As first time visitors to Slovenia we were cautioned to avoid booking any of the sterile, high rise, concrete hotels left over from the communist era. With that in mind we opted for Vila Preseren and were happy with our choice because it's a small hotel-restaurant (perhaps a converted private residence) with a stunning location in a park like setting right on Lake Bled. However, rooms not facing the lake are rather small and dark with no high-end amenities; those facing the lake appeared to be larger and brighter. It seems the emphasis at Vila Preseren is less on the lodging and more on the restaurant. The popular full service restaurant is quite good with an extensive menu and wide range of wines. Weather permitting, be sure to opt for outdoor dining on the terrace/deck with spectacular lake side views, and allow room for the kremsnita or one of the many other decadent desserts. The included breakfast was served by staff and had several cooked offerings and great coffee choices. Internet service was available only in the cafe area and was spotty at best. Strangely, check-in and check-out were handled rather casually at a table in the bar/cafe; different, but it worked. Booking on-line can be confusing and a bit tricky, in part because of possible language difficulties and because Vila Preseren is part of a larger group of hotels apparently booked through the same site. It worked fine but may require careful attention on your part.
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- Also Known As:
- Vila Preseren Hotel Bled