Lake Bled is gorgeous.
And this is how we rated one of Bled’s most prominent hotels – the Jelovica (now known as the Rikli)
Our review team visited Slovenia in September, as the forests donned their Autumn livery and snow tops on the Julian Alps were reflected in the mirror-like waters of the lake.
The Jelovica/Rikli is superbly located only 100 metres from the water’s edge in Bled’s Old Town.
Here’s our full review and rating:
Q: Was the booking process simple and problem free?
A: Yes. We used a few comparision websites to examine accommodation options and prices, then we booked online with booking.com. The process was straight-forward and easy.
Q: Did The Jelovica/Rikli communicate after the booking?
A: Yes, the hotel checked by email that everything was okay several weeks before our visit. This was appreciated.
Q: Does The Jelovica/Rikli have street appeal?
A: Certainly. The hotel sits high above Lake Bled. It is a substantial building, with four levels of accommodation, a summer terrace and a bar. The position is perfect for coach-travellers, as the town’s terminal is almost adjacent to the hotel.
Q: How did check-in go?
A: Without a hitch. Reception staff at the Jelovica/Rikli were friendly, spoke perfect English and were highly professional in their appearance and manner.
Q: How was accessibility, particularly for senior travellers.
A: We arrived by coach and were easily able to wheel our bags the short distance to the hotel entrance. There weren’t any steps. The foyer was large and modern – and the lifts were only a few feet away.
The lifts had adequate space and the corridors were wide enough.
Q: How was the room?
A: We had a room with a lake view – and it was particularly spacious, with a king-sized bed, modern tiled bathroom, plenty of wardrobes, and a writing desk. Our room also featured a balcony with a clear view of the lake; Bled Castle; the skiing areas; and the Alps beyond.
The room was spotlessly clean and was serviced each morning while we were at breakfast.
There was also complimentary high speed wifi and air conditioning.
Q: Was the bed comfortable?
A: Extremely. Although there are nightclubs in Lake Bled, the Jelovica/Rikli is located in a quiet and scenic area – and we slept soundly.
Q: Were other facilities adequate?
A: Although we didn’t use them, there was a flat-screen TV with a good selection of English-speaking channels and a safe. For a relatively humble weekly charge, we also hired a kettle and tea and coffee-making facilities.
The hotel also boasts an indoor swimming pool, a sunbathing terrace and a studio for beauty and health treatments.
Q: Did the room have adequate charging points?
A: The Jelovica/Rikli room boasted plenty of charging points, easily capable of handling our seven electronic devices.
Q: Was the bathroom to the expected standard?
A: There was a large en-suite bathroom with a modern, curved-screen shower, fluffy towels daily and luxury toiletries.
Q: Did you get breakfast?
A: Breakfast was included in the room rate. The breakfast room waseasy to find and the range of tasty food was exceptional.
Q: Were there any problems with the hotel?
A: No. the Jevovica/Rikli provides comfortable accommodation at an attractive price in one of the world’s most beautiful locations.
9/10. Booking the Hotel Jelovica/Rikli online is easy. Once there, the hotel is centrally located at Lake Bled, almost alongside the coach terminal (which has regular links to the railway station at Lesce Bled) and a gentle six minute walk from the waterside. There are level, secure and free car parking areas.
It’s a simple matter to use use the reception, rooms and facilities. There are few, if any steps; the lifts and hotel corridors are large; the room door locks simple to use; our room was spacious and the bathroom was accessible to all. The breakfast room was clearly marked and the floor was level throughout.
In our experience, the Hotel Jelovica/Rikli is suitable for visitors of any age.