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Hotel Bolfenk
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Pohorje
Reviewed January 31, 2010

on phone hotel staff told us that the hotel is on skii area but it is not ,and that we can come there on skiis but that is not trouth.also food was not good.pool is ok.staff is not very friendly.we forgot to tell them that we drinked one wather from bar so when we sit in car and try to go home the recepcioner run to our car skriming that we need to pay 2.5 euros for a bootle of wather.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 4, 2010

Stayed in a Hotel Belfenk apartments with another family at Mariborsko Pohorje (above the city of Maribor in Slovenia) - 10 people in all, two families with teenagers - for a skiing holiday. Arranged flight, transfers and accommodation ourselves. Email communication with hotel easy and efficient. Flew into Graz with Ryanair to be met by comfortable minibuses from the hotel - about £100 per 50 minute transfer. Arrived at the apartments in a snowstorm. Very lucky: it turned out to be the first snow of the season, contrary to what we had gleaned from various web sites, so do check the snow conditions carefully before you go. The most reliable site seems to be http://www.pohorje.org/en/mariborsko-pohorje-winter/snow-conditions The best time to go appears to be January / February. There's a good blue run that is kept nearly always open with artificial snow, including night skiing, so beginners and learners should generally be OK; this is what gives the report it's 'guaranteed snow' claim and also invalidates most 'no snow' ski insurance provision.

The apartments are one part of a pleasant avenue of hotels and apartments, all built in a cosy wooden style - see pic. They're very good value by comparison with what you might get in France or Switzerland for the same price: an apartment for five was spacious with two bathrooms, one twin and one double bedroom, an extra pull-out bed in the living room; some rather limited comfortable seating in the living room (sufficient for about three people); small kitchen and table with seating for about 8 people. Balconies to all sides overlook trees or the resort grounds giving a very pleasant, rural feel. There are roads at the front and back of the apartment but these are quiet and - especially under snow - not a problem. There's a locker room in the basement for ski equipment, complete with boot warmers. The ski slopes are about 50m from the apartment making the apartment 'ski in / out' or a short walk depending on the conditions.

There's a small but surprisingly well stocked shop where you can buy basic things like bread, pasta, milk and eggs (plus alcohol) sufficient for snacky meals.

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The hotel has a good 20m swimming pool with jacuzzi and Finnish sauna: a great way to relax after a day on the slopes. The sauna is strictly 'no swimwear' though the hotel provides modesty towels. Staying in the apartments provides 'free admission to the wellness centre' - but only once. It's 10 Euros per person per use after this so it's worth trying to negotiate complimentary use with the hotel or your agent.

The apartment wasn't cleaned during our stay (one week). A notice in the entrance hall informed us that towels are changed on Wednesdays, but we didn't see this until too late. This was not a big problem for us, but worth bearing in mind. There were fireplaces but no logs. You'll need to ask the hotel about this.

The kitchen had not been given a lot of thought: the coffee machine was cheap and didn't work properly, no washing up liquid, tea towels or oven gloves. A bit annoying.

Evening meal in the hotel was a three-course buffet for 13 Euros: food not bad at all and we thought good value. Expect to eat early if you are on half board: 5 - 7 pm presumably to allow for night skiing (6 - 8pm). If you want to eat later you'll need to inform the hotel that you wish to choose a la carte. On the one occasion we tried this the food was excellent and again good value at 10 Euros for a main dish.

Skiing is potentially good. Only three pistes were open during our stay, but as this gave about 6km of skiing to the base of the mountain, including two good red runs with varied terrain and variable conditions, we were all pretty happy. From the bottom of the mountain there are three chair lifts back to the top; or you can save time by walking (5 minutes) to the new goldola that takes 8 minutes to go back up. This is a mainly Slovenian resort, so you might not find instructors with fluent English. But the Slovenian people are lovely, jolly and sociable. The piste-side cafes are cosy, log-burning places; unsophisicated and good value.

Maribor was an unexpected pleasure: the old centre is delightful, expecially at Christmas - brass bands, twinkly lighting, etc - the pubs are great, food is particularly good and, again, great value.

We'll certainly go back but will make it last minute to be sure that as many as possible of the runs are open. We'd consider staying at the Bolfenk again - all in all they try hard, are pleasant and the facilities are excellent - or we might stay near the bottom of the gondola - Hotel Arena looks good - if there's snow at the base of the mountain, giving easy access (1 Euro bus ride) to the centre of Maribor.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with family
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Stayed: January 2017, traveled with friends
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Address: Hochko Pohorje 133, Pohorje 2208, Slovenia
Location: Slovenia > Styria Region > Pohorje
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Pohorje
Price Range: $73 - $183 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Bolfenk 4*
Number of rooms: 20
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