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“Super Location, Great Restaurant, Okay Lodging” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Vila Preseren
Ranked #11 of 62 Bled B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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39 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Super Location, Great Restaurant, Okay Lodging”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2011

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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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2011

I've stayed in many a hotel that happens to have a restaurant. Vila Preseren is a restaurant that happens to have some rooms. Realistically, there is no lobby, no front desk and you check in for your room with the waitstaff at the restaurant.

We visited Lake Bled in Oct. but the weather was great. Sat. afternoon into Sun., the whole lake was packed with families and couples enjoying the beautiful surroundings. I'm sure the area gets much more crowded but it was enjoyable even as the season was winding down. The colors in the trees, reflections on the lake, etc. made the trip from Ljubljana worthwhile. We walked the lake, hiked the Vintgar Gorge and explored the Julian Alps during the day. Outstanding!

The appeal of Vila Preseren is that it is just outside (but walking distance from) the major hub-ub of the busy town where the buses arrive. It is situated right ON the lake. We booked the 2 room suite with the deck overlooking the lake. A mix up in the reservations put our friends in a room the size of a closet facing the back parking lot. Our room was spacious, theirs definitely was not.

The room was clean and the furnishings were fashionable and modern. If you are from the US, think Z Gallery or Crate and Barrel decor. The bed was relatively comfortable as were the linens and towels...not much to write home about but acceptable. Getting the room the right temp. was a challenge as the air conditioner was noisy (both rooms) and fickle. Our room was just above the restaurant so leaving the windows open can be noisy. We were there at the end of the season so we were lucky that the dining crowd dwindled early.....mid-summer this might be more of a problem.

Service was OK. We got our needs met but sometimes it took lots of searching to do so. The staff seems to be pulled in many directions with a busy restaurant to attend to.

We chose the Romantic Package which included dinners and breakfasts. Dinners were satisfactory, not outstanding but we had heard it was still one of the best restaurants in the area so it was easy to just dine downstairs rather than venture into town. I may have preferred the choices off the regular menu however as the package had a set menu with only 1 or 2 entree options. Breakfasts were hardy as the offerings included freshly cooked dishes. The choices included ham and eggs or eggs and ham. It was tasty though as were the plentiful deserts and coffees.

Vila Preseren is a popular spot and I would probably choose it again as I think it is one of the better options in the area. Just adjust your expectations.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2011

We stayed in Vila Bled in winter as there was so much snow we couldn't drive home safley. Vila Prešeren is a small and confortable hotel, located on the lake Bled.
The breakfast was great.

I believe it is even more beautiful in summer, when you can sit at night by the lake.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mojcas
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2011

My husband and I really enjoyed our stay here. Gregor went out of his way to pick us up from the train station & make sure we had a comfortable stay. Ask him about the forest walk to get to the gorge. It was fantastic!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Erica P P
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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24 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2011

We had a family wedding and for one of the nights we were there the whole hotel was booked out for us. The rooms are okay, nice, but could be better and the bathrooms need improvement. I also found the service a bit dull, while some were lovely, others didn't make you feel very welcome, which I found off-putting. A bit pricey, but that's Bled in general.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Vila Preseren

Property: Vila Preseren
Address: Veslashka promenada 14, Bled 4260, Slovenia
Region: Slovenia > Upper Carniola Region > Bled
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 62 B&Bs / Inns in Bled
Price range (per night): $93 - $279
Hotel Class:4 star — Vila Preseren 4*
Number of rooms: 8
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