The Ribno is a small, simple hotel and unlike most other accommodation options in Bled, is situated further away from the lake. Although it is a four-star hotel, it needs some work to truly reflect this rating. Hotel Ribno was last renovated in 2009, when it added a few health and wellbeing facilities.
Hotel Ribno is situated in a quiet village about 1.25 miles from Bled and its famous lake. The walk is doable but most guests have their own cars. Ljubljana Airport is about a 30 minute drive away.
WIFI connection is free throughout the hotel plus there is also a free or charge internet corner provided in the lobby.
Those travelling by car can park in the hotel's guest-only car park.
The hotel consists of a single building with a dark wood exterior, something like a mountain lodge. The lobby is somewhat dark and decorated in a cosy, traditional style with an abundance of dark wood fittings, wooden barrels and stained glass detail. Above a door in the lobby is a sign which reads 'nightclub,' leading the way downstairs; however this has since morphed into a small and very basic health and wellbeing centre (Jacuzzi, massage room and two saunas). For children there is a small play area in the lobby with a handful of toys and games, while outside in the gardens and under the pine trees is a small children's playground. The highlight of the hotel is the huge terrace which overlooks a valley of pine forest; a pleasant spot to eat or drink. There is also a short walking trail down to the nearby Sava River, where guests and locals alike enjoy swimming and fishing. For active holidaymakers, there are basketball and tennis courts right next door to the hotel.
There are 61 rooms spread across 3 floors, with 1 lift providing access to all. Most rooms are standard doubles but there are also three apartments. Very simply furnished, the rooms are dated in décor (think old televisions sets, faded floral curtains) but clean. They are not particularly spacious and in need of a nip and tuck but are comfortable and do the job for a short stay. Rooms overlook either the parking lot/tennis courts or the forested valley. Two thirds of the rooms feature a balcony (shared with the neighbouring rooms as it runs along the entire length of the hotel) and most bathrooms are of a decent size; those with a bathtub and shower are found in rooms on the first floor only. Note that there is no air conditioning in the rooms, nor safety deposit boxes; the latter is found at reception.
A large indoor restaurant with three separate dining rooms is at the heart of the hotel. Like the rest of the hotel, it's cosy yet somewhat dated. The dark wood fittings and stained glass windows set a sombre tone so it's much more agreeable to eat on the adjacent terrace with its valley and forest views. On Saturday evenings throughout summer, there is live music on the terrace and sometimes traditional Slovenian dinners with entertainment. The restaurant is open all day and although most guests are on half board (buffet breakfast and buffet dinner) à la carte dining is also available. Cuisine can be described as international. There is a large bar sandwiched between the lobby and the restaurant.
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