My wife and I stayed there for a week and took riding lessons. The hotel was nice and clean, the staff courteous and helpful. The half-board food was simple but OK. This is not France or Italy. The local wines are simple and rustic, almost any wine in Italy tastes better. (BYOW)
We had selected group-lessons which turned out to be not the best choice. There are some very talented instructors there but they were not used for the group-lessons, seemingly.
This centuries old horse breeding facility has a prodigious history, read up before arriving. Loads of people arrive daily from Italy and elsewhere for the gambling, and many come to watch the horse show., very few come to ride. (I disagree with another report that the US based traveling Lipizzaner show is better, it is not. Not one of the US-Lipizzaner could perform a piaffe, and could barely do a passage.)
May was a good month weather wise, trail rides were fun but the horses spooked easily, and in concert.
The place was very nice, the surroundings beautiful. Trieste, (2-hours from Venice, trains every hour), is a super nice historic roman city, and is only a 25-euro cab fare away. Slovenia has the best lime stone caves on the planet, a must see to believe. There are some close to the hotel but the ones in Postojna are incredible.
Overall Slovenia was very pleasant, the country was beautiful, the people congenial, the food was good, and the prices reasonable. (2007)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Maestoso bears a noble name connecting the present with glimpses of the past. The hotel named after a characteristic line of Lipizzaner horse invites all fans of white horses and peace and picturedque Karst landscape to have a comfortable and pleasant stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maestoso Hotel Lipica