As Timothy and I felt like taking a weekend break to end the year, we decided to go for a weekend in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana. We had seen some pictures of the recently opened InterContinental hotel over there and we felt like trying it out ourselves.
The hotel is located at the edge of the city centre near the bus and railway station at the end of one of the main shopping streets.
Getting to and from the airport wasn’t the most straightforward, on weekdays you only have one bus per hour, in the weekend it even only runs every two hours.
Of course when we exited the airport we saw the bus just departing and as we did not feel like waiting an hour for the next one, we decided to take a taxi to the hotel. The taxi ride cost us a whopping €60, the hotel offers a VIP transfer at €45 which we took on the return and it is advisable if you travel to Ljubljana to contact the hotel and let them arrange the transfer for you as it is cheaper.
As we booked an executive suite the Club Lounge access was included in the room rate. At check-in they also took our bags to be brought directly to the room.
We went upstairs to the 19th floor to go and wait in the Club Lounge, where the attendant welcomed us and immediately offered us some tea while we waited. The lounge offered a number of different seating options with some sofas to relax in, a small library, a business area with a laptop and printer at your disposal and of course some table seating.
We soon found our go-to spot, a table in the corner of the building, overlooking the railway station. The entire lounge had floor to ceiling windows, providing a panoramic view over the city.
Between 15:00 and 17:00 they offered afternoon tea, with four different types of sandwiches and 2 different types of ‘desserts’ which differed each day.
For us this was enough to fill the little hole we had left after enjoying afternoon tea but people looking for a more substantial meal will still have to go out to a proper restaurant.
Especially Meta which we had the pleasure of welcoming us must of the time made sure our glasses never went empty and made us feel at home. Her genuine style of hospitality is a big asset to the hotel and the Club Lounge and embodies the service and quality se came to expect from an InterContinental hotel.
For breakfast you can either choose to go eat upstairs in the 20th floor in the main restaurant (with a gorgeous open air terrace which must be lovely when there is good weather) or in the Club Lounge.
The first morning we tried out the breakfast in the main restaurant, the welcome there wasn’t very warm but we received a nice table in the middle of the restaurant. We were given a menu with the different made to order warm dished we could have and asked whether we would like some tea or coffee which was all brought to our table. I ordered some black tea and some eggs benedict which were served in a nice portion without drowning in the sauce.
Except for the menu there was also an extensive buffet including hot and cold options both traditional hotel breakfast items and some local specialities.
If you ever stay there, go for the Club Lounge breakfast it’s much more pleasant.
We were also offered the same made to order menu and a choice of coffee or tea. There was also a small buffet set up, which offered slightly less options than the main restaurant but still more than enough to over eat yourself.
We were allocated an executive suite on the third floor. It was built around a sort of cove with the corridor (lit up by a beautiful light sculpture in the wall) running from the entrance to the window, with the bathroom extending outwards on the right hand side, the bedroom on the left and the sitting room extending outwards on the left hand side.
The bedroom featured a huge and comfortable bed, only the pillows where a bit on the soft side for us. In the wardrobe we could find the bathrobes and slippers.
There was also a small desk area perfectly suited for Timothy to work on. Next to the bed where a number of switches, with one general switch to switch everything off (very handy) and also two switches to open and close the curtains automatically.
There was also a big sink and mirror next to which you had two frosted glass doors. The one on the left leading to the toilet (with an automatic flush, took me awhile to get used to), the one on the right to the walk in shower.hotel in Sankt Moritz).
The products on offer where made by Anne Semonin and provided a nice subtle perfume. Plenty of towels where available and even a toothbrush and comb where proactively provided.InterContinental Warsaw.
The main pool was rather cold and surrounded by some interesting looking relax chairs, around the corner was the warmer Jacuzzi and some more traditional beds. In the wall they also built in a sauna, a steam bath and an infrared cabin.
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