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“Fabulous Breakfast”
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Grand Hotel Union
Ranked #5 of 31 Hotels in Ljubljana
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Grosse Pointe Michigan USA
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“Fabulous Breakfast”
Reviewed 4 December 2013

Possibly the best, most comprehensive breakfast I have ever had in a hotel. Room was never too crowded and there are so many choices it was nearly unbelievable. Plus, they will cook something directly to your order, if you wish!

Hotel location is excellent one 1/2 block from the main square and right near the river. Hotel has 2 reception areas, but it was never explained how or when to use which one. The guest rooms are extremely spacious on the 5th floor at the newer end of the property. The 3 rooms we had all included a full bathtub/shower combination and twin beds, with 2 large windows.

The only real problem I had was that when we arrived, the maid was still cleaning the room and I had been told it was ready. I immediately noticed that the room was extremely warm and she agreed. She turned off the heater in the room, but not in the bathroom. When I woke up the next morning the bathroom registered more than 89 degrees. Maintenance was called and when I returned to the room 10 hours later it was still 86.5 degrees! This was in December and I was told the only thing to do was to open both windows widely. There was no explanation for the problem, but I was uncomfortable for several hours, sitting in the cold trying to get the temperature in the bathroom at a reasonable level.

Also, the duvet cover was worn and frayed along the edges - not in keeping with the overall impression of the hotel. However, there were many high quality bathroom amenities and a safe that was easy to use.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Istanbul Province, Turkey
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Reviewed 26 November 2013 via mobile

We stayed there for three nights with my life. The location is very convenient, almost everything is in walking distance. The stuff was helpful and polite. The only thing that I didn't like is the price of parking. It's 17 Euro per day, which comes to me a little high considering general prices in Ljubljana. However, it should not stop you to book this hotel.

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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New Hampshire
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

Had the opportunity to visit Ljubljana in November on a whirlwind European vacation. It was a beautiful stay & we loved every minute of it. My first impression getting off the train from Salzburg Austria was oh no, I think we made a mistake! The area was a little sketchy & some of the people outside of the train station made me feel uncomfortable. I know that train stations and areas around them are usually less desirable so I put it out of my mind & I'm glad I did. We walked a few block to our hotel & couldn't have been happier! The Grand Union Exec is a GREAT stay. It is right in the middle of the city center & central to the gorgeous canals & shops with lots of great restaurants & a markets. We were just a few steps away from the 3 bridges & had a wonderful view. Our room had a balcony & was very well equipped with everything you could want or need. The room was spacious, the breakfast was plentiful & the hotel staff was very accommodating. Definitely a must stay when in Ljubljana! Also, we were fortunate enough to run into a truly nice man that is the owner/operator of his own taxi. He drove us to Trieste Italy for 99 euro on a Sunday morning. The trip was just shy of an hour & the train was about a 4 hour trip. TAXI DRAGO is his business name & he is usually outside of the Grand Union Exec. His number is 041 759 579, I would not hesitate to use him again!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 November 2013

Wasnt expecting this at all!Right in the center of town, buffet breakfast, big spacious room, the bed is comfy but the pillows could be better. The pool is a must with Spa and sauna. Would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Berrien Springs, Michigan
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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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luxembourg
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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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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 Business Hotel in Ljubljana
#4 Luxury 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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