Don't expect Slovenia to be a cheap option; lodging prices are similar to what you see in Western Europe, and with the euro soaring in value, prices will be particularly painful for Americans. During peak season (July and August), many hotels—particularly those on the coast—are fully booked. Hotels are generally clean, smartly furnished, and well run. Establishments built under communism are
often equipped with extras such as saunas and sports facilities but tend to be gargantuan structures lacking in soul. Hotels dating from the turn of the 20th century are more romantic, as are the castle hotels. Over the last decade many hotels have been refurbished and upgraded.
Private lodgings are a cheaper alternative to hotels, and standards are generally excellent. Prices vary depending on region and season. Look for signs proclaiming sobe (room to let) or apartma (apartments), alongside roads or in towns. Local tourist information centers, or in resorts like Bled or Piran private travel agencies, will often maintain lists of local rooms for rent.
Many hotels will offer better rates for stays of more than three days. Hotel rates frequently include breakfast—usually a mix of breads, cheeses, and cold cuts served buffet-style. Pensions and private rooms may include lunch or dinner—be sure to ask what's included in the price and whether you can opt out if you choose.
Between April and October, camping is a reasonable alternative. Most campgrounds are small but well equipped. On the coast, campsites are found at Izola and Ankaran. In Triglav National Park and the Soča Valley there are sites at Bled, Bohinj, Bovec, Kobarid, Soča, and Trenta. Camping outside of organized campsites is not permitted.
To really experience day-to-day life in the countryside, you should stay on a working farm. Agritourism is rapidly growing in popularity, and at most farms you can experience an idyllic rural setting, delicious home cooking, plus a warm family welcome. A brochure, Tourist Farms in Slovenia, is available from the tourist board. More information is available on the board's website.