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“Luxury in Ljubljana”
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Grand Hotel Union
Ranked #5 of 31 Hotels in Ljubljana
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Berrien Springs, Michigan
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“Luxury in Ljubljana”
Reviewed 12 November 2013

Great stay, room and service for 3 nights. For slightly lower rates, you could stay at the Grand Hotel Union Business. They share a large dining room with a sumptuous buffet breakfast (included). We wanted to stay in the older, more historic building, just for that "grand European feel." This property is in the center of the city center, just two blocks from the river and the three bridges. Cafes and shops abound. There are nearby ATM's if you are short of Euros. It's just 3-4 blocks to a flower and produce farmers' market and the dragon bridge, or, in the opposite direction along the river, to the old town section with more cafes and shops. It's 4 blocks to the tram up the hillside to the Ljubljana castle, just on the far side of the farmers' market above the river. We'd spend 2 nights in an apartment accommodation in Idrija and were headed to a B&B for 2 more nights, down south in Grabroveč/Metlika on the border with Croatia. So in Ljubljana, we splurged on a very nice hotel and we were not disappointed. Slovenia is a terrific country to visit from the Julian Alps to Lake Bled to Ljubljana to Metlika to Portorož/Piran (and that's another review). BTW, Slovenia is a wonderful country to visit!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

We expected good things after reading the reviews of this hotel but what we got surpassed our expectations. The location of the hotel cannot be better. It is bang on the old town square close to the lovely sights on the city as well as shopping and restaurants. Our room on the 7th floor was very spacious and had a lovely view of the castle from our balcony. The bed was big and comfy.

There is a swimming pool, saunas and spa on the 9th floor. The tv had more English channels than we have come across anywhere in Europe so far. The breakfast was extremely good with an extensive hot and cold buffet to go with a la carte dishes.

A special mention about the staff - all the staff were very very friendly and welcoming. Overall, a brilliant 3 nights spent in terms of comfort, service, food and value for money.

Room Tip: We had room 722 with an excellent view of the castle.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Kyabram, Australia
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

Only stayed here for the one night, but we had a large, spacious room, of the highest quality......we hadn't booked 5 star quality in all of our accomodations but there must have been an upgrade.....or we got absolute top value for money here. Only a 10 minute walk from the railway station and right in the heart of the "old" town.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

We stayed at the Grand Hotel Union Executive between 18 and 20 October 2013 having read many reviews on TA, and we were not disappointed!

The rack rate is pretty high but we were able to get a good online rate, and it was definitely worth it; the hotel is very well located, about a 5-10 minute walk from the train and bus stations and right in the centre of town. Taxi to the airport took less than half an hour as we were able to arrange this through the hotel at a discounted rate too.

Seconds after leaving the hotel you can reach the Triple Bridge and the city's many riverside bars and restaurants. Ljubljana is a small city to navigate anyway, but you really couldn't ask for a more central hotel.

In terms of the room, we stayed in a standard room and it was very comfortable and a reasonable size, very modern and clean and we had no issues with street noise etc. The only fault we could find was with the bed - the bed itself was comfortable, however the pillows were rather lumpy and flat, and the duvet was nowhere near big enough for the size of the bed. Extra blankets are provided, however, and this wasn't such an issue that we felt the need to raise it as an issue with the hotel.

Breakfast was very good - great selection of hot and cold items, continental and local.

Service at the hotel was great, staff very friendly and polite.

We will definitely stay here again next time we visit the city, and would probably not even consider any other hotels.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

After two weeks of travelling by car and sleeping with a tent, and realising that there were little midrange options in Ljubljana, we decided to go all the way, and book a room at the Grand Hotel Executive. We didn't regret this one minute!

The hotel is located in the very centre of Ljubljana, couldn't be better. We had a large and clean room on the 7th floor, with a large balcony, and a view on the old city. Beautiful.

On the top floor you find a swimming pool, saunas and a beauty centre. I recommend the pedicure treatment!

Breakfast was so extensive that it was difficult to make a choice. Beetroot juice, all kinds of fresh eggs, pancakes, ... I don't have to explain to you that we really enjoyed it :)

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 October 2013 via mobile

I spent 2 nights at Grand Hotel Union.
I met serviceminded staff, a large and nice room and ate a good breakfast.
And when I had a couple of hours it was just 100 meter walk to the inner city center where you really want to be.

Loved the city! Friendly people, clean and beautiful buildings.

Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

Located 100 metres or so from the famous three bridges in Ljubljana, we found this hotel to be very central to the old town. Our room was located on the 9th floor and we had views towards the castle. Our room was spacious, clean and comfortable. Compared to some of the recent Italian hotel rooms we stayed in, we found these hotel rooms to have an up to date style. We were impressed with the buffet breakfast as there was a chef to cook your egg or omelette request. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Grand Hotel Union
Address: Mikloshicheva cesta 1, Ljubljana 1000, Slovenia
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Region: Slovenia > Upper Carniola Region > Ljubljana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Ljubljana
#4 Luxury Hotel in Ljubljana
#4 Business Hotel in Ljubljana
#4 Romantic Hotel in Ljubljana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel Union 4*
Number of rooms: 194
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The first class hotel in Ljubljana, boasting a premier location in the city centre, offering most spacious & comfortable rooms, excellent complimentary buffet breakfast, free internet, secured parking garage, business centre...Located on the door step of the Old Town and less than 30 minutes from the international airport, Grand hotel Union Executive has got city's top location for business & leisure travellers. It is also the address of royal visits, presidential delegations, and major Ljubljana's events and has more than 100 years long tradition of friendly and professional service.All rooms (25-35m2) and suites (45-140m2) are air-conditioned and have bathroom with bathtub or shower, large LCD screen, phone, mini bar, safe, trouser press, hairdryer and free of charge internet access. The hotel provides 20 multi-functional conference rooms with capacity up to 800 participants, a top-floor indoor swimming pool, a sauna and fitness area. Culinary delights are served in the renovated restaurant and bar Atelje or in the quiet shady garden in the summer. The hotel also has a cosy lobby bar and a popular coffee place - Grand Cafe, exchange office, a newspaper and souvenir shop, a fashion boutique, a jeweller and a hairdresser. Enjoy the stay in one of the most beautiful and elegant hotels in the region. ... more   less 
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