We stayed at the Antiq Palace in late August for one night, after driving all of the way up from Dubrovnik. We will never forget how nice this hotel is, and how nice the city is.
After having dealt with the disaster of parking in Dubrovnik (and Venice) we were a bit concerned at this point in our trip, trying to overplan it a bit. But Ljubljana is definitely a smallish city, and there is a very adequate public parking area right nearby (at the corner of Zoisova Cesta and Emonska Cesta ... look on Google maps to the southwest of the hotel a couple hundred of feet ... in satellite view it looks like a construction site, but it's actually a parking area ... maybe 7 euros for 24 hours?).
When we arrived at the hotel we were met by one of their receptionists, a college age guy that apologized profusely for not being in uniform (apparently he was going off shift or something, and the guy coming on shift was helping someone else to a room). I bring this up for two reasons ... it shows how well they treat you (and genuinely care for you - he was going off shift and could have just told us to wait!), and also that he (like everyone at the hotel) spoke perfect English. While we normally could have cared less about people speaking English so much, at the end of a 2 1/2 week trip it was a refreshing thing to hear.
He immediately led us to our "room". Now, unless you're used to staying in multi-room suites, this is going to be a very, very nice shock to you. The key opened up double glass doors ... I thought we were going into another hallway or something to go to our room. No, this *was* our "room"! He showed us the lights and layout, and was on his way. The kitchen itself was probably 400 sq ft, the living room area was probably 500+ sq ft, and then the bedroom another ~400 sq ft. I mean, seriously, this place was probably 1400-1500 sq ft total! For our entire trip - which included hotel nights in London, Vienna, Munich, Venice, Split, and Dubrovnik - we didn't stay in a place half this size or even half this nice! The ceilings are all ~12 ft, with chandeliers everywhere. The place is certainly furnished quite well - nice couches/chairs in the living room, a nice table, a huch, etc, and it still has this huge feel to it. All I could think of was - with embassies nearby - government officials coming to town and setting up shop in a place like this (there would be plenty of room for computers, for having meetings in these suites, etc).
The only knock on the room would be that - because it's in a historic building - they're not allowed to modify much to allow for things like air conditioning ... I think maybe their lobby was air conditioned, and maybe some of their new suites will be (there was some serious remodeling going on in another wing of the hotel ... not loud at all, though). But you really don't need AC there ... however, this will cause you to open up the windows if it's unseasonably warm (it happened to be the night that we were there). Since we were on the ground floor, this may mean people passing by your (open) windows on the way into or out of the town center. It was not a problem for us, but I could see some people not being a fan of it. Keep in mind, your room might be in a total different location (upstairs).
Our biggest regret is that we only stayed for one night - in our trip planning we unfortunately totally overlooked this city, and - really - this country. I feel bad saying this, especially because the people here (this hotel, this city, this country) were so incredibly nice, and they live in a gorgeous country. If I had to sum it up, I'd say that it has a Western European feel to it (certainly it's very much like its neighbor Austria), while having Eastern European prices (inexpensive). But I can say that we'll most certainly be back ... to both this country and this hotel!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The exclusive Antiq Palace Hotel & Spa, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, is one of the most recent and equally most unique additions to Ljubljana's accommodation offering. This 16th century former noble residence enjoys the premium location in the heart of Ljubljana's historic town centre and is the ideal choice for families as well as business and leisure guests looking for a unique and relaxing experience. Antiq Palace Hotel & Spa boosts 19 suites and residential apartments, 3 unique conference & banqueting suites, executive business centre, luxury day spa, leisure facilities, two bars and courtyards as well as several relaxation areas by the open fire - all in the heart of the historic town centre and just a stone-throw away from the business district. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Antiq Palace Hotel Ljubljana
- Antiq Palace Hotel And Spa