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Slovenia's capital is one of the most charming European cities. It is small enough to explore on foot and the boulevards lined with Baroque buildings offer plenty of tasty rest stops as you pop between cultural events and sights. If you are thinking of visiting, know that the best places to stay in Ljubljana are as close to Prešernov Trg as possible. This is the marvellously beautiful and historic square in the centre, between the Old Town and the Central District where you will find many of Ljubljana's main attractions.
In fact many of the best places to stay in Ljubljana tend to be near either the castle on the hill, the main square or by the river that runs through the city.
The large student culture keeps it feeling young and lively. Expect street musicians, interesting theatre and buzzing nightlife. Much of the accommodation in Ljubljana is very reasonably priced for a European capital.
What Not To Miss
- Explore the cobbled streets of the city's historic Old Town to marvel at the stunning architecture, and enjoy a coffee or meal in one of the many the bustling cafes and restaurants. Utterly charming.
- The Museum of Illusions, is bound to both impress and confuse you with a number of fascinating displays that highlight just how much our brain can trick us!
- Or if you fancy some more serious culture-vulturing, then head over to the National Museum of Contemporary History which brings to light Slovenia's past.
- If you want to take a break from sightseeing then spend an afternoon wandering around Tivoli Park and take along a picnic.
- For a fun family day out head over to Ljubljana Zoo which is home to over 500 animals!
For a great location
- The Grand Union Executive is one of the best places to stay in Ljubljana because it is the most central - almost on Prešernov Square. The Art Nouveau building gives the feeling of old fashioned luxury.
- Next most central is the Best Western Slon. Ideal for those who plan to do a bit of shopping. It has a Finnish spa and the rooftop zone makes it one of the best places to stay in Ljubljana to appreciate the city's lovely vista.
- Situated smack bang in the centre of town, Slamic B&B offers tasteful accommodation at a decent price. An ideal base from which to explore Ljubljana.
On a budget?
Budget travellers or backpackers have some very good options.
- So it may sound creepy but the Hostel Celica was formerly a military prison… Don't let that put you off though, it is perfect for people travelling in groups. It has double and triple rooms which are all individually designed and is colourful and lively. Near one of the main universities, it is also one of the best places to stay for nightlife and making friends.
- For lovers of inexpensive comfort and simplicity a good option is the City Hotel. Central for attractions and transport they also offer free bike hire - a great way to explore the city.
- If you want to squeeze the most out of your money as possible, consider the Austria Trend Hotel. As well as having a pool it has its own 'wellness centre'.
Special places to stay in Ljubljana
Small but atmospheric, Ljubljana is an excellent city for a romantic break. What with the beautiful castle, the art galleries, cathedral and cosy restaurants if you're looking for the best places to stay in Ljubljana for romance look no further than these unique properties.
- The Lesar Hotel Angel is amazingly positioned just below the castle. In fact the charming garden reaches right up to the castle.
- For something really special try the Antiq Palace Hotel and Spa. With three saunas, three bars and a garden, it is one to consider for lovers of luxury. Stay here to feel like a noble from the city's grandest days.
- Hotel Cubo, winner of the World Luxury Award, provides top-notch contemporary accommodation in a splendid location.
- Located on the riverfront, Vander Hotel is a marvellous city stay. With spacious and stylish contemporary accommodation as well as an excellent restaurant and a rooftop pool, what's not to love?
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- Ljubljana is never exactly scorching, but you are best visiting in the summer months when it is warmest - the average daily temperature rises to 20°C in July.
- International guests can fly into Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. Easyjet fly direct from London Gatwick and Stansted while Wizz Air go from Luton.
- From the airport you can easily hop on the bus to the city centre.
- For car hire prices we recommend you visit our online partner Holiday Autos.
Best Hotels in Ljubljana
Hostel Celica 29 rooms from $55Ljubljana
Unusual and lively hostel, popular with travellers. Its range of accommodation - double and triple rooms, and dormitories - are ideal for groups of friends. All the rooms were former prison cells, now converted into bright airy rooms with white washed walls and parquet floors. An affordable choice.Value chic - A totally unique stay in this former prison transformed, by artists, for artists and travellers alike.Sights nearby - Visit the Ljubljana Castle that stands proud over the city.Great walks - Take a walk in the peaceful Tivoli Park.Lively - Hip and happening.
Slamic B&B 17 rooms from $85Ljubljana
Stylish guesthouse with rooms above a tea café in a central location. Charming spacious rooms with wooden floors and furnishings and pretty bedspreads. A great base from which to explore the city.Local exploring - A historic B&B located with walking distance of all the major sights including Preseren Square and the Triple Bridge.Great walks - Enjoy a stroll through the pretty Tivoli Park, a breath of fresh air in the city centre.Local markets - The Central Market happens daily with an array of local produce on offer.Sights nearby - Just a short walk from Preseren Square and the Triple Bridge.
City Hotel, Ljubljiana 202 rooms from $91Ljubljana
A large modern hotel in a great central location. Simple functional bedrooms with lots of natural light and parquet floors. Enjoy a generous buffet breakfast, from the charming summer terrace. A great choice for the business traveller or those wanting easy access to the main sights in the city.City Style - A trendy hotel located in the heart of Ljubljana, boasting a lovely summer terrace with views of Ljubljana Castle.Sights nearby - Make the most of your central location to visit the hilltop Ljubljana Castle.Great walks - Take a stroll along the Ljubljanica River and admire the The Three Bridges.Local markets - Explore the old market brimming with local produce.
Austria Trend Hotel 214 rooms from $95Ljubljana
Spacious, attractive hotel on the edge of the city. Clean, elegant, cosy bedrooms with attractive fabrics in red, yellow or black, comfy armchairs and clever swivel desks. Excellent wellness centre with hammam, sauna and whirlpool. Extensive business facilities too. Good for business or pleasure.Business meetings - Conveniently located for business meetings, plus the state of the art facilities provided in the eleven conference rooms.Great walks - Take a stroll along the castle’s elevated grounds and revel in the views of the city.Sights nearby - Visit the lovely St. Nicholas’ Cathedral in the old town.Spa
Hotel Cubo 26 rooms from $117Ljubljana
An attractive neo-classical building with big bright contemporary rooms and suites. Excellent restaurant, fitness facilities, and centrally located to all the main attractions. A stylish spot and great value too.Luxury - World Luxury Award Winner.City StyleSights nearby - Congress Square, Triple Bridge, and Ljubljana Castle.Local markets - Good for local colour.
Grand Union Executive 173 rooms from $120Ljubljana
A centrally placed historic hotel with chic interiors and excellent spa facilities. Rooms are uniform, with gleaming wood furnishings, including desks, armchairs and minibars, some with wonderful castle views. It has the largest hotel conference centre in the city and a charming cafe.Foodies - This hotel is famed for it's Grand Union Café where guests enjoy the best teas, coffees and pastries in a historic setting.City Style - A four star Art-Nouveau hotel right off the central Prešern Square and Tromostovje in Ljubljana, with indulgent spa.Great walks - Revel in the peace and quiet of the beautiful Tivoli Park.Sights nearby - Wander up the pretty streets to the Ljubljana Castle.
Best Western Premier Hotel Slon 170 rooms from $149Ljubljana
A well known functional hotel in a great location near the tourist attractions and shopping district. Sleek modern rooms, with neutral tones and sophisticated mod cons. Guests love the relaxation zone with Finnish sauna and creative cuisine at the in house restaurant.Total relaxation - Pamper yourself at this luxury hotel with sauna sessions, Thai massages, wonderful cuisine and indulgent cocktails.Great walks - Take a day trip to Lake Bled where there's great alpine walking.Sights nearby - Walking distance from the The Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas.Spa
Antiq Palace Hotel & Spa 13 rooms from $194Ljubljana (Gosposka 10)
The city’s latest luxury hotel in a serene historic building. Three different types of sauna, three bars and a garden. Spacious elegant rooms and suites with parquet floors, rich wooden furniture and white washed walls. Unique business facilities - you can even borrow an office. Very sophisticated.City Style - A stunning 16th century mansion with frescoed walls, high ceilings, lovely sash windows and indulgent suites.Spa breaks - A glorious spa with an extensive treatment list, massage bath and three types of saunas.Sights nearby - Marvel at the architecture in the Ljubljana Old Town.SpaRecommended by - Small Luxury Hotels, Tablet
Vander Hotel 12 rooms from $209Ljubljana
A stylish little hotel on the riverfront. Light filled contemporary bedrooms with all the mod cons, excellent restaurant, and lovely roof top terrace plunge pool with wonderful views. A great choice for a weekend in Ljubljana.Views - Great views from hotelDesigner - Sadar + Vuga.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorSights nearby - Well located for major sights.
Lesar Hotel Angel 12 rooms from $229Ljubljana
Sophisticated bolthole with garden in a prime location at the foot of the Castle. Huge loft-like contemporary-chic rooms with lots of natural light, neutral tones, and parquet flooring. An excellent nearby restaurant. The perfect spot to explore the medieval delights of the city.City Style - An elegant hotel with bright airy suites and a central location at the foot of the Ljubljana Castle Hill.Sights nearby - Step out the door and wander up the hill to Ljubljana Castle.Great walks - Take a stroll around the beautiful and tranquil Tivoli Park.Local markets - Join the hussle and bussle at the Central Market.