Grand Hotel Union
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Hotel Union Ljubljana
A really nice hotel, but nothing out of this world
After reading some varied reviews about the seemingly few hotels Ljubljana has to offer we decided to splash out and stay at the Grand Union.
The Union has everything you'd expect from a large, modern hotel, including a (fairly small) swimming pool. Breakfast was an excellent selection of the usual continental fayre (cereal, fruit, bread, chese, cold meat, cakes...) and the staff were friendly and helpful. A very big plus is also the fact the hotel sits about 30 seconds walk from the main square and the cafes, bars and restaurants of the old town. We did consider some of the further out hotels and I'm glad we decided to stay close to the centre.
If you're looking for a bit of an "experience" and want to stay somewhere with a real Slovenian feel then maybe there's something better out there. However, if you want somewhere comfortable, clean and incredibly central and you don't mind spending a bit more then I'd definitely recommend the Union.
Great location, great hotel
I treated my girlfriend to a break in Slovenia and we stayed at the Grand Union Executive for 2 nights. The hotel was in a superb location, 2 minutes walk to the river and the Three Bridges so top marks for location. The rooms were obviously suited for the businessman as they didn't have much personality but I hear that many hotels in Ljubljana are targeted at the business user. The rooms were clean and light though we were at the back of the hotel and with that you get noise from the generators and air conditioners. Only a slight gripe. There is a swimming pool at the top of the hotel which isn't open air as I did believe but the views are stunning. There is also a sauna. All hotel staff were attentive and very friendly.
All in all a great place to stay in Ljubljana though look around the web for the best price as the basic asking price is a little steep.
Agree with other reviewers =)
i have to agree with the other positive remarks posted on this hotel. a friend and i stayed at the grand union exec june 3-5 and had a lovely experience. the staff was very friendly and helpful - one of the front desk clerks (katja i think) even called the airline and tracked down my blackberry when i left it on the plane over from zurich. you can't beat the location (although hotel emonec - 2 stars - is just as central and quite a bit less expensive - this was fully booked), the service, and the overall quality of the hotel. this building is featured in many of the postcards of central ljubljana =) i didn't make it down to breakfast but my friend said that it was good, with a nice selection of breads, fruit, cheese, meats, etc. do search around for prices and availabilty, as there is quite a bit of variability out there. booking online was about eur 22 cheaper than contacting the hotel directly.
The best hotel in Ljub
This is indeed the best hotel in Ljubljana - the Lev, which has one star more and in which I stayed during my last trip to Ljub is less nice - smaller rooms, beds, worse service, worse location, worse breakfast.
The GHUE is one of the three GHU hotels; Business is physically linked to Executive, but Garni is a bit away. Business is a bit cheaper and not much worse. The best rooms in the GHUE are in the new part, but the old one is more charming. I stayed in the new, in a double-for-single with a Kingsize; furnishings and amenities were more ***** than ****, incl. the bathroom. The very nice pool with sauna and exercise room is in the Business; from the new part of Executive, you can walk there in your bathrobe (you cannot do that rom the old part!). Excellent breakfast (especially the eggs and the grilled vegetables and sausages). Nice staff, never a problem there. Free internet terminals. Literally two minutes from the central square. High laundry and minbar prices (what else is new?) but a good supermarket in the adjoining block.
And yes, the hotel has a Central Eastern European feel to it and the rooms as well, but if one doesn't want to experience that, one may stay in Peoria or Dayton to begin with, no?
Beautiful hotel - ideal retreat
We had a 4 day break at this superb hotel. The service was faultless and unobtrusive in the restaurants. Staff were friendly but not overpowering. The hotel was totally refurbished last year and it shows. Everywhere is gleaming from the brass trimmings to the cutlery! The first time ever I have entered the 10 rating box for everything on a hotel questionnaire. Ideally situated in the old centre, but overlooking pedestrianised area so always quiet at night. For a relaxing getaway I cannot recommend this place highly enough.
Booked in as a 'walk in' and got twin rooms for 100 euro's Upgraded to executive without asking. Staff were excellent and friendly. Rooms superb. Good breakfast. Pool is good size and indoor with rooftop views of the city.The location could not be better.
One of the nicest and most welcoming hotels I have been in for many years.
Great location in the beautiful center of town. Front desk staff really mediocre. The room felt Eastern bloc despite being very modern. Definetly overpriced but fortunately we got a weekend special.
Great time in Ljubljana
We stayed in this hotel for two nights with the family plan. We got a large room with two double beds. The room was very nice and came with nice touches such as bathrobes. The breakfast was very good- a very large buffet with much more selection than most. We ate in the restaurant in the adjacent Executive section and had a very good low price meal. The location was very good. We walked everywhere and that was with me recovering from a stress fracture. The pool is also in the other section and is on top of the building for a very nice view while swimming. There is also an exercise room. We were quite happy with the price since we usually have to pay more for rooms that hold four people and they aren't in such prime locations with great breakfasts.
Great location, eastern european grandeur
I stayed for 4 nights in April 2005.
The location of the hotel couldn't be better, just around the corner from the main square.
The impression I got was that the Grand hotel Union was viewed as the top hotel in Ljubjana.
The hotel had an old world grand feeling in the public areas. Lots of marble and polished brass. The hotel was fairly small but felt opulent.
The staff were very helpful, accomodating and friendly. The bellboys took our luggage up to our room and check in was dealt with promptly. The standard of English was very good, as it was across Ljubljana.
The rooms were a good size - 2 queen sized beds, a tv, lots of wardrobe space. fridge and an ice bucket (strangley - made of velvellette). The rooms were decorated in expensive furnishings but with an odd 70's feel to them. The bathroom was clean and mainly white marble.
The breakfast was an expansive buffet affair and I can recommend it, pastries, cooked breakfastl, cereals, cold meats, cheeses fresh breads. Worth getting up for.
All in all I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here. The hotel is quirky, with a very European feel but exceeded my expectations and I recomend it
Great location but overpriced
I spent three days at the Grand Union Hotel Executive in June 2005.
It has without question the best location in Ljubljana, but unfortunately the rooms are not nearly as nice as the exterior. Typical of Eastern European 4-5 star hotels twenty years ago-although the bathroom was quite nice.
When we asked the front desk to check on a tour to Bohinj, we were handed the phone and told to do it ourselves. Other staff members were somewhat more friendly, but not what you would expect from a hotel in this price range. The buffet breakfast was good, but not outstanding. Unfortunately there are few hotel choices in Ljubljana and the only other deluxe hotel (Hotel Lev) is quite a way from the town center. Overall it is just O.K. , but Ljubljana itself is nice and the country as a whole is beautiful! !
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