Heritage Hotel Starkl
Tucked away in the Julian Alps of the Upper Carniolan region is the spring-fed Lake Bled, a remnant of the Bohinj glacier. Sharing its shores and radiating its magic since 1928, is the Starkl Heritage Hotel. Merchant Adolf Starkl and his wife Josipina cared for the property until World War II. Then, in the late 90s, it was acquired by the Galicic family, who in 2020, respectfully renovated it, keeping its rich history at the heart of their redesign.
Alpine architectural touches like log pillars, complement Starkl’s forested setting, which is sprinkled with pine, beech and Norway spruce. The front door opens to a bright lobby, furnished with a marble check-in counter, ornately tiled floors and a gold hanging light fixture. Our rooms are modern and romantic, with large windows that open over the enchanting lake. Crowned molding and whimsical wallpaper depicting golden pair trees serve as the backdrop for double beds dressed in crisp linens and emerald green blankets. The greens carry over to your in-room desk and luxe velvet chair, while gold accents frame the room’s furniture and crystal glassware. The bathroom is polished with tiled walls, a marble shower and a golden shower head and faucet. Each room is equipped with toiletries, a hairdryer, a flat-screen TV, a phone and one bottle of ‘Blejka’ natural water per guest.
The on-site Starkl Restaurant offers traditional Slovenian fare with a Mediterranean flare. Made daily is Kremna rezina, a rich vanilla custard sandwiched by light, crispy layers of pastry. Ask your server about their selection of wines, which hail from the Mediterranean across the Alps and the Karst to the Pannonian Plains. Before departing our lodging, enjoy an Aperolspritz in the pavilion beside Bled as you watch gondola-style boats called "pletnas" glide by. Listen to the tolling bell of the 17-century Chapel of St Maria, located on Slovenia's only island, the Blejski Otok and snap a photo of Slovenia’s oldest castle, perched atop a precipice overlooking Bled.