Antiq Palace Residences
What We Love
- Verdant courtyards with original 17th-century cobblestones
- Unbeatable location in the heart of Ljubljana’s old town
- Traditional 16th-century frescoes on the suites’ ceilings
What To Know
- Street-facing rooms can get noisy at the weekend
- A tourist tax of approximately $1.30 per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- There's no restaurant
- The spa is tiny, so make sure you book in advance
- Don’t expect real antiques in the rooms — the furniture is faux
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
History is palpable at Ljubljana’s Antiq Palace Hotel & Spa — every nook and cranny of this early 16th-century townhouse cries out with glimpses of the past. Wherever you go, you’ll find original details that have been left practically untouched: cobblestones and pillars from the 17th century, and flouncy fountains in the courtyards. The gorgeous inner courtyard is home to lemon, lime and clementine trees, as well as local plants in antique pots. In spring and summer, guests can lounge alfresco, enjoying a drink as music wafts in from the music school and ballet academy, which sit on either side of the hotel.
Bed and Bath
The 13 lofty suites come complete with such original features as ceiling frescoes and thick stone walls. Luckily, they’ve also been thoroughly modernized, with flat-screen TVs and WiFi throughout the building. Among the plush perks are feather duvets, Egyptian cotton sheets and Bulgari or Chopard toiletries. Suites vary in size but each comes with a bedroom, living room, dining area, kitchen and bathroom (some feature a massage tub). The look of the rooms is traditional, with space aplenty, but the bathrooms and kitchens are modern.
An impressive breakfast spread is served in the inner courtyard when the weather is warm enough: fresh-squeezed orange juice, out-of-the-oven pastries and breads, a great selection of cold cuts and cheeses, goose liver pâté, smoked salmon, caviar, fresh fruit… even pickles, should you find yourself in the mood. To unwind, book a treatment at the small wellness spa and health club. It has a Kinesis fitness center and three kinds of sauna. Request it in advance and you can even get free private use of the wellness center. There are also two lounge bars, and 24-hour concierge service. This little gem of a hotel hides so well behind its discreet façade that you’d never guess it offers a whole little world of high-end perks right in the heart of Ljubljana.
How to Get There
Overall, this 16th century hotel is beautiful and perfectly located for visiting all the main attractions in the city. But having booked a hotel with a spa only a couple of months ago, we were somewhat annoyed to discover that the spa is currently being updated.
We were lucky to be given an upgrade on arrival. Our apartment (room 7) was massive with separate kitchen and lounge rooms. You could see the Castle from the lounge window while part of the bedroom ceiling had some of the old historic paintwork.
The staff are friendly and really helpful.
The help-yourself breakfast is good. There was always decent bread, meats and cheeses. However there was only cherries and strawberries available on day one. And the orange juice only appeared for the first two days.
The restaurants recommended by the hotel were all excellent (we tried 4). Book two weeks before you arrive if you want to get in to nearby Monstera.
The hotel adjoins a music school. We were woken at 7.30am on our first day by the sound of musicians warming up. Another time, an opera singer was practising. It made the hotel quirky but it was so loud that you couldn't escape it.
There is no air-conditioning at the hotel. The bedroom and lounge have fans but sleeping might be difficult when it's really hot.
Our room had issues. We couldn't use the bath as the overflow wasn't plugged in.
There was a broken window in the room which remained unfixed during our stay.
Things to note:
You'll pay 30 Euros to park a car here every night and you'll need to book well in advance. There's a nearby underground car park which cost us 18 Euros for 18 hours.
In a very good spot in the old city of Ljubljana, this hotel is very charmy and provided whatever we needed. Sparkly clean, friendly staff, very good breakfast, what else to ask when you are tired after a long journey?Higly recommended!
Firstly, for context, this hotel is in an old building & more likely given “luxury” status given the quirky charm of the decor rather than facilities.
My favourite things about the hotel: I found all of the staff helpful and some extremely so. Special mention to Malish on reception whose customer service was exceptional.
The location is excellent for access to bars,restaurants and shops.
My least favourite thing: my room. I booked a queen room and the one I was given was located in the roof conversion. The room was large but only had 1 window no bigger than 100cm (d)x 50cm (w). The window was in the roof so could only be looked out of by ducking under a large beam and dodging the slanted ceiling. There were 2 panels of glass on the sides (roof window) which had tape all over them to block out light but this did not work at all. In addition, the bathroom was akin to that in a caravan. It was very noisy every time water ran through the pipes (sink, toilet, shower). The doors on the shower didn’t sit flush because the wheels were not in the groove and thus it had to be lifted in order to move them along to close. The lamp next to the bed buzzed/sparked every time it was turned on or off because the switch was loose. The cleaner never replenished the toilet roll. I had to ask at reception every day for one. They also didn’t clean the glass and plate used on day 1 by the evening of day 2 so I took it down to reception. The room is right next to the university square so if there is an event then this is very noisy. I wasn’t bothered as I can fall asleep in a storm but this would be an issue for lighter sleepers. The music was still going at midnight on the Friday night and I don’t know if there’s a curfew (1am maybe?) as I was already asleep. The safe is at the very bottom of the cupboard so if you can’t crouch or bend down to the floor you won’t be able to use it unless you lay on your belly! There’s no instructions for the safe and it’s not the usual 4 digit and press the padlock job so I had to call reception to use it.
I went to breakfast at 9:30 on the first morning and the dining room was a mess. The tables had not been cleaned up after previous diners, there was rubbish on the floor and there were dirty plates by the buffet (which consisted of only meat, cheese and pickles). There was only 1 waitress but there was also only a family of 3 and me. When i asked for butter I was told there was a 10 minute wait as they’d run out. Someone else asked for fruit and a few slices of pineapple were brought out. I didn’t wait for the butter. The waitress was very apologetic and said they’d run out of lots of items as there had been a group of 60 in before us - if the hotel is full to capacity (or near on) why hadn’t they allowed for this? Why is only 1 person working the breakfast room?
It could be so much better than it is. Unfortunately, given my room experience I would not recommend it.
Location is key and the Hotel is located perfectly. Staff is very friendly and helpful. The rooms are splendid in size.
The Hotel as such appears a bit run-down... Bathroom would really need some modernization. The furniture looks pretty antique - while not being antique. When we went for breakfast we only got a table for two next to the entrance - sitting back to back to the next table (less the 20 cm chair to chair) - for a luxury hotel I would not only expect better - it has to be! There was enough tables but they weren’t cleaned - with two people staff just not good enough. You expect better for Small Luxury Hotels - it’s certainly not in that league. Stayed in a couple of SLH before and sorry to say; the Hotel is not up to that standard. To be fair their pricing is rather moderate and their shortcomings are ok for the price per night - still if you are expecting SLH for that price you should look elsewhere. One important point - didn’t really bother us but needs attention; the Hotel us located next to a music school; or to be precise Conservatorium - so if you like classical music around 09:00 - no worries if you don’t - you might face an “issue” we liked it and didn’t mind.
This old building has been furnished into a beautiful, authentic hotel, with lots of character. Albeit not to everyone’s taste, the photos show you whether or not this is the right place for you.
Perfectly situated close by to the river, the staff are all really friendly and eager to help. Even after we had checked out they brought us hot drinks while we waited for our taxi.
The hotel was clean, there were a few things that needed fixing such as a couple of broken floor tiles but nothing that spoilt the stay.
The breakfast was lovely, although it was a small selection there was still something for everyone and the part of the building you eat in was gorgeous.
Overall, would 100% stay here again, the staff are what made this hotel wonderful.