Although Bled is a popular tourist destination, luxurious and modern rooms are few and far between. Vila Alice is a beautifully presented house, where it is evident throughout every room in the property that a great deal of care and attention has been put into every detail.
The staff are young, speak multiple languages to a high standard, and were always cheerful and helpful. On arrival we were greeted with a tour of the property and a complimentary blueberry schnapps (homemade) which was a lovely touch.
Our room ('Fire') was clean and beautifully designed, stretching the full length of the main building, with a large balcony at the front, and a smaller terrace at the back of the building (with stunning views of the Julien Alps).
Other reviewers have noted a charge for the wifi, however we were given an access code for the duration of our stay at no extra cost, and the wifi signal was strong throughout the building. The management team have clearly listened and responded positively to this previous feedback.
We did not have the opportunity to try out any of the little luxuries advertised in the Vila brochure (eg. in-room massage, bicycle hire etc.), however these looked tempting.
On arrival we found fruit (dates) and water in our room, and on our last morning the owner had prepared a traditional Slovenian cream-cheese and herb bread for us to take with us to the airport.
As other reviewers have pointed out, it is well under 5mins walk to the lake shore, and the restaurants and bars in the town. There is no restaurant on site, however the staff recommended two excellent Slovenian/European restaurants that both had delicious food, a great atmosphere and service. They were also really keen to help us make plans to see all the sights and sample the highlights of Bled, including the best lace to try the famous Cream Cake!
Breakfast is basic, however we expected this based on other reviews, and it was not an issue for us.
All in all, Vila Alice is a true home away from home - inviting, luxurious and well worth the price in our opinion.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The seven large gorgeous rooms at Vila Alice have all been uniquely designed, making the most of the diverse space in a beautifully restored 100-year-old mansion. Luxurious furnishings and modern amenities are set under exposed wooden beams in a charming mix of classic alpine architecture and contemporary comforts and aesthetics. All of this is found less than 200m from the lake, with secured private parking and carefully landscape grounds. Additional facilities include a lounge, a bar, several terraces and a large secret garden where guests can relax in a sauna and Jacuzzi. ... more less
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- Vila Alice Bled Hotel Bled