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Grand Hotel Bernardin
Ranked #5 of 24 Hotels in Portoroz
Vienna, Austria
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19 reviews
19 hotel reviews
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“Oldie but Goldie”
Reviewed 16 July 2014

You can tell that this hotel has some years under its belt, nevertheless the quality doesn´t suffer. The rooms are impeccably clean and have been well modernised. The view from the balcony is great and gives a superb atmosphere. The indoor pool is very nice, something special with the salt water. Personnel is very friendly and always ready for service (organised a taxi to go to the casino in the city for free). The buffet offers a lot of variety, so even though you might not like everything and the meals are not superbly spiced, you always find something you like. Breakfast is superb.
All in all definitely a recommendation, would come again. Rooms at a higher floor recommended. Only don´t come when there is spring break in Croatia, as the super loud music travels the sea and you can´t sleep (yes, even though it´s in Croatia).

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Reviewed 30 June 2014 via mobile

Hotel has an impressive location - it looks as if the hotel was chiseled from the cliff it is leaning on.

The view from top floors is also sublime.

I do recommend you book a room in one of the top floors. Rooms are a bit outdated - at least the ones on the 3rd floor. However they are clean.

Food is good. I had breakfast and lunch. A nice variety of dishes.

Overall not a bad hotel, but also not a great one. Definitely not worth the money they are asking for. It just lacks a certain lust factor.

Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Stabekk
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

This hotel has it all. Great views over the ocean, access to the beach as you walk out of the elevator (access and beach towels included), free indoor swimming pool, spa and a very friendly and helpful staff. It is a short walk into the nearby town of Piran, and there is also a free shuttle for those who have difficulties walking or are in high heels.

The quality of the room and the rest of the hotel was also very high. If I am to mention something which could be improved, I would perhaps have changed the color scheme in the room, which was a bit old fashioned, and I would have liked some real jam for breakfast, and not just something artificial. But when I mention such marginal issues, I realize just how good this hotel is. I came here for a conference, but I would like to come back for a holiday with my kids. I also got o local taxi driver to take me into Croatia (the border is just 10 km away). I would recommend this to anyone.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
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Olomouc
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

During the last 25 years I have visited several times Grand Hotel Bernardin, whether for business or holidays. I like Slovenia, Julian Alps, pleasant Slovenes and Istrian cuisine. This year we stopped here with friends from the automobile club to relax after demanding hikes in the Julian Alps.

This Hotel is located just at the point of a peninsula, nearly isolated. No road between seashore and Hotel building. It is a huge complex 11 - floors high leaning on a steep hill .I remember my surprise when I first went from reception glass elevator with views of the sea, down to the high palate to my room.
Although the structure of the hotel is a product of the era in which it was built, its location is stunning, all the rooms have sea views. Today, the hotel needs updating, modernization continues slowly.
The position of the hotel gives the opportunities to visit Piran and Portoroz (you can walk to both in about 15 minutes or by free bus to Piran city center).

The rooms are of medium size, all rooms have a great balcony overlooking the concrete beach and see. Lovely spa, the small fitness center, nice swimming area in the sea in front of the hotel and the indoor pool was good too.
Swimming and sunning right at the base of the hotel , lots of restaurants and some diversions .Although the private beach with towels, umbrellas and sun beds is concrete, but there you go directly from the hotel. It's not a very interesting place for lovers of snorkeling, but there can encounter sea urchins. Better beaches are in Portoroz, but in the season there is a lot throughout the day and especially very noisy.
If you have enough sun exposure can go on exciting trips. (for example Marina Portoroz, Parco Naturale delle Saline di Sicciole, or go to the port city Kopper.)
Food in the hotel is standard. If you want something special I can strongly recommend to have a very good dinner in Piran. There are a few very good restaurants along the water front (for example the fish restaurant Pavel or Ivo). The atmosphere on the restaurant's terrace was very nice. The personnel was nice, the price was reasonable and the seafood was great!
Dinner with our business partners we had in the restaurant Marina in Portoroz. In this comfortable and pleasant restaurant with a magnificent view, only a few metres from the sea, you can try the excellent Mediterranean and seafood dishes as well as the high-quality wines from top producers of the Primorska region.

On the way home we visited a jewel of nature – Postojna Caves. It has been 5 years since I last visited Postojna Caves, and it has changed. It was a tourist attraction then, but even more so now. The major turn off was the heavy commercialization of the caverns. There were too many people inside the cave and many of them were rude and obnoxious. The very impressive thing about the cave is its size. But this is already another story.
If I ever had the opportunity to visit Portoroz, I would definitely be staying at this hotel.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 June 2014 via mobile

Beautiful city good hotel with good ambience and service. Courteous staff. In all a pleasant experience . I would strongly recommend this place to all tourists and friends.
Why is portoroz not so well known among tourist circles?
Surely should be on itinerary of travellers to Northern Italy and while in portoroz the base should be Grand Bernardin.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Boljevac
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

I was 3 day in may in this hotel. Very exclusive hotel, very professional and most hospitable staff. delicious food, nice meeting cabinet. Beautiful location on seaside resort, very clean and tidy hotel beach.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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125 reviews
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

This is my favourite hotel. I find it the most beautiful at the Slovenian cost. The view is just excellent. Sitting at the the terrace in the morning, have a cup of coffee, looking at the see you can feel the calm and all problems just disapeare. Sometimes I drive to this hotel just to have a coffee there.
I have been on holidays in this hotel a few times in the past, now mostly participate in conferences there.
Rooms are spacious, all with balcony with the sea view. But as they haven't been renovated lately they need to be - regarding that this is a 5* hotel. But they have everything that the guest can need.
I was told that the hotel will be renovated probably in autumn. Great.
Lobby is great, very big with piano bar and a terrace - as already mentioned. Very, very beautiful.
Convention center is the best in Slovenia by my opinion. Very big, different meeting rooms, very good service. Have a conference there is the best choice.
They also have a pool and different massage saloons but I have never used them.
Breakfast is also that mustbe mentioned . Very, very good, great choice, just perfect. Restaurant is big, spacious, clean and also with a great view.
Staff is very kind and helpful.
I will keep on coming to this hotel whenever I can.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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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 Romantic Hotel in Portoroz
#5 Luxury 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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