10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"We have just returned from a week in lake bled staying at the Grand Hotel Toplice and it was wonderful.We had a lakeside room and the view was simply stunning.To wake up in the morning and throw open the french doors and see that view was just the best feeling.The room was clean and furnished in slovenian style and the bed was really comfortable and spacious.My only slight moan was there was no tea/coffeee making facilities but i guess that is a brit thing! The breakfast was buffet style and I defy anyone not to find something good to eat.There was just about everything you could imagine even a chef cooking eggs fresh,omelettes and pancakes! Likewise the meals in the restaurant at night were excellent-varied interesting dishes with some international and local influences.I can honestly say we did not have one bad meal.The staff were exceptionally nice and helpful especially the reception staff.A nice touch was complimentary afternoon tea with really scrummy cakes between 4-6pm.Make sure you diet before you go because you will definately gain a couple of pounds.Slovenians are big on cakes and they are really lovely.The wellness spa is great and I did have a massage which was wonderful and much cheaper than in the UK.The pool is 24deg which is cold but it is meant to be like that for health benefits.I found it wonderfully invigorating.It is the same temp as the lake which you can swim in as the hotel has its own decked area with sunbeds-lovely as we had 26-27deg sunshine.Overall a lovely hotel,spotless and very difficult to fault.We will return asap.Back to the diet now!!"
- Travel date: 29th September 2006
". We stayed here for 3 nights as part of our summer touring holiday. Seemed to be a significant number of people making return trips mainly English and some German. When we were there the majority of the guests seemed to be from the UK. might not what you expect when travelling so far didnât bother me personally. We booked a lakeside suite and enjoyed the room the bigger balcony and the view. Dear perhaps but not much competition at this level. If I went again I might not book half board. Whilst there was nothing wrong with it I didnât find the food particularly inspiring. It would have been interesting to try the other non package restaurant in the hotel and others in walking distance. All staff I dealt with were friendly and first class. Stunning scenery around especially easy to explore if you bring a car. We went up in to the mountains and an easy trip to Ljubljana Parking limited but we were always ok with help from porters."
- Travel date: 27th September 2006
Toplice didn't live up to expectations
"We have just returned from a two week stay at the Grand Hotel Toplice and found it to be average. We actually got married during our stay in Bled so upgraded our room to ensure we got all that we wanted. The room was basic and definately not big. We had a two single beds pushed together (normal in Europe) and a few other bits of furniture. The bathroom was tiny with the door always getting in the way. The decor was a bit on the drab side but the wooden floor did provide a nice homely feel. The room was however very clean and the staff were normally friendly. The half board dinner was very good with four courses and an excellent range each night. The lake view was stunning which is the only reason we can suggest for the high proces. All in all a clean basic room with stunning views but not in my opinion a five star hotel - expected more. We will be back to Bled but not to the Grand Hotel Toplice - PS Wedding was absolutely fantastic."
- Travel date: 22nd August 2006
Location, Location, Location
"As they say in the real estate business, location is everything. On the outside, Grand Hotel Toplice has a fantastic location in Bled, overlooking the lake, the church, the castle. Inside, though, beware of what location your room has! There are definitely two types of rooms at the Toplice. Those with a lakeside room have gorgeous views with balconies and, of critical importance in summer months, air conditioning. The rooms with a "parkside" view (as it is euphemistically called by the hotel; I call it a "streetside" room), are smaller and are NOT air conditioned. That means that you can open the windows to street noise all night long -- which reverbrates off the stone wall opposite the hotel -- or you can swelter with the windows shut. Toplice charges an extra 30% to 40% for the lakeside rooms. It's worth it if you value your sleep and comfort (if you're there in summer months). If you are on a tour and take your chance, well, tough luck ... unless you want to protest mightily and then perhaps they'll upgrade you to a lakeside room. It's a wonderful place, meals are excellent. But if you don't want to splurge for the airconditioned lakeside room, look for somewhere else in town."
- Travel date: 4th August 2006
Old World Charm
"As all the reviews indicate, Bled itself is stunning -- the Julian Alps form a scenic backdrop to the beautiful lake with its turquoise green waters. The hotel is located on the shores of the lake. We had both a lakeside and inside room -- the lakeside rooms are well worth the extra money. While others have complained, we did not notice substantial noise from the road that ran underneath the inside room. Waking up in the morning and looking out over the lake was one of the best experiences we had on an extended trip. The staff of the hotel was welcoming and the public rooms were elegant and tastefully decorated. The hotel rooms were not large but were well equipped. The indoor pool was very cold, as others noted, but the staff were fine with my two children splashing around the pool. While my children swam, I enjoyed reading sitting in a comfortable wicker chair in the the large solarium looking out over the lake. My only complaint -- and it is a slight one -- was that the breakfast buffet was somewhat uninspired. However, there are other dining choices available in Bled. If you do stay here, be sure to take a day trip to nearby Lake Bohinj, which is stunning and much less developed than Bled."
- Travel date: 20th July 2006
stunning views and excellant hotel
"This was our first time in Bled, and i have to say it was stunning .The views are breathtaking lake was so calm as was the area around it.We were looking for a peaceful holiday and this is exactly what we got. We stayed at the grand hotel toplice, where the staff could not do enough for you. while the rooms at the front of this hotel are quite small and noisy, the rooms on the lake front are bigger with a brilliant view, and much more comfortable. and the beds are to dye for,with individual remote control,for either side.to adjust for your own comfort.Overall this was a great holiday and we will definitely be back."
- Travel date: 14th July 2006
"The area of Lake Bled is the most stunning and romantic place you could ever imagine. We stayed at the Toplice over Christmas and New Year last year and would certainly return. The main problem you may find, if like us, you are in Slovenia for a skiing holiday, then it is quite a long (and windy) bus ride every day to get to the slopes. However we felt that it was worth it to stay in such a lovely hotel in a beautiful setting. The food was superb, (very upmarket, but not so great for picky eaters.) Staff were so friendly, helpful and professional. The restaurant, lounge, spa area and reception etc were very luxurious and definately a very good 5 star standard. (Pool was exceptionally cold, but apparently it's supposed to be a health thing!) The rooms were nicely decorated in a traditional Slovenian style, if a little on the small side, and I would definately recommend upgrading to a lake view room. (The view over the lake and of the castle is breathtaking). Also, other guests informed me that the rooms on the other side of the hotel were quite close to the road and were quite noisy with the window open. Overall, we were very impressed with the hotel and after seeing some of the others in Bled, it is by far the most luxurious."
- Travel date: 10th March 2006
Top marks for the staff of Grand Toplice
"We stayed 6 nights in this hotel. The location and views are stunning. We had a lovely big room with 2 balconies. The furniture and decoration are delightfully grand and in very good condition. Everything is spotless. We ate in the restaurant for 2 nights and the food was excellent. The staff, receptionists, waiters, room maids were all genuinely friendly and eager to help and please. The cream slices are heavenly!"
- Travel date: 8th March 2006
The Grand Hotel Toplice
"This was our third visit to Bled and to the Hotel Toplice. We have visited twice in the summmer and were very keen to see the area in winter and hopefully with snow. The hotel and Bled was quiet while we were there this time. Paying for a lake view room is well worth the extra cash. The staff are very friendly and willing to help. The entire hotel is spotlessly clean and the bedrooms comfortable although small. The bathrooms are well equipped but the shower (over the bath) was difficult to control. The view from the lounge and the restaurant is breathtaking. The a la carte menu has a very varied choice and on this occasion the food was beautifully cooked and presented. The other menus are limited. Breakfast offered plenty of choice and was very tasty. Cooked breakfast is not always available.(This could be due to the fact that the hotel was not busy). We shall definately be visiting Bled and The Toplice again and have recommended it to friends.\"
- Travel date: 20th February 2006
OFF SEASON - AWAY FROM THE MADDING CROWN
"We had a few days vacation in North East Italy at the end of November 2005 (Gorizia, Trieste and Venice) and for a change decided to go across to Slovenia. We crossed over the border (from Gorizia to Nova Gorica which are a few minutes away from each other) and took the train to Bled. We can really recommend the scenic 2 hour train journey which trails the emerald River Soca up to Bled, and we had the added bonus of early snowfall so everything was white. We arrived at Bled Jezero station and took a taxi for the 5 minute ride into town. No other transport was available at this time of the year. There were virtually no other tourists in town and the hotel was âemptyâ. At breakfast and dinner there were usually just ourselves and 2 other British couples. It would have been nice to have a few more guests but on the other hand it was lovely and quiet and we enjoy our own company. The Hotel Toplice is an older style âgrand hotelâ which makes a welcome change to the uniformity of newer hotels! The lounges and restaurant are spacious and comfortable and have a distinguished feel. The hall displays pictures of Madeleine Albright, Prince Charles and various other dignitaries and Heads of State who have obviously visited the hotel. The staff were generally very helpful and friendly, but without the professionalism you find in Italy and Switzerland. But that did not really bother us as it was refreshing to be in a country which is still relatively unspoilt and new to the EU. It was worth staying in the hotel just to wake up to the beautiful view across Lake Bled. The bedroom was smart and clean with an extremely comfortable double bed with individual mattresses you can adjust to the firmness you want. We were on half board. Breakfast was a typical 5 star holiday hotel breakfast with a large selection of cold buffet food and fruit and eggs prepared to your request. Dinner was interesting. We arrived to hear a couple complain that the first evening they had been given the set menu with 5 courses, the second evening they were invited to choose from the a la carte and the third evening were presented with a no choice set menu which had been prepared for a conference of Slovenian government officials. We then found out we could request anything from the a la carte as it was obviously not worth the hotel offering a special residentâs menu as there were so few of us!. Not the best food we have had but the staff tried to please. The food varied in quality and was a little lacklustre, but we suspect better than in the resort restaurants. The hotel has a lovely thermal pool, unfortunately unheated and therefore very cold in the winter. However if you take a Turkish bath or Sauna and then dip in the pool it is not unpleasant! I enjoyed the challenge. And of course it was an added bonus that it was always empty. We also enjoyed a massage while we were there. So to conclude we will probably return to the Hotel Toplice. We did not see any other hotel we would have preferred and certainly the location on the lake was excellent. The 2 hour walk round the lake is pleasant and we look forward to returning in the spring to explore a little more off the beaten track. If you want the high life, lots to do, then Bled is probably not for you. But if you enjoy walking, exploring, enjoying the lake and countryside, and want to visit a new EU member state without making comparisons with other more established tourist destinations, then yes I do recommend a visit to Bled. And there are cheap and frequent bus services to Llubljana and other towns in Slovenia."
- Travel date: 27th December 2005
Grand Hotel Toplice is also called
- grand hotel bled
- grand hotel toplice bled