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!