Find out about the latest hotel openings and renovations across the country, including a new 5-star Grand Plaza Hotel in Ljubljana, opening in spring 2021. This insight might serve as an inspiration for your next incentive or business travel. Though some of the accommodation facilities might be small in size and thus not suitable for larger groups, they can surely serve as an inspiring setting for a team-building or an exclusive meeting.
Hotels with Conference Facilities
The next couple of years will see a number of excellent additions to the already vibrant Ljubljana hospitality scene. In summer 2020, Park Hotel, the largest hotel in Bled and a member of Sava Hotels & Resorts reopened its doors after being fully refurbished. The hotel now tells the story of water and the park. A new and unique appearance has been given also to the indoor thermal pool on the upper floor of the hotel, which offers breathtaking views of Lake Bled.
In Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, the new kid on the block, The Fuzzy Log, joined the Union Hotels Collection. The fifth member of the Union Hotels Collection is designed for the digital nomads and forward thinkers, who can log in, fuss-free. It is also the only accommodation facility of its kind in this part of Europe that meets the strict COVID-19 standards to the greatest extent possible, as accommodation units are separated from each other. Further information is available here.
The expected hotel acquisition of Slovenian capital is a new 5-star Grand Plaza Hotel, opening in spring 2021 with the restaurant at the top of the hotel, promising a truly spectacular views – have you ever spotted the Alps from another capital city? Grand Plaza Hotel will have 356 rooms, a conference capacity of up to 350 delegates, with 7 meeting rooms all with day light on the first floor, as well as the possibility to bring in cars, making it an attractive destination for automotive events. There’ll be a parking for 120 cars and a restaurant capacity of 600.
In the near future, Ljubljana will get also a 4-star design hotel Barceló, situated near the historical part of the city, only a stone’s throw away from Cankarjev Dom, one of Slovenia’s largest convention centres. The 151 rooms and 2 meeting rooms spanning 30 and 40 square metres, respectively in the 4-star property will be an ideal base for conferences and events in the Slovenian capital. The opening is scheduled for June 2021.
A mini-boom of new boutique hotels in Ljubljana
Recently, Ljubljana is going through a mini-boom of new boutique hotels many of which are converted old buildings. Many of these hotel projects are converting historic buildings to be used as boutique hotels while retaining significant historic and architectural elements. A great example of a new boutique hotel is Zlata ladjica (engl. Golden Boat), the legendary star location of the Slovenian capital. The investors have created a concept that does not yet exist in Ljubljana, including a gastropub, café, fine dining restaurant, and a private wellness centre. They expect the most demanding guests who prefer a boutique hotel experience with complete comfort in a strict historic centre over staying in larger hotels. Zlata ladjica will welcome its first guests in the summer of 2021.
In the near future, Ljubljana will get also a 4-star design hotel Barceló, situated near the historical part of the city and only a stone’s throw way from Cankarjev Dom, one of Slovenia’s largest convention centres. The 151 rooms and 2 meeting rooms spanning 30 and 40 square metres, respectively in the 4-star property will be an ideal base for conferences and events in the Slovenian capital. The opening is scheduled for June 2021.
The rebirth of four legendary Alpine hotels
Another great story, set under the mighty peaks of the Julian Alps, is the rebirth of four once-legendary hotels in Bohinj that were bought by the wealthiest Slovenian millennial Damian Merlak, who has made more than 100 million euro with the sale of Bitstamp, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges. While Triglav Aparthotel has already been completely renovated – the hotel now offers 27 bright, functional and modern apartments – the other hotels (Zlatorog, Bohinj and Ski Vogel Hotels) are still under construction. The owners aim to restore their old glory and attract visitors who know how to appreciate luxury in unspoilt nature. The opening of the Bohinj Hotel is planned for 2021.
New venues with a soul that will inspire your guests
Choose a venue as colourful as the imagination; a venue you, dearest event organizers, and your guests can keep in fond memory. Compliments, joy and excitement are frequent pleasures of an event staged in a distinctive setting – like Cukrarna, a major new venue in Ljubljana. Ljubljana, which has in the recent decade undergone a significant transformation, will further grow with this upgrade promoting the expansion of the urban centre eastwards, adding potential to the surrounding community. The new site is joining the lively range of existing special venues, promising to offer a delightful, cultured event setting. In 2022, Ljubljana is set to receive its biggest arts gallery yet, stretching across 2500 square metres and accommodating up to 1,000 attendees; offering a modern setting suitable for highly demanding international exhibition projects. The new multi-purpose cultural venue will also be dedicated to MICE and education activities. At the same time, it will facilitate even stronger cooperation with foreign partners, with the goal of realizing major shared projects that have thus far not been possible due to insufficient capacities.
Chic and sleek hotel Grand Koper
The Mediterranean Slovenia is not far behind the rest of the country in terms of new hotel additions. Coastal town Koper is getting a stylish high-end boutique hotel Grand Koper. The hotel concept will be connected with city life, the architects focused on public spaces, a lobby, a coffee shop with a pastry shop, a lobby, a cocktail bar, a restaurant and a new pizzeria Caprizza. The existing large terrace is preserved and a new one is arranged on the roof. The four-star hotel will feature 60 rooms, a fitness, a spa, a conference room and a VIP restaurant. The opening of the Grand Koper hotel is planned for 2021.
Fabulous Karst: Hotel Maestoso in Lipica
Hotel Maestoso in Lipica is an active and modern hotel in a peaceful green environment, in the heart of nature and the Karst. It’s the right choice for everyone who loves outdoor activities, nature and animals, and especially for Lipizzan horse lovers. Located a short drive from Trieste and Portorož, Lipica offers a range of incentive activities, including painting the Lipica fence, horse whispering, horse carriage competition, dinning in a stable close to the Lipizzaner horses and a golf course in the near vicinity. Respecting the characteristics of Karst and the tradition of Lipica, hotel Maestoso 4* features 139 rooms and a business centre with 11 conference halls. The Lipica Stud Farm estate offers and countless outdoor locations with numerous possibilities for various business events for up to 4,000 people.
Art, literature and music combined: Alma House
In the heart of the village Medana in the Goriška Brda hills, a remarkable house has been standing for over a century and a half. Framed between two roads and a lush garden of roses, it commands attention like a pilaster. Its name is Alma, after the woman who had left her deepest mark here.
The first floating glamping village in Slovenia
The village of Rožna dolina near Nova Gorica is home to the first floating glamping village in Slovenia, named Pikol Lake Village. Romantic floating cottages have a tranquil effect and inspire guests with the feeling of freedom.
Majda, a 4-star boutique villa in the village of Osp
Villa Majda, a new 4-star boutique accommodation opened its doors last summer, in the village of Osp. A wonderful and stylistically perfect villa with amazing natural surroundings, might be just the place you are searcing for your next unforgettable business experience.
Dobrna Boutique Hotel
Once known as Villa Šenoa, the hotel, which was built in 1826, hosted a number of eminent guests who came to Dobrna from afar. In 2020, the villa reopened its doors as a boutique hotel with only 13 rooms, offering an exclusive setting in tranquil environment, where your guest will have a chance to experience superb spa offer.
The new Peterc Vineyard Estate
Goriška Brda hills are home to an endless array of exciting things, since recently also the Peterc Vineyard Estate. Here, they pride themselves in going that extra mile for their guests, offering new concepts such as a Wine Concierge and even a ladies’ or gentlemen’s edition wine lists developed by the house’s two Wine Concierges. More details available here.
A brand new acquisition of the Brdo Estate
Slovenia’s presidency of the European Union is approaching, and the renovation of the Brdo Hotel is under way at a rapid pace. The new Elegans Hotel will be a modern hotel, immersed in the natural environment of a beautiful estate. It’ll be a place of endless possibilities and development, as well as a proof of sustainability and a commitment to perfection.
The new Soča hotel
A brand new Hotel Soča is situated in a town called Bovec, located in the Soča Valley. It’s a modern, twenty-room property with fantastic views of the Julian Alps and easy access to active adventures like river rafting, kayaking, and ziplining. Further information about Soča Hotel is available here.
Stay tuned for more news from Slovenia Meetings. We’re looking forward to the days when visitors are again able to experience the pleasant heartbeat of Slovenia.