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Grand Hotel Bernardin
Ranked #5 of 24 Hotels in Portoroz
Moscow, Russia
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“August in Portoroz”
Reviewed 8 September 2013 via mobile

Excellent hotel , probably the best in Portoroz - Piran for a beach holiday . Private beach with towels , umbrellas and sun beds (Go pedestrian street )
All rooms with sea view, excellent spacious balconies . Good breakfast , lots of parking priotele . excellent wireless internet signal. The center of Piran, 15 minutes on foot

Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

One of only a few great hotels of Slovenian Riviera. Located between Portorose (casinos, sandy beach, not so existing nightlife) and charming old town of Piran - both about 15 mins walk away. Hotel in need of update, but still with good, clean rooms and very good service. Sea view is simply spectacular. Breakfast with plenty of choice, but nit very tasteful. Hotel concrete beach is probably the most luxurious you can find in this part of Adriatic, especially premium sector which is charged at 15 euros. Indoor pool very nice but too small and often over-crowded.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Reviewed 22 August 2013

A large hotel in an ideal location between Piran and Portoroz. All the rooms look out to sea, but you might want to request a higher floor beforehand to get the best views. The reception and restaurant staff were all very helpful. The rooms are good quality without being spectacular. If you have the half-board package you'll find there's a wide range of good quality food. The hotel is part of quite a large complex including several swimming pools, bars and shops which makes for some extra options if you don't wish to go further afield all the time.

It's a bit of a shame, given that there are several pools that one of them couldn't be adult only (they're all quite busy). The indoor pool in the hotel itself is very nice, but quite small. The 'beach' is mainly a concrete promenade, but is actually quite good with spaces always available and access to swimming in the sea.

Although officially part of Portoroz, the hotel is closer to Piran (15 minutes very pleasant and flat walk along the seafront). The walk to Portoroz in the opposite direction is about 20 minutes again flat and along the seafront. There is a 'land train' that runs past the hotel and to Piran / Portoroz at regular intervals, though the ride is a little bumpy. Alternatively, there's regular bus services close to the hotel and if you want to cut short your walk to Piran there's a free shuttle bus from a car park five minutes from the hotel to the square at Piran. Whichever way you cut it there's plenty of options to get to both resorts (including hiring cycles) and unless you really want to be in either resort, I think this hotel is the ideal and best location.

If you have time you should really consider trips to the capital Ljubjana and both large lakes Bled and Bohinj. All were really good. The only problem we had was actually finding organised trips, especially to the lakes where we had to accompany a Russian trip (although luckily we did get some commentary in English). Unfortunately, there's not a lot of long distance public transport - not many trains and the buses are very slow. So if you do want to visit the above you'll probably need to find organised trips or hire a car. If you have more time Venice, Trieste and Rovinj (highly recommended) are all within easy reach. I'd suggest that if you wanted to visit all of the above places and still have time to relax in the hotel and locally, then 10-14 days would be ideal.

Piran and Portoroz are very different but make for a very nice contrast. Piran is a small Venetian town with winding alleyways and lots of bars and restaurants. It is very small but makes for a very relaxing place to wander around. As you'd expect there are lots of fish and seafood restaurants mostly offering similar fare (we had a warm welcome and good value food at the Pirat). One tip is to go to the rooftop bar terrace at the art deco interior-styled Hotel Tartini (you don't need to be a guest). At night this gives a lovely view over Piran.

Portoroz is bigger and more modern, but not without charm. You can happily walk along the seafront and take a drink in one of the many bars. When we were there we luckily found the men's Wimbledon final on at the tennis club at the far end of the town, which made for a very enjoyable afternoon. All the locals we met were very friendly and mostly speak very good English - the same goes for the tour guides and hotel staff.

Slovenia has a bit of everything, whether you want Mediterranean sunshine, alpine lakes or a cultural small capital city. It's a small country with a lot to offer and Piran / Portoroz offer a great base to explore both the rest of the country and neighbouring Italy and Croatia. And I think the Bernardin offers a very good place to relax and take advantage of both the local environment and the attractions further afield.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

When I first visited this hotel five years ago it was ok but in the mean time they improved greatly! Last time we stayed, there were some issues with the beach but now it is solved.
So, where to start? The rooms are large, beds comfortable and immaculately clean. The view..well it is the best part of Adriatic so the view and the smell of the pine threes are pure joy. The position of the hotel gives the opportunities to visit both Piran and Portoroz. The free bus to and from Piran is excellent idea. There is free internet and free parking.
We stayed 3 nights, food is very good, diverse, plenty. Staff is very kind, both in the reception, beach or dining area. I only feel sorry for the beach boys because they are being constantly bullied by some rude guests.
I love this place but must say it is not for children. It is not really family hotel, fine by me I have no kids, so I spent a great time there, better then five years ago.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

This hotel exceeded my expectations as I had read some mixed reviews on Trip Advisor. We were given an upgrade to a huge suite so things got off to a very good start. The décor in the room is quite dated but not shabby or untidy in any way, and everywhere was extremely clean. The bathroom was large, modern and had a wonderful flexible make up mirror with light (great for putting my contact lenses in and out!) There is free wi-fi in the bedrooms.

The breakfast came with ample choice and a chef serving fresh egg dishes but it was very busy in the area at times.

We did not have lunch or dinner in the hotel but we had some cocktails in the bar – unfortunately, these were only average in quality and very expensive in price.

The views from the hotel rooms are superb and the beach in front of the hotel has a large, safe roped off area in the sea, which I really liked. The warm salt water swimming pool is also nice but there is an extra charge of 15 Euros if you want to use the sauna – a bit expensive, in my opinion.

Easy 15 minute walk into Piran so good for sightseeing as well as swimming/beach

Overall, a very enjoyable stay in this hotel.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

We were warmly greeted for our two night stay and were subsequently upgraded for various reasons. The rooms are slightly dated in style but are not shabby e.g. the furnishings have been kept neat and tidy.

The breakfast is what I would describe as 'mass catering' and is a little bit of a rat race in the morning but there is a good selection of choice and the quality is reasonable. Tea and coffee are popular so it would be good if there was a couple more machines, perhaps in a different area of the restaurant.

We ordered some cocktails in the bar on the first night- they were the most expensive we had on our trip and were probably some of the poorest quality. I don't object paying more for an excellent cocktail but it is a bit cheeky to charge so 9 euros for low quality.

Pool and beach are lovely and the hotel itself is well placed between Piran and Portoroz. To go into the sauna/wellness centre, you need to pay extra which seems a bit cheeky.

Overall a good hotel, fairly pricey but we did go in the peak of the season so better bargains to be had slightly off peak.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Reviewed 16 August 2013

We spent few days in Grand hotel Bernardin in May 2013. The hotel is great, with a lovely bar on the roof and a modern pool on the 10th floor. Rooms are big and bright, wit a wonderfull sea view.

The location of hotel is great. In only few minutes walking you can reach Piran or Portorož. There is also a tourist-train, which drives from hotel to Piran.

We really enjoyed here, and we hope that someday we go back again.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Grand Hotel Bernardin
Address: Obala 2, Portoroz 6320, Slovenia
Region: Slovenia > Slovenian Littoral Region > Portoroz
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Portoroz
#3 Family Hotel in Portoroz
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Portoroz
#5 Luxury Hotel in Portoroz
#5 Romantic Hotel in Portoroz
#5 Spa Hotel in Portoroz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel Bernardin 4*
Number of rooms: 242
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Grand Hotel Bernardin forms a part of a prestigious St. Bernardin hotel complex with a private beach, situated between Piran and Portorož. The services exceed the quality of 5 stars in many aspects. The hotel and its surroundings is an ideal place for a perfect holiday on the Slovenian coast. Surrounded by peaceful, green surroundings and overlooking the sea, Grand Hotel Bernardin is the largest convention hotel in Slovenia.Grand Hotel Bernardin has 241 comfortably furnished rooms with balconies overlooking the sea. There are 10 luxury executive suites, 9 deluxe rooms and 7 mini suites. Furthermore, the hotel boasts a swimming pool with heated sea water, Paradise Spa Wellness Centre, two restaurants, Pečina Restaurant and Sunset Restaurant, Grand Café and a Cocktail Lounge with piano, Grand Garden Covered Terrace and Laguna Bernardin Water Park.Grand Hotel Bernardin is the largest convention centre in Slovenia. Situated in one of the most beautiful parts of the Slovenian coast, it is suitable for holding various events. The largest hall Europe accepts up to 1,100 participants.Thanks to its multi-purpose design, Bernardin Congress Centre can host various events: congresses, seminars, workshops, presentations, press conferences, business meetings, as well as banquets, fashion shows and gala dinners.Situated at an outstanding location just off the coast, Grand Hotel Bernardin is an ideal place for a memorable wedding of your choice. ... more   less 
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