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
I've stayed at the Antiq Palace hotel twice. Both time in huge rooms with living rooms and once even with a dining room included. The hotel is in the middle of old Town about two blocks from the parking area and another two blocks to the river. Its a beautiful old building with great ambiance. Friendly and helpful staff enhances the stay. The breakfast is good, and there are nice places along the river just 2 minutes away if you opt for a room without the breakfast. I definitely recommend it and will stay there again next time!
I can not speak highly enough of this marvellous building. We are in suite 3 and it is huge and with all the old features including two massive chandeliers in the main bedroom. The bathroom has a state of the art shower and jacuzzi, just wow. It is incredible value as well I guess we paid about £20 a night as part of a package. It really baffles me how people can criticise such a great place with really helpful staff. Thank you so much I will be back.
We were in this hotel for two nights and enjoyed pretty much the location. Right in the old center and really few steps away from everything. Unfortunately the Spa ( one of the reasons we were there for) was not working. We decided to have a massage, but also not available. The bed was one big rumor every time we moved and the shower lost water all over in the bathroom. My advice is not to be too pretentious as I saw other people complaining about other things. It could be a great hotel, but it needs maintenance.
We really liked the location of this hotel. The staff was friendly and helpful with all our request. The downside of our visit was that the lift was broken when we checked in and I had to carry two sixty pound suitcases up two staircases. This hotel is in a 16th century old building. We didn't eat the breakfast. It needs some remolding to bring it up to better standards that the Small Luxury Hotels offer. Other than those few negatives we had a nice stay.
A superb local character hotel located in the old town, minutes from the river with its bars, restaurants, art galleries and shops.
The hotel has 20 rooms and I was lucky enough stay in one of the suites, which was spacious and fabulous!
Breakfast was Slovenian buffet style with breakfast, meats, cheeses, fruit and eggs.
The staff are very knowlegable, attentetive and friendly, a superb choice to stay.
Ljubljana is such a beautiful city, walkable and very clean, take a paper cup and drink water out of its many fountains, you can even get milk out of Street dispensers too.
The new town is quite forgettable but has a good selection of shops.