This hostel is a little out of town but is fantastic if you want to be treated as person, not a tariff and the meals are fantastic!
This hostel is more of a large suburban house that has been converted into a hostel. Run by a little old couple who will do anything to please, it is 3 stories of dorms and private rooms, a common room with internet, book exchange and drinks for sale. It is very homely, you feel more like you are at your grandparent's house than a hostel and Damian (customer liaison and adorable old man!) will pick you up from the station, drop you into town, do your washing for a very low price and arrange a 3 course traditional Slovenian meal for 6 euro!
The hostel is about 5km out of town but they will pick you up from the station when you arrive and usually do about 2-3 trips into town a day (10am to take you into town and 7pm to pick you up if you arrange a few people he will also do special trips to the mountains, gorge or sporting activities is you are nice!). The hostel is just below the mountains amongst corn fields and churches and a bike ride around town is the perfect way to see a traditional Slovenian village. Although it is a little inconvenient being 15minutes from the lake itself, there is still plenty around to see and is a great location to take in the countryside. To get there, catch a train to Lesce Bled station and Damian will pick you up from there. Sundays not all the trains are running so check the timetable.
ROOMS AND BATHROOMS
The rooms are small, some are underground with little light but some have balconies and are slightly larger. Some rooms have their own bathrooms, and other's don't, it really depends on how many beds in your dorm (more beds, more chance of a shared shower). The rooms are slightly chilly but there are large fluffy quilts and pillows and places to hang your clothes.
The showers are small and slightly falling apart but they're hot and do the job. Don't expect a whole lot of room here to spread your stuff out and if Damian sees your clothes strewn about the room he will comment on your likeness to living like a goat, but all in good humour!
There is not public kitchen but breakfast is included (cereal, tea, coffee, eggs and toast) and a fantastic 3 course dinner is available for 6 euro, well worth it.
There is free internet, it's a bit slow though and perched on top of a shelf that is way too high so surfing for too long will make your neck sore!
The common areas are welcoming and covered in photos from all over the world and thank you letters from the people who have stayed there, an indictment on the hospitality offered.
There are bikes to use free of charge, they will let you use the fridge to chill your wine and will happily arrange any activities for you (horse riding, canyoning, rafting) but it pays to be nice to the old couple as they sometimes get a bit stroppy if you forget your manners treat them like you would your grandparents!
This hostel is a very welcoming place, and reasonably priced (however don't be surprised if they tag on an extra few euro for the lifts). Overall, staying here was a very pleasurable experience, the type of place its very hard to leave!!