When it comes to location you can't do much better than this. This very comfortable, recently renovated 4-star hotel is also the only hotel in Ljubljana to feature an indoor swimming pool (or any swimming pool for that matter). This ex-Holiday Inn may not look like much from the outside, or even from the hotel's common areas however guests will find stylish, modern accommodation on the inside.
In the heart of Ljubljana, the Grand Hotel Union Business is a short walking distance to all there is to see in the city. It is part of the same building that houses its sister hotel, the glamorous Grand Hotel Union Executive. Ljubljana Airport is about a 30 minute drive away.
The Business belongs to the Union group of hotels which also includes the Central and the Executive (the latter next door and part of the same building).
WIFI connection is available free of charge throughout the entire hotel.
The hotel features 8 floors of accommodation as well as three underground levels dedicated to private parking. The spacious lobby features a mezzanine level as well as couches lined up next to large windows. On the top floor guests will find the hotel's facilities under a curved ceiling: an indoor swimming pool (1.5m depth), sauna, small massage corner and well-lit fitness room. There are city views from the small balcony. Large windows allow for lots of light plus there's also complimentary water, tea and coffee.
The 133 rooms are available in standard single, standard double, superior double and apartment categories. The rooms were renovated in 2010 and feature tasteful and contemporary décor, mixing fresh white with mocha and caramel shades. Rooms are bright and relatively spacious and boast big LCD screen televisions. The standard rooms have smaller balconies than those in the superior rooms, and although decorated in the same style, somehow seem a little less luxurious than the superior rooms. But they remain very comfortable rooms - clean and modern. The superior rooms meanwhile boast black leather massage armchairs, L'Occitane toiletries and large balconies with better views thanks to their location on the 7th and 8th floors of the hotel. The bathrooms are new (sparkling, even) and feature both a shower and bathtub and contemporary fittings.
Breakfast is served in a huge room with high ceilings which is shared with the neighbouring (sister) hotel, the Grand Hotel Union Executive. The neutral shades and lack of decoration render it slightly cold, while the chair covers give it a wedding reception room feel. Several buffet stations are located to one side and offer a large hot/cold variety for guests' first meal of the day.
Both hotels also share the other bars and restaurants; in summer the Union Garden Restaurant is popular with local workers, while in winter the Union Cellar Restaurant is a cosy place offering traditional Slovenian cuisine. The street-facing Aperitif Bar (awash in Slovenian crystal chandeliers) and Grand Union café are both located in the Grand Hotel Union Executive.
We had the pleasure of dining at the Union Garden Restaurant; although there is a small indoor dining area the highlight is the sprawling outdoor terrace dotted with shady trees. As well as several tables there a few lounge areas where people can kick back with a coffee (or something stronger). Parents will appreciate the small kids' play area in the corner.
Open for all-day dining, the Union Garden Restaurant's local chef is aiming for a Michelin star which means the food is not only tasty, but creative and well-presented. The menu changes on a regular basis so the variety is better than your average restaurant, with different menus available at lunch and dinner. We sampled the smoked prosciutto, (good but a little large for a starter), cream of porcini mushroom soup (delicious and served foamy like a cappuccino), followed by herb-crusted lamb fillet (wonderfully tender) served on a bed of vegetables and bulgur. We topped it all off with a local strudel-like dessert. Each course was paired with a different wine, Slovenian of course!
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