When you travel to Sofia or plan an important personal or corporate event with guests coming from outside the city, choosing a comfortable and nice hotel is very important. The capital of Bulgaria offers a variety of solutions – big and boutique hotels; branches of international hotel chains; luxurious retreats with four and five stars and humble, yet pleasant hotels.
When you are after guaranteed standard, the safest bet are the international chains which apply a unified quality all over the world. However, don't overlook the other suggestions on the market, like recently renovated traditional hotels or small family hotels emphasising on comfort and kindness on good price.
Before booking, take the trouble to check the hotels – you will be surprised with the variety of options to stay at a comfortable and good value for money hotel in Sofia.
How actually are defined the stars of the hotel? There is not an international standard, but as a rule the stars correlate not with the comfort and quality service, but with available amenities such as mini bar and telephone in the room, pool, gym, restaurant, hairdressing services.
As a result of the crisis, the competition and the experience gained, including working in international chains, the Bulgarian hotels have substantially increased their quality in the last few years. Hotel receptions work around the clock, which in many countries is considered an extra. Wireless internet is almost always free.
Location is crucial when choosing a hotel and in the best case scenario you will have an easy and inexpensive access to the airport, the main stations and the public transport, as well as the city centre where most of the administrative buildings and cultural attractions are situated. In this respect, most metropolitan hotels are good – they are on top locations and public transport in the city is now well settled. Taxis are relatively cheap and the distances are short.
The next criterion in the selection of a hotel is the furnishing, the comfort and the size of rooms. The majority of Sofia's hotels are recently built and older ones have been completely renovated. Most of them have individual air-conditioning, TV, minibar and telephone, and serve breakfast. Some clients complain, that in Sofia's hotels breakfast quantity prevails over quality, but this is not an universal rule – and this is where the good hotel management role is crucial.
The good value for money is another big advantage of Sofia's hotels, and the cosy interiors and the friendly attitude make the experience even more enjoyable.
Park Hotel Moskva – a good tradition in a new light
When you want to be close to central Sofia, yet amid the serenity of a leafy park, legendary Park Hotel Moskva (25 Nezabravka St; phone: 02 971 1024; mobile: 0884 055 801; www.parkhotelmoskva.net) is the answer. Situated in the Borisova Garden, the newly-renovated hotel is elegantly and classically redesigned, but one thing has remained unchanged – regardless of which room or apartment you stay, there will be panoramic view over Sofia and the Vitosha. However, Park Hotel Moskva offers even more. Its experienced staff easily organises conferences and business events at the 7 fully equipped conference rooms for 20 to 600 people, and the spacious ground-floor Moskva Restaurant is ideal for weddings. If you want a romantic or a business dinner, take the elevator to the Panorama Restaurant on the 19th floor – the pleasure of the view and of the excellent food are guaranteed.
Montecito Hotel: Escape to Sofia
An opportunity to enjoy a vacation or a company event without leaving Sofia is to stay in a fine hotel with an easy access to the centre and the Sofia Airport, but away from the stress. Montecito Hotel (357 Tsarigradsko Shose Blvd, phone: 02 973 6246, mobile: 0888 004 820, www.hotelmontecito.bg) is the right place. The hotel has an excellent restaurant, leafy garden and a pool, as well as room-service, Internet, doctor on call, rent-a-car. These amenities and the special rates for corporate clients make Montecito Hotel equally alluring for both weekend escape from the city and conferences, seminars and banquets. From the beginning of the year, Montecito's attractiveness will become even bigger with the opening of the large multifunctional Montecito Hall and a new indoor children's centre.
easyHOTEL SOFIA: Low-budget modern comfort
If you are looking for modern comfort without luxury at the best price, the right choice is easyHOTEL Sofia (108 Aldomirovska St, phone: 02 920 1654, www.easyhotel.com), which is only 5 minutes walk from the main administrative and commercial buildings, cultural attractions and entertainment venues. easyHotel Sofia is a part of easyGroup, which includes the easyJet airline. The prices of the brand are at least 20-30 percent lower than those of similar hotels. easyHotel is aimed at businessmen and tourists who do not want to compromise on quality, but insist on best price. The interior has everything you need – the rooms are fresh, with all amenities such as flat TV with satellite TV, air conditioning, en suite bathroom and internet. In the lobby you can find vending machines with sandwiches and drinks. Token payment will provide you with additional services such parking, luggage storage and aditional room cleaning.
ATM: A top location business hotel
When you are looking for a business hotel with convenient location, pay attention to ATM Center Hotel (131 Tsarigradsko Shose Blvd, phone: 0700 31 008, www.atm-hotel.com). The hotel has its own parking and for the guests' convenience organises airport and public transport transfers. The rooms and suites in the two-star hotel are equipped with all facilities – LSD satellite TV, beds with electronic regulation, high speed LAN internet and air conditioning. The restaurant has a nice live music and is suitable for business events and for weddings and celebrations, and the conference hall is excellent for seminars, business meetings and trainings. After a hard day in the capital you can relax with a massage or take care of your body with cavitation – an ultrasound method for fat reducing.
Feeling at home in Madrid Family Hotel
Modern and cozy, Madrid family hotel (12 Dragovitsa St, phone: 02 944 8952, www.madridbg.com) welcomes you with excellent service and convenient location. Situated only 6 km from the airport, ten minutes from the centre of the capital and near the Serdica Mall, Madrid family hotel is a great choice for a business trip or vacation. All rooms have elegant décor and warm colours and make you feel at home. Guests enjoy amenities like a telephone, cable TV, air conditioning and Internet.
Peace and comfort at Hotel Ganesha
This city hotels is giving you all the amenities you need for a pleasant stay in the capital city. Strategically located, Ganesha Hotel (Geo Milev, 26 Aleksandar Humboldt St, phone: + 359 888 588 575, www.hotelganesha-bg.com) makes your business meetings easier and gives you the opportunity to enjoy the cultural and historical sights without any effort. The hotel offers a continental breakfast, free WiFi and beauty and health salon, where qualified therapists will custom-made a full programme for recreation and body care. For the business tourists, Ganesha has also a small conference room for presentations and meetings.