Ljubljana is one of my favourite cities in the world – and I have been to many. I’m lucky to visit Ljubljana quite often these days. The city has a number of very good hotels and I have stayed in several. But now I have found the Antiq Palace, it’s unlikely I will try any others.
This was my fifth (or was it sixth?) stay in this historic building. What do you like about a hotel? Comfort? Staff? Location? Let’s start with location.
On the edge of historic (yes, that word again) Congress Square the hotel is a two-minute walk from the shops and restaurants along the banks of the Ljubljanica river and the centre of the vibrant old town. The centre of Ljubljana is traffic free, but the taxi that Reception arranges for me arrives at the main door in the morning and drops me off there in the evening.
Comfort? Gosh yes. This is a very old building – maybe 500 years old? The high-ceilinged rooms (some with original ceiling decoration) are furnished sympathetically with stylish chairs and beds. The suites are large with comfortable sofas and expensive tables and cupboards. I stay at the hotel for business. My wife stays on in the room in the morning for the comfort.
The staff are friendly and efficient. They speak good English. Across Ljubljana, it is not rare for staff to speak English, German Italian and other languages. Several times managers – who in other hotels breeze about looking busy – stop just for a moment to ask if everything is satisfactory.
The breakfast is served in a comfortable sitting room. We haven’t tried the Spa yet. Need to keep something for the next time.
And finally, the music which drifts in from time to time from the Academy of Music next door. These are not six year olds playing scales and arpeggios. They are students preparing to be professional musicians. There is something haunting on an autumn evening making your way back to the hotel after dinner to hear a full choir rehearsing as you pass a building a few doors from the hotel. That has happened on two successive Monday evenings recently.
The Antiq Palace gets good reviews and deserves them. Ljubljana gets good reviews and deserves them.