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“Cozy and romantic” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Otocec Castle
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Otocec
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99 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Cozy and romantic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2013

Been there with my wife to celebrate our 34th anniversary. Theplace was suggested by a couple of friends who had travelled in Slovenia last summer and spent two nights there. Really an experience, eith this restaured castle sleeping inside the river. Weather helped a lot. Superb service and dinner. If you are looking for relax and a different atmophere, this this the place.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Nashville, TN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

We spent an evening during October on a cold, blustery day. The castle was warm and cozy despite the weather. The rooms are exquisite and very comfortable! Dinner was incredible with a five course chef special!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Nantucket, Massachusetts
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6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

We had booked over the internet and didn't know it was a Relais & Chateau! Just stayed one night on our way to Austria. Great dinner. We were there on a cold, October night and it is odd there isn't a little cozy bar area. But in summer it would be terrific. We had been sailing in Croatia so a nice hotel and hot shower was a treat!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank esh228
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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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111 reviews
86 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2012

Spent one night here while travelling. Stay got off to a bad start with the receptionist just handing me a key and pointing to where the room was on the other side of the hotel. I then struggled up to the room carrying two large bags while a number of staff watched on. Our corner room was a good size and but characterless and we could have been in almost any large hotel, rather than an historic building Because the weather was so hot we put the air conditioning on and then left to visit the nearby town. On our return we found the room like a sauna and when we complained to reception, we were told that the air conditioning had been broken for a few days and they were waiting for it to be fixed. By this stage it was too late to find alternative accommodation. Result was that we spent a sweltering night being attacked by mosquitoes as we had to have the windows open to try to cool the room. Breakfast in the morning was a limited buffet and we had to wait around 20 minutes for any staff to appear to provide coffee. In sum a very disappointing stay and I got the impression that the hotel is geared more towards catering for weddings and large events rather than individual travellers. I tried to complain about the poor service to the manager but he could not be found but to the hotel's credit, it did waive the charges for the night's stay.

Room Tip: Check the air conditioning is working if you stay during the summer!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank psandps
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Perth, Australia
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87 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2012

We went as a special treat and spent two nights in mid winter. The castle was burned down and completely rebuilt as a hotel. The attention to detail is excellent in both the building/furnishings and in the service. I think there was only one other couple staying at teh time.

The decor is all in the style of olde castle and looks solid and attractive. The staff were always well mannered and made us feel special. We spent our days wandering the district, the nearby villages and forests.

The meals were the best. breakfast was made just for us, no menu but our attendant simply offered "I think sir would like a...." and so on. Dinner was a feast taste and performance, consisting of many small courses, each one introduced and requiring changes of cutlery. We simply felt very special here.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Perth, Australia
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12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2012

We missed a booking last year due to flooding. This "unfinished business" was the excuse to return to Slovenia for a special anniversary.

On entering the castle we were greeted by an eager young man who happily grabbed the baggage and led us down the imposing corridor and up the external glass lift to our room.

Our quarters were sumptuous and luxuriant and heated against the fridge-like outdoors. The bathroom housed a spa as well as nice extras of tissues, make-up mirror and heated floor and towel rack.

For our evening meal we dined in the smaller cosy dining room with the crypt-type ceiling (the hunters' room?) Our table was near a glowing fireplace and romantically decorated.

After browsing the menu we selected the tasting menu with about 10 courses. I highly recommend this. Every item was exquisite in flavour and presentation. Even foods which I'd not usually select - such as the course of "three kinds of crayfish" - were delectable. Local and tradition produce Inspired most of the dishes. Mushrooms, nuts, berries, duck, venison and types of pate and cheese, I recall as major components.

Our downfall was capacity. With two courses to go, we were close to bursting - yet not going to skip dessert. The tiny apple short-cake,or such, in part of the dessert, was the most mouthwatering I've ever tasted.

To the chef's credit, we suffered no ill-affect from our gluttony and slept soundly.

Breakfast was back in this room one morning, and then in the larger dining room the next. Service was each time friendly and professional and the table set with a gold rose or a sprig of pink berries. We felt completely indulged and liked the offer to cook our breakfast eggs as we wished and the trays of mini pastries and varieties of bread placed for us on our table. Also there was a tray of fresh fruit to choose from. Our coffee was made fresh for us as desired.

During the day we explored on foot - along the icy footpath through the woods, following the river until crossing a bridge to the village and then uphill over the motorway and the surrounds.
There is a very pleasant pizzeria here, which we returned to for a late lunch, but then had to make our way back in the dark. The reward for this was seeing the castle all lit up in various colours from outside, and discovering blazing torches and lines of candles illuminating the way through the inner courtyard.

Room Tip: Our room looked out onto the island with water both sides - it was beautiful. My only complaints...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Fort Worth, Texas
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12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2011

As we walked into the castle it was as though we were entering medieval times - the castle is beautiful! Torches light the path in the courtyard, stone walkways and the room decor coninues the theme of a true castle. We checked in late in the day and headed to dinner at the restaurant which was delightful! Not to mention, the service was superb. After a lovely meal we headed across the bridge and the street (watch out - cars go quickly across that drive) to the gas station up the hill for a bottle of wine to enjoy in our room. The next day we woke up to a nice breakfast and then enjoyed the grounds before departing on our journey. While it was very romantic in the chilly February, it would be lovely to come back in the summer and enjoy the courtyard and grounds a little more.

Room Tip: the room we stayed in was fabulous - just ended up with it but it was great!
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  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Otocec Castle
Address: Grajska cesta 2, Otocec, Novo Mesto 8222, Slovenia
Location: Slovenia > Lower Carniola Region > Novo Mesto > Otocec
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Otocec
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Otocec Castle 5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The only castle in Slovenia, located on an island in the middle of the Krka River, starts 2010 as the newest member of an acknowledged association of mansions and hotels Relais & Châteaux.A castle that stands out from the rest. The earliest reference to it dates as far back as 1252. Originally restored ambience: Gothic and Renaissance design. There are Superior suite, Senior suite with two bedrooms, Junior suite with a living area and Double rooms.Restaurant Grad at Otočec castle has mediaeval inspiration, modern creativity. Appreciation of local culinary peculiarities. Top-quality wines. Membership of the gastronomic association Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. Get married with the Count of Otočec's blessing. May your wedding photographs be truly majestic. Throw a gold coin into the river for good luck. Make your day a magnificent one! The stunning Otočec Castle is simply perfect for your most important special day. Celebrate your wedding at the unique river castle in Slovenia, in an exclusive environment and the way you want to.The glamorous natural scenery and the energy of the medieval castle walls provide the perfect fairytale setting for your dreams to come true. Topmost gastronomy, superb wines, exceptional services and experienced wedding planners ensure an unforgettable experience.A discreet and exclusive location: Top-level meetings of 10–15 people require a special setting: Otočec Castle Hotel's royal suite or the Knight's Salon. ... more   less 
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