Opened in early June, the modern 4-star Plaza Hotel Ljubljana, now the largest property in the city featuring 237 rooms and suites, has adopted sustainability and environmentally friendly operations as one of the key development guidelines. It is also defined by the subtle aesthetics of its interior design in both the public areas and guest rooms. Since news on this property have already been communicated, the focus now goes to three smaller, family-run boutique properties, whose common denominator is design and personal flair. Two among them are in the heart of the city, while the third is conveniently close to the west ring road.
Vander Hotel – Urban resort, the first Slovenian member of Design Hotels, boasts a prime location in the traffic-free Old Town, at the foot of the Castle Hill and just a few steps from the Ljubljanica riverbanks, which are lined by many cozy cafés and restaurants. Four medieval houses have been joined to create 16 carefully designed rooms and other amenities, including a rooftop terrace and pool with a fantastic panoramic view. This area, together with a glass box, can be privatised for smaller business events and social functions.
If one was to summarize the hotel’s concept, it could be said that the old and the new meet in a passionate embrace. The architectural project has been conceived by the bureau SADAR+VUGA, which has authored some of the major landmarks of modern architecture in Ljubljana and has succeeded to intricately redesign these historic buildings blending a strong contemporary accent into them - to meet the needs of the present-day »urban nomads«.
Recent archaeological excavations around the area where the hotel now stands revealed that there was a small harbour during the time of the Roman city of Emona, while one of the medieval crafts named the narrow street in which the building stands (Krojaška – Tailor’s).
The restaurant is winning an excellent reputation for its creative cuisine, based on fresh local ingredients and the best regional, seasonal and traditional dishes prepared with a modern twist by the French chef Benjamin Launay.
Adora Hotel stands in an Old Town street with a romantic name – Rožna (meaning flower), where the major Slovenian poet France Prešeren (1800 – 1849) lived for seven years and wrote his masterpieces during that time. This small property, which has ten guestrooms, has been developed from two ancient town houses and now delights guests with its cozy decor and homely atmosphere, combining old charm with modern comfort and technological perfection. Old-time details, such as the beautiful teak furniture, wood and stone flooring and carefully selected textile decor, are complemented by modern amenities – elevator access to all rooms, equipped with free WiFi and air conditioning.
Adora is the fourth hotel housed in a historic building in a picturesque and pedestrian neighbourhood, with the Antiq, Allegro and Angel hotels lined along the nearby Gornji trg square – an axe connecting the right riverbank and the Castle Hill. Not far away, the Antiq Palace & Spa and the Cubo hotels round up the list of boutique properties with an excellent downtown location.
G Design Hotel is located instead at the west city gate, close to the A1 motorway. Its address is otherwise known to many fans of the traditional Gorjanc Inn, which originally opened its doors in 1813 and has been run by the Kanc family since 1892. The building harmoniously blends the concept of modern design with the 200-year tradition of an ancient guesthouse set amid a preserved natural environment at the city outskirts.
The property features 22 spacious and stylishly appointed rooms of three different types with original design solutions and selected artwork signed by Slovenian authors that contribute to its identity. Together with great views towards Ljubljana with the Alps as a backdrop, guests can experience a sense of freedom and open space while enjoying a trendy decor and a homely comfort.
The business orientation of G-Design Hotel is underlined by a flexible boutique conference centre comprising seven function rooms spanning from 20 to 70 seats theatre style.
A part of the experience not to be missed is the culinary heritage of the Gorjanc Inn: regardless of time, the genuine hospitality, authentic Slovenian recipes and long-standing tradition remain the pillars of this family-run property.