This is without a doubt the best 3* hotel I've stayed at anywhere in Europe. It won a TripAdvisor Award for Excellence this year and I'm not surprised.
Finding hotels that cater for families with young children is a challenge. We spent a lot of time trying to find one in Bled and were typically quoted over 600Euro for 3 nights because all of the 4* hotels could not fit a family into their standard or double rooms. Thus, Superior Suite or bust.
The Savica touts itself as a "family-friendly" hotel and it most certainly ticks all the boxes. We got a huge room (or should I say two as our "room" comprised two adjoining rooms) for less than 100Euro per night. The rooms are newly refurbished and they've done a wonderful job. Modern bathrooms (one for us with shower & one for the kids with a bath), neutral decor' and in our case a decent view of Bled Castle.
The kids (3 and 5) each had their own single beds and a second TV in their room. The hotel provides potty's, porta-cots etc at no charge. Just outside our room was a small soft play area which the kids loved. No sat-TV, just the usual international news channels but this is no problem as there's plenty to do. No Wi-Fi either, but there is in-room internet via cable which can be obtained from reception. Fine if you want to hook-up a laptop, but no good for smartphone or tablet users.
There is no kettle in the room but the reception staff were happy to provide hot water, milk etc night and day for no charge. Indeed, all three reception staff we dealt with were excellent.
The hotel is only 3* because it has no restaurant, room service etc. However, guests at the hotel receive access to all the facilities (including restaurant, wellness centre, fantastic swimming pools) at the 4* Hotel Golf. The Hotel Golf is owned by the same company but guests there pay considerably more and from what I witnessed the service isn't as good as at the Savica.
Our kids loved the Activity Club, though it only runs for about one-and-a-half hours per day (except Monday's). You can get the schedule as a PDF on the Savica website. The Kids Activity Room is only open during the advertised hours. Zaki the Swan was loved by the kids but he isn't around that much. Still, this is a hotel - not Butlins or Disneyland.
The hotel offers a babysitting service and charges 18EURO per hour. Its through an external company. However, we asked the kids club supervisor and she agreed to look after our for 5EURO per hour. This gave my wife and I the chance to get out for a couple of hours kid free.
For families with young children this is the best hotel I've stayed at that's not part of a family holiday resort of some kind. There were also plenty of other guests without children. From what I can see they put families on some floors and guests without children on others (where practicable).
We were so comfortable here and enjoyed Bled so much that we decided to stay an extra night. The kids loved it and we had the most relaxing and carefree stay I can remember. Even if you don't have children this is definately worth a look. You'll save lots of money due to the 3* rating but will still have access to the 4* facilitities of the Hotel Golf.
I've stayed at three other hotels in Bled (all 4*) on previous visits and the Savica beats them all on value for money and service. Its a stone's throw from the Lake and a 2 minute walk to all the shops, cafes and restaurants. Highly recommended!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The new three-star Savica Hotel is not only the first Slovenian family-friendly hotel, but also satisfies the needs of all those guests seeking high-quality affordable accommodation in Bled. The Savica Hotel features 90 hotel rooms and 14 apartments with kitchenette. The rooms and apartments are equipped with cable TV, telephone, mini bar and safe. All units are air-conditioned and most of them have balconies. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Savica Hotel Bled