Hotel Zlatorog: Decline, fall, and rebirth

The imminent demolition of Bohinj's iconic Hotel Zlatorog is now the best and realistically only course of action available to an ailing edifice left to wither on the vine by its previous owner. Once favoured by Marshal Tito as a bucolic setting in which to receive fellow Non-Aligned and Communist leaders when Slovenia formed the…

History and its location demand much from a rebooted Hotel Zlatorog

To be at the very end, neglected, and alone through no fault of your own has to be the ultimate insult to injury when an inadvertent, but preventable, fall from grace has brought about such a sad demise. This though has been the fate of Bohinj's Hotel Zlatorog, once one of the most famous establishments…

Bohinj: Hotel Zlatorog takes its first steps into a new era

It has now been several years since I first wrote on the plight befalling many of the Bohinj region's foremost accommodation providers, and how their descent from icons of yesteryear to sweated assets by apathetic owners finally bottomed out into closed down dereliction and decay. One of the many articles I authored about this collective…

Bohinj: Slovenian Cryptocurrency millionaire invests in ailing hotel stock

An update from:¬†Bohinj: finally some hope for Hotel Zlatorog? A quartet of Bohinj-based tourist accommodation providers have been bought by Bitstamp co-founder Damijan Merlak, finally drawing to a close shameful scenes that saw several of the area's preeminent hotels fall into disrepair under the gaze of its powerless municipality. Purchased from erstwhile owner Zmago Pacnik…

Bovec: The Slovenian Resort that’s Ready to Step Out of the Shadows

Despite formidable competition within the sector almost any well-run, clean accommodation operated by friendly custodians should more than exist but thrive in an alpine setting. While there is a danger of, for example, one generic Austrian four star establishment resembling the next, only reputational damage born out of genuinely poor guest experiences can realistically jeopardize…

Bohinj: what’s on offer to overnight guests

This blog post reviews many(but far from all) of Lake Bohinj's accommodation options in what has become a shrinking marketplace due to the demise of many of its mainstay operators. My overall rating(out of ten) is born from part experience and the location, tariff and facilities relevant to each property. Being purely subjective, I have…

Bohinj: what now for the former Hotel Kompas?

Bohinj's eponymous Ribcev Laz-based hotel is the latest to reach a state of crisis following the demise of the neighbouring Bellevue, a former favourite of Agatha Christie, and time-lapsed dereliction of the Ukanc-based Zlatorog, whose heyday saw it welcome national leaders and global heads of state. How the ongoing bankruptcy process will affect the Hotel…

Bohinj: finally some hope for Hotel Zlatorog?

*Please view March 2019 update:¬†Bohinj: Slovenian Cryptocurrency millionaire invests in ailing hotel stock Being responsible for the majority of Bohinj's preeminent tourism accommodation places a large responsibility on the owner to sympathetically maintain properties whose position within the Triglav National Park(TNP) imposes exacting aesthetics demands and the need for sustainable renewal and reinvention. It is…