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
I’m at the hotel as I write. There is a wedding reception on the 4 th floor. I am on the 2nd floor and my door is rattling. We were told the music would be turned down at midnight. They don’t have the proper venue for a loud event. Gotta be some pissed of people in this hotel, Hotel is OK but the loud music put the damper on everything and their rating.
First thing to understand is that this hotel is in the pedestrian only historical part of town, so if you are arriving by car it is complicated - but only a 5 minute walk from an under-ground secure car-park, so it didn’t worry us and the location is amazing!! Might be different if it was raining....
Our first experience with the hotel was absolutely fantastic, the lady who checked us in was the most friendly, helpful (brilliant and insightful dinner recommendation), cheerful and professional person we have encountered on our trip so far - wonderful!! We booked a river view room, but still managed to get an upgrade, so we had a lovely big room and we were very comfortable. If our review stopped here, then we would give the hotel a rating of 4 or 5 - however from here nothing else about the hotel worked....
The weather was beautiful so we went downstairs to the bar for a drink. The service was appalling - to the extent that after waiting 20 minutes for our drinks, and seeing them sitting most of that time on the bar inside, we got up to get the attention of a waiter to show them that our drinks were sitting on the bar getting warm. No apology, nothing... The poor service in the public spaces continued at breakfast - wow, they were so rude and unfriendly, which wasn’t helped by a terrible buffet selection, but guests were constantly having to ask for simple things like more plates, water in the coffee machine etc., while the staff were behind the bar avoiding customers.
And then the staff changed at reception - and again, incredibly rude, unfriendly and unprofessional service at check-out. The lady even tried to charge us again for a pre-paid hotel.
Unfortunately what is quite a nice property seems to be let down by management and inconsistent service in different parts of the hotel. Until this improves, I wouldn’t recommend.
My husband and I stayed at this hotel for 3 nights.
The location was great. 10/10. However, as the old town doesn’t allow cars, you will need to walk & wheel your suitcase for approx 5mins - as you can’t get dropped off in front of the hotel. The walk was fine, as the streets have footpaths.
The room was clean, neat, and large enough. Very modern decor.
The breakfast service was the only negative. The staff are very short (maybe a language barrier thing?), and not attentive to your needs. I.e. Forgot to serve you your food, wrong order, don’t restock coffee cups, water etc.
Also, there is no toaster (minor issue really).
I would recommend this hotel, as location is fab! However, they do need to improve there service so it’s more customer focus & staff are friendlier.
The hotel was located besides the river which was very nice to live the old city closely. The reservation team was very friendly, but the the staff in the restaurant were not easy to communicate. The beds were very comfortable, but room facilities can be improved.. like coffee at the room.
We loved this hotel, the room was so comfortable and very well appointed. The hotel was so central and right in the middle of the main restaurant and river side area, on one side the river and at the back fantastic shopping, this hotel helped us fall in love with Ljubljana this is a must visit city.