maribor_hotel_habakuk

A GREEN ALPINE OASIS

LOCATION

The hotel is situated on the Pohorje hillside near the centre of Maribor. The second largest Slovenian city is the cultural, economic and university centre of Štajerska. Pohorje, a beautiful mountain range that is a green alpine oasis, is also known for the Golden Fox World Cup skiing for women that takes place there. Conference guests are attracted mostly by the pristine nature and the numerous possible options for recreation throughout all seasons.
The Hotel acquired its current image in 1998, when it gained 5 stars and became one of the best Slovenian hotels. Numerous events with well known and important personalities have taken place at the hotel. It has remained the central focus of congress tourism in the region, with over 300 events annually.

ACCESSIBILITY

The hotel is easily accessible at the bottom station of the Pohorje cable car and is located just 10 minutes from the centre of Maribor. Access by car is simple, more complicated, however, is arrival by plane. Due to years of complications Maribor Airport is practically not operating, so guests have to use nearby airports. The first choice is definitely Graz, which is well connected to the world and some 60 km away, alternative also include airports in Ljubljana and Zagreb, which are some 120 km away.

COLD APPETIZER - Architecture and Aesthetics

The central part of the Hotel was renovated in 1998 and is connected nicely with the outpost located above the Conference Centre. It is all integrated sensibly into the surrounding environment. The green backdrop of the Pohorje ski slopes dominates and gives a central focus to the resort. The surroundings of the hotel are nicely maintained, with the exception of the pool complex, which is in need of renovation. The interior of the hotel is decorated in a rustic style typical of the nineties, making the entrance lobby burdened with materials and a little dark, all of which calls for a stylish renovation and a necessary architectural refreshing.

WARM APPETIZER - Personnel and cuisine

The hotel staff has always been known for their openness, serenity and professionalism. The team broadly bear this out; nevertheless, it sometimes shows some unreliability. Overall the hotel is well maintained and solid, but not outstanding. The hotel cuisine was once known as cosmopolitan and superior; today, however, it is no longer on the same level of glamour and elegance of the hotel as a whole. Currently the entire culinary offer is too much of a full board arrangement; mostly the hotel is missing a quality a la carte restaurant. The ambience of the restaurants needs to be addressed, as they feel too big and empty. The hotel catering in the conference centre is excellently run by experienced waiters; however they lack a little more flexibility and sensitivity to clients’ wishes, which is realistically expected from a 5 star hotel.

MAIN DISH - The hotel's congress services

In 2014, 52 hotel rooms and 6 suites were completely renovated. Well being in the hotel is good, both in terms of space and quality as well as the cleanliness of the premises surrounding guests. The older part of the hotel is probably a bit outdated and too heavy for today’s tastes. In 2002 the conference centre was added to the Hotel. At the time of construction, the conference centre was the first proper hotel conference centre, with a six hall capacity of up to 830 participants. It remains one of the best in Slovenia but perhaps the only drawback is the somewhat awkward entrance into the centre through the hotel reception area and a narrow corridor. The great advantage is its own parking garage with 200 spaces.

DESSERT – Extras

The top quality of the cosmetic and medical services and the wellness complex with thermal pools spreading over some 740 m2, including sauna and fitness. In addition, the largest ski centre in Slovenia with adrenaline, adventure and relaxation is a great offer for incentives.

FLOP – NEGATIVE SURPRISES

No “author” restaurant. The quality of the catering occasionally fluctuates.

Hotel Habakuk

TOP – POSITIVE SURPRISES

The arrangement of the entire hotel and its surroundings and the diversity and integrity of the offer.

OVERALL IMPRESSION AND CREDIBILITY

Hotel Habakuk is the leading conference hotel in the SE part of Slovenia. On entering the market it had a great advantage over competitors because of the vision of the owners and it still has good results to this day because of that. The hotel as a whole does not merit criticism. However, some adjustments that could put Habakuk amongst the top competition again will have to be considered. With the renovation of the rooms they have partially moved forward. The integrity of the accompanying offer on Pohorje makes it one of the best Slovenian incentive hotels. Whilst there are more beautiful, bigger, more seductive hotels, Habakuk is nevertheless one of the better ones, and it is skilfully navigating between the needs of different guests. Let’s hope it will stay this way after Russian ownership of the hotel, whose plans have not yet been disclosed to the public.

CATEGORY  4****
OPENED SINCE  1974, renovated in 1998 and 2014
MEETINGS STAR City Meeting Hotel
STANDARD Congress Hotel
NUMBER OF ROOMS 101 rooms in the Hotel, 36 rooms in the outhouse
PRICE INTERNET96 – 115 EUR per room (BB, March 2018, Trivago)
ADDRESSTERME MARIBOR

Ulica Heroja Šlandra 10

Slovenia

booking@termemb.si
www.terme-maribor.si/sl/hoteli/hotel-habakuk

FACILITIES A la carte Restaurant

Coffee Shop Mezzanin

Hotel Restaurant

Wine Bar

Wellness Centre

EXTRAS The Pohorje Hills is a green oasis ideal for incentive programmes and Slovenia’s largest ski resort. When snow paints the Pohorje slopes white, you can have fun skiing, snowboarding, or cross-country skiing.
RESULTS MARKS
1. LOCATION4.52
2. ACCESSIBILITY4.02
3. FIRST IMPRESSION4.06
4. LOBBY3.99
5.  EMPLOYEE ATTITUDE4.38
6.  RECEPTION4.41
7.  HOTEL ROOM4.39
8.  HOTEL BED4.32
9. BATHROOM AND RESTROOM4.49
10. HOTEL BREAKFAST4.44
11. BARS AND RESTAURANTS4.08
12. CONGRESS HALL4.61
13. ADDITIONAL OFFER4.79
TOTAL:   4.35

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