My boyfriend and I had a very enjoyable break in Bled, helped greatly by by this brilliant place. I could not recommend it more highly.
LOCATION: 30 minute taxi ride from the airport. Don't bother with buses unless you're patient because you will have to change buses once and though they're punctual, they're not that regular. The taxi ride cost 39 Euros, we had Graeme from Bledtaxis.com and got an excellent service complete with a mini trip around the town of Bled for orientation, since it was our first time. The hotel is a few minutes walk from the lake. There is no lake view, but it is a much quieter and peaceful location and within walking distance of some excellent restaurants and most of Bled (which is quite small).
HOTEL: the hotel itself is quite new, the owner told me around 6 years old, but it's built in a simple traditional style. There was an honesty bar for teas and coffees. The breakfast room was pretty and full of interesting pictures and decorations. There are two computers with free internet access for guests and free wi-fi too. There are no other leisure facilities, however we like swimming so we used the Wellness Ziva spa which is a minute's walk away. It was 9 Euros to use the pools for 3 hours, more for saunas and treatments (didn't get those). I suspect that this spa is the one that the bigger (and more expensive) hotels provide to their guests, but it is open to the public too.
ROOM: we had room 13, fortunately I'm not superstitious! The room was large and simple, in a nice way. It reminded me of a little alpine log cabin. The bed was two twin mattresses, but on one large bed-frame, so they did not slide apart at all (very crucial). the mattresses were very comfortable and firm. There was a balcony with a table and two chairs, and also an ashtray so I guess it would have been ok to smoke out there. The bathroom had a shower (no bath). The room was absolutely spotless. It was really quiet so we slept like logs every night. No tea and coffee but you can pop to the breakfast room (honesty bar) and make some. I have no complaints about the room.
BREAKFAST: It was a cold breakfast every day, though with hot boiled eggs. Tea, coffee, cereals, yoghurts, fruits, bread/toast, jams, honey, cheeses, meats, and cakes (I think it was the Slovenian potica cake). If you're a Brit you might find the tea pretty weak, but this is the case in most of Europe.
SERVICE: truly excellent. The hotel is run by a family, and we had most contact with Luca. He was so friendly, helpful and interesting. He loaned us a guide book of walks around the area, which proved to be indispensible, and gave us advice about what to do in and around Bled. He has lived there all his life so he knows a lot. He also made recommendations for restaurants, and all except one were excellent. Because I had to book by email, he'd already sent me some advice on getting to the hotel from the airport. If you stay here, Luca will tell you the best places to go.
VALUE FOR MONEY: Excellent.
OTHER BLED TIPS: There is truly some excellent food to be eaten in Bled. My favourite was the Penzion Mayer (right next door) , my boyfriend preferred the Ostarija Peglez'n. We both liked the Vila Ajda restaurant. Try the Wellness Ziva spa if it is too cold to swim in the lake, and take a waterproof camera with you because one of the pools is outdoors with the lake directly behind it. Visit nearby Lake Bohinj, it is truly stunning and well worth the effort. The buses in Slovenia are punctual and reasonably priced but usually only every hour or half-hour. Most Slovenes speak English (and German, and Italian, and French...!) but have a go at the language anyway, they appreciate it when you try.
- Also Known As:
- Garni Hotel Berc
- Garni Hotel Bled