We stayed in the Grand Hotel Toplice in the last week in August 09 leaving on the 29th.
The hotel is located in the best position on the lake and takes in the best views which are without doubt its main attraction. The hotel is rated as 5 star however I would rate it more as a 4 star hotel. The interior of the hotel public rooms are well finished and reflect a bygone era.
We stayed in a suite with a lake view. The view from the room was outstanding and will stay with us for a long time to come. The hotel was quiet and whereas the suite we stayed in (412) was opposite the lift there was no noise. The furniture in the bedroom was a little tired but more than adequate. The double bed was two singles which had automatic air pumps so that you could adjust the firmness of the mattress which is a plus if you are fussy about how firm or soft you want your bed to be.
The breakfast in the hotel was good and there was a wide variety of options to choose from. We were half board and for the evening meals we had a choice of five different courses and were never stuck for choice. The food quality I would rate as good rather than excellent although there was nothing that I could complain about. Drinks in the bar are expensive as is wine and we were charged for jugs of tap water with our evening meal at 2.5 Euros a jug which is not what I would expect from a 5 star hotel.
The lido area outside the hotel is has sun lounging facilities and an area segregated for swimming. The water temperature in the week we were staying was a very comfortable 26 deg C. Also attached to the lido are a number of rowing boats which are free to residents for up to an hour a day which we enjoyed and used to visit the church on the island. A nice touch was that in the afternoon the hotel sent out baskets of fresh fruit for the residents on the lido.
We did not have explained to us where the facilities were and where dinner would be held etc. but when we asked for assistance this was always provided. The staff were courteous and polite but did not provide help or assistance unless this was asked for. I think this is more a cultural difference rather than any criticism of the staff.
The hotel is close to the centre of bled (less than 3 minutes walk) and we did get some noise on the Friday and Saturday nights from other facilities but this had died down before 10.00.
The hotel has a small fitness area which has a three machines (but no rowing machine). it aslo has a steam room and two saunas.
The hotel is part of a chain of hotels which include the Golf and the Park Hotels in Bled.
I would recommend this hotel without any reservation but it is more of a 4 star than a 5 star hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The renovated Grand Hotel Toplice boasts a rich history, offering traditional style and sumptuous comfort for the guests' enjoyment and relaxation. The Grand Hotel Toplice has hosted a number of eminent guests; today, it is frequented by people looking for the most elegant accommodation by Lake Bled, as well as golfers and conference guests. On top of that, Grand Hotel Toplice is a very popular choice for weddings and large scale celebrations. The hotel features a private beach and boathouse in addition to a thermal swimming pool and select wellness services. Grand Hotel Toplice is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels chain. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Bled