Hotel Vila Preseren Hotel 4 star
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Veslaska Promenada 14, Bled Bled, Slovenia -
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Perhaps the saying 'good things come in small packages' is true for this boutique property with only eight rooms was one of our favourite hotels in Bled. This four-star property has one of the best locations in town: lakeside. The alfresco dining is also great, if not one of the best spots to linger over a long lunch.

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      Vila Preseren   -   © Alexis Bidegain/ Easypresse

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      Vila Preseren   -   © Alexis Bidegain/ Easypresse

       
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    Location 9.42 /10

    Situated under the oak trees on the shores of Lake Bled, the Vila Preseren is situated on a quite road only a few minutes' walk into the centre of town. Ljubljana Airport is about a 30 minute drive away.

    Accommodation 7.45 /10

    Of the 8 rooms at Vila Preseren, there are 4 singles, 2 doubles and 2 suites. Most have park views although a couple of rooms are lucky enough to overlook the lake. All rooms are clean, bright and tastefully furnished, with a contemporary design feel. Although accommodation is not particularly spacious, there are fun touches such as patterned wallpaper in contrasting colours and ornate chandelier-style light fittings. The bathrooms in some of the rooms are on the small side and need renovations (nothing major, a slight nip and tuck). Room service is available until around 11:00pm only, which is when the hotel restaurant closes.

    Overview 8.20 /10

    Vila Preseren consists of two floors of accommodation (no lift) located above the ground floor bar and restaurant. This intimate property can host around 20 guests at any one time due to it having but 8 rooms. The hotel has a modern and youthful look and appears to be well-maintained (it was last renovated in 2008). There is no lobby as such; guests check in via the bar and restaurant on the ground floor, which, if you're coming from the roadside and car park, is at the back of the building overlooking the lake. Check-in can only be done before 11:00pm, which is the hour that the bar/restaurant closes. The latter is undoubtedly the star of Vila Preseren; opening out on to a wooden decked terrace, it is popular with locals and visitors alike. There is also a small children's playground nearby however not much else by way of facilities.

    Food and drink 9.45 /10

    The hotel counts one bar and restaurant which is situated on the ground floor. The meal plan is usually B&B although half-board is available upon request. The restaurant features indoor seating in a darkish, cosy room with a curved ceiling and patterned wallpaper. In warmer months you'll find this area empty as most people prefer dine alfresco on the terrace under the canopy of the oak trees. There are few restaurants with a setup as good as this so it's no surprise that it's very popular. At night the bar offers a funky lounge ambiance.

    The restaurant is open from 7:00am until 11:00pm which means guests can dine at almost any hour. Breakfast is not a buffet but a set menu. The menu is incredibly varied so guests may have a hard time choosing although a tip is to look for the three heart symbol - meaning the dish is a diner's favourite. There's something for everyone; from quick meals like salads and sandwiches, and diet-friendly dishes to seafood and authentic Slovenian specialties. During the summertime, the grill and snack menu is popular but the restaurant is especially known for its desserts. The cuisine is fresh and tasty; we sampled a 'Slovenian Feast' - a platter of prosciutto, local karst ham, pancetta, local sausage, smoked cheese, white cheese, pickles, mushrooms and olives (best for sharing), followed by squid 'Preseren style,' that is, stuffed with smoked cheese and prosciutto. Amongst the desserts diners will find the classics alongside original creations and it will be tempting to try them all!

    To know

    As there is no formal reception/lobby, check-in is only available between 2:00pm and 11:00pm, at Vila Preseren's restaurant.
    Bled's public bathing site is nearby and is one of only three spots where bathing in the lake is permitted.
    Free private parking is available on site.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Animals allowed
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms

    advantage

    • Lakeside location
    • Small intimate hotel with comfortable accommodation
    • The all-day bar and restaurant with huge terrace

    disadvantages

    • No lobby and therefore no 'reception'
    • Three floors but no lift

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