Vander Urbani Resort – a Member of Design Hotels
What We Love
- Rooftop pool with top city views
- Chic bedrooms with designer Italian furniture and bedding
What To Know
- Ljubljana’s best bars and cafés are just outside; ideal for party people, not light sleepers
- The hotel is in a pedestrian zone but nearby parking is available for an additional fee per day and the hotel can provide luggage assistance
- The hotel has a grown-up vibe; it's not geared toward families
- The roof top terrace is open till midnight.
- Use of the pool is available during the summer season everyday from 9 a.m. till 7 p.m.
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Hands-on owners Amanda and Aleksander Vujadinovic have carefully carved a sleek design hotel out of a historic building they long coveted. The ultra-stylish public spaces shine with quality stone, glass, mirrors, and hardwoods, while a stark binary palette creates a calm vibe in sharp contrast to the busy streets outside. Dramatic Moroso furniture from neighboring Italy ensures that the overall ambience is not too minimalist. There’s a high-end Italian design edge to the 20 idiosyncratic but uncluttered bedrooms, which are often used as backdrops for local fashion shoots. The prevailing colors are putty and brilliant white, with walls covered in padded wallpaper. Designer furniture and sumptuous Frette linens provide a luxe feel, with fresh-cut flowers a neat touch, too. Luxury toiletries and Frette robes beckon in the bathrooms. Chef Benjamin Launay is renowned for his ability to weave international flavors and modern styles into the fresh local produce he procures. Vegetables from farms just across the Ljubljanica River are married to Adriatic seafood, and one of Ljubljana’s best cellars holds a fine selection of Slovenia’s seriously underrated wines. Lunches are deep-dish affairs that use ingredients from the city’s Central Market, and breakfasts take diners on a tour of Slovenia.
In the Area
The hotel lies in Ljubljana’s center, with dozens of bars, cafés and restaurants on both sides of the willow-shrouded Ljubljanica River. Valvas’or is a hip favorite among the local cognoscenti, superbly reimagining traditional Slovene dishes. Superslick JB is a 10-minute walk away — worth it for one of the best restaurants in Central Europe. Ljubljana’s Central Market is a must; it’s loaded with culinary goodies. On Sundays it’s replaced by a colorful riverside flea market right outside the hotel.
How to Get There
So. Fantastic position. If we had stayed longer and had better weather, the hotel pool would have been ace. Good service, especially at the end when we had a free electric cab take us virtually to the station. I know that they're pestilential, but it's nice to feed the friendly sparrows with their fledgling chicks when having a freshly cooked omelette for breakfast- you can order anything off the breakfast menu and it's complimentary if you're staying Bed and Breakfast. That isn't obvious.
Downside- our room was dead poky without a view, so I suppose it's a bit overpriced. Still- a very nice place.
The staff were friendly. Our room was quite small and the decor made it dark and claustrophobic, especially as both windows looked on a brick wall. It also smelled quite damp. The bar and breakfast rooms were nice. The rooftop terrace was very cute, but much, much smaller than the photos suggest. The breakfast was fresh and nice, if a little limited. Overall, this was the second hotel we stayed at in the old town, and although it was nice, I thought it very overpriced for what's on offer. I preferred the first hotel and wished we'd booked there again.
The hotel is tucked in and alley and is really hard to find and located on a fully pedestrian centre witch make is a nightmare to get there with luggage
They should tell you this in advance and maybe help you calling the electric golf carts to help out
The front desk staff was not friendly and the rooms was very very small and not properly cleaned
The only reason I give them a good rating is because they try to rectified the bad service from the first day and change our room also we really enjoyed our breakfast and the dinner at this hotel