Did I actually think that Ljubljana would captivate my soul? No. I didn’t think anything of the city but more or less was looking forward to some alone time away from London. I was really surprised at how many of my friends didn’t know where Ljubljana or Slovenia was so essentially they had no idea where I was going.
I loved being able to communicate in Croatian with drivers, hotel staff members and locals, it always adds to the comfort of visiting a city you’ve never been to before. The thing was, they could understand me and my Croatian but there was no way in hell I could understand a full sentence of Slovenian. It was like listening to a cleaner version of Macedonian, say what? Ljubljana was a friendly city to wander around in and not once did I feel unsafe as a solo female traveller. I felt like I was at home and parts of the old city reminded me of Osijek, Croatia.
What I noticed most was that Ljubljana was a fairly social city with restaurants and cafes by the river generally full with young people and their cliques. Also, it’s quite disciplined- For example, no jaywalking unless you want a 50€ fine as my Tinder date explained to me. So in that case, I don’t Ljubljana is a city I could live in permanently.
Where I Stayed
Keeping in mind I needed a Hotel close to Tivoli Hall for a seminar I was attending and I had no idea that Ljubljana was in fact, a tiny city with everything within walking distance, I booked a room at Hotel Lev, situated 5 minutes away from the hall. With a choice between ‘castle’ or ‘mountain’ view, I went with the castle (and it’s beautifully lit at night). My room was quite spacious with a long executive desk overlooking the city, large flat screen TV and king sized bed and luscious linen. Although, the bathroom was a little small for my own liking. What really stood out at Hotel Lev was the service, I really enjoyed the personable approach by the staff members. Room service was also ridiculously quick, I needed something sent to my room twice and in less than 5 minutes, a hotel staff member was knocking at the door with my request.
I wasn’t too fond of anything that was on offer on the standard room service menu so I asked if i could order from the Hotel’s Restaurant Restavracija Pri Levu. The a la carte restaurant Pri Levu has received the Ljubljana Quality Selection award in the “Fine Dining Restaurants” category for its high standard offer so I was fairly interested in what Head Chef Uroš Hribernik would prepare for me.
Looking through the gallery on their website, I regret not going downstairs and actually sitting through an entire dining experience, the food looks phenomenal. For room service, I ordered an octopus salad which has to be the best octopus salad I’ve ever had along with a standard chicken risotto because I just wanted to eat and go to sleep.
Where I Had Lunch
Restavracija Strelec is located at Ljubljana Castle, overlooking the entire city with mountain backdrop. It almost looks like a painting when the skies are clear and blue. You can read about my lunch at Restavracija Strelec here.
Pop’s Place is apparently the best burger you’ll ever have in Ljubljana and it’s located right by the river. Read about my lunch at Pop’s here.