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Reviewed September 12, 2012

Bohinj and hotel were recommended to me by a friend who stayed there last year. I have to admit, being sceptical at the begining, not knowing much about nor Bohinj , nor Slovenia, i was more than pleasant surprised. And then.. staying at Hotel Kristal.. this was just a cherry on top!
It is family run hotel and they definitely do treat it like a family member. Staf was more than excellent, very helpful, from the warm wellcome, help with the luggage.. etc etc they made us feel like a king and queen.
It is not a big hotel, but it is very charmy, warm, friendly, pleasent.. It makes you feel very good and wellcome there, you can feel the positive vibe and "wellcomness" in the air.. which i can not say for the bigger hotels even higher star rating.
Great experience started with eating in the restaurant. Breakfast is pretty much standard, but the fact is that the portions are big and freshly made, so food is not being there for ages, and there is good variety of it... then dinner.. this defintiely is a must a the hotel. Various options of 5 course meals!!! simply amazing. I would call it "gastronomy made with amor".. extremely delicious. Vines, normally suggested by the young and extremely friendly and "simpatico" waiter Jan were more than excellent choice. Great quiality and great matching with food. Well, my girlfriend might be pain in the neck sometimes regarding food, so friendly staff did costumize some dishes for her, although they were not on a menu. So, restaruant experience and food deserves higher grade than A+
Rooms, very spaceous and clean. Very very very comfortable bed.. i finally manage to get some proper sleep and rest in a hotel. Equipment in the room was more than sufficient, did not manage to use all it offered. Honestly, we also didnt spent much time in the room, but it was always a pleasure going to the room. Somehow .. we felt like at home.. although style is completely different than we have.
So short summary:
superb staff, speaking various languages, so nobody should experience any communication difficulties staying there
restaruant: can't describe it with words.. you simply have to try it...
hotel itself.. charmy, friendly, nice, clean .. actually spotless, ...
in total: i dont know enough superlatives to describe my satisfaction as it was more than just great.. and will definitely be back again. Maybe even in the winter as there is skiing resort very nearby as well!
Thanks to Dobravec family and the rest of the staff for unforgetable experience.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Eduardo S
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

We stayed at the Kristal for 14 nights from the 18 August in room 208.We were greeted on arrival and offered a 5 course meal even though we were late (it was 9.45 pm) When we entered the room we were surprised by the amount of space,not only room for a double bed with side cabinets,dressing table and 2 lounge chairs and still lots of room to walk around but a spacious balcony with table and chairs(the table even had a tablecloth on it) overlooking the pond and water feature and finally a reasonably spacious bathroom with a shower cubicle rather than one of those ghastly shower curtains.
The whole place was extremely clean and comfortable and the staff were marvellous,nothing was too much trouble.The food was well prepared and plentiful with a good choice but if you didn't like what was offered they would provide something else to suit.Credit must be given to the chef and his team,likewise to the cleaners who somehow managed to keep the whole place spotless,Slava the waitress who was always on hand to serve your needs to Alenka the owner whose customer service skills were second to none whether you were English,Slovenian,German,Italian or any other nationality.She moved from one language to another with relative ease.
Halfway through our stay who should arrive for a meal but the President of Slovenia with his entourage and as an added bonus a world famous opera singer who gave us a rendition of a couple of tunes.Fantastic!!!
I asked Alenka if she was expecting them and she said yes and then added that past Presidents had been for meals before so the place must be good!! As I titled this review if it's good enough for the President then it's good enough for us.
I've got to say a big thankyou to Alenka,her family and all her staff for really making our 2 week holiday one to remember.We never go back to the same place twice as there is so much else to see in the world but were so impressed with the whole country and the hotel that we are going back next June so look forward to seeing Alenka and all her team.
Thanks for a splendid never to be forgotten holiday.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank EnricoShipleyEngland
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

We ate here every night as part of a deal with our holiday, as we stayed at the pension Gasperin. We got 4 courses as part of the deal, also paid for drinks. It seemed to be a standard menu, different soups, a help-yourself salad course and a choice of waiter-served main courses (about 4 options including a vegetarian option). Cake for dessert. Main courses were cooked to order, always good portions and tasty. We tended to drink the house wine, which was delicious and also reasonably-priced. Staff very friendly and hard-working, service was good.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank BlackKatz
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

Just returned from this lovely friendly hotel near Lake Bohinj. The hotel is small, the rooms are clean, the restaurant is charming, and there is a nice bar and terrace area. It is true that it does not have all the facilities of a large four star hotel, but I prefer the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff and a bit of character. The bed was one of the most comfortable I have experienced in a hotel. The food was lovely, and my experience as a vegetarian was great, if the soup had meat in it they would go and specially get me a vegetarian alternative without me asking. My daughter was told that she could ask for what she wanted if she did not like what was on offer. The breakfasts were basic, bread, cheese, eggs, scrambled eggs etc and cereals but there was plenty of it, and it was fresh.
The hotel is a short walk from the lake, we were blessed with beautiful weather and I must admit after a while carrying towels and swimming equipment down to the lake did become a bit of a pain, especially if we wanted to do something else first, but most people seemed to have cars and it was probably us being lazy and getting into relaxed mode. The lake is absolutely beautiful the resort is very family friendly with plenty for kids and adults alike to do. Our room was at the front of the hotel so overlooked the car park, but it did not matter the view of the mountains was excellent.

All in all we were very pleased and would be very happy to go back.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank DerbyNursetraveller
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

We stayed here for the second week of a two centre holiday with Inghams. We had a first floor room overlooking the garden. The room was clean and quiet but we thought that a hotel that claimed to be four star lacked the little extras that are often found in rooms and the bathroom. No shampoos, lotions, etc.

Breakfast was OK but lacked the finishing touches that other hotels offer. Juice and coffee were delivered by a vending machine – with a taste to match. Although choice of food was adequate don’t expect anything special. Most surprising of all was the variety of crockery in use – several different types.

We were staying half board so were eating from the tourist menu most nights. This offered a reasonable choice of main course with generous portions. The accompanying soups, salads and desserts (always a cake) soon seemed rather monotonous. Wines offered were OK but we were only offered red or white. There was a wine list but we were never offered it!

The best aspect of the stay was the friendliness of the staff. They helped to create a relaxed atmosphere.

We did enjoy our week around Lake Bohinj – beautiful scenery with good walking. The disappointment was that Hotel Kristal could be great but was just ordinary. Just a few finishing touches would make a big difference and justify the claimed four star status.

Room Tip: We were happy with our room overlooking the garden.
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Hoodies_sandhurst
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