LOCATION

The oldest Slovenian spa was discovered by the Romans as early as 39 BC. The turbulence of history did not spare the Spa, but despite changing times the spot by the Savinja River was again settled by optimism in 2011. It would be fair to say that the entire history of the place is based on the healing water that springs from the forest on the side of the Stražnik hill. The spa lies outside of major settlements in the valley, in the middle of undulating terrain, and is surrounded by magnificent forests and a beautifully landscaped spa park. It is an ideal location to disconnect from everyday stress and indulge in holistic incentives and other congress programmes.

ACCESSIBILITY

With the development of the Vienna – Trieste railway line in 1849 the Roman spa underwent rapid development to become world-renowned. Even today, the rail link remains favourable both in the narrow and wider sense. Besides accessing the Roman spa that lies halfway between Ljubljana and Maribor, in the current economic situation rail is becoming a more and more attractive sustainable mode of transport. Parallel to this, the Celje-Zidani Most link was mostly developed with access to the Slovenian highway cross in mind. Transport links to airports, however, fare less well; here the Roman Spa shares the same fate of Slovenia’s air accessibility with other providers in the region.

COLD APPETIZER - Architecture and Aesthetics

The Spa was formed and developed throughout different periods and consequently they have tried to connect building complexes at each renewal with a meaningful link. It consists of two main buildings – the Roman and Sofia Mansions, which are now connected with the new hotel complex, called the Rimski dvor (Roman Court). The new part connects two different hotel styles in a coherent and environmentally friendly way, and is also pleasant to the eye. It seems like the new part of the hotel is growing organically from a forested hillside. However, the look of the hotel is quite an achievement, especially if we take into consideration its original architecture and that the dynamic architectural communication and passage between buildings requires some adjustment. A special feature is the spa park with exotic trees and walking paths, which is inherently Zen and anti-stress.

WARM APPETIZER - Staff and catering

The staff is friendly and hospitable, and it is evident that the hotel management is under an experienced woman’s hotelier hand. The culinary offer is currently classic, but with a bit more innovation it is likely that things will turn to a more creative direction. Guests count mostly on the a la carte restaurant in Sophia. The cuisine deserves a bit more attention and local specialties should also be looked at and included in the offer.

MAIN DISH - Conference hotel service

Hotel rooms are good quality and in the Sofia Palace are bordering on prestige. A few small add-ons that would take the hotel into a higher grade are missing. Overall it is pleasing, harmonious and modern. The soothing views and vistas from the rooms are particularly inspiring. The Congress Centre is spatially flexible enough to be fully competitive to rivals in the class of up to 250 participants, although there is slightly less space than in neighbouring Thermana. With quality interiors and technical equipment, however, we estimate the congress centre to be very close to ideal.

DESSERT – The extras

Bathing in the historic spa’s traditional baths, the thermal water quality and the exclusivity of the whole wellness experience.

FLOP – NEGATIVE SURPRISES

Complicated hotel logistics, from the entry to the garage to orientation around the hotel.

TOP – POSITIVE SURPRISES

Latin proverbs, which are located in different areas and contribute to the positive effect of staying at the hotel.

OVERALL IMPRESSION AND CREDIBILITY

Following a period of turbulence, the Spa management is now working to restore its lustre and it must be admitted that so far they are making good progress. The hotel is undergoing its spring and is especially blowing on the souls of those who want a different experience and a disconnection from the everyday world. With their offer, they are trying to move towards an above standard to high quality while taking into account local traditions. The main complaint is related to the offer of the town, which is still not aware of what kind of a pearl the Roman Spa is. With a special offer, exquisite cuisine and its pleasing architecture, the Roman Spa is a competitor to Slovenia’s more experienced thermal providers worthy of serious consideration.

FINAL GRADE: 4.48  BRONZE SPA MEETING HOTEL

GOLD final score from 4.81 to 5.00
SILVER final score from 4.61 to 4.80
BRONZE final score from 4.41 to 4.60

CATEGORY 4****
OPEN FROM 2011
MEETINGS STAR Spa meeting hotel
STANDARD Hotel with conference facilities
NUMBER OF ROOMS 187 rooms
INTERNET PRICEEUR 90 – 180 (March 2019)
ADDRESS:RIMSKE TERME
Toplice 10
3272 Rimske Toplice, Slovenia
T: +385 (0)3 574 20 00
E: info@rimske-terme.si
www.rimske-terme.si
FACILITIES– Wellness centre Amalia
– Beauty centre Kahne
– Sauna land Varinia
– A la carte restaurant Sophie
– Princess Victoria Cafe
SPECIALSRussian trail in a beautiful park
RESULTS MARKS
1. LOCATION4.31
2. ACCESSIBILITY4.12
3. FIRST IMPRESSION4.82
4. LOBBY4.45
5.  EMPLOYEE ATTITUDE4.32
6.  RECEPTION4.32
7.  HOTEL ROOM4.29
8.  HOTEL BED4.52
9. BATHROOM AND RESTROOM4.58
10. HOTEL BREAKFAST4.41
11. BARS AND RESTAURANTS4.57
12. CONGRESS HALL4.82
13. ADDITIONAL OFFER4.73
TOTAL:4.48