Other guides to Slovenia
Our guide to the guidebooks on offer is entirely subjective: there may well be many of you who feel comfortable with publications that we don't like. But if we're picky about what we sell, we should be picky about what we recommend.
But consider this: the main reason that we started Slovene Dream was that we had had enough of the rubbish that was being written about Slovenia in the broadsheet press... and the available guidebooks... not to mention the Internet.
Robin and Jenny McKelvie
So far, our favourite guide. Not big on pictures, but the writing is excellent: it even makes us want to discover more. Given that the Slovene Tourist Organisation didn't bother to let us know about each other, it's not surprising that they've missed a few of our gems, but hopefully we'll be swapping notes for the next edition. All in all, a great guidebook and we'd like to pass our congratulations to Robin and Jenny.
A note to Bradt: more pictures will make this a much more attractive book for bookshop browsers.
Published in 2006, the Cadogan guide is a good overall guide to Slovenia. A clue to James' approach can be gleaned from his own introduction, wherein he describes nursing a reluctant camper van across Europe. Although he shows a good insight into the Slovenian people and describes the country itself very nicely, James also manages to completely miss one or two hotels in Ljubljana, plus the excellent Cubo restaurant and Trta pizzeria.
Still, we would certainly recommend this guidebook to take with you... as long as you note the best stuff on our website first. Oh, and it's the first guide to mention us, so that's good.
David Robertson and Sarah Stewart
Excellent guide to getting about and investigating Slovenia's plethora of nooks and crannies. Full of maps, pictures and very useful information. When (eventually) we have the time to don our hiking boots, we'll be taking this with us.
Justi Carey and Roy Clark
This one is for the hikers and mountain walkers amongst you, and the walks are graded from easy-peasy to (for me) really scary. Justi and Roy obviously know their stuff and write with great authority. Once we have cut our teeth (and grazed some other bits) on David and Sarah's book (above) we'll have a go at this one.
If you're daft enough to only want to spend two or three days in Slovenia, this is a nice compact guide. But be warned, there are some glaring ommissions. For instance, in the Soča Valley section (spelled Soca - tut tut), it says, "Kobarid is known for two things - its museum and its adventure sports facilities... " Er, no: Kobarid is known for a damn site more than that, not least four top-class restaurants. However, if you also take notes from us, this guide will do for a quick trip.
Lonely Planet Ljubljana
Truth be told, the Rough and Lonely guides were an inspiration to us when we started Slovene Dream... as both of them managed to miss the very best that Slovenia had to offer.
The Ljubljana guide is OK in a weekend breakish sort of way - Fionn obviously loves the place and most information is good. For us, the Slovenia guide as written by Steve Fallon was less useful, for the reasons mentioned above, although M. Baker's update might be better (haven't read it yet).
A slight improvement on the last edition, but mostly a general update.
We'd love the Rough Guide people to get in touch with us - we've left them emails and phone messages - to explain why they continue not to include us in their directory.
Rick Steve's Guides
Definitely NOT recommended.
You are on a crowded train and you are wondering about going to Benidorm, but you don't know what Benidorm is like. So you stand up and shout, "Has anyone here been to Benidorm, and if so, please tell me what it's like."
Sure enough, three or four people pipe up and tell you about their expreriences in Benidorm.
Now answer this:
Even though you have no idea of who these people are, what they want out of life, why they should want to tell a complete stranger about their holiday, whether they are a tree-fondler/scientologist/vegetarian, or what their real name is... do you believe them and take their advice?
Sorry if we put anyone's nose out of joint. Our concern is shared by many: that is, the web is being taken-over by mass opinion, while expert advice is being sidelined. We certainly use our customers' feedback, so that we can...
- Gauge what their holiday was like
- Ensure that we are doing our job properly
- Keep our hoteliers informed about how well they're doing
- Keep our hoteliers informed about our customer's issues and concerns
- Keep our customers informed about how things are going.
We believe that this is the best way to ensure our customers' comfort and safety, while supporting our hotels as positively as possible.
None of which is what TripAdvisor is all about. But we'd really rather not talk here about what they are about.
Spread the Word
If you really want to tell people about how fab your trip to Slovenia was, please don't waste it on the internet.
Tell your friends, family, colleagues - that is: tell someone you know... and who knows you.
That way, the word is true.