We chose the Hotel Jezero having heard excellent reports from a close neighbour who had stayed there several times. I then read some Trip Advisor reports from travellers who complained about noise, food, the lift etc and wondered whether we had made a wise decision.
I am happy to report that, after staying for 7 nights at the end of August, we were pleased with our choice. That said, we can understand some of the earlier criticisms but feel they need to be kept in perspective. It may also be the case that some rooms are newer than others but our room at the front, overlooking the lake, was spotlessly clean, modern, nicely furnished and in excellent condition. The hotel does have a lift, opposite reception, and all the staff were very pleasant and efficient. The indoor pool is perfect, yet surprisingly underused.
Traffic noise is not a problem as the roads are not busy but the bell from the church opposite is rung for a while at 7-00 am every morning (then half hourly for a while on Sundays).
The catering arrangements are certainly rather strange and not in keeping with a 4 star hotel. The hotel seems to have outgrown its original dining room and now uses two larger area that lack character and appeal. The buffet system for starters and deserts worked reasonably well and provided sufficient choice. Some of the main courses were disappointing and the system for ordering a day in advance is bizarre.
The small lounge area by reception seemed hardly used, as were the two small tables, that we frequented, by the bar. Although the day-time weather was mostly perfect, we found it too cold to visit outdoor bars in the evening. We found the prices of everything to be very reasonable, compared to France, Spain or Austria.
We travelled with Thomson/Crystal/First Choice, so had the choice of flying to either Ljubljana or Salzburg. We opted for Salzburg because the flight departure times were more civilised and the 4 hour transfer journey through the mountains is also very pleasant.
In and Around Bohinj
Lake Bohinj, which is stunningly beautiful and unspoilt, proved to be an ideal location for our 7 night stay. It is within easy reach of Bled (30 minutes by bus) and about 2 hours from Ljubljana, both of which are more commercial towns.
Many visitors to the region are keen walkers but there are sufficient day trips, to the Julian Alps, Ljubljana, Postojna Cave, Lipica (Horses) and Venice to keep everybody entertained. You will not, however, find much night life in Bohinj but there is a Post Office and small supermarket.
There is a relatively easy walk right around Lake Bohinj and a boat that crosses to the far end of the lake if you are feeling lazy or wish to visit the Slavica Falls. Having climbed the 560 steps to the falls, I must admit that we were somewhat disappointed. We found the walk around the gorge 3 km from Bled to be much better.
During 2009, Ljubljana was undergoing considerable restoration work to many buildings and roads. The locals compare it to Prague and tend to over-hype the castle but it is worth a visit.
Overall, we would definitely recommend both Bohinj and the Hotel Jezero.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Jezero is located centrally by the lake Bohinj and has 71 rooms and five suites. Rooms have direct telephone link, cable TV, refrigerator, safe, hairdryer and balcony with seats. Hotel offers: restaurant Vrtovin with covered and summer terrace, a'la carte restaurant Zlatovcica with covered terrace, cafe, conference room Vrotovin, wireless internet, indoor swimming pool with garden, fitness room, saunas, massages, ski storage room and parking in front of the building. Distance from ski resorts: Vogel 4,5 km. Transportation to ski slopes provided by ski bus. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jezero Hotel Bohinjsko
- Jezero Hotel Slovenia/Bohinjsko Jezero