If you’re planning a trip to Lake Bled, you’re in for a treat. Not only is this scenic Slovenian lake paradise ultra-Instagrammable, it’s extremely relaxing and beautiful.
If you’re planning a trip to Lake Bled – whether in summer, in the shoulder seasons of fall or spring, or even coated in snow in the winter – you’re in for a true treat.
We’ve gathered the best places to stay in Lake Bled and the surrounding area to make planning a trip to Slovenia even easier.
Note that Bled is a very small village and there are limited hotels in the town of Bled and on the shores of Lake Bled itself. As a result, we’ve selected some highly-rated hotels in the towns nearby to Bled, none more than a maximum of 10 kilometers away from Bled.
If you’re traveling to Bled with a car like most Slovenia travelers do, that shouldn’t be a problem, but if you are with public transit, you should pick a place in Bled proper.
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Where to Stay in Lake Bled: Hostels
You can find some seriously affordable hostels in Bled, close to the lake and all the amenities of town. A bed in a dorm should cost about $15 per night but may be higher in the peak season.
Top Choice: Back Hostel
In Bled proper, Back Hostel is close to both Bled Castle and the town of Bled, as well as a bus stop for getting around via public transportation or free parking if you have a car. The dorms are spacious and clean with wooden bunks. There is a shared lounge, bar area, and kitchen. Guests have raved about the hospitality here!
Runner Up: Castel Hostel 1004
500 meters away from the town of Bled, Castle Hostel 1004 has a great location and a fantastic price. There are both double rooms and dormitories, with 4, 6, 8, and 12 bed rooms. The hostel has a shared kitchen and lounge area as well as a lovely sun terrace on the roof, and it’s a mere 5 minute walk to the lake!
Where to Stay in Lake Bled: Budget Hotels & Guesthouses
For this section, expect your average double room to be around $75 per night or less. You’re going to have to sacrifice a little on location or newness in order to get a Lake Bled hotel in this price range, but I’m sure you probably figured as much. Here are our top picks for where to stay in Bled on a budget (excluding hostels, which you’ll find above)
Top Choice: Vila Bojana
Just 200 meters away from the edge of Lake Bled, Vila Bojana is a great budget-friendly place to stay in Bled close to the main road. Rooms here include a complimentary breakfast buffet in the dining room each morning, and there is a terrace on the third floor from which you can enjoy panoramic views over Lake Bled and the natural beauty of the region. It’s close to many restaurants which you can easily walk to from the hotel.
Rooms are spacious and quiet, with both heating and a fan available (no AC, so keep that in mind if traveling during the warmer parts of the year). Many power points are available throughout the room, as well as desk space and mini fridges in some room. The furniture could definitely use an update, but for the price and the location, I can find very little to complain about!
Runner Up: Hotel Krek
A bit away from Lake Bled, Hotel Krek is a great place to stay if you are traveling to Lake Bled with your own car as they have free parking and you’re less than 5 kilometers away from the lake itself. While you don’t have a lake view, it is just a 10-minute drive away, so it depends on what you prefer for your travel style.
Rooms have a large, comfortable bed, plenty of room to spread out, balconies, a shower, AC in each room (great for summer travel as Slovenia can get hot!). Admittedly, the furnishings are a bit dated, but that’s part of why this hotel is such a good budget deal. The rooftop terrace offers a nice view of the surrounding mountains, though you can’t see Bled from there.
Runner Up: Aparthotel Kazina
If you don’t mind being a little away from Bled, Aparthotel Kazina is a great option. It’s a condo-hotel, meaning that the apartment units (but not the doubles and other smaller rooms) come with a kitchen complete with an oven and microwave: great if you are traveling to Bled on a budget, as you can cook for yourself and skip some pricy meals out. A continental breakfast is also available, should you feel like eating in the hotel.
It’s about a 15-minute drive from Bled in the town of Jesinice, but it’s within walking distance from a shopping center and major supermarkets so it may be a good choice if you have a car while you are traveling Slovenia as you get a lot more bang for your buck while you’re not in Bled proper.
The hotel itself is extremely modern and clean, with new furniture and a great eye for design (unlike some of the other budget offerings in Bled, which definitely veer towards the more dated end of the spectrum and look like they haven’t changed since the days when Slovenia was part of Yugoslavia). Rooms have wooden floors, giant beds, big windows with plenty of natural light, and bedside tables with individual lamps.
Where to Stay in Lake Bled: Mid-Range Hotels
Generally, in this range you’ll be able to find stylish, cozy accommodations between $75-150 USD per night, on average. Note that prices will range quite a bit based on the season, however, with prices higher in the summer season and much lower in late fall, winter, and early spring. These hotels are not in Bled proper, but very close by – usually just a few kilometers – so it’s a great choice for those with cars as parking in Bled can get quite crowded.
Top Choice: Nature Hotel Lukanc
Just 2 kilometers from the center of Bled Town, Nature Hotel Lukanc is budget-friendly yet easily accessible by foot or car to the lake (by foot takes about 15-20 minutes). Because it’s just a bit outside of the town, it’s much quieter than the rest of Bled, allowing you the opportunity to enjoy Slovenia’s best asset: its pristine nature. The hotel has its own restaurant, so you won’t even need to go into town for dinner unless you’d like to. You can also relax on the terrace and access the communal garden, which are both lovely places to relax and get away from it all in the summer.
Some units have their own balconies with beautiful views over the town of Bled, while still enjoying rural surroundings and plenty of greenery. The rooms are a little dated in terms of furnishings but they have everything you need, including extra-large beds, plenty of bedside tables, and big wardrobes so that you have plenty of room for your clothing should you choose to unpack and stay a few days. Desk space and TV is also provided, as well as a kettle for each room.
Runner Up: Hotel Ribno
Not located in Bled proper but in the lovely adjacent village of Ribno, this calm hotel surrounded by a beautiful pine forest offers beautiful panoramic views of the nearby countryside. There are plenty of places to indulge in some outdoor activities, including five tennis courts and a beach volleyball court to enjoy.
Hotel Ribno has some serious eco-friendly bona fides: it was the first zero waste hotel in all of Slovenia. The restaurant is also committed to serving delicious local cuisine (as well as some international favorites) including a wide variety of Slovenian wines that you can taste.
The rooms offer incredible views – some even have balconies! The rooms have large windows, lovely wooden furniture, and desk space provided, which give the hotel a super-cozy cabin feel. If you’re looking for an eco nature escape that’s not far from Bled, this is your place.
Runner Up: Linhart Hotel
Just under 5 miles away from Lake Bled, Linhart Hotel is a cozy place to stay on a mid-range budget. It’s located in the nearby town of Radovljica, recently renovated so that everything looks brand-spanking-new. It’s located right on the main square of the small town, so that everything is quickly within arms reach (and it’ll be more affordable in this town then in Bled proper). There’s even an on-site coffee house complete with a terrace!
The architectural style is beautifully rustic, modern, and cozy. We’re talking white-painted walls with wood beams criss-crossing the ceiling and walls, rich-hued wooden furniture, airy white linens, and plenty of space to spread out. Other in-room perks include bedside tables with reading lamps, as well as large wardrobe units and seating areas in some of the rooms.
Where to Stay in Lake Bled: Luxury Hotels
On the luxury end of the spectrum is where you’ll find some of. the best values in Lake Bled – you can get a truly world class hotel room for about $200 and literally be staying in a former president’s summer palace! So if your trip to Bled is celebrating some special occasion, or if you’re in a place where you can splurge a bit, there are some truly incredible luxury options here (two of them right on the lake, too!)
Top Choice: Vila Bled, a.k.a. Tito’s Summer House
Many of the accommodations on this list are not on Lake Bled itself, as there are limited accommodations that meet this criterion. Vila Bled is a notable exception, quite literally located on the shore of Lake Bled, surrounded by beautiful parklands. Why is this hotel so grand? Well, it used to be Yugoslav president Tito’s summer residence! How often can you say that you stayed in the summer house of an ex-communist leader?
This hotel is truly luxury at its finest: mid-century modern furniture, an unparalleled view of Lake Bled, a private swimming deck and boathouse, and a delicious in-house restaurant serving up Slovenian and international cuisine. The hotel itself is super Instagrammable, with salmon-pink walls and a stunning breakfast view of the oft-photographed island in the middle of Lake Bled. There’s also an in-house spa with jacuzzi and massage rooms.
The interior is a little bit on the older side, but to me, that just adds to the charm of staying in a place that used to be the stomping grounds of Josep Tito!
Runner Up: Adora Luxury Hotel
Adora Luxury Hotel (which used to be named Vila Istra) is located right on the banks of Lake Bled, offering stunning views of the lake with its picture-perfect island as well as Triglav Mountain in the background. You can enjoy breakfast with an incredible lake view outside on the terrace in nice weather, and there’s also a small private garden and pavilion you can relax in for a respite from the occasional crowds you’ll find at the lake.
There is a variety of rooms on offer, ranging from everything from a cozy but compact double room to luxury king suites and even penthouse apartments, fitting anywhere from two to four people. Decorated with elegance, all the rooms feature unique furniture – new but with an old-fashioned, vintage twist that pay homage to its roots as a former villa. The bathrooms are large and modern, some with his and hers sinks and even bathtubs!
Runner Up: ECO Boutique Hotel AMS Beagle
Just 200 meters from Vintgar Gorge, and a short drive from both Triglav National Park and Lake Bled, ECO Boutique Hotel AMS Beagle is an incredible choice of where to stay in the Lake Bled area. All rooms have beautiful views, either of the mountains or on-site gardens. The area is popular for a variety of outdoor activities, from horse riding to cycling to hiking to golfing, all of which can be organized by the hotel if required.
While not in Bled proper, it’s extremely close – just two kilometers away, or about a 20 minute walk. There are plenty of restaurants in the nearby area as well as a gorgeous river, so that nature is quite literally at your doorstep. Some rooms are a bit on the smaller side: others are bigger, featuring kitchenettes, dining areas, and large wardrobe and luggage storage areas. All rooms have rustic wooden furnishings made by a local artisan with an updated-but-cozy feel.
The hotel is extremely eco-friendly, using a passive house environment set up: the hot water is heated by solar panels, breakfast is local and all bio/organic, and only recycled paper products and environmentally-friendly cleaning products are used. You’ll enjoy a luxury experience without leaving behind much of a carbon footprint at this stunning eco hotel.
Slovenia Travel Resources
If you’re just starting to prepare for your trip to Slovenia, read our guide to planning a trip to Slovenia which features an 11-step checklist!
If you’re an avid photographer, you’ll find our Instagram guide to Bled helpful (Ljubljana on the way!).
For all of our resources on Slovenia, check out our Slovenia travel page as well as our Balkans guides. We post new content on the site almost every day, so keep an eye out for new posts or click around to find more content if you are planning a multi-country Balkan trip.
Finally, Don’t Go to Slovenia Without Travel Insurance!
Make sure you always travel to Slovenia and the Balkans with a valid travel insurance policy. While the country is safe, accidents can happen anywhere. If you experience an accident or theft, travel insurance will help you recover your costs and enjoy the rest of your trip.
For travel insurance, I use World Nomads.I’ve been a happy customer of theirs for almost three years, and I’ve never had an issue when making a claim. I’m happy to refer them to anyone I meet.
Originally from California, Allison has been living in Bulgaria for the last two years and is obsessed with traveling around the Balkans. She has been published in National Geographic, CNN Arabic, Matador Network, and the Huffington Post. She loves befriending dogs, drinking coffee, geeking out about wine, and cooking food from around the world.