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Lake Bled is quite possibly the number one reason why many visitors decide to come to Slovenia and rightfully so. The beauty of this mountain lake is so mesmerising that we keep coming back over and over again. We have visited Lake Bled as a day trip, stayed here for days on end and we’ve explored it in every season and even experienced Lake Bled in winter.
We can honestly say that Lake Bled is among the most beautiful places we’ve ever seen, and we can’t recommend it enough. Many choose to visit Lake Bled as a day trip but there is so much to do, see and experience in and around Bled that we really think you should spend at least one night in this little slice of paradise. We know we spent more night in Bled than we can count and don’t regret any!
To help you find your perfect holiday stay we’ve gathered our top accommodation recommendations for everything from hostels to luxurious stays, as well as camping and holiday homes.
What you need to know before choosing your Bled accommodation
Make sure there’s parking
Parking in Bled is limited and the parking fees quickly add up so if you’re travelling by car it’s incredibly important you choose an accommodation option that provides a carpark. You have no idea how much time we wasted driving in circles trying to park our car so please don’t make the same mistake!
Book well in advance
Lake Bled is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Slovenia as well as a popular choice among locals. If you’re travelling in high season make sure to book your accommodation well ahead of time or you will be left with scraps. aka. expensive or just really not nice.
Lake Bled accommodation is on the expensive side
Bled gets a huge amount of tourists each year and the town can barely keep up with the increase in tourism. This means that in high season there’s not only a shortage of rooms, but as a result, hotels and guest houses have risen their prices. Higher demand, bigger bucks! It’s that simple. The interesting thing about Bled is that the prices stay fairly consistent throughout the year and don’t drop by much in the offseason.
A word of warning – Covid regulations
The Covid restrictions in Slovenia are changing fast and they often affect the operations of hotels and other businesses in the tourism sector. Due to government regulations some facilities might be closed or only operate in a limited capacity. This means there might be accommodation shortage due to limited availability or you won’t be able to use some of the facilities and amenities.
Where to stay in Lake Bled
The best area to base yourself while at Lake Bled is in Bled town on the Eastern shore of the lake. This is where the majority of bars, restaurants, shops and amenities are.
The neighbourhoods Mlino and Zaka on the Southern and Western side of the lake have limited facilities but might appeal to someone looking for a quiet retreat and easy access to hikes as well as the town.
The best accommodation in Lake Bled
Depending on your needs and style of travel you might be more or less inclined to stay in a hotel, private apartment, guesthouse, hostel or even campsite.
Below we break down the best options for each accommodation category.
Best hotels in Bled town
If you want a no fuss holiday in Lake Bled so you can easily enjoy this postcard perfect location with all the facilities you could possibly need at your fingertip, then a hotel room with lake views in own is the perfect choice for you.
Grab a front row seat to the magical scenery that is Lake Bled and book yourself one of these fabulous hotels!
Grand Hotel Toplice is the oldest, most established and most luxurious hotel in Lake Bled. This is the only 5-star establishment in Bled with a rich history and elegant rooms where you’ll be treated like a king. It sits perched on the shores of the lake and features a private beach, a spa, thermal pools and views to die for.
We especially liked the views and ambiance at the thermal pools but the rooms and the decor are not for everyone since the hotel prides itself on the rich history which shines through in the choice of decor and furnishing.
Rikli Balance 4-star superior hotel sits just behind Grand Hotel and is a true oasis with a modern interior, a more sustainable mindset and sweeping views over Lake Bled and the Julian Alps. Rikli Balance hotel also features the biggest thermal pool complex in Bled, and from what we’ve seen, the views from their Spa might be even better than the ones from Grand Hotel Toplice.
Just like Grand Hotel Toplice, Rikli Balance is also part of Sava Hotels & Resorts which we can always trust to provide the highest standard of hospitality. Unfortunately we didn’t get to experience it ourselves (yet!) due to Covid but we’re hoping to visit this year.
Hotel Park has been recently renovated and only reopened last year. Its location is just as fabulous as Grand Hotel Toplice (literally next door), but the interior is modern, beautiful and brand new for a much more affordable price. On the top floor you’ll find a wellness centre complete with a heated pool, sauna and gym, all featuring panoramic windows and breathtaking views over the lake and park.
Hotel Park Bled is a fabulous choice for foodies as it the home of the original Bled Cake and their in house restaurant Julijana received the the Michelin Plate.
Best guest houses and boutique hotels in Lake Bled
For those of you wanting the best of both worlds – the service of a hotel and a cosy feel, a small boutique hotel or guest house is the go.
Vila Bled used to be former President Tito’s summer palace and has since been turned into a beautiful boutique hotel on the southern shores of Lake Bled. Vila Bled is surrounded by perfectly manicured gardens on a peaceful property removed from the crowds and features a private swimming deck just opposite the 99 stairs of Lake Bled Island.
This elegant establishment has a wonderful restaurant with fabulous views, a tennis court, pool, sauna and even a piano bar! The rooms are big and comfortable. Vila Bled is the perfect choice for someone looking for a peaceful retreat and great service.
As the name suggests, this hotel used to be an old parish house and it sits next to the St. Martina Parish Church in Bled town, just under the cliff on which the castle is perched. The location can’t get much better and the building has been wonderfully renovated.
The Old Parish House offers ample parking and we absolutely love the flowers on the windows. The hotel decided to ride with the history and went for a fairly religious decor which might not appeal to everyone, but the furnishing is modern and new.
Vila Alpina is a gorgeous Alpine cottage inspired guest house in the Mlino settlement on the Southern shores of the lake, just a coupe of minutes walk to the lake and about 20min walk to town.
The rooms are spacious, light and gorgeous. We fell in love with all the wooden detailing and think Vila Alpina could easily pass for a higher end establishment. Vila Alpina is a great value choice, the hosts are super friendly and helpful, and the terrace is the perfect spot to chill from.
Guesthouse Marko is full of colour and personality on a handy location in town, just a few blocks from the lake and only 500m from the bus station. There is a shared kitchen and lounge area and you can opt for a double room with a private or shred bathroom. Guesthouse Marko is perfect for those on a budget who don’t want to compromise on quality sleep.
Best holiday homes and apartments in Lake Bled
When travelling in a group or simply wanting more privacy and social distancing, private apartments and small guest houses are the best option. There’s nothing quite like the cosy feeling of a home. And don’t worry, you don’t have to compromise on comfort or facilities, just check out the options below!
Vila Pavlovski is the home away from home we all wish we had. Located smack in town it features a fully equipped kitchen and laundry, beautiful modern furnishing and breathtaking views over the lake and Lake Bled Castle. At Vila Pavlovski you can choose between two apartments that can accommodate 2-3 or up to 6 people.
Apartments Gaja are tastefully appointed appartments with a fabulous location just a couple of blocks from Bled lake and offer sweeping views over the castle. The apartments offer free parking, are spacious and modern, kitchen fully equipped. You can choose from several apartments that can accommodate anywhere from two to 6 people.
Viktoria Apartments are simple but welcoming and offer several apartments that can accommodate up to 5 people. This beautiful stand alone house with a shared garden and ample parking is located just a short walk from the lake and restaurants. All units are tastefully furnished and offer everything you need for a comfortable stay, including a shared BBQ in the garden. Hard to beat for this price!
Hostels are a great spot to meet people, make new friends and find new travel buddies. We did our fair share of hostel life and we can honestly say it doesn’t get much more fun than that!
The Best Hostel might sound a bit pretentious but it has a fabulous location, new facilities and the hosts are great. By staying here you’ll also get a bracelet that gives you discounts for several restaurants and activities around town. But keep in mind that if you’re travelling with someone, you might get a better deal by booking a budget guesthouse in Bled since hostel beds aren’t as cheap as you’d expect them.
Camping & glamping
Just off the Western shore of Lake Bled, in Zaka, you’ll find Camping Bled, the only campsite in Lake Bled. This campsite offers a choice of tent and RV sites.
If you don’t mind staying outside of town you’ll find a much better campsite just a 10 minute drive away. River Camping Bled is a spacious campsite along the shores of Sava Bohinjka river and features an onsite restaurant and shop, a swimming pool, playgrounds and loads of activities and sports opportunities as well as tent site (some are right next to the river!), RV parking and fabulous glamping options as well as bungalows.
Enjoy your stay in Bled!
With the Julian Alps and Triglav National Park as a backdrop, the clear water, a picturesque island in the middle and a medieval castle perched on top of a cliff rising from the water, Lake Bled really is the postcard-perfect destination. Wether you’re staying in luxury hotels, budget rooms or camping, we’re sure you’ll fall in Love with Lake Bled just like we, and many before us, did.
Have you been to Lake Bled? Where did you stay?
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