19 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Great family holiday
"We travelled to the Savica for one week from Stansted on 4th July. Easyjet flights were uneventful. We transferred to Bled on a minibus provided by M Tours â they organised 2* baby seats for our twin baby boys. 50 euros and about half an hour later and we were at the Hotel.
This hotel is wonderful for families with children. We had interconnecting rooms, located on the third floor at the rear of the hotel. Our rooms were also adjacent to a play area on the landing. Rooms are nicely refurbished and the TV included a couple of English channels.
The ground floor kids club also contains toys, books and other entertainments, and the local animators try very hard to organise activities and trips out. âZakiâ the Swan, the hotel mascot, also makes near daily appearances to entertain all the age groups.
The weather was mixed during our stay, so we were grateful for the inclusive use of the pool at the Hotel Golf. This has several split level pools, a decent water slide, hot tubs, and an outdoor pool overlooking the castle. There is also a sauna complex available at extra cost.
Meals were nice â breakfast is taken at the Savica and is standard continental fare of breads, cereals, pastries and a couple of hot offerings. Dinner is taken at the Golf, with a starter buffet, choice of fish, meat or veggie main courses and sweets / fruits selection.
Staff were very helpful and provided us with extras including boiling water for baby bottles and use of high chairs even when the restaurants were closed. Reception was staffed 24 hours a day, and there is a free internet kiosk area in the lobby.
We have travelled to Bled several times previously and the resort was generally quiet ion this occasion, possible a reflection of the current recession across Europe.
As previously there is lots to do â we walked and cycled around the lake several times, visited the Gorge at Vintgnar, and also went to the summer bobsleigh run.
Overall I would recommend this hotel and resort to families. I would only avoid it if you are averse to seeing or hearing children of all ages in the restaurants and playing from early in the morning."
- Travel date: Mon 20th of July 2009
"Very good value for the money. The rooms were recently remodeled and the service was great. The reception desk really went out of its way to take care of me."
- Travel date: Fri 29th of May 2009
Kids didn't want to leave
"This was an ideal hotel for a family trip to Bled. The hotel claims to be the first Slovenian "family hotel", and is et up with young kids in mind. We had two interconnecting rooms, with a small private entranceway linking the two. The kids had a twin room, while we had a double. Both rooms had en suite and TV (no DVD). The kids' room had colouring materials, and there are some toys provided in a dedicated area on each floor.
The hotel also provides a programme for kids, with outdoor activites in good weather. There is a well-equipped playroom on the ground floor, with numerous attentive staff on hand in the mornings and evenings to entertain the kids (cookie baking, cutting and sticking, mini disco). Our youngest (3) was particularly taken with the hotel mascot, Zaki the Swan (staff member in a swan suit!).
The Savica is right across from the Hotel Golf, with its excellent pools and slides (and wellness centre for the grown-ups). Entrance is complimentary for those staying at the Savica."
- Travel date: Mon 2nd of March 2009
Bargain for families!
"This hotel fit our needs perfectly. We booked a family room at the last minute, after seeing how dangerous the walk to our B&B was at night. This hotel is situated at the top of the stairs from the main shopping center, so you never have to use the road at all.
Our family room included two bedrooms, two bathrooms (one with bathtub!), two balconies, and each room had a good sized flat screen TV. Breakfast was included for 88 Euro per night (for all four of us since children under 12 stay free). This also included full use of the the pool at the Golf Hotel across the street. This pool is more like a waterpark than simple pool; it was a long waterslide, several hot tubs, a kiddie pool, and large swimming area. One of the pools even goes outside so you can view the castle and lake in your swimsuit. All of the pools are infinity style and the whole pool area is enclosed in floor-to-ceiling glass, so it provides dramatic views.
The hotel also provides children's activities. We were there off-season during the weekdays, so we missed the various tours they do, but the schedule we saw looked appealing. The children's playroom was open every morning we were there, however, and our children played there on the last day while we packed the car. In that short time, they each painted a t-shirt to bring home as a souvenier. I thought that was impressive; to have a play area not just stocked with toys but with activities planned as well.
Overall, our stay was terrifice. The staff at the front desk was friendly and helpful, the location is perfect, and the family-friendly feeling of this place is wonderful. Highly recommend."
- Travel date: Sun 26th of October 2008
"This is my 10th stay in Slovenia, the 6th stay in Lake Bled, and the third stay in the Hotel Savica, or as it was before it's revamp this year, the Hotel Golf Apartments.
The first thing you notice is that everything is different, the lobby and the newly created breakfast room. Everything is bright, in subtle colours and beech furniture. I honestly thought it would be 360 degrees pine!
We booked for a family of four (kids aged 9 and 10) and asked for an inter connecting room, which only on my final check a week before, was informed that we had seperate rooms. After a reply again to the hotel they confirmed that they had booked us into the 'Junior Suite', room 353 (a+b), which was a connected room via a lobby which in one room had a queen sized bed and a large bathroom with Shower, toilet and hand basin, with vanity mirrors, hairdryers and lots of showering and washing products.
The other room had the same features except the shower was replaced with a bath and the beds were 2 singles for the children.
Both rooms had wall mounted flat screen tv's and air conditioning, with a stocked mini bar (quiet expensive), and a lovely balcony, which looked onto the rear of the hotel, the quietest side, with nice views over the forrests and mountains. The only downside was that the balcony in each room did not connect, which would have been more easier with the children.
The staff in the Hotel Savica, were very pleasant and helpful, especially the young man (who told me all about his rafting trip and his eye for the ladies!!).
This was an improvement, on the ever so 'snobbish' staff in the sisister hotel over the road (Hotel Golf).
All the facilities of the Hotel Golf are included for residents in th Hotel Savica, and the Wellness Centre is well worth a visit.
The hotel is rated 3 star, but I am sure that later in the year it will attain another star.
All in all a good hotel, worth a stay for families, which was well used due to the free child places this year, but I think the price may put families off slightly once the offer has ended."
- Travel date: Sat 26th of July 2008
Great for families
"We absolutely loved this hotel! At first we wanted to book the Hotel next door for its beautiful spa but as we were travelling with our two children they suggested us the Savica Hotel. The Savica is some kind of a family-oriented hotel and they offer entertainment programs for children. Even though we didn't stay in the hotel during the day (Bled is too gorgeous of a place so it would be a shame not to go out and enjoy the beautiful scenery!) it was still nice to keep the kids busy when we got back. There is a playroom in the hotel and they also took the children out for short walks to the lake.
We got a connected family room and our daughters (4 and 8 years) stayed free of charge. They showed us another room on the top floor with an extra bunk bed, but we preferred the connected rooms which were bigger and had two separate bathrooms. The hotel just opened after a major renovation so the rooms are very modern and nicely decorated.
There is a nice breakfast room in the hotel but for the dinner you have to go to the Golf Hotel across the parking place. The dinner there was buffet style, and the food fresh and tasteful.
An added bonus is the spa area in the Golf Hotel. The access to the spa area is free even if you are staying at the Savica. They also offer massages, facials and other treatments. We didn't have any of those but they seem to be good value.
All in all, the Savica is a great place to stay. The staff is extremely friendly and they all speak fluent English. It's great value for families as children up to 12 years stay free and you basically get two rooms for the price of one. We would definitely recommend this hotel!"
- Travel date: Thu 19th of June 2008
Renovating of building!!!!
"me as native from Slovenia excuse for all! A app-house of big reach company Sava will be renovated! We hope next year will be finished! SORRY"
- Travel date: Sat 22nd of December 2007
"Like stying in a military barracks! Shame as the hotel is beautiful. They are really in need of some refurbishment as everything has a worn look and feel, not the cleanest either. The maid service could be described as 'keen' since we didn't see them for days but on the day of check out they were letting themselves in from 9.30am! There are so many other places in the area I would avoid this in future."
- Travel date: Sat 17th of November 2007
Value for money
"The apartments are in need of modernisation this is true, but the rooms are clean, big and have huge balconies. If you do stay ask for a room at the back as there is no noise. They are in a great location, less than a 2 minute walk from the lake and you get to use the brilliant spa facilities at the Golf hotel. Breakfast was included and is served in the Golf hotel, which was excellent, hot and cold food and more fresh fruits than the man from Del Monte. The staff were very friendly and helpful, one tip though, if you take a taxi back to the airport, don't book through the reception they charge about â¬20 more than the office over the road."
- Travel date: Tue 18th of September 2007
loved bled, hated the golf appartments
"stayed here for a week in sept 2007. Bled is beautiful and the countryside is amazing. However, the Golf Appartments were a total disappointment-shabby, dirty and extremely basic. The corridors were smokey and the interior of the appartment was drab to say the least. Thank goodness the weather was great and we didnt have to spend much time in the appartments! The Golf Hotel on the other hand had a fantastic pool and spa complex that we were allowed to use."
- Travel date: Sat 15th of September 2007
Checked out early as it was filthy
"Checked in after a long day with 2 tired kids. It looked OK at first glance.
The bathroom was filthy. Dried urine all over the outside of the toilet bowl & seat. Dirt covered tiles & floors.
Numerous blood spots on the walls & curtains from mosquitoes.
A thick layer of dust on the floors under furniture & in corners. Lots of cobwebs & dead insects in lighting.
As well as the kitchen being very badly equipped ( the cooker is 2 electric rings - there is no microwave or combination oven - no grill - no toaster - no kettle - but it has a sandwich toaster!!!) it was also dirty. There were dried remnants of tomato on the cabinet & the extractor fan was dripping with oily dirt. Also the extractor fan light over the hob had previously held a bulb which had got so hot it melted through the plastic!!! The apartment is supposed to be for 4 people yet there were 2 teaspoons - 3 forks - 1 drinking glass...
I was tired & didn't fancy a night under the stars with my 2 kids (it was 6.30pm when we checked in) so I stayed the night.
Had a terrible nights sleep. We all suffered with a slipping bed mattress & the worlds noisiest lift.
To be fair when I confronted management he apologised & stated the apartments are old & badly equipped ... they need renovating... He then offered to upgrade me to the hotel at no extra charge but he couldn't put us all in the same room. I declined & I'm so glad I did. I found another apartment that was 10 times better & also cheaper."
- Travel date: Wed 22nd of August 2007
Lots to do and lots of cake
"We read the reviews after we'd booked and looked at the 7 day weather forecast the day before we went.........this made us feel quite gloomy as the prediction was rain, rain,cloud,storms and rain, and the appartments, with a few exceptions, described as 'smelly, scruffy and of poor standard.'
How misleading can the internet be! Weather, with the exception of one fabulous storm, was great and the apartment was fine. True that the cooking facilities were grim, only 1 of the 2 electric rings worked, but being resourceful women we still managed to cook several good meals. The beds were soooo comfy and soft pillows to boot! The shower powerful and there was a good view from our balcony. The decor was a bit drab but there was plenty of space and the kitchen was well equipped.
Lake Bled was wonderful and we did something different every day, we did one organised excursion to the Postojna caves and Predjama Castle which was well worth it, but otherwise the bus service is good enough to get round.
If you go to Vintgar Gorge I'd advise a bus there and walk back through the woods, alpine meadow and pretty villages, fab!
Lake Bohinj is spectacular and the boat ride very pleasant.
We don't eat much meat and one of us is a strict vegetarian so eating out was a bit limiting but we found a great Indian restaurant in Ljubljana called 'Namaste', it's up a side street but you can see the nameboard easily and it was beautifully fitted out, the staff very welcoming and the food scrumptious and very reasonably priced. You can get Lassi, we had 2 each.
The cakes are great, try the cafe in Lake Bled with the Brown
Bear sign, it's up from the bus station and you can eat outside.
We all had a great time and could easily spend 2 weeks there
Jean, Budd and Kate Nottingham/Wirksworth"
- Travel date: Fri 17th of August 2007