The Hotel and Convention Centre Thermana is a nice refreshment in the Slovenian meetings offer. Due to an overall design in conjunction with the Wellness Park Laško, Laško recently attracted many congress organisers who had previously preferred to choose other, more reputed locations. As one of the oldest towns in Slovenia, however, Laško is very quickly becoming an attractive convention destination that is building its offer on local knowledge and the traditions of brewing and water wealth. The hotel, located directly on the Savinja River, boasts over 3,000 square metres of water surface. The abundance of water will satisfy even the most demanding lovers of water pursuits and wellness, not to mention the hotel being surrounded by woods and green spaces, as well as numerous sports facilities suitable for the implementation of various incentive programmes.
The Laško medicinal spa was created at the time of construction of the Vienna – Trieste Southern Railway in 1854. The rail has played an important role in the development of the place and it seems it will be important in terms of accessibility for the future. Access to Laško is unproblematic for local events, but can be a challenge for international ones. Ljubljana Airport is 115 km away, but due to its location in the centre of Slovenia it is also close to the airport in Graz (121 km), Klagenfurt (136 km) and Zagreb (105 km). Laško is otherwise easily accessible – once you exit the highway, you are there in less than 15 minutes.
COLD APPETIZER -Architecture and Aesthetics
With its architecture Thermana did not risk much, although they are known for their giant glass thermal dome. Because of the use of natural materials in the facade and large glass surfaces it nicely connects with the environment and does not act as an alien form. The hotel as a whole appears conventional and is not strikingly noticeable. In translation, this means that it has a timeless design that will last for a long time. The interior architecture offers more, which at first glance appears fresh and minimalist and without excess fuss. The used of natural colours and materials contribute to the well-being of guests and in using the hotel a very clever functional design come through.
The congress centre can be separated from the rest of the hotel where necessary, but at the same time it is well connected to other areas. A detailed look reveals some elegant design solutions and the ensemble will appeal to lovers of simple and careful lines and solid hotel ergonomics.
WARM APPETIZER – Staff and Food
We dare to propose that the staff is amongst the most friendly in Slovenia. The attitude towards guests is outstanding and everyone is striving for customer satisfaction. The congress cuisine is superb; they aim to surprise with organic menus and the preparation of authentic dishes based on local traditions. Unfortunately, the pension offer does not follow this, which is average and at times even boring. They are, howver, missing a true author restaurant with typical cuisine. To get a model example of this they do not have to look far – a quick walk to the Laško Castle, where Marko Pavčnik operates in the restaurant Pavus, would suffice.
MAIN COURSE – Congress and Hotel offer
Currently, the most modern and functional congress centre in Slovenia boasts its largest hall for 490 participants and 6 smaller seminar rooms, a meeting room and a press room comprising 3,700 m2 total area. This is the first convention centre that is fully constructed in accordance with the standards of the Slovenian Convention Bureau. The hotel bar in the spacious lobby suitable for receptions and exhibitions is especially nice, being very modern, comfortable and functional.
The modern hotel Wellness Park with 4 stars has 188 rooms and nicely complements the congress offer. Each floor of the Hotel is painted in its own colour, which defines the equipment and textile accessories. Even the smaller rooms appear spacious, as they are not cluttered with furniture. Praise also has to go to the extra long beds, suitable for basketball players, and the special bed linen called ‘Slovenian bed’.
DESERT – additional offer
The Thermal Centre’s pools and wellness offer in the Wellness Spa Centre.
FLOP – NEGATIVE SURPRISES
Occasional crowds and noise in the wellness park.
FINAL IMPRESSION AND CREDIBILITY
It’s a little more than two years since the opening of the congress centre and the hotel, for which we can say that it is already one of the more likable options. In addition, Thermana offers a lot for a moderate amount, which is very important in today’s economic climate. It is also striking how much Laško can offer to congress guests in addition to the traditional beer. Everything from one of the best Slovenian cuisine restaurants to exceptional cultural and historical heritage, along with the option of organising green meetings.
Given all of the above, Thermana’s congress offer became a hit and caused a true earthquake on the Slovenian market. The organisation of events with the option of extra wellness pampering is very appealing, and for the time being we can only make reference to the new congress offer with full respect.