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“Fabulous view from a 1960's style Yugoslav govt hotel” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Jelovica Bled

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Hotel Jelovica Bled
Ranked #13 of 24 Hotels in Bled
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“Fabulous view from a 1960's style Yugoslav govt hotel”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2010

I have stayed at this hotel twice before - in 1989 on my 1st visit to Bled and again in 1995.
Both times in the summer - this year we thought it would be a nice romantic place to stay for Christmas and sure enough when we arrived at Bled Jezero station on Sun 19th Dec there was snow everywhere and the sun was shining brightly, and even more so the next day. However, surprisingly, both the hotel and Bled is almost empty and, although it may fill-up on the Xmas weekend, we are going to move on before.

As for the hotel - just as it was in 1989 - a somewhat tired late 1960's Yugoslav-govt style establishment with a vast plain lobby with restaurant and bar to match. The reception staff speak English and are very helpful. We booked one of their best rooms - superior lake-view (@E74 dbl) on 2nd floor with large balcony - fabulous view of lakeside and castle on bluff, but not the island church which is obscured by trees. Unlike what other reviewers have experienced our room is spacious but plain, esp the bathroom - a small shower which doesnt mix the hot/cold water properly.

The TV - although an old CRT Philips - has a very good selection of English-language programmes - BBC, CNN, Nat Geo, Discovery - thankfully Slovenia uses sub-titles and does not dub..! Our remote control was a bit broken and didnt work properly tho.

The one obviously modern feature of our room was that it had a completely new double-glazed patio door and window unit. And, BTW, further adding to its great location - if you are planning to stay here in winter this is the side of the lake that gets all the sun - if you stay in the centre around the Park/Golf hotels your room wont get the sun which, as I have said, was glorious for our first 2 days.

I disagree with the reviewer who said the church bell chimes are disturbing - I find it quite charming and not loud altho admittedly we are on the side somewhat more distant from the church.

Breakfast basic but OK - but if you arrive after 9 the scrambled aggs and coffee etc are likely to be lukewarm. At 10 sharp the food is whipped away.

2 main gripes -

No teapots available and teabag tea in the tiny cups they offer, with barely hot water that has been sitting for hours in a vacuum flask, does not taste very good.

Wifi internet in room is an extra E5 per day..! (good connection though)


(BTW - I highly recommend the 2 hr train ride from Nova Gorica - on Italian border next to Gorizia - cost less than 6 euro each, train virtually empty, fabulous scenery)

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2010

Hotel Jelovica is located near the lake and town of Bled, also close to the beautiful Church, and local cafes and restaurants. The room was small but very clean, well maintained and had a pleasant outlook over fruit trees and gardens of the cottages next door. The lobby and dining room are airy, 1960's style and the reception staff could not be more helpful. Breakfast is also very good. I wish we could have stayed longer here!

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2010

On arrival everything we had read about staff and service at the hotel seemed to be true - we were on a delayed flight (french traffic contoller's action) and they certainly were not happy about holding food back after the 9pm cut off - in fact even the soup was taken away while we were helping ourselves to salad. No main course was offered and clearly was not likely to be. BUT - the rules are simple - sit where you are told to, stay there for the duration, and arrive within the meal slots, and this hotel is fine. The head waiter had a demenour that reminded us how close to Romania and its heritage we were (but he turned out to be absolutely charming in a reserved sort of way).

The hotel is ideally located above a park which leads straight down to the Lake to a point where boats are waiting to take tourists to the Island church (you can hire a boat and row yourself for the same price as one gondala ticket, so if there are two or more of you, this is a more economical option, and also gives you freedom to spend a bit more time there. Best hired from the other end of the lake as the journey is shorter). Bled main, where the other hotels are, is a 5 minute lakeside walk away, but to my mind less attractive as it is a hub of roads and minor concrete complexes.

We had a "mountain facing room" - and yes you do also see rooftops, but they are attractive low level buildings and the mountains are just behind them. The room was perfectly comfortable, as were the beds. There was a small balcony from which we could spy on the horse drawn carriages (very expensive) coming down for the day, and fellow residents coming down from Bled Castle and Vintgar Gorge.

The food may not be what you expect (foal roll appeareared on the menu one night. I assumed it was a poor translation of something perhaps more innoccuous, but no - retranslated for my benefit "roulade of young horse".) However, the evening main courses(ordered the night before), always had a fish, meat and vegetarian option and one other. There is an ample salad choice including cold meats and cheeses, two choices of soup and desserts or fruit or ice cream afterwards. We didn't order drinks in the hotel, so I can't comment on the wine list, but table water was expensive.(£1.50 - small bottle) Breakfast was a hot/cold buffet - bacon, scrambled or boiled eggs, those not-quite-sausages they do abroad ,soya cakes (unappealing looking, but surprisingly tasty) and cheese, cold meats, good bread, butter, jams, honey and yoghurts and choice of juices, pastries, tea (choices), coffeee and hot chocolate. If people are not satisfied with that, God knows what they have at home - personally I am happy with toast and marmite!

And the other marvellous memebr of staff (I don't know whether he was another head waiter or the Matre d'hote) is an absolute sweetheart . He addressed us every morning in a deep European acccent "Hello my la-a-a-a-dies", and we loved it. We met by chance round the Lake on his day off, which he was spending outside his house on his rowing boat with his neice. He called us, and we hardly recognised him in shorts and a T-Shirt - a genuinely nice man.

Top tips - walk to Vintgar Gorge - from the hotel you walk through arable land and a few small sub-Alpine villages.

Coffee and wonderful pastry shop - just up the street from the hotel, Famous and well used by locals. Pub across the road - great food. Small bar on the way to the park with fairy tale brightly painted shed - really friendly and casual.

Don't try to walk to the castle by road - it is too busy. Go from one of the side paths from the Lake.

Go to the other Lake,Bohinji - the rowing boats are loads cheaper - you can take one out for the afternoon for little over the price of an hours rent on Lake Bled. Lots of little beaches you can just park up there. But beware! A nudist centre. Unfortunately, the hotel Agatha Christie wrote Murder on the Orient Express in is now closed. But have trout there - it's fab and you can see them swimming with you in the lake!

The Bled days were great. If you are going as a family you might want to get a week ticket for the Castle Beach which has slides., kiddies pools, table tennis, a bar and overly expensive and not very good food facilities. Otherwise - the camp site beach is safe for kids and there is another on the way which is Ok if people are strong swimmers.

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  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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UK
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14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2010

I travelled with my boyfriend and it was our first time to Lake Bled. We found the hotel to be fairly average, as other reviews have said the decor isn't the best but its clean and tidy and the rooms are cleaned every day. Rooms are quite small bt kept well and have there own balcony, we didnt have a lake view room bt from what we could tell they arent really worth the extra money. we found the staff to be helpful (when they understood us) the food was intresting!! you get given a menu the day before and you choose your main meal for the next day.Keep an open mind and ull be fine. (Although my boyfriend did get food poisoning whilst we were there, we don't no where it was from, so we won't blame the hotel...) It is well located just a few minutes from the lake and has a few nice pubs and bars near it, and you really shud try the schnaps! although not a place to go if you want a clubby holiday. There is not much to do at the lake itself but there is plenty to do in the sorrounding area and it is all easily accessible by foot or by bus and the bus station is right next to the hotel. We walked alot of places and the scenery was amazing. All in all i would say this was neither the best or worse hotel we have stayed in and certainly worth a look if your looking for somewhere to stay on a budget.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank UkA123
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Canterbury
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65 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2010

The hotel itself is in a great location, right on top of Lake Bled. Didn't have a lake view room so can't comment on that!! As everybody else has said though, the hotel is in desperate need of some decorating as the whole place just looks tired. The swimming pool was freezing and very small, the sauna and steam rooms weren't very big either!! The staff were helpful and friendly enough, overall worth looking into if you are staying in Bled!!

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank re1980
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Additional Information about Hotel Jelovica Bled

Property: Hotel Jelovica Bled
Address: Cesta svobode 8, Bled 4260, Slovenia
Region: Slovenia > Upper Carniola Region > Bled
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 24 Hotels in Bled
Price range (per night): ₹ 4,782 - ₹ 8,319
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Jelovica Bled 3*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Attractive 4-story Hotel situated 4 km from Lesce-Bled train station & 35 km from Brnik Airport. ... more   less 
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