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“fine, but a little short of hot water” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hotel Hvala-Restaurant Topli Val,Kobarid

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Hotel Hvala-Restaurant Topli Val,Kobarid
Trg Svobode 1, Kobarid 5222, Slovenia   |  
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“fine, but a little short of hot water”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

As part of a walking group, we stayed here for a couple of nights. We had booked ahead, but when we arrived, despite it being a rather cold and wet day, the heating was not on and there was a lack of hot water for 15 people who wanted hot showers. The hotel was full, mainly with people who were visiting a local festival, walking the Peace Walk, or doing other outdoor pursuits. The toilet in my room was leaking and constantly running rather noisily, but although this had been reported by the previous occupants, the part which had been required had not come, but nevertheless they had given me the room. I changed for a room in the attic on the second night, which was much quieter, but then the bathroom shelf fell off the wall at about 4.30am! The restaurant however is very good with competent staff and an excellent and very enthusiastic chef . We had a fish menu which was his speciality and suited all our varied diets. Breakfast was varied and appealing and attractively presented. Would I stay again? Not sure, it would depend on what else was available.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Huntsville, Alabama
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126 reviews 126 reviews
45 hotel reviews
Reviews in 57 cities Reviews in 57 cities
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

We stayed here one night on our journey through Slovenia and visited the very worthwhile WWI museum the following morning. The room was pleasant and had a balcony with a view of the distant hills. Breakfast was above average.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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6 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

We were recommended the restaurant as one of the best in Kobarid and one which is hunting a Michelin Star rating. Although the food was good it fell well short of our expectations especially at the prices charged. I would suggest you can do better elsewhere and save your money.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bath, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Room was ok but had no air conditioning so was quite hot. But the bathroom was just not good enough for this amount of money - small, smelly, damp, and hardly functional. Hotel staff were a bit grumpy but the restaurant staff were great and had no problem sorting my daughter's gluten free diet.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Stopped in the village after seeing the amount of outdoor activities this region offers on our way back to Munich taking the road less travelled. We extended our trip one day to include an unplanned rafting excursion. There is a lot to do including walking, bike riding, what looks like an amazing river with lots of options. The hotel was the only one of its type we could find and we came away impressed with the small town and the hotel resturant. The hotel it self can be left best said as functional with limited character. Room 205 had a small balcony and faced the rear of the hotel. Quite but needs a fan since there is no AC. Moving air becomes more and more important with advancing age. There is a nice uphill walk which takes about 15/20 minutes up from the town square to the Memorial to the Italian soldiers lost in the 1st WW. Great view of the valley from there.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
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Gozo
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58 reviews 58 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

Hvala means thank you in Slovenian - which we learnt after having repeated the question " how do you say thank you in Slovenian?" to the receptionist three times, and assumed he did not understand us as he answered Hvala each time. The hotel is in the middle of the small and charming village of Kobarid and is probably the best accomodation in the town. Clean, functional, adequate - not on the upper end of 4 star hotels but I slept well despite the thin mattress and thinner pillows. Kobarid is a short drive across the Italian border. Kobarid is definitely worth a visit as the Heritage Route walk starts from the centre of the town. The trail is about 5 kms, encompassing a moving and thought provoking war museum, a church on top of a hill with the Stations of the Cross leading up to it, and a mystically beautiful waterfall and river walk deep into the towering mountains that surround the village. You may not go to Kobarid for the hotel experience, but it is worth staying over in order to experience the rivers, mountains, kayaking, rafting, hang gliding, walking and the aforementioned Heritage trail.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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74 reviews 74 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

We were looking forward to our stay at the Hotel Hvala, but felt like we chose poorly. The hotel presents itself as a charming four-star resort, but the decor is dated and our room was uncomfortable. To be fair, there may be top-notch renovated rooms, but our room was far from that. I am NOT a hotel snob...far from it. Let me start with the plusses: the hotel was very central, parking was easy and free, and the included breakfast had a nice spread of hot and cold items.

So, the negatives. Our room was quite uncomfortable. The bed mattress was rock hard...I don't mean firm...I mean painful-on-your-back hard. The bathroom was unacceptably dated: the toilet had cracked tiles under it and loose bolts that made it wobble. The grout around the bathtub was brown with spots of mildew. And the hand-held shower had no place to rest the shower head. We had read that there was no air conditioning, which is fine on pleasant cool nights...but the Mosquitos made it impossible to leave the balcony door open. So we slept in still, hot air...uncomfortable and unnecessary.

I desperately wanted to like this hotel, and I feel that with some investment and energy (and a bit of simple customer service) this could live up to its four star claim. As it is, this is a dated two stars at best. I cannot recommend.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Trg Svobode 1, Kobarid 5222, Slovenia
Location: Slovenia > Slovenian Littoral Region > Kobarid
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kobarid
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Number of rooms: 32
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