The lake is most certainly the top attraction of Bled.
On the basis of my experience of the hotels there, you won't have a problem
weeding out the cold, commercial hotels that could be found anywhere.
The Bled hotels are in a particular class of their own. Certainly not a lot
of glitz, so it's good that you're not into that. Many of them are built to
a grand scale - dining rooms that are utilitarian to the nth degree and
accommodate several hundred people at a sitting. They were built, I
understand, for the huge tour groups that are/were a feature of the
locality. It seemed to me that they assumed that every bed would always be
occupied and every resident would always be in the dining room at the same
time - at least in the place we stayed for most of the time (the Golf
Hotel - we were on the top floor, centre, with a superb view of the lake.)
Some of the hotels look quite grand externally but the majority are fairly
functional inside. As I said earlier, the one differentiating feature is the
view from your room, so do make a point of asking for a lake view - with a
balcony, especially. It is a magical sight to wake up to and to enjoy at
The Grand Hotel Toplice is right on the lake and a splendid version of
itself - if you understand that description. I doubt it has been updated in
forty years - but certainly is atmosopheric! It has a sister hotel right
across the road, which I think is fairly rudimentary in its facilities but
is linked to the Toplice, with even reception provided from the latter. And
my memory is that there is at least one tennis court up there also, but that
may not be correct. It would have the boating facilities of the lake within
easy access - and, from there, you would have no excuse for missing the
obligatory sun-up walk around the lake. A lovely way to start the day!
There was also a seafood restaurant virtually across the road, so in a
splendid location for watching the sunset on the lake - rather more
expensive than the generality of local restaurants and I don't know that the
food was so much better - but we had excellent service, good food and - as I
said, a very special location.
Even if you don't stay at Villa Bled, you can have drinks on the terrace in
the evening - although it may take a little organising. Worth the effort
though. It is in the Relais et Chateau group and, as you probably know if
you have been researching it, was Tito's summer residence, so you have some
history as an added benefit.
There is a Tourist Office in Bled, with a webpage that may be of use to you
if you've not found it yet:
Best of luck and do come back if you have any more questions,