Hisa Franko boutique hotel in Kobarid, Slovenia

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A wonderfully dramatic restaurant-with-rooms: gorgeous in décor, sublime in taste.

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Hiša Franko is a visual feast. As you wander into the burnt-sienna reception area, your eyes dart about, trying to take it all in. Everywhere you look there’s something to admire: fabulous modern art, an upright piano, an enormous husky dog sprawled under the radiator, lace sculptures and a chaise longue laden with plump pink cushions. The open-plan design leads straight to the crimson dining room where waiters glide past at top speed, wines are opened with a flourish and owner Valter greets guests with open arms.

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But it’s not just the setting that’s theatrical. In the same vein as England’s The Fat Duck restaurant, the gourmet food is both a showpiece and an explosion of taste, created by Valter’s wife Ana. People come to Slovenia purely to eat here – yet it’s buzzy and friendly rather than pretentious. Better still, when replete you can trot upstairs to one of the 13 bedrooms rather than drive home. They may not be the focus of the place, but they’re very lovely: airy and light with contemporary décor and sink-into beds. All in all, it gets a standing ovation from us.

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Originally posted 2013-06-29 20:03:21.

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