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
- 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
I stayed here one night on business, and loved it.
The hotel is reasonably priced, very well located in the heart of the old town (although cars are usually prevented from entering the area so you have to walk a little), and has great service + rooms.
Make sure to check out the (tiny) rooftop pool!
The location is perfect, the bed is the most comfortable we've experienced in a hotel, the Aircon was good, the décor was modern and the staff couldn't have been friendlier. The only reasons not 5 star was the room was a little too small, I think if you were only there for a night or two you'd get away with it but our bags were too big for the room, the view was into a business next door which was around 100m away from the window, the breakfast was 4* and the glass door into the bathroom made me a little uncomfortable. Overall, we really enjoyed our stay and would recommend people staying here.
Right in the heart of old town and a modern hotel with an old facade, this boutique hotel is perfect for a stay in the capital if Slovenia. The restaurant is worth eating at as well. But what we liked best were the friendly and helpful staff. The room was compact, but it was adequate for our two nights. Would recommend for guests wanting a relaxing stay.
The Vander Urbani hotel is small and stylish, with an excellent breakfast. The rooftop pool is about the size of a large hot tub; you could not swim laps, but children would like it, and you could take a dip. But the rooftop area is a nice amenity, a comfortable place to sit and view the hilltop castle on one side and the river below on the other.
If you value privacy in the bathroom, however, you might not like the rooms. The bathroom is entirely glass, including the stall with the toilet, and there is no sound-proofing. True, there is a curtain that you can draw. But the bathroom is right next to the bed (the rooms are small) so there is essentially no privacy.
The exterior wall of the room was also all glass -- one big window -- but it has a louvered cover.
Also in our room the bed was all the way over by the wall, so it is hard for the wall-side person to get in and out. And there is no desk or other place to work.
Spent two nights in this hotel.
Located in the old town (pedestrian area)
A Golf car (green energy - Free) will take there.
Only 20 rooms-had a basic one but really nice deco
All staff is pleasant and smiling
Ana (Hotel Manager) knows how to make you feel at home.
Very nice roof top with a mini pool
Lovely and trendry breakfast
Next trip I will be book it again
Congrats Ana and the team!