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
This hotel is fabulously located right in the centre of Ljubljana and the suite we stayed in was HUGE. As a family of four this was brilliant.
The hotel is undergoing refurbishment and, to be fair, it is needed. It didn’t bother us until the last morning when the drilling started outside our room at 8am and then the workman turned the electricity off without warning whilst I was in the shower....... It’s all a bit of a mishmash with some works done and some others not but it is obviously an expensive and lengthy process so being done in stages. For example, the wooden flooring in our suite was beyond gorgeous but the carpet in public areas was marked and stained.
This I can cope with but the hotel lets itself down on the things that are easier and cheaper to fix. For example, our room had a kitchenette and our plan was to grab a few items for breakfast in the mornings or to make packed lunches. We only had three plates (which were more like saucers), two mugs and a couple of mismatched wine glasses. This is very cheap and easy to fix - the suite had two double beds so fits four so spend a couple of euros on equipping it properly?
A previous guest was obviously short on batteries so had removed them from the safe and TV remote controls. We asked at reception four times and they never got replaced (so no working safe or TV for our entire stay).
The sheet on my daughters bed didn’t just have holes in but had been patched together in FOUR places. I’m all for repairing things but I do draw the line at hotel bed linen.
That said, the room was immaculately clean and we had AC in one of the bedrooms so there were some upsides.
So kind of mixed feelings. Perfect location, great space, potential to be amazing, but please fix the smaller things as they really are easy to resolve and let the hotel down at present.
Only stayed one night. Didn't visit the spa(?) or restaurant. Arranged convenient car parking space but €30 for hotel space in road next door was expensive as not secure for luggage that had to be left visible in car.
Difficult access for car as had to call reception to allow entry to (and exit from) pedestrian zone in centre of city.
Attractive old-fashioned period hotel which has probably seen better days. Helpful staff on reception, speaking good English but, surprisingly, not Italian to help me with my onward booking in Italy!
Large bedroom overlooking central courtyard. Very comfortable double bed. No A/C - just a small fan. Very pokey shower room and separate WC. Very little storage facilities. Basic coffee and tea making equipment but no milk or sugar!
Didn't have time to evaluate hotel facilities, restaurant or spa. Disappointing and poor value for money.
My three nights at the Antiq Palace are up there with some of the most memorable hotel stays. It’s anything but your standard identikit city centre accommodation, this place has real character.
If you’re considering a visit, then here are a few things worth knowing:
The hotel is in a pedestrian zone, so you may need to be dropped around the corner. It’s a short walk but bear in mind if you’ve got heavy bags.
Antiq Spa is brilliantly located, one block from the restaurant and bar-lined lively river area and the rest of the city’s attractions.
At the time of our stay there were renovation works going on, so half of the exterior was covered in scaffolding. We didn’t however notice any noise.
The suites are ENORMOUS! Ours had two double bedrooms, a kitchen, lounge, bathroom and dining area. Three of us were practically rattling around the space. They’re furnished with a slightly odd mismatch of items which could equally have come from a palace or a car boot sale. Overall the look is in need of some care and attention. Some of our rooms had the original frescos on the ceiling which added to the quirk factor. The bathroom and kitchens were clean but dated. There’s a kettle and tea/coffee selection.
Staff were helpful when around but on a number of occasions got the sense the hotel was being run by one person alone!
We didn’t try breakfast due to the plentiful alternative options on our doorstep (try Le Petite Cafe), but saw few other guests so guessing it would have been a quiet affair!
In summary, the Antiq Spa is a spectacular building, and given a makeover could be totally stunning. At the moment it’s tired and has a whiff of a more glam Fawlty Towers. It’s part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World collection but needs to work harder to earn this title.