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“Nice lakeside inn with great restaurant”
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Vila Preseren
Ranked #17 of 60 Bled B&B and Inns
Philadelphia, PA
Level 6 Contributor
202 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
“Nice lakeside inn with great restaurant”
Reviewed August 31, 2013

Crashed here in August 2013 after an overnight flight from the US into Venice. Bled is about a 3-hour drive from the Venice airport. The inn is in a beautiful location directly on the lake and only a five-minute stroll from the town center. We appreciated not being directly in town and in a quieter location following our long flight. The inn has several selling points. There is free parking for guests in the courtyard directly in front of the hotel. Guests receive reserved tables at the restaurant which is located on a deck off the building's ground floor with a lakeside view. It appeared as though guests got the best tables. The restaurant is reasonable, the food and wine very good, and the night we were there, they had a talented trio from Italy performing folk songs from across Europe, using a violin, upright bass and accoustic guitar. The hotel is located about a dozen paces from a boat launch for about 8 of the traditional oared craft that take you across the lake to the island with the church. In the other direction, it's a 2-minute walk to the public beach/swimming area. The tram to the castle passes nearby and you could probably also hike around to the entrance to the alpine slide without much trouble, too (it's plainly visible from the restaurant deck).

On the down side (and this is NOT a major complaint) the rooms, while perfectly clean and rather large, are equipped with antiquated bathrooms and feature older furniture and carpeting. Our lower floor rooms looked out onto the roof of the restaurant which obscured the view of the lake. But this was, in one way, an advantage. Others have written of the guest room proximity to the restaurant and how the musical entertainment was evident as one tries to get an early sleep. We were not greatly bothered by this, parlty because the roof outside was also fending off soundwaves a bit. It probably helped that the evening's entertainment was accoustic and not greatly electrified.
My advice would be to bring along a dual-current white noise machine, have some wine with dinner, stay down there a while to enjoy the entertainment and go to bed happy.

It took a few minutes for the staff to check us in because, as others have mentioned, the main business they run at this place is the restaurant (you actually have to check-in at the bar, which sounds worse than it is). But get there in the early to mid-afternoon before the dinner rush and you won't have a major issue with this.

Given that many hotels in Bled get a bad rap for being of Communist-era construction and small room size, we thought the Vila Preseren was a very good choice. The staff was friendly and seemed happy to have us. The lakeside location was perfect and the experience of having our boat ride directly adjacent to the hotel and the great outdoor restaurant at our doorstep made this a very attractive residence. And Lake Bled is not to be missed. It's a stunning spot with lots to do and all of it within easy reach. Not sure Americans really know anything about this place, but it's a hidden gem. The Vila Preseren was a nice base camp for exploring it.

Room Tip: If you want a lake view, ask formthe top floor. But to mnimize noise fromthe restaurant, you may act...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed August 8, 2013

Overall, I recommend the hotel but it seems to be more of a restaurant that attached some rooms to it. The rooms are nice, though the one we had was a bit small. There isn't a front desk or other typical hotel staff - rather, you check in at the restaurant with the waiters. It is definitely well-situated (probably the best spot of any of the hotels I saw) as it is right under the castle and close to the swimming spots without being "downtown" (where most of the shopping and hotels are, only a 10-minute walk away which seemed to be totally safe in the dark). You can walk to the most popular swimming area, down by the camping spot, within 20 minutes (again, closest of any hotels I saw since that side of the lake is quite undeveloped). Restaurant is lovely though service was just OK. There are also free parking spots for guests, which was much appreciated, as was the free breakfast.

Room Tip: "Small Double Room Park View _ with Queen Bad - Free Parking + Free Wireless Internet + Breakfa...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Queenscliff, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed August 7, 2013

We stayed for 6 nights in the one bedroom apartment facing the Lake and must say that our overall impression was positive. An excellent Bed, comfortable space, great views and excellent service from both staff in the hotel and Restaurant. The only downsides were the loud music one afternoon and a few nights but out of 6 it wasn't too bad, but if want peace and quiet then you may want to rethink however we found it mostly engaging when the live music was on and mostly ok when they played lighter contemporary music but when the duff duff electro music was played too loud then it was too much. A word to the manager however Ono sorts out the exuberant bar staff. But or only real issue was with the terrible leaking shower, so easy to fix and I hope it has been done, just requires a we shower screen seal and a new shower hose and head system and problem solved.

Room Tip: Front room top floor #6 or rear without view for quiet.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

Actually we didn't stay here. We just popped in for breakfast every morning during our vacation at the lake Bled. And the breakfast was very-very good.
One can choose from the variety of breakfasts: english, american, french... each one is tasty healthy and big cup of great Coffeshop Company coffee is included. Worth visiting for breakfasts.
And I bet the hotel should be also quite good. I don't know the prices anyway, but next time I'm in Bled, I consider staying here.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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vienna
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

This is a mix between restaurantand a guest house. The rooms were spacious and comfortable (no view though, but you're in the back of the villa, therefore less exposed to noise). The terrace is extremely pleasant for breakfast or dinner, just by the shore of the lake. It's ideally located to take the walk up to the castle or visit the main church. The food was very good, including great desserts (strawberry napoleon and chocolate torte). Service was friendly and efficient. We'll definitely try to stay here when we go back to beautiful Bled.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Vienna, Austria
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260 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed July 17, 2013

I stayed in February 2013. Location is perfect. Big plus - WiFi and free parking behind hotel.
Food is very good. I canot say anthing bad about stuff. Vice versa, very friendly and nice people, always trying to help. Room was OK, with a lake Bled view. It was nice to walk along the lake too. Some people may be annoyed by the church bell, but for me it brought more charm.

Highly recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: Best rooms are with the lake view, of course.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Toronto, Canada
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658 reviews
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

We stayed here just for one night, but were welcomed warmly into this unique place to stay. Our room was a good size with two separate beds and a small kitchenette. For the price and the location you can't beat this place. It was a little loud (as it was really hot out and there is no A/C so we slept with the windows open) with one of the main roads just infront of the property. But, I am sure if you slept with the windows closed, there would be no issue. Two minute walk to the lake and surrounded by restaurants, we loved this little place.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Vila Preseren
Address: Veslashka promenada 14, Bled 4260, Slovenia
Location: Slovenia > Upper Carniola Region > Bled
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 60 B&Bs / Inns in Bled
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Vila Preseren 4*
Number of rooms: 8
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