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“Staying with History” 4 of 5 stars
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Vila Bled
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   C Svobode 26, Bled 4260, Slovenia   |  
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Ranked #5 of 23 Hotels in Bled
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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41 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Staying with History”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

To help you better understand my reviews, my wife and I are independent travelers in our mid-60s. While we definitely like a bit of luxury and enjoy good food, we usually find five-star hotels and Michelin starred restaurants too pretentious.

You will either love this place, or hate it. Vila Bled was Tito's summer villa, now converted into a hotel. The rooms are large (we were upgraded to a two room suite, as it was the end of the season and the hotel wasn't very full), but a bit.. shabby or historical, depending on your point of view. The furniture reminded me of what my parents, aunts and uncles had in the 1950s -- a sort of mid-century moderne; but of top quality (especially, the wooden pieces like dressers and desks). The bathroom, however, was totally modern and of the highest standard.

The hotel has historical murals in its conference room, paintings and photographs of Tito, and his desk (you can use it!) and a lovely setting away from the tourist sprawl at the head of Lake Bled.

The food in the dining room is very good, but since the hotel wasn't very full and many people choose to eat elsewhere, it had a sort of dead feeling. Maybe it is more lively in high season.

Rumor has it that the hotel is going to be upgraded -- it would benefit from a pool (for example). I just hope they don't destroy the historical ambience.

Room Tip: The two room suites give you lots of space. Ask for one overlooking the lake, if possible.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

This hotel combines wonderful history (it was where Tito spent a good deal of time when leader of Yugoslavia) with beautifully and sympathetically refurbished decor and furnishings. Vila Bled sits on the shore of Lake Bled and has a wonderful view of picturesque Bled island and we were fortunate to have a room with this view. The hotel has its own rowing boats which guests may use free of charge to row over to the island. Wonderful rooms, dining and professional and helpful staff. One not to miss. (If you go do sneak a look at the first floor concert room with its wonderful mural.)

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Littleton, Colorado
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102 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

We stayed in Bled two nights as part of a spectacular bicycle tour of Slovenia. First off, if you ever get a chance to visit the lovely little country of Slovenia, you must make a trip to Bled. Pristine and picturesque; and real photogenic spot. We stayed in the Villa Bled right on the shore of the lake. This property was built just after WW2 by Tito, the communist leader of Yugoslavia. The halls and stairs are wide with thick wall and an overall Stalinesque, heavy soviet feel; at first a bit off putting but after a while the place grew on us. Given the passage of time and ever changing politics, this place is rather historic. In addition to Tito, many other world leaders stayed at the property in the past. Our room was big enough to play a decent game of badminton, if only we had a net (gotta pack that next time!). The room was very clean and well maintained. The bathroom was clean with the shower/tub combo that invariably leaves a flood, but hey, that’s why the floor drain is there. They must caulk the heck out of Slovenian bathrooms to keep the flood waters of Rangoon from spoiling the ambience of the neighbors below. A very broad staircase with 93 steps takes you from the hotel garden to the shore of Lake Bled and a spectacular view of the whole area. I gave this a 5 star rating primarily due to the setting which was spectacular.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Lake Bled is Heaven on Earth and the BEST way to experience it is staying in Vila Bled. This is Josep Tito's summer home and has the best spot by the lake. It is decorated the same as if Tito was staying there - an amazing, historical, luxurious experience!! Where else can you stay in a historical place like this? Thank you to the country of Slovenia for keeping this beautiful place as an historical hotel.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Oregon
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42 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

I was happy that the hotel has remained unchanged from when it was Tito's summer palace. The lighting is bleak; there are no screens on the windows, no AC and no TV's in the rooms. The palacial size of the rooms was amazing. All of this gave you a feel as to what it would have been like to have been Tito's guest.

The breakfasts could have been better. The quality was just so-so.

The front desk people are business like. It's not the normal check-in with the warm greeting, etc... It makes you feel as though the communist impressions are still alive and well in this place.

It's a far walk from any good restaurants (if there is such a thing in Bled). But, its isolation keeps the grounds and rooms very quiet.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

A mid-mod gem with all the glamour of the era. We loved the well-oiled paneling, red-carpeted marble hallways suitable to a UN summit, gloriously big rooms with sitting rooms and gorgeous bathrooms, amazing meals and impeccable service. The location is spectacular, on lovely grounds full of ancient trees, with lovely walking paths and immediate access to rowboats. The staff make this marvelous place shine, with their pride in the history of the palace and commitment to excellent service. A very special destination with history that is very meaningful to the region. Expect James Bond to stride down the hallway for a meeting with Steve McQueen.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Vila Bled is an exceptional place to stay while on your visit to Lake Bled. The estate is located right off Lake Bled with stunning views of the island and the castle. Being it is on it's own estate and located just a short jaunt from the city center, it is quiet and peaceful. If you're looking for a place to stay that offers relaxation, tranquility, and also activity, this is the perfect place for you. We stayed in room 305 which had a balcony facing Lake Bled. The room was clean and spacious with a comfortable bed and views of the island and castle. The two downfalls with the room was that there is no water boiler so you can't have any tea or coffee in the room. Additionally, there is no air conditioning and in July it gets quite warm so expect to leave your windows open all night, allowing a few bugs to enter. Being the room looked over the lake, the room stayed very quiet, thus the only downfall to the sleeping conditions was the heat. The bathroom was clean and offered a hair dryer and some great smelling bath products.

The hotel offers complimentary bike & boat rentals thus offering an active stay if you'd like. We took the bikes out for a ride to the Vintgar Gorge, around town and then back into town for dinner one evening. Note that the bikes do not have lights on them, so they aren't the safest to use once the sun sets. The row boats are nice to take out to get great views of all the sites the lake has to offer, or just to relax in the sun. There is no time limit for the rental, so you don't need to rush. The hotel also has it's own private beach which isn't a sandy beach, rather a concrete patio with comfortable lounging chairs. Though there is a private section blocked off in the water for hotel guest use only. The beach of course offers stunning views of all the lakes sites.

The location of the hotel is perfect. You can either walk into town which takes about 20 minutes or you can bike which cuts the time in half. We found it hard to drive into town as parking is quite limited. But with the waterfront path around the lake, it's a really nice bike ride or walk to the center, so I discourage the driving :) Not only are you close to Bled's city center, but you are also a short drive away from Lake Bohinj which is another serene and gorgeous lake with lots of hiking, boating, biking and other activities available.

There are quite a few options for breakfast, but if you're vegetarian or Gluten Free, then you don't have as many options. In fact, being a vegetarian in Slovenia is tough. We had hard times even just finding salads anywhere we went. So the breakfast here is the same, lots of local cold cut meats and cheeses, and of course pastries. The 2nd morning I actually brought my own lettuce to breakfast that I had picked up from the market so I could at least get some vegetables in for the day! The first day they offered us freshly made eggs, but the 2nd morning we didn't get so lucky.

The service at Vila Bled was phenomenal. The receptionist guy (can't remember his name) was the happiest, jolliest man we met on the entire trip. He made us feel very welcome and always put a smile on our faces.

Vila Bled was by far our favorite hotel we stayed during our time in Slovenia. If we ever make it back to Lake Bled, we will definitely be staying here again.

Room Tip: Ask for a balcony room. The extra cost is worth having the superior view of the lake!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: C Svobode 26, Bled 4260, Slovenia
Location: Slovenia > Upper Carniola Region > Bled
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Bled
#3 Luxury Hotel in Bled
#4 Family Hotel in Bled
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Hotel Class:4 star — Vila Bled 4*
Number of rooms: 31
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