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“Fantastic Hotel - friendly service and great food!”
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Hotel Kristal
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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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“Fantastic Hotel - friendly service and great food!”
Reviewed 13 September 2009

We took our in laws here after previously having eaten here on a previous trip. The service was very friendly and the rooms were very clean. It was great to have a mini fridge in the room so we could have a cold drink in the room. Continental breakfast had lots of choice with a choice of eggs avaliable too. 4 main courses to choose from included a veggie choice...all the food was fab. We have gone self catering in previous trips due to the lack of veggie food, but this place ticked all the boxes. I would highly recommed this. Breakfast and dinner tables are allocated but if you wanted to sit anywhere else then you could. Will definetly stay here again and recommed.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Welwyn Garden City
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Reviewed 2 September 2009

Loved this really nice hotel, when we stayed for four nights in August 09. Spotlessly clean throughout, spacious room and modern clean bathroom. Breakfast was A1, available over a number of hours to suit early birds or those who want a lay in. Usual continental breakfast but with hot eggs and a hot meat option each day. We opted for B&B when we booked but dinner was available as an add on at €5 per person each eve and you could pick and chose when you wanted to eat in as long as you let them know in the morning of that day. €5 covered soup or salad starter, main course chosen from a list of approx 4 options including fish and a veggie meal and pudding of cake type option, fresh fruit or ice-cream. Food options in the village aren’t that wide so this extra add on is a real bonus. The whole area of Lake Bohinj and Lake Bled is stunningly beautiful. (Bohinj is much more natural, than Bled with no hotels allowed right on the waters edge) This is an ideal place to park up and just chill or be quite busy with swimming, walking/climbing, canoeing/rowing but there is also some stunning drives throught the moutains which are not to be missed.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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St Albans, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
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Reviewed 17 August 2009

We stayed here 2 nights in a family apartment - 2 contiguous rooms plus a bathroom, with one entrance. Spotlessly clean, obviously recently refurbished (very modern, clean lines, wood fittings, airy and light). Service, from check in to restaurant, was peerless - friendly, efficient and solicitous. We stayed on half board, which is only 5 euros or so pp more than b&b, and dinner was truly excellent. Sat outside at the buzzy terrace, overlooking the Julian Alps. Choice of 4 main dishes each evening, all of which were excellent (e.g. Lake Bohinj trout) - and far more than you would expect from half board - i.e. feels like you are in a very good restaurant. Nice bar area too. Location is a little outside the centre, but only 5-10mins walk. Free internet access. Otherwise I couldn't recommend this establishment more - and we have done a fair amount of travelling!

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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Prague
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Reviewed 12 August 2009

We stayed in this hotel one week at te end of July 2009.
The hotel is located in the beginning of Ribcev Laz village, some 5-10 minutes walk from the lake, adjacent to access street. Whole Bohinj lake area is a tranquil place and the hotel fully fits to it, we also appreciated that it is located outside the Ribcev Laz center.
Our room was standard, oriented to small garden, view to mountains was shaded by grown trees. Room equipment was standard, matching 3-4* hotel. Everything was perfectly clean.
I can't share the previous reviewer experience, our bedding and towels were ok during whole stay.
Food was the only disappoitment for us. We stayed on half-board whole the time, and the food was good, sometimes better, sometimes worse, but in general not fitting 4* hotel. Once in a week there was a 'gala dinner', with more than 5 courses, all excellent, so they really know how to cook perfectly. Maybe it just confirms that the a-la-carte food could be much better than half-board - we will try it next time.
Overall, I would rate this hotel as very good 3* (which matches its price in comparison with others) and I would recommend it then. As there is not much other options at Bohinj lake which would suit us better, we would probably stay in Kristal again.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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London
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2009

This is a perfectly pleasant alpine-style hotel. It is kept spotlessly clean and the bedrooms and bathrooms are unexceptional but fine. The rooms are let down however by the bedding and towels. The sheet on my bed was so ill-fitting that I woke up each morning to find myself on a bare mattress and the pillows felt like they were stuffed with lumps of foam; the towels meanwhile were not only thin but some actually had holes in them. It's a pity because this skimpiness lets down an otherwise fine hotel. We were not too sure about being asked on arrival what we wanted to have for dinner and, in fact, opted for a la carte as the fixed menu did not coincide with any of the dishes for which the restaurant is recommended. It obviously cost more but it did mean that we had a more leisurely meal and got to try their outstanding trout and steaks. The staff asked each morning whether or not we wanted the fixed meal, so it's easy to decide on the day whether or not to stay with the half-board option. The staff were very knowledgeable and helpful with wines too. Overall a good hotel but not one I'd return to unless the bedrooms offer a little more comfort.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 July 2009

Hotel Kristal was very nice, beautiful spacious rooms, great staff. Lake Bohinj is pristine, a welcome respite from the cities of Europe. Slovenia in general is very friendly and much less expensive for what you get than more touristed parts of Europe.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Sutton Coldfield UK
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2009

We just spent 3 nights at this hotel which is within 5 minutes walk of lake Bohinj. We were skiing at the resorts of Vogel and Kranska Gora. The staff were excellent, very professional and very friendly. The room was comfortable, very clean. The hotel had a sofa by an open fire in the bar, luckily as its out of season we got prime position every night.
There is no night life in the local area this time of year. Thats not really what we were looking for. We were offered to upgrade to half board for 5 euro's each per night and to be honest , we did not expect very much. However we were astounded, as course after delicious course was presented. We know that a previous reviewer was not that impressed with the food. All we can say is that for our three nights it was exceptional.
Breakfast was continental with the addition of scrambled eggs and bacon on one day.

On the second night a large party came into the hotel. On the evening they had live music, which unfortunately kept us up to 3 in the morning. We enquired the next day if it was going on again, as we were on an active holiday and up and out early . We were assured that it would be quiet that evening, and offered another room. And it was quiet. The situation was handled well, but ultimately we feel that in an almost empty hotel , we could have been placed in a room a little futher away from the bar.

We liked the food, and the general friendliness of the staff. We disliked being kept up one night. We do feel that this was a blip, and in general the hotel was very good.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Kristal
Address: Ribchev Laz 4/a | 4265 Bohinjsko Jezero, Bohinjsko Jezero 4265, Slovenia
Region: Slovenia > Upper Carniola Region > Bohinjsko Jezero
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Bohinjsko Jezero
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Kristal 4*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This charming alpine family hotel is located in the natural paradise of the Lake Bohinj area with its stunning mountains and alpine forests. The bedrooms are bright and tastefully furnished. Lake Bohinj is a pleasant 500m walk from the hotel. Hotel Kristal is a family hotel in Bohinj, situated close to Lake Bohinj, on the outskirts of the Triglav national park. The hotel was built and renovated in line with local tradition and gives its guests the homely feeling, characteristic of the region. Hospitality, delicious cuisine, unspoilt nature and abundant possibilities for an active holiday await you at this excellent starting point. - ... more   less 
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Kristal Hotel Bohinjsko Jezero
Hotel Kristal Slovenia/Bohinjsko Jezero

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