Hotel Mons, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Tel: 386 1 470 2700
Concierge.com's insider take:
A hotel on the outskirts is usually something to be avoided, but the 114-room Hotel Mons defies conventional wisdom. Ljubljana's first design hotel opened in 2006, and the ultramodern decor, vibrant colors, and three-story pendulum sculpture in the lobby are centuries (if not light years) removed from the Baroque and Functionalist architecture in the Old Town. The rooms are kept simple with muted color palettes, dark-wood floors, and large windows. The service, including a knowledgeable concierge and an accommodating front-desk staff, is way ahead of Old Town's small hotels as well. Atrium, the on-site restaurant, is not worth it for lunch (they do a business-geared prix fixe), but at dinner you will find dishes with Slovenian Kras prosciutto and scorpion fish from the Adriatic prepared in a clean, modern way to match the surroundings. There's also a long list of almost entirely Slovenian wines. The free 15-minute shuttle to the center makes up for any remoteness and the location right off the city's fast-moving ring road makes it easily reached by car.