Grand Hotel Toplice
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This is the absolute best hotel we have ever stayed in. The view in all directions is magical. The breakfast was out on the deck beside the lake with the view again, the food was wonderful, stayed there that long we had a muffin and coffee to finish for morning tea. Went for a pletna boat ride to the church of the Mother of God in the lake and rang …
Our first rainy day. We drove straight to the castle and explored in the rain. Many enjoyed corking their own bottle of wine in the castle wine cellar. Spectacular views of Bled, the lake and the island.
We arrived in Bled and checked in to our five star hotel. It is right on the main street but the team is staying about 30 minutes away in …
... said yes, considering the fact that I had recently cancelled my flights to Greece and Istanbul; I had to make up for the lost adventures.
Our plan to rent a car and travel to Croatia, Montenegro, and beyond proved to be more of an adventure that I had expected. We found a decent rental, and posted on BlaBlaCar, a website where you can carpool and get some help for gas money. We were on our way the next day, with a few couchsurfing options as well. As you may know, I ...
... where we walked to the boat hire and all pitched in for an hours row boat hire. We all piled in to the small (barely 12ft) wooden row boat and with Jermaine and I at helm and in the engine room we rowed (zig zagged) our way to the island. The water was like glass - clear and with a mirror of the sky above. Once at the island we climbed the famous stairs to the church and looked around the small island surrounded in calm waters with its lush green flora. As we needed the boat ...
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As there are no bridges to the island due to it being 600 to 800 metres away from any side of the banks, the main way to get there is by a row boat, kayak or a tour boat. These all sounded viable but we also had heard of another way that was free but somewhat dangerous, you could swim across if you wanted. Now, I am not the worst swimmer in the world, surely that goes to Eric the Eel from the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Hotel Toplice Bled
I had slight reservations about this hotel prior to booking, mainly stemming from the architecture, which leaves a bit to be desired. I was also concerned about it size and felt it might be a bit souless....you know, a throwback to its communist era.
Visited the hotel for our honeymoon last year. Fantastic view compensated for the tiny bedroom. Evening meals inadequate. Chef and kitchen staff obviously try very hard but never quite succeeded. Breakfasts very substantial and saw us through to dinner time. We would return again when we could afford a suite rather than a standard room and would not opt for half board basis. Resort was clean and never overly busy.
We didn't stay at the Hotel but did eat at its Panorama Restaurant. It was our worst dining experience during our week in Bled. The food was over-priced and of poor quality. My wife's main course arrived while she was still eating her first and the waiter seemed embarrassed and didn't know what to do apart from stand there holding it until she had finished!! My main dish was a medium rare fillet of beef. Medium rare it was not, fillet it was not and I believe it is questionable if it was beef or not!! The vegetables were a very dismal apology for food. As this was our first night we began to wonder if this was a reflection of Slovenian catering but we are delighted to say that everywhere else we ate in Bled was far, far better.
Good except for food
Stayed in the hotel twice. Lovely views from lakeside of hotel. Staff mostly friendly and helpful, and the reception desk is efficient. Wonderful lounge but small bedrooms. Dining room decor is good, but the food below standard. Breakfast is poor, and evening food is varied but not plentiful, not hot, not particularly tasty. Service is good with waiters keen to please .. particularly as tips are important to them.
The five star is for views; otherwise three star is more correct.
Cheesy and disappointing.
We booked into this hotel, and were passed around from pillar to post between three of the hotels in the same 'chain'. The room we ended up with did have a beautiful view, but the decor was very dated. And the room was not ready to recieve us, even though we arrived after lunch. Would NOT stay here again. The staff were rude and unhelpful even after messing up our booking.
Solution to the so-so food
I have stayed at this hotel four times, twice in suites and twice in standard lake-front rooms. The entire hotel was shut down for a top-to-bottom renovation in 2002. Bathrooms are large and luxurious with top quality fittings.
Cheaper rooms are available across the hall from the lake-front rooms, but they are directly on the busy road that circumnavigates the lake.
Staff is helpful, knowledgable and utterly professional.
Wonderful lobby bar/lounge with floor to ceiling curved walls of glass. Live music in season.
The only drawback is the food -- especially the lackluster breakfast. Forget lunch or dinner here and have the concierge book you a table at Ocarina -- by far the best restaurant in Bled. It's an easy walk from the hotel.
Most comfortable beds in a hotel
We stayed for a week at the beginning of September 2004. The weather was warm and sunny and the resort was restful and tranquil. Both sides of the beds in the hotel were adjustable so each could get the mattress as hard or soft as personally required. Absolute bliss! Woke refreshed and relaxed. The staff were friendly and helpful, the rooms comfortable and the view fantastic looking over the lake. The food was the least memorable but other guests said it was above average food for Slovenia. We never went hungry anyway. I would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting a relaxing, comfortable holiday in tranquil surroundings.
It will be a long life memory - my sister got married in lake Bled and was residing in Toplice Hotel where they had their wedding party. The place is beautiful and the staff are very helpful and friendly. Lake Bled is one of the beautiful places I have travelled to and we are all going back! Congratulations Claire & Graig!
We stayed for 10 days at the Toplice in July 2004 and had a wonderful time. Fellow guests had been returning for many, many years and had nothing but praise for the staff of this wonderful establishment. The only drawbacks were the lack of outdoor swimming pool (the outdoor pool was lake water and was certainly not five-star quality), the indoor pool was freezing - this may have been a Slovenian interpretation of healthy, but chilled me to the marrow! However, food was excellent, the balcony and lake view room was clean and fairly spacious, bed was comfortable, and staff were delightful. We will be going again - and will go every year when they have sorted out the pool.
Luxury on the lake
This is a truly wonderful hotel in a fantastic location. We stayed off peak and they bumped us up to a suite. Wow! The balcony doors opened right out onto a stunning aspect of Lake Bled. It's extremely luxurious, the decor is very stylish and the staff are very friendly.