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
Came here for one night on business. Reception was friendly and she came to let me through the bollards once I called her. Hotel is really interesting, in the middle of places people are being taken on walking tours and right at the heart of the old town. Building that I saw was clean and freshly painted and the room, although not the usual shape, was spacious and pleasantly decorated, I liked it. It also had a tv with some US and UK channels in English as well as some French and German which is good when you are away from home.
Bad bits though. Curtains were difficult to draw, particularly a problem given there was a walkway outside my window. There was no iron and ironing board in the room that I could find, always an issue for business travellers. Shower was elaborate, probably seemed a good idea at the time, but one fitting was broken and a shower head in the ceiling was covered in mould, there is no way I would stand under it. Also a soap dispenser was empty. Breakfast was usual continental cheese, meats and bread with a cursory bowl of cornflakes available. There weren’t too many guests but the single server was overworked and things were running out. This was charged at €14 but was worth €10 at best.
Overall I liked the place, it was far better to stay in that the usual chain hotel but the little things need sorting, inspect the bathrooms every now and then to keep cleaners on their toes. All that said I’m likely to return to Ljubljana as part of a business collaboration and will probably stay here again if the price is sensible.
A nasty beat down hotel. They have no spa, fitness center, or really anything. The sheets are old and torn, only one or two staff. This is a two star hotel/apartments. No umbrellas by the front door. Busted things everywhere in the hotel. Just don’t stay here. Also we switched rooms multiple times so the issues was not just one room it’s all of them. No A/C existing in this hotel is a fan
We have spent here two nights in this wounderful old building with charm! It belongs to the SLH we have also stayed in other cities. We have had a Maisonette room, huge and very new renovated! The toilet was very small compared to the big room! The shower hose was to short so you could only have a shower on your knees! We asked for ice cubes to get in the room, but it never arrived !
The room was not as clean as we expected. The location is perfect very close to the center.
I have to say that compared to the manicured 5 star hotels I`ve stayed in the charm of the history, service and the decor overwhelmed me. Forget about sterility and luxuriate in the magnetic charm of this warm and friendly place.
Perfect location in the centre of the old city of Ljubljana. The suites are fabulous and the staff are charming and extremely engaging and friendly
I have a slightly surreal feeling that I am the only person staying here and all the services in the hotel directory do not really exist, but the suite is so fabulous and staff so lovely that it really doesn't matter