InterContinental Ljubljana Review: first 5-star in Ljubljana

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Ahhh yes, it's been a while since we were at the InterContinental hotel, and I must admit, we were looking forward to the experience orchestrated by this hotel chain again. We opted for InterContinental Ljubljana, which is the only 5-star hotel in this Slovenian metropole city. Well, probably not for long. Just across the street, rises another tall building, and I have a hunch, it will be a serious rival to this one. Now let's check our InterContinental Ljubljana Review and see if this hotel is prepared for a possible "hospitality battle."

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Ambiance

The modern exterior of the tallest hotel in Slovenia is glassy, decorated with a native cross stitch pattern. Contemporary touch breaths airy sophistication in every part of the hotel, including the B-Bar on the 20th floor. There you'll feel that the Ljubljana castle is only a touch away; furthermore, on the other side, you will have a nice view of the Julian Alps.

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The lobby is bright and airy, with a long reception desk on one side and the other's street view, where we left our car to the valet. In the lobby are visible V-shaped concrete supporting beams, an excellent detail. Another designer touch is behind the concierge desk; you'll notice the Ljubljana cityscape outline.

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Anyway, this spacious lobby plan is working great with interior design. Dark marble, warm wood, and light floors are perfect with a hint of gold and pastel colors. The mustard pastel colors are continuing to the sofas and cushions as well. Sculptural lighting is doing its job and keeping this place classy as it should be.

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Our Room

InterContinental Ljubljana has 165 rooms in four categories – Superior, Deluxe, Club Rooms, and Suites. We stayed at a spacious, bright, and airy King Deluxe room with an evident layout.

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Nevertheless, I should warn you, club rooms and suites are in high demand, so make sure you make a reservation well in advance. Probably, this is the result of the first 5-star hotel in Ljubljana.

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The room design is contemporary with a modern luxury feel. Dark wood, gold details, and bold lights are always a great touch. Speaking about lighting, InterContinental Ljubljana has a neat lighting setup. We took advantage of the bed lights and made a little photoshoot.

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Bathroom

The bathroom is spacious with a freestanding bathtub as a centerpiece. Enjoying the bath time might be more peaceful if the toiled space would be separate — something like we had at the Sofitel Damansara Kuala Lumpur.

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We liked ambient lighting, which makes night bathing even more relaxing. The view is undoubtedly more superior in the bathroom than in the room, where it faces the rising building. Naturally, the bathroom has also a bright walk-in rain shower and a large floating sink. Another thing we liked was the invigorating scent of Anne Semonin Exotic Verbena toiletries. 

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We liked ambient lighting, which makes night bathing even more relaxing. The view is undoubtedly more superior in the bathroom than in the room, where it faces the rising building. Naturally, the bathroom has also a bright walk-in rain shower and a large floating sink. Another thing we liked was the invigorating scent of Anne Semonin Exotic Verbena toiletries. 

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Food and Drink

InterContinental Ljubljana has three dining options. The first one is the Bloom Bar on the ground floor, where they serve light snacks and coffee. As the day turns into the night, it becomes a cocktail venue. 

Still, we advise you to look around the rooftop bar. The B-Bar is located on the 20th floor and is a fabulous lounge bar. Here you can read our B-Bar review and check their artisanal cocktails.

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On the same floor as B-Bar is also B-Restaurant, where they serve contemporary dishes. Some more international, others reflecting Slovenian legacy. However, their menu didn't get our attention. Probably because of all the fine dining options Ljubljana has to offer. We warmly recommend a visit to Restaurant Strelec, which is perhaps the best restaurant here in Ljubljana.

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Breakfast

Pandemic rules shaped the self-service breakfast at the B-Restaurant with extended ala carte and "long reach" buffet. Even though the offer on display was stunted, it still held the westbound must-haves handed to us by request.

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Despite the unfortunate obstacle, everything went smoothly, and our breakfast couldn't be fresher. We liked every dish we had and confirm that Chef Alfredo Russo's menu suits a wide range of taste preferences.

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Amenities

The first thing we want to compliment is the charging station with a bunch of different types of USB connectors. While charging a phone, we enjoyed complimentary tea and coffee. We were able to choose from the Puro freeze-dried instant coffee and the expresso from the capsule. Both were delicious, but the fair-trade Puro coffee exceeded our expectations. The tea lovers get four different Ronnefeldt options, two energy-boosting, plus fruity camomile and sweet berries. Naturally, the fresh madeleines were perfect with coffee and tea, but we left the fruit for later. 

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Facilities

On the 18th floor, you'll find a recreational and wellness center with the Saruna SPA. Close to the SPA, you'll find the large heated indoor pool and a separate steam bath. The same space as the zero-edge pool is also Finnish and infrared saunas and a steam room with the resting area.

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Conclusion

All right, we got almost to the end of our InterContinental Ljubljana Review. In conclusion, I can say that the rooms here are majestic. I love how much light is there, the layout and overall feel. On top of that, the staff at InterContinental Ljubljana is super nice and professional, which only helps to achieve - pleasant stay.

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Is there anything we would change? Just some minor cleaning improvements, I guess. Ouuu yeah, we wouldn't mind some lit common space where one can escape the room and enjoy some alone time.

InterContinental Ljubljana Review Card

  • 9.3/10
    ATMOSPHERE – 9.3/10
  • 9.2/10
    CLEANLINESS – 9.2/10
  • 8.9/10
    ROOM – 8.9/10
  • 9/10
    FACILITIES AND AMENITIES – 9/10
  • 9.3/10
    FOOD AND BEVERAGE – 9.3/10
  • 9.6/10
    SERVICE – 9.6/10
  • 9.4/10
    VALUE – 9.4/10
9.2/10

Price and Location

King Deluxe room like ours with breakfast will cost you about 200 USD. Regarding the location, Intercontinental Ljubljana is located near the main bus and train station. Only 10 minutes walk will get you to the old part of Ljubljana and all the main sights, which is great.

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