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Sunday 14 July 2019

New look for hotel to the stars

Ljubljana is one of my favourite cities in Europe and the lively Slovenian capital is surprisingly easy to get to; just a two-hour bus ride from Venice, for instance, or a €39 train ride from Munich.

Ljubljana is a delight in summer with its many open air festivals, buskers, interesting food and local wines and beers.

The legendary Lev Hotel hotel in Ljubljana, which has hosted world-renowned artists including Luciano Pavarotti, Agatha Christie, Ray Charles and Bob Dylan, has just reopened after a complete refurb.

The hotel opened in 1964, was the first international five-star hotel in Slovenia and had a spell as an InterContinental.

The Lev now has 36 new rooms and the TehnoLev conference centre, which consists of three modularly designed conference rooms. The owners describe the new image of the hotel as “retro chic”.
Lev Hotel is a member of Union Hotels and is celebrating its 55th anniversary with five completely refurbished floors, including the "Pavarotti floor", new premier "top floor" suites and increased capacity.

There are now 209 hotel rooms of various categories available and 20 are premium-standard premier suites.

The first floor is named Pavarotti's floor after the renowned tenor Luciano Pavarotti, who stayed here during his visit to Ljubljana in 1997. 

Other floors will get new names after their famous residents, among them Christie, Dylan, Orson Welles and Kirk Douglas.

The former cafĂ© has been replaced by L Bistro and Bar, open also to passers-by. The bistro focuses on light lunches, serving traditional Ljubljana dishes within the framework of the Taste Ljubljana project, including Ljubljana pancakes.
The hotel is central to Mestni Park Tivoli, Ljubljana railway station and Ljubljana Castle. 

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