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Antiq Palace Hotel & Spa 4**** Small Luxury Hotels of the World
Set on a peaceful side street in Ljubljana's atmospheric old town, this hotel provides an oasis of calm, with superior accommodation in rooms and suites.
Once home to one of Ljubljana's noble families, this 16th century building now houses a charming luxury hotel. Small and intimate it has just 18 rooms and suites. The reception area is in the cool entrance hall, with eye-catching flower arrangements and antique furnishings. To one side is a cosy lounge, where guests can take complimentary tea or coffee or sample the local schnapps.
To the rear is the beautiful courtyard, where guests can choose to take breakfast.
The Antiq Palace is situated next door to Ljubljana's music academy, from which the strains of students practising drift across, somehow fitting to the stately Baroque ambience.
Accommodation is in standard rooms, or 1 and 2 bedroom suites (min 100 sqm +), some of which have self-catering facilities, making them ideal for families and those who appreciate a greater degree of freedom. They are all beautifully in keeping with the building, with parquet floors and chandeliers and remnants of the original frescoes from 16th century. The hotel does not have its own restaurant, but being so central, food can be ordered in from many of the nearby restaurants.
The small spa with sauna and steam bath must be booked and is available for private use only. The spa is decorated with fragments of frescoes dating back to the 16th century and opulent gold mosaics.
Rooms: 12 suites and 6 standard rooms
Some suites have one bedroom and some have two bedrooms and a living room, some also have kitchen facilities.
All rooms have satellite TV, telephone, mini-bar, safety deposit box, wireless internet access and shower or bath and WC.
Rooms vary in aspect and size but have the same simple but elegant design. Some rooms are air-conditioned.
Facilities: Bar, two private courtyard, cosy sitting room with a fireplace, business centre, on-site parking
Facilities subject to charge include: Kinesis Fitness centre, Saunas and steam bath, massage and beauty treatments in a luxury day Spa
Transfer & distances: In the heart of the old town, 30 minutes' transfer from Ljubljana airport (26km), Lake Bled (55 km), Postjna Caves (50 km), Lipica Stud farm (80km), Portorož (125 km), Piran (120 km), Trieste (80km), Venice (250 km), Zagreb (120 km), Budapest (480 km)
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Portorož 125 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Ljubljana Brnik Airport 26 km, Nearest railway: Ljubljana Central Train Station 2 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Sauna, Internet access|
|General||Central heating, TV, Telephone, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 7, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared garden, Bicycles available|
The Upper Carniola Region
Despite celebrating its 2000th birthday in 2014, Ljubljana has only been the capital of an independent nation since 1991. It is this curious mix of two thousand years of evolution combined with understandable youthful enthusiasm that has created the city we know and love today. The history of the Slovene nation is a history of a proud struggle against larger, stronger neighbours, be they Germanic to the north, Italian to the west, Hungarian to the east and Serbian and Croatian to the south. As such, Slovenia has seemingly taken the best of all these, added them to a strong inherent culture to create a cultural stew (bograč maybe) that we're thrilled to be in the centre of.
It might not be the biggest city in the world (in fact, with only 280,000 inhabitants it is one of Europe's smallest capitals and slightly smaller than Coventry), but Ljubljana uses this to its advantage and has a genuine cosmopolitan feel with all the comfort and friendliness of the smallest village. Take a geographical position that is the very definition of 'Central Europe', a long and proud tradition of culture and the arts and a relatively high quality of life, drop it in the middle of the Alps and you are on the right path to getting a feel for Ljubljana. We're now entering our 8th year of producing guides for Ljubljana from within the city itself, and our enthusiasm is far from waning.
Nature plays a big part in the lives of Slovenians, and just by opening your eyes it isn't hard to see why. The gorgeous lakes of the Gorenjska region are a short drive north, so be sure to check out our guide to Bled (and the surrounding area). The Istrian coast is just a throw of a stone to the west, and we've got that covered as well with our guide to Slovenian Istria. The east doesn't miss out, and our guide to Maribor (Slovenia's second city) will point you in the direction of arguably the best wine in this wine-mad country.
Officially part of the Schengen zone since late 2007 and nearly completely surrounded by other Schengen-agreement countries, entering Slovenia has never been easier. With a well-developed system of buses, trains and highways throughout the country, getting around is also fairly easy. The centre of Ljubljana is relatively small, meaning public transport is rarely, if ever, needed when in town.
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