When visiting a historic city it’s always nice to stay in a building that reflects the city’s history in some way; perhaps the building is old, or perhaps it played an important role in the lives of the people of Ljubljana.
Well, our one bedroom Wolfova Street apartment in Julija’s
Palace is all these things and more: not only is this one of the oldest
building’s in Ljubljana’s Old Town, it has a very interesting past that
involves Slovenia’s most renowned poet. Oh, and did we mention the central
location? Right on Preseren Square in the heart of the Old City.
You can read more about the unique history of this building and the role it played in the literature of Slovenia’s most famous poet, France Preseren, here. But now, a little more about the one-bedroom apartment in Julija’s Palace.
Take just a couple of
steps from Preseren Square and you reach Julija’s Palace. The building is in
fact so close to the square that all windows overlook it, and there are
impressive views of Ljubljana Castle, up on Castle Hill, just in the
This really is a very central location for spending time in the pretty Old City and for soaking up the atmosphere of the lively square and streets surrounding it. There is always something happening – by summer the outdoor cafes and restaurants are a great place to sit and watch the world go by, while during the winter this is one of the top locations for Christmas celebrations.
The view over Preseren Square in the summer.
Preseren Square becomes a winter wonderland around Christmas.
As you enter through
the gorgeous original solid wood double doors, take a moment to look up and say
hello to Julija, the apartment’s namesake. Coming in through the doors you’re
greeted by a large reception room with a wide staircase and already you’ll get
a sense for the history and character of the place. Upstairs is a wide hallway
with beautiful arches and detailed floor tiles, and both the one and two
bedroom apartments are off this hallway.
The one bedroom Wolfova Street apartment, along with the rest of the building, was meticulously restored by the owners who uncovered original features and furnished both apartments with traditional furniture. Some of the pieces have been in the family for generations, and all are faithful to the 19th century Biedermaier rustic style, so they are wooden and handmade.
There is no elevator in Julija’s Palace though the wide stairs make it easy to bring baggage and groceries up.
This beautiful hallway shows the attention to detail that you’ll find throughout the apartment.
apartment entry leads straight into the living room, or salon. This spacious
room is bright and inviting with a lovely hardwood floor and warm colors on the
walls and furnishings, giving the whole room a homey feel.
The two sofas and additional easy chair provide plenty of seating, and if there are more than two guests staying one of these sofas converts into a sofa bed allowing the apartment to accommodate up to 4 adults.
From the living room there are doors
on either side. To the left is the kitchen, and to the right is the bedroom.
The apartment’s bathroom is accessed through the kitchen.
Come in to the living room from the hallway, through the solid wood door. You can see the second sofa on the left.
There’s a desk for catching up on emails, or perhaps this is where you’ll be inspired to write some poetry.
The kitchen is modern though it has an elegant look and feel to it more in keeping with the history of the building. Everything you’ll need is here including plenty of storage space, oven, microwave, dishwasher and toaster, and there are plenty of utensils, crockery, and pots and pans for your use. But, being right on Preseren Square you’ll have such easy access to places to eat we suspect you may not even want to cook in the apartment!
The dining table can comfortably seat four people, but it can be extended if you need more space and moved into the living room.
Opposite the kitchen
and off the living room is the apartment’s bedroom. The soft color on the walls
matches the bed linens and although the room is not huge there is plenty of
space to walk around the double bed. The whole ambiance of this room is one of
peace and quiet, and with the soundproof windows you should be guaranteed a
good night’s sleep.
A night table on each side of the bed provides storage and the soft glow from the lamps is perfect as the evening draws in.
There is no closet in the bedroom itself though there is plenty of hanging space in the storage room, just off the bedroom.
The storage room has a door from the bedroom as well as providing another entry point into the apartment from the common hallway. There is ample hanging space and coat hangers provided within the two large closets, plus you’ll also find the iron and ironing board in here, should you need it.
The bathroom in our
one bedroom Wolfova Street apartment is accessed from the kitchen. This modern
fitted bathroom has some nods to its past in the patterned tiles – they have a
flower motif like much of the furniture in the apartment does, carefully selected
to match the Biedermaier style mentioned above. There is no bath tub in the
bathroom though it does have a shower, and, this is where you’ll find the
washer and dryer too.
There’s space for your toiletries in the bathroom and a large heated towel rail to keep your towels warm.
Careful consideration to colors was given throughout the apartment to create a sense of flow from one room to another.
The one bedroom Wolfova
Street apartment also has some added extras to insure you have a pleasant stay.
There’s air conditioning in each room and underfloor heating in the bathroom.
The bedroom has a luxury ergonomic bed with fluffy down pillows and duvet
(though non-allergenic pillows are available). There is a flat screen TV in the
living room with cable, and there’s Wi-Fi available. If you’re visiting with
children we have a high chair, crib and toys available by request.
Immerse yourself in
Ljubljana’s history and culture when staying in this one bedroom Wolfova Street
apartment in Julija’s Palace. Check availability for your preferred dates now
but get in early as this is a popular place to stay.