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“Probably the best hotel in Kranjska Gora”
Review of Hotel Lipa

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Hotel Lipa
Ranked #5 of 17 Hotels in Kranjska Gora
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 23 February 2010

This was our second holiday in Kranjska Gora, last time we stayed at the less impressive Hotel Lek. This year we spent a lovely week at Penzion Lipa for a February ski trip and can highly recommend it. It’s simply a home from home.

Pension Lipa is located in the centre of Kranjska Gora. It is a charming family hotel with 10 rooms, a pizzeria with winter garden and a top a-la-carte restaurant. The owners Nikola and Zorka Perkolic run the hotel with daughters Stella and Katja, and son-in-law Bojan. The family are very friendly and welcoming, going out of their way to ensure that each guest enjoys their stay.

On the map of Kranjska Gora, the Lipa looks a little way’s away from the slopes but we were happy to discover it’s less than 10 minutes walk. Instead of carrying our skis every day, we hired a locker in the basement of the Larix Hotel (at the base of the nursery slope) for only 10 Euros a week - it held the ski equipment for all 3 of us.

Our room at the Lipa was on the first floor and was lovely - nicely decorated and spacious. Good, comfy beds with high quality duvets, the room also had Satellite TV with 40 channels and there is free wireless internet. Plus a great balcony with fabulous views of the Julian Alps (which I imagine would get more use if you came for a walking holiday in the Summer). The room was always very warm whatever the outside temperature and the shower was good, powerful and hot. Perfect after a day of skiing!

Food for hotel guests is served in the very grand basement restaurant which deservedly has the reputation of being the best in the town. For dinner, there’s a choice of 10 starters and 10 main courses every night, with a choice to suit all palates (even difficult teenagers!). Plus there's an extensive pizza menu offering superb freshly-made, charcoal-oven-baked pizzas. The desserts are outstanding including Zorka’s home-made ice cream. For breakfast, there is a cold and hot buffet and is very good.

Having travelled extensively in Europe, I can confidently say that the Lipa is far better than its 4* rating, based upon the quality of the rooms, the first-rate restaurant and the friendliness of the Perkolic family. We were very sad to leave.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 January 2010

We chose to stay at the Pension Lipa for our weeks skiing based on the previous reviews and were lucky enough to get a good deal through Crystal Ski. Our experience lived up to the previous good reviews. We were made to feel very welcome from the moment we arrived and greeted with a glass of limoncello to the day we departed with a glass of grappa. We had booked what was described as a small room but this was more than adequate well furnished and decorated and enough space for all our ski clothing. The bathroom was an excellent standard with powerful shower that easily soothed any sore muscles. Hot water was plentiful. The room was serviced each day and left immaculate. Our room had a balcony which in the summer would be great to sit out on. Sat TV had all the usual mix of European channels including Sky news, bbc world etc.

The quality of food was excellent. As mentioned in previous reviews the dining room is in the basement, the basement being a well furnished room of wood panels and mirrors and balanced lighting that you would almost forget that there are no windows. The owners clearly take pride in the quality of what they offer. The pottery has also been commissioned with the Pension Lipa logo on it.

Breakfast is buffet style with selection of cereals fresh fruit and yoghurts, dried fruit, cheese, ham, croissants and pastries. Eggs and bacon would be cooked to order. Dinner was excellent. For guests of Thomsons, Crystal, First Choice etc had a choice of over 12 starters and 12 mains served at the table. Some of the starters are almost the size of main meals. The seafood risotto was packed with clams, squid and prawns. The gnocchi is also well worth trying along with the smoked salmon which is some of the best I have tried. The choice of mains includes steaks, fish etc all of which are good. The goulash with bread dumplings is excellent. As mentioned in other reviews the Lipa has a pizza oven and makes fresh pizza from scratch. You cannot leave without trying the pizza - it is simply delicious. Along with the starters and mains you can help yourself from the extensive salad bar. And if you are not full after all that then recommended desserts include pancakes stuffed with ice cream and cream brulee. We drank local house wine served in a carafe which was good value, however it is definitely worth trying the local Pinot Grigot. The vineyards on the Slovenian side apparently produce better wine than the Italian. The service is excellent and friendly, nothing seems too much trouble.

As mentioned we spent the week skiing in Kranjska which is good for beginners and intermediates. Experienced skiers will be more limited but there is the Vitranc cup run. We used the Intersport ski school where the instructors were very good and spoke excellent English. If skiing and staying at the Lipa then it is 5 minutes walk to the slopes (I enjoyed the walk back as it was opportunity of easing the joints after a day in ski boots). It is definitely worth hiring a ski locker (€30 for the week) at the Intersport hire shop at the base of the slope. This will save the effort of carrying gear back and forwards. The lockers are secure and contain up to 4 sets boots and skis. The room is heated and allows for the gear to dry out overnight. If booking equipment, ski school etc it is worth checking the price first with Intersport rather than booking through Crystal. We gained an additional 10% off the same price that Crystal was offering by stating we were staying at the Lipa. This could be a significant saving for a family. We did mention this to the Crystal Reps. The good other thing also about the resort is that ski theft did not appear to be a problem. Skiers did not seem to split skis up and on some days there was expensive gear being left unattended.

Hopefully this review will push the Lipa back up to number one where it belongs, (unfortunately the previous review appears to have scored wrongly). We would have no hesitation in returning to the Lipa and are seriously considering a visit in the summer; however whatever time of year you go you will not go wrong by choosing to stay at the Lipa

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 February 2009

We had a week at Penzion Lipa for a ski trip in January and I'd thoroughly recommend it - especially after seeing and hearing about some of the other hotels from my ski class mates. The location is a little off the main drag but perhaps only a 5 min walk (it seemed more when you're carrying skis so I'd recommend renting a locker at the Intersport on the slopes for 30 euros / week). Our room (8) was in the eaves and was really good - nicely decorated and a big, comfy bed with velux roof window above. Good balcony with views to the alps. It was always really warm which was great after a day skiing - and the shower was excellent , if a bit temperamental with the hot/cold (shame there was no bath). Satellite TV and minibar were fine.

Food was served in the basement which sounds worse then it was. Not sure why they don't want you to eat in the conservatory with other dinner guests! However, nicely decorated restaurant in the basement and good food (better then most hotels in town I understand). Good choice of starters and mains all of pretty high standard. There's also an extensive pizza menu - the ones I tired were excellent. Breakfast was a cold and hot buffet and was delicious.

We booked this last minute through Crystal Ski for under £300 each, including flights, transfers and half-board accomodation. As it was so cheap I was expecting something altogether less well-appointed and I was extremely pleasantly surprised - this hotel is far better then many other 4* hotels I've stayed in in the UK and Europe. The friendliness of the owner family was also appreciated. Altogether a fantastic place to stay. Many of the other hotels in the town looked pretty grim from the outside so we were sure we'd made the right choice!

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 January 2009

Lovely hotel, excellent food.
Would recommend to all

Stayed: January 2009
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Reviewed 23 September 2008

We stayed here at the end of the summer season so it was just winding down but we managed to catch the last Gala dinner of the season which was absolutely fantastic - especially the dessert! In general the food was really good and not too limited the hotel also has a pizzeria upstairs for non-guests but you can have pizza too - just ask!

The food aside it was a lovely hotel with only a few rooms which made it less impersonal than some of the other bigger hotels in the town. The staff were accommodating and when there was a problem in the room it was fixed fairly promptly.

The town itself is lovely and the hotel is within a few minutes walking distance from the main town square. There are lots of stunning walks to go on for walkers of all abilities. One thing to mention is that if you are in your twenties be prepared to feel very young as all of the other guests were silver haired travellers (although this didn't really matter to us as we were out all of the time).

Two other tips - if you like cake you must visit Cafe Charlie which is on the way into town as the cakes are heavenly!
Secondly, Lasko beer is much nicer than Union.

All in all a lovely relaxing holiday in a nice comfortable hotel - but be prepared to lose your waistline even if you do go walking every day!

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 August 2008

We stayed at Pension Lipa in kransjka Gora. Slovenai.It was a lovely family run hotel, very friendly and we had a most enjoyable stay. The food was first class with a varied menu, to suit all tastes.The rooms were very comfortable and spotless clean.
We were made to feel very welcome and the family who run the hotel could not do enough to help.
We would certainly recommend this place for a holiday, the village and surrounding area was beautiful.Definately the place for peace and quiet.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 October 2007

This may be only a small hotel but it was really great. Our room was huge with a private balcony and a lovely view up the valley. The family who own it (and work in it serving at table as well as everything else) were freindly but not gushing. The food was delicious with a large choice for each course on the menu for both breakfast and dinner The hotel is situated only a few minutes walk from the village square which made for a nice stroll after dinner. Free entertainment was often laid on in the square in the evenings with local music & dancing. The bus stop for the village is only a few steps from the hotel, but as it does not run that freqently it doesn't disturb the peace. I'd recommend both the village and the hotel to anyone wanting either an active (cycling/walking) or relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings.

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled as a couple
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Address: Koroshka ulica 14, Kranjska Gora 4280, Slovenia (Formerly Pension Lipa)
Region: Slovenia > Upper Carniola Region > Kranjska Gora
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #5 of 17 Hotels in Kranjska Gora
Price Range: £88 - £127 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Lipa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lipa...embrace of modernity and tradition Hotel Lipa is an oasis of relaxation in the heart of Kranjska Gora, in the heart of the Upper Sava Valley. We invite you to discover the prestige with the superior service and an elegant interior. Indulge in the snow idyll in our magical winter garden which in summer turns into a large shaded terrace. Once a railway station, nowadays a modern family hotel. Hotel Lipa remains the crossing of the personal stories, life journeys and destiny, the crossing of the unforgettable memories. Little things are the ones that count. Therefore, all the time from your arrival at the Hotel Lipa to your departure we strive for the fulfillment of your wishes, discreetly reading from your eyes. ... more   less 
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