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Fairytale Abodes: Where to stay on your Road Trip in Slovenia

Fairytale Abodes: Where to stay on your Road Trip in Slovenia
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Slovenia is a tiny country and there are picture postcard panoramas everywhere you go. If, like us, you’re thinking of renting a car then we would suggest splitting your time a scenic apartment on the outskirts of Ljubljana and a hotel facing Lake Bled (suggestions below) and exploring the country by taking day trips in each direction – to places like Idrija, Piran,

 

However if you are in Ljubljana for a short city break or prefer staying at different places during the length of your road for a change in scenery, then here are some amazing hotels, B&Bs, and apartments that we discovered during the length of our stay in Slovenia. Just book the ones that tickle your fancy and suit your budget πŸ™‚

 

If you haven’t already, please have a look at our Slovenia road trip Itinerary (opens in a new tab)

 

Ljubljana

If you’re renting a car then just pick a scenic AirBnB apartment on the outskirts of Ljubljana. You can drive into the city, park, and explore it when you feel like it. There are plenty of gorgeous cottages and B&Bs available in the area – make sure you pick one that offers free parking. You can use our AirBnB link to get $40 off your first booking if you want πŸ™‚ You can drive around and explore most of Slovenia on day trips from Ljubljana if you so want.

Ljubljana AirBnB outskirts

Gorgeous sunsets from an apartment on the outskirts of Ljubljana

 

However if you enjoy staying in the midst of hustle bustle and want to be in downtown Ljubljana, then Best Western Hotel Slon is a great option. We spent 2 nights here before we rented a car to explore Slovenia. Rooms are spacious and the breakfast buffet is great. The hotel is conveniently located and most sights are an easy 5-10 minute walk away. Shops, bars and restaurants are within easy walking distance, so it’s perfect if you are in Ljubljana for a short city break.

Hotel Slon in Ljubljana (credit: Hotel Slon)

 

Glamping in Slovenia

For a truly unique accommodation experience, try a spot of glamping i.e. glamorous camping in Slovenia. Gozdne Vile Glamping Huts are one of the most fun and most affordable glamping experiences we’ve had in recent years. A large campsite right next to Lake Bled has everything from pitches to motorhomes. In one corner is a group of 8 wooden huts. This is camping with all creature comforts you could possibly want- all huts have comfortable beds, lots of storage space, power sockets, private bathrooms, and hot showers. Most huts even have a private hot tub where you can relax after a long day of exploration. Every morning, a huge breakfast hamper is left for guests outside each hut – you’ll find everything from breads and fruits to cold cuts and yogurt in there. The best part is that the huts are a 5 minute walk away from Lake Bled.

Lake bled glamping huts with hot tub

Our cute little glamping hut – complete with a hot tub πŸ™‚

 

Lake bled glamping hut bedroom

Our bedroom with a view πŸ™‚

 

Since these huts are small, we’d suggest staying for a night or at most two nights. Try opting for the wellness package that includes little perks such as a hamper of organic chocolates and a bottle of wine on arrival, an outdoor Alpine massage, and lots of fruits at breakfast each morning.

 

Lake Bled

There is no dearth of accommodation at Lake Bled as it is one of the most visited sites in Slovenia (and with good reason!). We would suggest choosing a hotel that offers an incredible view of the lake because a a scenic hotel will amplify your holiday experience manifold. We really enjoyed our stay at Grand Hotel Toplice. The rooms are spacious, luxurious and well equipped, which is to be expected from a hotel that is part of the SLH collection.Β But we loved the fact that the hotel’s suites offer unparalleled views over Lake Bled – it’s safe to say we spent many hours each day fawning over its azure waters that change colour every hour. See the photos below so you know just what we’re talking about.

Try choosing the half board package so you can come back to decadent three course dinners every evening. The hotel’s restaurant also offers great views of the Bled Castle, so meals here are special. You can compare prices and book here πŸ™‚

Grand Hotel Toplice bedroom overlooking Lake Bled in Slovenia

Our room at Grand Hotel Toplice – the balcony overlooks Bled Castle πŸ™‚

 

Breakfast setting πŸ™‚

 

Grand Hotel Toplice lounge overlooking Lake Bled

Beautiful lounging area at the hotel

 

Idrija

If you’re on your honeymoon or celebrating a special occasion in Slovenia, then we’d highly recommend checking into the stunning Relais and Chateaux property in Idrija. Hotel Kendov Dvorec is an intimate hotel with a handful of rooms. The food at the hotel is par excellence – expect local specialities tinged with characteristic Relais and Chateaux finesse. It is surrounded by orchards and offers panoramic views of Alpine scenery on one side and karst plateaux on the other. Just sitting in the garden at Kendov Dvorec and sipping on a cup of coffee is an experience in itself.

The garden at Hotel Kendol Dvorec

 

Postojna / Skocjan

Hotel JamaΒ makes for the perfect base if you want to explore Postojna caves, Skocjan Caves, visit Predjama Castle, or go hiking in the area. The hotel is just 300 metres from the Postojna caves and offers comfortable and spacious rooms. The breakfast spread is huge and WiFi is great in the lobby but patchy in some rooms.

If you want to stay in the small village of Skocjan, then Pierpaolo owns a lovely home which he lets out on AirBnB. The rustic village house is traditional (and gorgeous) from the outside but fully renovated, complete with modern furnishings, on the inside. Expect some freshly-baked bread and local wine to be waiting for you when you check in. You can search the listing here.

 

Beautiful AirBnB apartment right next to Skocjan caves

 

Kamnik

The area of Kamnik is devoid of tourists and seems to have jumped straight out of a fairytale. There are tumbling waterfalls and azure springs wherever you look. If you want to spend a few peaceful days absorbing the scenery in the area, then just book a stay at Guesthouse Penzion Repnik. The small guesthouse is surrounded by Kamnik’s characteristic panoramas on all sides. Peter is a gracious host and leaves no stone unturned to ensure a great stay.

 

Penzion Repnik in Kamnik – such a gorgeous property

 

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47 Comments

  1. I have always fancied going Glamping so I would really be interesting to check those out if I was lucky enough to be on a Slovenian road trip.

    • Hey Sarah,

      We love Glamping – it’s so much fun! Hope you get to experience it super soon πŸ™‚

  2. The sunset is really beautiful. You have given great advice and detail on where to stay in Slovenia. If we ever travel there anytime soon, I will keep these places in mind.

    • Thanks a lot Jessica πŸ™‚ So happy to hear that you enjoyed it – hope you make it to Slovenia soon πŸ™‚

  3. I have wanted to go to Lake Bled for a while now. Slovenia has gone way up on my travel list after reading this. Gorgeous

    • Melissa Lake Bled is absolutely stunning. But so is Lake Bohinj πŸ™‚ You must visit Slovenia soon – you’ll love it!

  4. I love the idea of glamorous camping in Slovenia πŸ™‚ x

    • Melanie so do we πŸ™‚ We’ve been glamping a few times now and love it every time πŸ™‚

  5. I am a hotel sort of girl, although will happily stay in airbnb, and my husband is forever trying to talk me into glamping, and I have recently said ok I will try it. This could be the perfect first time glamping experience x

    • I love that- hope you enjoy glamping. Make sure you choose glamping accommodation that has all creature comforts that a hotel might offer πŸ™‚

  6. I must confess I have never thought about going on a road trip to Slovenia, but now I really fancy trying it, together with glamping in the lovely hut! πŸ™‚

    • Hope you have an amazing time glamping when you finally make it to Slovenia πŸ™‚

  7. Oooo .. I love the little clamping hut! How cute is that?! In fact, I was just looking on Airbnb for another trip we’re taking and was surprised by how many of these were available, no matter the destination. Thanks so much for bringing Slovenia to your readers .. it’s been a lot of fun to follow along!

    • Ya there’s some gorgeous cottages and huts on Air B&B these days- love ’em πŸ™‚ So glad you enjoyed our coverage of Slovenia

  8. I’ve heard so many great things about Slovenia recently – a few of my blogger friends have been and said it was beautiful. The glamping option sounds like a fabulous way to enjoy some of the Slovenian countryside x

    • Thanks Becca – we had a lovely time in Slovenia and managed to discover some really nice hotels – writing this article was a lot of fun πŸ™‚

  9. Extremely useful article on various stay options in Slovenia.

    Vid-Savi my heartfelt wishes to both of you for the kind of work that you do.

    Just stay healthy and keep doing the work that best describes both of you.

    • Thanks a ton Diganta – lovely hearing from you. We’ll definitely keep at it πŸ™‚

  10. Looks like there are some good places to stay. I’ve never been to Slovenia

    • Slovenia has some incredible accommodation options Hannah – specially loved our hotels at Lake Bled πŸ™‚

  11. That glamping place looks fabulous!

    • It was so much fun to stay in that hut Erika πŸ™‚

  12. I love the idea of glamping there! we have Slovenia on our list to places to visit so would love to do something different with our trip instead of our normal hotel trips.

    • Hey Jaime,

      That’s a great idea – we had such a good time glamping near Lake Bled and are sure you’d love it too πŸ™‚

  13. Oh i love the idea of Glamping – i bet the views are fabulous!!

    • Hey Deborah,

      You’re right – the views, especially at night, were out of this world πŸ™‚

  14. Can I just say that I adore you both? I have been following you on instagram since quiet a time now and I followed your insta stores all throughout! Loved the whole trip! And that private bath next to your room was just cherry on top!

    • Hey Ayesha,

      Thanks for all the love and support πŸ™‚ We loved the private hot-tub and spent quite a few evenings there πŸ˜‰

  15. I travel with my blogger pal Boo and we are looking at Slovenia for around Sept time. The glamping looks like a great adventure so I’m going to suggest it to her!

    • Hey Tanya,

      That’s so good to hear – trust us you won’t regret a trip to Slovenia πŸ™‚ It’s straight out of a fairytale!

  16. Oh my goodness, what an incredible place. Certainly not one I’d have immediately thought of if I was planning a getaway so thanks for sharing!

    • Hey Jo,

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed it πŸ™‚ We must agree – Slovenia surprised us on so many levels too – we loved it there πŸ™‚

  17. Slovenia seems spectacular! These ideas are awesome. A road trip there sounds like lots of fun!

    • Hey Agness,

      Slovenia is insanely gorgeous – we loved it there πŸ™‚ The drives were spectacular too!

  18. Wow, you visited some really gorgeous properties 😍

    • Hey Adele,

      Yeah we loved them all πŸ™‚ Slovenia is so beautiful !!

  19. Beautiful pics!… You must have had lots of fun! πŸ™‚

    • Yep we had an amazing time πŸ™‚

  20. Thanks for sharing this article

  21. Hey! That Glamping Place is so cool. Slovenia is such a nice place. πŸ™‚

    • Glad you enjoyed reading about it – we really loved the range of accommodation options in Slovenia πŸ™‚

  22. Fabulous post Savi. I wanted to check if I plan to spend 6 nights in Slovenia and would like to explore Ljubliana city, Lake bled, Lake bohinj and triglav, Soca and Viapava valley then can I spend 2 nights in city and 4 nights in bled region air bnb and explore everything. Does that sound alright?

    • Hey Prathamesh that sounds great although Soca valley as a day trip from Bled can be a bit long (but definitely doable) πŸ™‚

      Have a great trip πŸ™‚

  23. such a wonderful sunset πŸ™‚ I really want to get up there.It is great post. Thanks for giving advice about where to stay in Slovenia. I like staying in a hut. It will be different experience.

    • It’s a great experience – hope you make it there soon πŸ™‚

  24. hey was planning a honeymoon in Slovenia, would love to stay in these glamping huts but it somehow doesn’t let me book for 1 night? is that so?

    • Hey Nupur,

      That might be a possibility – some places require a 2 night minimum. Probably drop them an email?

      We stayed for 2 nights.

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