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Grand Hotel Bernardin is the first and the largest convention hotel in Slovenia, and looking at the quality of the service, it goes beyond 5 stars. Its wonderful location close to the sea and a private beach provide its guests an idyllic experience.

Situated in one of the most beautiful parts of the Slovenian coast, it is suitable for holding various events. The largest hall, Europa, accommodates up to 1,100 participants. Thanks to its multi-purpose design, the Bernardin Congress Centre is ideal for hosting events such as congresses, seminars, workshops, presentations and business meetings.

This high quality hotel providing remarkable services is located in a quiet and natural environment between Piran and Portorose, directly overlooking the sea. The fully - air - conditioned hotel has 241 comfortably furnished rooms with balconies and sea view, of which 10 executive suites, 11 junior suites and 9 superior rooms. Accommodation is available at GH Bernardin and several other Bernardin hotels at special conference prices.

The venue address:
Obala 2
SI-6320 Portorose


Bernardin hotels are located between Portorose and Piran, two beautiful towns that offers to every visitor a truly authentic cultural remix - influenced by the Northern Mediterranean, combining inspiring modernity and fascinating history.

Portorose, a city with a holiday atmosphere, lies in a leeward bay and has a very pleasant climate due to its proximity to the sea. The neighbouring, ancient city of Piran is one of the most beautiful Mediterranean cities and one of the best preserved historic cities in Europe.

The whole area is a string of natural attractions and cultural sights, all lined up along only a few kilometres.

Portorose, (literally "Port of Roses"), is an Adriatic - Mediterranean coastal settlement in the Municipality of Piran in south-western Slovenia. Its modern development began in the late 19th century with appearance of first health resorts. In the early 20th century it became one of the grandest seaside resorts in Europe, along with Abbazia, Lido and Grado, then as part of the Austrian Littoral. It is now one of the country's major tourist areas.

Portorose, with its sub-Mediterranean climate, is one of the warmest areas in Slovenia. There are many sunny days. The yearly average amounts to 2,346 hours.

Piran is one of the three major cities in Slovenian Istria. With its medieval architecture and picturesque streets, it is one of the most photogenic cities in the Mediterranean. The old town centre, which is still perfectly preserved, is characterized by the stony narrow streets, compact houses, historical and religious buildings, beautiful Venetian palaces, lively squares, numerous museums and galleries, ancient town walls, its recently reopened aquarium and delicious restaurants. The city is very proud of its various cultural and art establishments such as the Tartini theatre, coastal galleries, Maritime museum and Aquarium.

Much more useful and interesting information about these two cities can be found here.


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