RETRO STYLE APARTMENT IN LJUBLJANA STEPS FROM OLD TOWN

Staying in a holiday rental apartment offers the chance to live somewhere completely different to home; to experience how the locals live and to immerse yourself in culture.

If this is the kind of experience you’re seeking in an apartment rental in Ljubljana you should look no further than this 2 bedroom apartment on Kolodvorska street. This one of a kind apartment has an interesting history and a funky modernist retro style that certainly sets it apart from most of other holiday accommodation in Ljubljana.

The huge wooden dining table has all the space you’ll need for dining, catching up on emails, or playing

Modern architectural interior design meets minimalist 1960s character in this centrally located apartment that is very close to Old Town Ljubljana. The location, character, size and little splashes of luxury will appeal to couples and families.

There are two bedrooms so this apartment will comfortably sleep up to 4, however, the second bedroom was designed with kids in mind so may not be ideal for a second couple with its bunk bed, but for families this apartment is perfect.

Post-war Socialist Building in a Central Location

If you like to stay in a place that has history and character, this is it!

During the 1960s and 1970s Yugoslavia was going through a program of solidarity. Many new blocks of flats were built by large, national companies to house their workers.

A huge Yugoslavian food company called Žito was among the first, and this is why it could build in the prime central location, adjacent to the building of the National Radio and only steps from the historic Old Town. This particular apartment belonged to the personal driver of the company’s general manager.

The modernist architecture from that period has since became very fashionable which - in addition to it’s proximity to everything worth visiting in Ljubljana – makes this property a top choice for shorter or longer stays.

Today the apartment is owned by a family who now live in Strasbourg, France, and their extended family includes architect Ana who was responsible for many of the unique new design touches you’ll see when wandering around this apartment.

Bright living and dining room sets the scene for the style and space in this Ljubljana apartment in Kolodvorska

Location-wise this rental property in Ljubljana is great. It’s in the very center of the city but on a quiet street so even out on the balcony you won’t notice the sound of traffic. There’s a popular café below the apartment building, in addition to a number of stores selling a variety of items.

The great thing is that Old Town is within easy walking distance, making this the ideal location for exploring the best of Ljubljana.

Our classy apartment is on the 1st floor, and with an elevator in the building, accessing the apartment is easy for everyone.

Eclectic and Inviting Living Spaces

On entering this Ljubljana holiday apartment you’ll immediate see how bright and inviting it is. 

Original hardwood flooring leads through from the hallway and into the main living and dining area, and this same flooring is also a feature of the two bedrooms.

The white door on the right leads through to the compact, though functional kitchen, while to the left is the main living and dining area.

Spacious hallway with original hardwood flooring

Step through to the kitchen and some of those quirky design touches I’ve already mentioned can be seen here. The tiles on the kitchen floor have come from two different villas; one in Egypt and the other in Berlin.

In fact a number of features were purchased by architect Ana from Historische Bauelemente in Berlin. This company was one of the first in Europe to salvage and re-sell building materials from antique houses in Berlin and elsewhere, and in this apartment they include the shelf above the kitchen counter which was once a sitting bench. 

Compact though well eguipped kitchen is perfect for the cook in your family
The built-in cabinet on the end wall features a serving hatch through to the dining room

On the left hand side of the kitchen the built-in storage cabinet is a reminder of the apartment’s retro past. A serving hatch allows you to pass things easily through to the dining area and provides ample storage. The small kitchen table is also an antique, made by the well known Slovenian artist Urban.

Bright Living / Dining Room and a Bonus Balcony

The dining area is spacious and bright with a large table providing plenty of space for family dining. The door in the corner leads through to a hallway off where you’ll find the two bedrooms, bathroom and toilet.

The balcony offers views of Ljubljana Castle and the National Television building

The living room has more of the designer touches with a chandelier made by Italian design company Kartell. It was bought at a flea market in Berlin, while the sofa was made by the high quality German furniture makers, Manufactum.

The doors at the far end of the living room bring in plenty of light and give access onto the balcony. This welcoming bonus feature provides a place to sit and enjoy your morning coffee, or watch the world go by on the street below.

Two Bedrooms Perfect for a Family

The master bedroom is a good size and features a large wardrobe. The furnishings in here are again chic and eclectic – a chandelier from the flea market in Berlin provides a luxurious touch. The second bedroom is ideal for children with its bunk bed, leaving room to play. This room was decorated in more of a traditional 1930’s style which is simple yet attractive.

The master bedroom is comfortable and homey with a luxurious chandelier

The unique features continue through into the bathroom and toilet too. The bathroom mirror was made by German furniture makers, Manufactum.


The toilet is separate from the bathroom and includes a quirky floor that was installed by a specialised Slovenian floor maker, Branko Belec. The small stones inland in the floor were sourced from Slovenian rivers. The small iron and steel sink in the toilet was another quirky item sourced from the same flea market in Berlin.

... A unique antique sink lines the wall in the separate toilet while Slovenian river
pebbles lines the floor ...

Additional Features and Mod Cons

Not everything is retro in this centrally located Ljubljana apartment rental, there are mod cons too including WiFi and a TV, and a washing machine, should you need it. There’s ample storage throughout the apartment so if you’re staying for a week you can unpack your suitcases and put everything away.

If you’re visiting in the colder months central heating will keep you warm, but bear in mind that this apartment does not have air conditioning for the summer. 

Rental information

LOW SEASON

Jan 4 to Mar 31

Nov 1 to Dec 22

€ 79

MID SEASON

Apr 1 to May 31

Oct  1 to Oct  31

€ 89

HIGH SEASON

Jun 1 to Sep 30

Dec 23 to Jan 3

€ 130

For an additional person please add 20 euros per night. Children under seven stay free of charge.

Book Your Stay in this Characterful Ljubljana Holiday Apartment Now!

Whether you’re attracted to the retro architecture, the vintage artefacts, the quirky design features or the central location, I'm sure there’s going to be plenty of visitors wanting to stay in this two bedroom Ljubljana apartment.

Enquire now to check availability for your preferred dates and book your stay for a few days or even a few weeks.


 

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