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Pristava Lepena
Ranked #3 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Bovec
Innerleithen, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Absolutely amazing!”
Reviewed July 14, 2012

This place has the most fantastic setting, wonderful owners and a great restaurant. The Slovenian Alps are truly awe inspiring and Pristava Lepena is positioned in the very heart of the most spectacular of all the country's scenery. Overlooking the turquoise waters of the Soca River and set in the shadows of the Julian Alps it has to be seen to be believed. The accommodation is in keeping with the surroundings and it is a very relaxing place to stay. We stayed for one night but will hopefully return in the near future. We also ate at the on site (but independently run) restaurant. The staff and food could not be faulted and maintained the general standard of excellence at Pristava Lepena.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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Reviewed July 12, 2012

An Alpine fantasy in the middle of the Julian Alps, tucked away in a valley with the bluest river--I mean it is aqua blue--running through it. The owners discovered the valley, cleared it of brush,and then built a compound of lovely, rustic cottages, with Russian stoves in each room. You can sit in bed and watch the fire through the glass window. Lippizan horses in the corral. We hiked up the Soca River to a waterfall. Tennis courts and a sauna and workout room. In the morning, Andrea will cook you whatever kind of egg you would like in the on-site restaurant. Then, at dinner, Sebastian makes lovely, largely meat-based meals. The board is quite reasonable--24 euros per person for a solid three-course dinner. The wine list is not inexpensive but is very fine; we drank a Slovenian Merlot that blew our socks off.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Castro Valley, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed July 6, 2012

The property itself is enough reason to stay here, let alone the overall beauty of the Soca Valley. All the positive things already written about this property are accurate. The owners Sylvia and Milan truly care about making your stay perfect and treat you like family. There are countless activities you can do in the area, we went river rafting on the Soca, road up to Mangart Saddle, hiked to Kozjak waterfall in Kobarid-- all of which we highly recommend.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 30, 2012 via mobile

I can't even explain how beautiful this place is!! Our cabin was so cute with a little fireplace and living area. There is a sauna, jacuzzi, tennis court and small gym aswell. The owners are lovely and helped us book a canyoning trip ( if you holiday here you have to try it!!) we loved it, everything about this residence and the town. We weren't even planning on visiting Slovenia at all in our 2 month europe trip but it was definantly our favorite. There is so much to do here we would have loved to stay for at least a week. The hiking trails are beautiful too, we walked to the waterfalls near pristava lepena and also the source of the soca river trail is a must do!! The part of our trip here that stands out was the amazing service and food from the restaurant. We got half board menu which you can pick if your staying at the cabins and it was 19euro for a 3 course meal. The food is AMAZING, the best we have had on our travels. we tried so many things we have never had before and everything on the menu was so fresh and local. We enjoyed our breakfast and dinner chats with the lovely owner, it is just a lovely place to holiday and I hope we can come back!

  • Stayed May 2012
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Kansas City
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed May 13, 2012

I dont even know where to start! We would give this inn 10 stars if that were possible! It is a little collection of chalet cabins in a hanging meadow on the side of the mountains right in the Julian Alps. There is a 360 view if the most spectacular mountain scenery we have ever seen! The couple who built and own the property are extremely sweet and helpful, but they also leave you alone unless you want to speak with them. They have lots of ideas for gorgeous hikes right nearby, several leaving form the property. The incredibly turquoise and clear Soca river runs right below the cottages. There is an amazing series of wateralls near by. They have a very pretty restaurant, indoors and out. We had a great lunch on the terrace. Oh . . .Did I mention the Lippizaner horses, the Welsh ponies and the little goats?? We had an apartment style B -- with a living room and bathroom downstairs and a cozy bedroom in an upper loft. Most cabins have a nice, private outdoor patio with chairs. This place is just a dream!!!

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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Reviewed December 27, 2011

We honeymooned in Slovenia in June 2012 and stayed 2 nights at Pristava Lepena. We made reservations based on the Trip Advisor reviews and I am so glad we did.. the resort is set in the beautiful Lepena valley and the simple but cosy chalets just add to the charm of the place.

Hosts Milan and Sylvia are very warm and friendly. Thank you Sylvia and Milan! I really appreciate their efforts in keeping the natural surroundings of the region as intact as possible while making the place comfortable for its visitors. We are vegetarians and special thanks to Andrea and her husband who cooked delicious vegetarian meals specially for us and showered us with all their care and attention every time we entered the restaurant.

Pristava Lepena is just about 2.5 hrs drive from Bled via the Vrsic Pass ( when it is open in Summer). The drive is just breathtakingly beautiful and there's nothing like driving your own car and taking small detours and stopping off where you want to just sit and enjoy the beauty around.Pristava Lepena is just a short walk away from the Soca river and various trekking trails. We also drove down to Kobarid and visited the WWI Memorial and award Winning WWI museum.

Whether it is adventure, nature or relaxing that you are looking out for, Pristava lepena is a great place to stay in the Soca Valley.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Monadnock Region, NH
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed October 23, 2011

What a terrific place. Views are amazing, staff & owners terrific as hosts and resource. Milan & Sylvia have created a perfect getaway using the natural features of this plateau in the Lepena valley.

Great hiking nearby and an outstanding restaurant to have breakfast and dinner (with your option of a discounted prix fixe meal or ordering a al carte). Andrea, Sebastian & Paskal make for a truly complete package.

We were there in mid-September with only a few other guests which made for an idyllic several days.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Pristava Lepena
Address: Lepena 2 | Triglav National Park, Soca, Bovec 5232, Slovenia
Location: Slovenia > Slovenian Littoral Region > Bovec
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Ranked #3 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Bovec
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Number of rooms: 13
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