The Argonavti hotel was opened in 1976. It was known for its plastic yellow roof that was leaking, and the concrete clock that was never on time(source). Besides the rooms, there was a restaurant, a pastry shop, a pub and a night club. Already in the 80s, the story was close to its end and ended with the flood in Nova Gorica.
The Perla hotel was built where the Argonavti hotel once stood. Besides the standard hotel facilities, they also offered a casino. With a complete renovation of the hotel in 2001, Perla became “the biggest casino-entertainment center of its kind in Europe, built after the American model that offers accomodations, restaurants, a lounge, a night club, a wellness center, conference rooms and more.”(source). With later additions of rooms and apartments, Perla today stands as the biggest hotel in Slovenia and the biggest casino in Europe.
Perla is located in the northern part of Nova Gorica, towards Solkan. Access is possible by car and parking is free for guests. You can also make a reservation for a drive from and to the casino, which you have to pay for yourself. The train station is located 7 km from the Perla casino, there are also bus lines available that stop next to the Perla casino roughly every twenty minutes during the week, and much less frequently during the weekend.
The Perla hotel has 225 rooms, 20 apartments and 4 luxury apartments.
The casino, located inside the complex, offers 946 slot machines and 90 tables. They also have an Open Air casino on the terrace.
The Perla casino has 888 state-of-the-art slot machines and 90 tables with a wide selection of games. They regularly offer various competitions, tournaments and special offers.
They offer many different table games such as American roulette, French roulette, different types of poker, punto banco, blackjack and chemin de fer. For extra entertainment, there are various tournaments and promotions in the evenings.
There are 888 slot machines in the Perla casino. You can choose between attractive, state-of-the-art slot machines or more classical ones with higher minimum bets or those with bets starting at €0,01 and an optional progressive game to win staggering amounts. You can play practically non-stop, 24/7 all year long, with bets ranging from €0,01 to €100, and even up to €2000 on the electric roulette.
Perla regularly offers poker tournaments and larger competitions. This makes the Perla Poker room extremely popular and highly visited. Poker tournaments Remida and Cash game are happening every day. This makes Perla one of the biggest providers of poker in this part of the Europe.
Perla Open Air Casino is a modern and beautifully decorated part of the casino under a roofed lobby. You can play there every day at any season of the year. It includes 90 slot machines and a bar. Since it’s an Open Air casino, smoking is also completely allowed.
In the lower parts of the complex, there is a Wellness center Spa Perla which offers a pool, two massage pools, four saunas, as well as two experiential showers with special effects, a smaller gym for the guests of the hotel, massages, a tanning salon along with cosmetic and beauty services.
On the roof of Perla, there is a Sky Beach, a beach with two massage pools and lounge chairs. The conference center Perla offers four fully equipped halls that fit between 20 and 280 people and an event hall for 320 people. There are also 6 bars and four restaurants.