My husband and I would like to see Lake Hallstat and Lake Bled in Slovenia. We both are in our 60's and need a comfortable and clean place to hang our heads. Anyone have any suggestions as to accommodations? We realize both are " destinations" for locals, are they expensive places to visit???
My wife and I are in our 60s. We stayed in comfortable and clean places in both Lake Hallstatt and Lake Bled last summer using the recommendations in Rick Steves guidebook. You need to reserve your room well in advance to secure the less expensive hotels and guesthouses. Both are stunning locations.
3lovetotravel-would you mind my asking where you stayed in both lake hallstat and lake bled? we have many of rick steves guidebooks, Portugal, Switzerland, but no Austria or Slovenia.
I can’t speak to Lake Bled, but on a RS tour I took in 2017 that included Hallstatt, we stayed at the Seehotel Gruner Baum. Absolutely beautiful place and very comfortable. I highly recommend it!
I stayed in the "Old Bled House" near Lake Bled in the fall of 2017. Wonderfully comfortable. At that time, the 2016 renovations were just being completed upstairs and it was beautifully clean. The property is a 300 year old farmhouse, with renovations in heavy oak and furnishings in a farmhouse style. I see it is still very highly rated in TripAdvisor.
While it is in downtown Bled, it is off the main road and very quiet. It is perhaps a 5 minute walk down to the shops and then across the road to the lake. There is a slight uphill to return to the property and stairs to many rooms, so perhaps not appropriate if there are mobility issues.
In Hallstatt we stayed in Guesthouse Lenz which has a spectacular view over the lake. Lake Bled we stayed in Mulej Farm which was good but a long walk from the lake, about a mile. I would recommend something closer. Unfortunately we were there 4 nights including the weekend so the places closer to the lake that I liked were already booked months ahead.
I stayed in The Old Parish House on Lake Bled. It isn't in the new, touristy section with the big hotels. It's right at the base of the cliff where the castle is in the oldest part of Bled. It's super clean and recently remodeled...nice breakfast and a cute gift shop. It's run by the church right there on the square and they do a great job. Not expensive and you can get a beautiful view of the lake if you reserve a room on that side. Some of the rooms are huge! Bed was uber-comfortable.
On a RS tour a couple years ago, we stayed at the Best Western Premier Hotel Lovec at Lake Bled. It was a short walk to the lake and, as I recall, a very comfortable hotel.
Agree with Beth.......Hotel Gruner Baum was incredible in Hallstatt.....paid extra and got a room with a balcony overlooking the lake.....a memory that I will always cherish......
We stayed here in Bled:
It was a lovely farmhouse but it was a bit of a walk into downtown Bled. (about 1/2 a mile), but we didn't mind. The price was reasonable, the place was clean and nice and the 2 sisters who manage it were very sweet and friendly. We had a nice room with a great balcony and the breakfast was well worth the price. We had a great time. In September, it goes for about 60 euros a night (breakfast extra). Very reasonable. The farm that the Rick Steves book recommended was farther out and much more expensive. We were 60 at the time, but we are very active and love to walk and hike.
In Sep. 2014, we stayed at the Garni Hotel Berc in Bled. It's just a few minutes walk down to the town and had spacious rooms and a wonderful, buffet breakfast. https://www.berc-sp.si/en/ It was reasonably priced, very clean and our room had a balcony. Just across the street was Penzion Berc owned by the brother of the Garni innkeeper. The Penzion had indoor and outdoor dining and we enjoyed a very tasty meal outdoors one evening. In looking at their website now, it seems to be just as we found it five years ago.
We are in our sixties also, and stayed in Penzion Berc in Lake Bled for a week, and were were very happy there. The owner was very accommodating, the breakfasts as well as the dinner restaurant were both excellent. It was in a quiet and beautiful neighborhood.it was a pleasant walk down to town. We very much enjoyed the free use of electric bikes they offered for forays into the countryside, to Vintgar Gorge and the surrounding farms and villages. We appreciated that owner gave us a lift to the bus station when it rained as we were leaving.
I was in Hallstatt in April 2019 and stayed at an Airbnb - Hotel Herta. Great location, quiet, lovely apartment with private bath and kitchen. Hallstatt is so small you can walk from one end to the other in 15 minutes. She was great about helping us. I highly recommend her. The house is near the funicular, very easy to find.
In Hallstat, the Seehotel Gruner Baum is absolutely worth it. In the middle of town, best view and excellent awesome breakfast. Like many I overthink trips and my destination underwhelms my expectations, but Hallstatt or this hotel. Big world but I might even go back....