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
My husband and I stayed here for two nights during our Honeymoon and it was perfect! The location was great since it is centrally located in the Old Town meaning we could walk to everything in a matter of minutes. Room was surprisingly large, and they even gave us a very sweet fruit basket upon check-in when they realized we were there for our honeymoon. Highly recommend!
Super nice hotel with a pool on the rooftop. Gourmet offer is super good, special wines from the region in the wine cellar. Located near the river it is top location in the Old part of Ljubljana which is basically soul of the whole city.
We booked to stay at Vander for three nights. It's a compact property with very small reception and poorly lit corridors. The ambience is extremely dull and dark.
Our room (Vander Large) had a dead view from the windows. The room smelt quite weird. Within a couple of hours of check-in, we realised that the room was actually infested with cobwebs on the ceiling, near the bed panelling and other places. We even found four big spiders in the room. On confroting the hotel manager about this issue, she said spiders are pretty common at this time of the year in Ljubljana. She even said spiders are known to bring good luck so they would just leave the webs as it is on cleaning the rooms. It was the most ridiculous response I received from someone working in hospitality.
My wife and I had to leave the hotel late in the evening in search for another place to stay because we felt extremely uncomfortable in our room. The hotel manager charged us for full three nights and denied to issue any refund.
The hotel has the worst customer service and extremely poor maintenance and shoddy cleanliness. It's definitely not a 4 star. Also, the hotel is situated in a pedestrian only zone which is too much of a walk from where the taxi drops.
There are much better properties nearby at probably lower cost.