It was no great surprise that I loved my time in Ljubljana, one of the coolest little cities in Europe. We had five days there in total – both far more than the average tourist requires, and far less than we might have liked. It’s the kind of city that we could easily live in for a month or two, eating great food, drinking beside the river and enjoying the laid back coolness of the Slovenian capital.
After three days in a decent hostel, we decided to splash out for Lauren‘s birthday and stay a couple of nights in an apartment located a few hundred metres away in the same part of town. I’m always a fan of apartment rentals when I can get them – you get a lot more space than most hotels or hostels, with a few more amenities and often a similar rate if you can split the cost between enough people.
Roomorama has properties all over the world, but there were only a few to choose from in Ljubljana when I searched the site. Fortunately there was one that looked perfect – the Sweethome apartment, a funky 35 square metre place that looked super-modern and had those little extras that make all the difference.
Not a jar of undrinkable Nescafe powder thrown in the back of the cupboard, but a real live coffee machine, with real live coffee. It was excellent. I was in heaven.
There were lots of other nice touches as well – a gift basket with chocolates and fruit when we turned up, a bunch of spices and pasta to use if we felt like cooking, and blisteringly fast wifi for all of the work that we both needed to get done. Polished wooden floorboards, cozy bedroom and a large fridge that was perfect for storing all of the beer and cheese healthy food that we bought at the nearby supermarket.
We had learned on a walking tour a few days earlier that the local university has its faculties spread out all over the city, and the students milling around the funky cheap cafes and bars nearby suggested that we had found ourselves in one of those areas. Even though the main part of the old city was barely a five minute walk away, we didn’t even need to go that far to find the kind of places we like to hang out.
That may or may not have involved a rocking band, tuna sandwiches and coffee. Just saying.
Those few small streets surrounding our apartment really felt like a little community, and it made both of us start to think about the idea of staying in Ljubljana a lot longer. We could see ourselves become part of that eclectic group of people who hung out in the cafes all day laughing, eating, studying. Sitting at an outdoor table with a glass of wine, perhaps, or reading a book for an hour or two just because it seemed the right thing to do.
Back home on our final day, with the sunlight streaming in through the windows and spilling onto the kitchen table that had become our new work space, I put down the coffee and looked up from my laptop.
“I don’t want to leave this place.”
“Neither do I.”
We meant both Ljubljana and our little apartment. They just felt like home.
As I sit here writing this review and thinking about that little place, I really want to go back.
And not just for the coffee.
Roomorama was kind enough to offer a discounted stay in Ljubljana, but didn’t require any sort of favourable review. Or for me to fall in love with the city. Both of those happened quite independently… *sigh*
[Table image via Roomorama]