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Our story
Our story

Our hotel's history begins in the early 1800's, as there was a well known pub standing on the location of today's hotel. Although the pub »Bitenc« was frequented by many respected guests (among them also poet France Prešeren) and served as the home to the Baker's Association of Ljubljana, the pub was sold to the Štrukelj family in 1899 and demolished. A new inn was opened as the Hotel Štrukelj in 1907.

The Štrukelj family had no children, so the hotel was inherited by Jernej Černe, a nephew, who continued and expanded the business.


Jernej Černe and his wife Frančiška had four children: Marija Ana (Marjanca), Meta, Jernej Janez (John) and Marko, who were all expected to take on certain duties of the daily hotel business.


Jernej Černe was kidnapped and murdered by the Slovenian Communists in 1942, thus leaving a fully operating hotel to his wife and children in uncertain times.


During World War II, the hotel was open for business, unlike the neighboring Union, which was taken over by the occupying Italian forces. As a result, Nikolaj Krajc (Niko), a timber trader and property owner from Grahovo, who was a regular Union guest, was moved to the Štrukelj hotel. The result was a romance between Niko and Marjanca, resulting in marriage in May of 1945. The romance became a hard reality only days later, as they were forced to take refuge from the Communist Revolution and flee to Austria, leaving Marjanca's mother, sister and brother as well as the hotel behind. Niko and Marjanca Krajc later migrated to Australia, where they successfully created a new family business in construction and housing.

The hotel business was suspended in 1945, the remaining Černe family members were placed under house arrest until the building was confiscated in 1946, upon which the family was thrown out in 1949. The government took over the hotel and opened it for business, renaming it the Hotel Turist. Development was continued throughout the years, with floors and new rooms being added during different steps in history.

After the fall of the Iron Curtain, the Krajc family and the Černe family reclaimed the confiscated hotel and through financial consolidation created the Krajc Hotels entity, which owns and operates the hotel today. It was also decided that the hotel would be branded as the City Hotel Ljubljana and so formally ended the era of the communist Hotel Turist. Due to poor maintenance of the historical building, built in 1905, it was decided that this would be demolished and replaced by a new building, which was opened in 2007.

Today's City Hotel is owned by the Krajc family and we are very happy to have our owner, Mrs Marjanca Krajc, in residence as a permanent guest. Even at 92 she is the lady of the house and the host in chief.