BEST WESTERN PREMIER Hotel Slon - Elephant, Ljubljana, is situated in the very heart of Ljubljana city centre. It is only a few steps away from the old city core, Ljubljana castle and all the main city sights.
History - The Elephant Legend
The elephant is an extraordinary animal, hardly ever seen in Europe until public zoos were created (in Vienna in 1779 or in London in 1828, for the oldest). Before that, with the legendary exception of Hannibal’s war elephants that accompanied his campaign through the Alps, no one had ever seen an elephant on this side of the Mediterranean Sea.
Possessing such an exotic animal as an elephant, tiger, lion or leopard… was considered a token of wealth and power and was the sole privilege of the highest aristocracy.
In 1552, Maximillian II was the Archduke of Austria and about to become the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. He was 25 years old and had recently married Mary of Spain. On his way from Spain, he was bringing one of his wedding presents: an elephant called Suleiman. At that time, the Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent was Austria’s most terrible enemy. Therefore, domesticating such a powerful animal under that name was a significant symbol.
Maximilian stopped at the best inn in Ljubljana with his escort and the wonderful animal, which impressed the population tremendously. The hotel Slon was later built on the site of this inn. The memory of Suleiman the elephant was still very strong in the city, so the guesthouse, and later the hotel, were named Slon (the Slovenian word for elephant)...More...
Hotel Slon - Elephant Today
This modern 4-star superior hotel has 170 comfortable and well-appointed rooms with all modern facilities and amenities. Superior deluxe rooms, Deluxe rooms and suites offer luxurious accommodation.
The hotel's Spa & Fitness features a state of the art Fitness Center open 24/7, equipped with Technogym machines, providing all the latest cardiovascular and weight training facilities as well as relaxing saunas with tropical rain showers. There is a generous choice of 9 different Thai massage treatments at Hotels Thai massage & Spa to unwind, relax and escape the daily stress.
There are extensive facilities for business functions; a versatile array of five conference halls provides accessible and flexible conferencing for up to 250 participants. In our versatile function halls and breakfast restaurant, we also host working breakfasts, business lunches and gala dinners, receptions, parties and beautiful a-la-carte weddings.
BEST WESTERN PREMIER Hotel Slon - Elephant, Ljubljana, is also famous for its excellent cuisine. In the attractive atmosphere of the Restaurant Slon 1552 overlooking the busy streets of Ljubljana, our guests will be served modern Slovene, Mediterranean and other international dishes, as well as a vast choice of top quality wines.
For hotel guests, we provide valet parking in a nearby garage attended by our friendly staff. A preliminary reservation is required.
BEST WESTERN PREMIER Hotel Slon - Elephant, Ljubljana, is an institution in hospitality; celebrating 460 years of tradition, offering comfortable accommodation, multipurpose conferencing facilities combined with excellent cuisine at an elite location.
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Our culinary offer is a mosaic of traditional Slovenian dishes refined with a hint of the Mediterranean. The dishes are prepared in line with original recipes, complemented by contemporary culinary trends. When creating new dishes we observe the saying ‘’less is more’’, trying to extract from the ingredients their characteristic taste. At other times, however, we dare to remove an ingredient and replace it by quite a new one...
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