Discover the medieval splendour of Ljubljana

by Brianna Brown
   
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This charming boutique hotel occupies a traditional townhouse on a quiet cobbled street in Ljubljana. Just two minutes by foot from the river, with its quaint restaurants and bars, Hotel Antiq is nestled at the foot of Castle Hill.

All the rooms at the hotel are different, and we were delighted with our Double Deluxe – decorated in a dark red theme, with the biggest sleigh bed I’ve ever seen, and polished wooden floors. The feel is traditional, with antique furniture and artworks – if you’re a fan of modern minimalism this is not the hotel for you. The daily breakfast was extensive, and there were plenty of healthy options for my fitness-obsessed friend. Staff here are so friendly and willing to help – we were given sightseeing suggestions, help on where to eat and drink, and recommendations for entertainment throughout our stay.

Romantic, relaxing, and utterly charming, located a short walk from Hercules fountain and Gornji Trg Square, and in the shadow of the beautiful Ljubljana Castle, Antiq Hotel will become one of your favourites. A small city, filled with beautiful Gothic architecture, loads of relaxed cafes and restaurants, and friendly inhabitants, Ljubljana is a great option for a short break. We walked the whole time – it was a bright spring weekend – which gave us a great feel of the city.

We started with Ljubljana Castle, which is just a short walk from the hotel, on Castle Hill. The main building dates from the 16th century, and there is the 19th century Pentagonal Tower with a viewing platform where you can get stunning 360-degree views of the whole city and countryside. There is a museum at the base of the castle which describes the country’s history. We also visited the National Gallery, which has some wonderful paintings and some copies of medieval frescoes.

Don’t miss the Presernov Trg, the central square surrounded with some stunning Gothic buildings. Then head over to the famous Triple Bridge and walk down to the riverside for a coffee in one of the many cafes. During the times of the Roman Empire, the area now occupied by the Hotel Antiq was a metal workshop. In the Middle Ages, the site also hosted a small carpenter’s shop. The two sites were later joined together to form the building that houses the Hotel Antiq. Four floor stones, dating back 2000 years, exist today as proof of its previous status.

Hotel Antiq is a listed building, and retains many of its original characteristics. In keeping with its historic status every piece of furniture in Hotel Antiq is in the Biedermeier style – an influential style of furniture design from Germany dating back to the 19th century. The Biedermeier style can even be seen in the hotel’s furnishings, from the gilded picture frames to the curtains that drape across the windows. The curtain fabrics are fashioned in typical soft colours and lend a light, enchanting feel to the rooms.

Don't miss
  • Walk around the pedestrianised old town
  • Museums, galleries
  • Botanical gardens
  • Flea markets
  • Castle, Roman ruins
  • Churches
  • Ski resorts 40 mins away
  • Lakes, caves 30 mins away
Hotel facilities
  • Hotel Antiq doesn’t have a restaurant, but breakfast is served daily, with lots of organic and healthy options
  • There is a bar and lounge serving drinks and light snacks
  • Free wireless internet throughout
  • Private garden, pets welcome free of charge

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