Slovenia’s hotel of the future

There is no need to enrol into a NASA program or travel to Mars in order to sleep in space capsules: the future is here, in Central and Eastern Europe.

The newly-renovated Central Hotel in Ljubljana, operated by Union Hotels group, is specifically targeting millennials and their needs, offering a new hotel experience, focused on fun, socialising and co-working. For the first time in Slovenia, visitors can stay in sleeping capsules, located on the seventh floor of the hotel.

“This is a new story in Slovenia,” said Matej Rigelnik, CEO of the hotel. “With the Central Hotel’s new concept, we created a completely new tourist experience in Ljubljana. It is designed as the first hotel for the new generation of tourists, travellers and so-called hipsters, who are looking for a relaxed, authentic, urban and social accommodation, without the formalities of conventional hotels.”

Check-in will not be handled by a receptionist: everything will happen through an app. In accordance with the hotel trends of the future, also the traditional functions of food and beverage service are all combined in a single team called the Experience Team, which takes care of the guests’ holistic hotel journey.

The bright and airy rooms are furnished in a minimalist and modern style. Exclusively for the Central, street artist and illustrator Maksim Azarkevič has created a unique wallpaper design for the rooms overlooking the Ljubljana Castle. Furthermore, in accordance with the increasing importance of a friendly attitude towards nature, there are no plastic bottles in the hotel and all the traditional paper operations have suddenly become paperless.

The sleeping capsules located on the top floor have been defined as glamping. The capsule interior features a comfortable bed, as well as a television, radio, safe, mirror, LED screen, USB connections and fast Wi-Fi. Outside the capsules, guests can relax in the private lounge area for urban glampers.

The hotel also hosts a new venue for urban culture and socialising, the Rooftop@Central, offering a wonderful view of the Ljubljana Castle. In the afternoons and evenings, the bar with a terrace, an ideal place for meetings, co-working and relaxed socialising, is open and available to non-guests.

“The common rooms at the hotel’s seventh floor represent the central point of our guest experience. The bar is characterised by exotic lighted wallpaper and cosy interior furnishings, in addition, a terrace with an exceptional view of the city, where visitors can work and socialise.  Rooftop@Central is a new urban jungle for the city’s lions and lionesses,” added Maja Manojlović, the hotel’s experience officer.

Photo: Central Hotel Ljubljana/Union Hotels