum of conversation floating from the restaurant. The breakfast is great, a lovely breakfast buffet every morning with little surprises every day. Try the blueberry muffins if they're available. The hotel has its own bikes which you can take whenever you want, you don't have to pay or book. The restaurant is definitely worth a try, the menu is great - can highly recommend the Deer Goulash. From Bled we went to Salzburg for two nights at the end of our trip, but rather than cart our luggage to Salzburg with us Dietmar let us leave our luggage here and when we returned two days later to collect gave us a gift of a bottle of wine. We would definitely return here.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Deirdre O
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

We spent 3 nights at Penzion Mayer and were married on the island on the lake. Fabulous setting. We loved the Penzion and agree with what others have said about the location, cleanliness, food, friendliness, etc.
There are people from all over the world that return year after year, so that tells you a bit about the place.

Just a few suggestions if you stay here.
1. If you like to sleep with the windows open, bring ear plugs. The Penzion is next to the Golf Hotel and if your room is on that side of the building, you'll hear a lot of coming and going. Also, people in the restaurant who are up late can be a bit loud.
2. If having a good blow dryer is important, bring your own.
3. Reconfirm your reservation and specifically the room type. Dietmar quickly admitted there was a mistake on ours, and was able to move us for nights 2 and 3. Our friend never moved to a room with a balcony, although she didn't seem to care. I'm sure it doesn't happen often, but it was a bit disappointing to start with that, especially after we'd had our rooms booked for about 8 months.

I can't wait to go back. Such a magical place and wonderful for a wedding.

Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Penzion Mayer

Address: Zheleshka cesta 7, Bled 4260, Slovenia
Region: Slovenia > Upper Carniola Region > Bled
Amenities:
Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Bled
Hotel Class:3 star — Penzion Mayer 3*
Number of rooms: 48
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