Review: Hotel Jelovica Bled, Slovenia

Lake Bled is gorgeous.

And this is how we rated one of the area’s most prominent hotels – the Jelovica Bled

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.

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The Jelovica 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 communicate after the booking?

A: Yes, the hotel checked by email that everything was okay several weeks before our visit. This was appreciated.

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Q: Does The Jelovica 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.

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Q: How did check-in go?

A: Without a hitch. Reception staff at the Jelovica 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.

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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.

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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.

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Q: Was the bed comfortable?

A: Extremely. Although there are nightclubs in Lake Bled, the Jelovica 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.

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Q: Did the room have adequate charging points?

A: The Jelovica 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 Bled provides comfortable accommodation at an attractive price in one of the world’s most beautiful locations.

Age-Friendliness Rating

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9/10. Booking the Hotel Jelovica 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 Bled is suitable for visitors of any age.

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Review: Emonec Hotel, Ljubljana, Slovenia

The Emonec Hotel met our Number One requirement for a visit to lovely Ljubljana – a central location.

In fact, the hotel’s location is amazing: squarely in the centre of the Old City, surrounded by cafes, shops, restaurants, museums and churches.

Regardless of your age, it is a simple, flat walk from this hotel to just about all of Ljubljana’s many attractions.

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If you are thinking of going to Ljubljana, here’s our review and Age-friendliness rating:

Q: Was the booking process simple and problem-free?

A: Yes, online booking of Emonec Hotel was straight-forward. After comparing prices and location, we used the hotel’s website to book.

Q: Does the Emonec Hotel have street appeal?

A: The hotel’s entrance is not on a main street. It is down a small thoroughfare off main pedestrian area Wolfova 12 in the Old City. However, it is clearly marked, well signposted and easy to find because of its central location close to Ljubljana’s famed Presern Square.

Q: Is the hotel close to facilities etc?

A: Certainly. Just about every attraction, including  Preseren Square, is close at hand. Ljubljana is particularly pedestrian-friendly and vehicles are banned from the Old City. Ljubljana’s railway station and coach terminal are a few kilometres from the hotel, but are well serviced by taxis. We walked the distance with ease on our way out of the city.

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Photo courtesy Edmonec Hotel

Q: How did check-in go?

A: Promptly and smoothly. The reception staff were professional

Q: How was the room?

A: Emonec Hotel has been refurbished in recent times and our room was modern, well fitted-out and roomy. It was close to the reception area down a wide and level corridor.

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Q: Was the room big enough?

A: The room was spotlessly clean and large, with ample room either side of the bed. There was plenty of wardroom space and a writing desk.

Q: Was the bed comfortable?

A: It was particularly comfortable and, as the room was free from traffic and other street noise, we slept soundly. We’re not big fans of separate quilts, but these were warm and snuggly.

Q: Did the room have adequate charging points?

A: We had seven electronic devices, but our Emonec Hotel room catered for them all. Power points close to the bed allowed us to use our phones as alarms.

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Q: Were other facilities adequate.

A: Yes. We didn’t use them, but the room had a big screen TV and airconditioning. We did, however, make good use of the hotel’s self-service laundry to wash and dry a load of clothing.

Q: Was the bathroom to the expected standard?

A: As with the rest of the Emonec Hotel room, the bathroom was spotlessly clean and equipped with adequate toiletries.

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Photo courtesy Edmonec Hotel

Q: Did you get breakfast?

A: Breakfast was included in the room rate. There was a well appointed and modern eatery adjoining the main part of the hotel and the food couldn’t be faulted.

Q: How was the hotel’s service?

A: The Emonec Hotel staff were friendly, efficient and professional.

Q: Was there anything you didn’t like about your stay?

A: No. The Emonec Hotel was exactly what we wanted – central and close to attractions, food, coffee, markets and transport. The hotel was the perfect fit.

Duration of visit: three nights

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Our Age-friendliness Rating

A: 8/10: From our experience, the Emonec Hotel caters well for all ages – at least in the part of the building that we used. The hotel’s website is easy to follow and it is a straight-forward process to book a room. Once there, the entrance is level and our room was close to the main door and simple to enter. Inside the room, the floor was level, there was ample space for luggage without tripping over bags – and the bathroom was easy to navigagate. The walk to the breakfast area was only a few metres and, again, there were few steps – if any.

The location, off the main thoroughfare, might initially confuse some, but there is adequate signage, which we followed with ease.

Ljubljana is undoubtedly one of the best kept secrets of Europe – and the Edmonec Hotel allowed us to explore the city’s charms without a vehicle.  It worked well.

See more about our Ljubljana visit.

Main photo courtesy Emonec Hotel.

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