This five-star eco-friendly hotel "created by nature" claims it is one of the most advanced and energy efficient hotels in central Europe. That may well be true going by the environmental initiatives it undertakes in order to decrease emissions that have a negative impact on the environment. To add to this and its Green Globe certification, the Bohinj Park Eco Hotel is also a great place to stay with comfortable, modern accommodation and a range of facilities. Mums and Dads take note: there's an aqua park which will surely be a hit with the kids.
Located in the charming village of Bohinjska Bistrica, the Eco Hotel is nestled amongst the alpine mountains. The "jewel of Slovenia" as Lake Bohinj is often referred to, is a short drive away. Allow between 45 minutes and 1 hour to reach Ljubljana Airport.
We don't get the impression the hotel is trying to cash in on the recent trend of eco travel. Something tells us the folks at the Eco Hotel take the environment seriously, and it's evidenced by many of the kind gestures made towards Mother Nature. With an energy well the hotel therefore produces its own energy; it is fitted out with LED lighting (the energy used to light the entire hotel is equivalent to that of two kitchen lightbulbs); its construction used as many natural materials as possible; bed linen is "ecologically washed" (using a product without chemicals); the curtains are insulated, in addition to the windows and the roof; there's an EV fill station for electric cars; and even the staff members do their bit - around 85% of the hotel workers come to work on foot or by bicycle.
The four-storey hotel has 102 rooms; its spacious lobby is awash in stylish dark wood while its centerpiece is a glass-walled staircase. The contemporary design is proof that eco hotels can look good too. A large lounge area (where the woven armchairs are made from recycled bottle caps) leads to an outdoor terrace that overlooks the village church and mountains. Back in the lobby, the slate grey stone walls and American walnut wood finish are bathed in ambient light. To one side is the (well-stocked) hotel bar where a grand piano is the source of occasional evening entertainment.
On the upper levels, the mauve corridors are minimally lit and decorated with abstract art by local artists. The top floor is where guests will find the 'executive wellness,' a private area consisting of an indoor swimming pool facing floor to ceiling glass walls (and amazing countryside views), sun terrace, sauna and Turkish bath. This facility is open to all guests staying in suites while those staying in other room categories are required to pay a fee.
The neighbouring aqua park is a big attraction, especially for those with children. Direct underground access means guests don't have to step out of the hotel. With indoor and outdoor swimming pools, waterslides, cave features, a rock climbing wall and giant jacuzzi, it's no wonder the aqua park is popular with locals and hotel guests alike. There's little space around the pool - not enough for loungers and bear in mind that it's not the most relaxing place to take a dip due to the number of over-excited children. Other facilities at the hotel include a fitness room (a bit worse for wear but several machines available), a small cinema and five lane bowling alley.
Rooms at the Eco Hotel are immaculate, bright and spacious. Simply decorated in cool, subtle tones (mint green, cream), the rooms feature modern amenities even if nothing is outrageously luxurious. Accommodation overlooks either the mountains, the village or the neighbouring woodmill although only about two thirds possess a balcony. There are subtle differences between the standard and executive rooms (notably, the latter boasts a balcony) but in all rooms guests will find large and comfy beds and contemporary bathrooms (dark imitation wood tiles, looks better than it sounds!). Our only gripe is that the open shower cubicle's flat floor means that water doesn't drain properly and instead, almost floods the bathroom floor. Room service is available 24 hours a day.
The bar and restaurant are located on the ground floor, just off the lobby. The restaurant is quite cosy with touches of American walnut wood creating a certain 'mountain lodge' feel. The tealights and elaborate flower arrangements are pleasant touches, while the huge windows provide great views towards the mountains. Buffet meals and à la carte dining are available, depending on the meal plan of the guest. We found a good variety at both breakfast and dinner however for a five star hotel the buffet quality was somewhat lacking (the meat overcooked and therefore dry, and other dishes lukewarm). Guests will also find a snack bar at the aqua park, while in-room dining is available 24 hours a day.
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