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“Calm and nice place to stay” 4 of 5 stars
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Malina Village
3.0 of 5 Villa   |   Pamporovo Ski Village, Pamporovo 4870, Bulgaria   |  
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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“Calm and nice place to stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

Malina Village is a nice and calm place in the mountains, where you can chill during the hot summer days. There are a lot of small huts, where you can enjoy the clean and fresh air coming from the pine forest surrounding the place.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

We stayed during Feb 2012 half term week and really enjoyed our time there. We struggled to find many recent reviews of the cottages so thought this would be helpful for other travellers!
So here you go:
Positives - really warm, cosy, loads of charachter, clean, good choice of breakfast (hot and cold). Very close to the slopes, only 5 mins walk away. The cottages have a really quirky feel and you do feel like you have your own little wooden house. Minibar is really good too with wine, spirits, chocolate and crisps ( reasonably priced too).

Downsides - storage is lacking a bit, bring some extra hangers not sure if 4 people would have enough room to store their stuff? Its 2 miles into Pamporovo centre from the cottages and a return taxi is £15 but some of the restaurants will pick you up and drop you off which we didn't know until towards the end. Also no kettle so bring a travel one. Would also be good to bring a tea towel and a sponge for cleaning your cups as they don't do them either. Probably my fault but I didn't realise they didnt have a bath I think I saw bathroom somewhere and thought that meant it had a bath!

To be honest for the money we paid for a week (£300) to have your own little chalet you can easily see past its faults. We would definitely book again and thought Pamporovo was a fab ski destination.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2008

On first arriving at Malina Villas in the middle of the night, we were greeted by welcoming staff and shown to our chalet. It was lovely and warm even though it was snowing outside! The accomodation was basic and not really as I had pictured it from the travel broucher. It was perfect for skiing though! We had two couples staying and had to pick who was going to have the triple bed and who was going to get the smaller room with twin beds! Upstairs was a lot colder than downstairs and the stairs were the 'half' stairs - the type that allow only one foot on.
We were half board so had a 3 minute walk to the restaurant where we were greeted by lovely, attentive staff and cold food! The choice of food was exactly what you want after skiing - stew, casseroles , pastas, soup etc only it was disappointingly cold but that's the way the Bulgarian's eat their food! The salads were lovely!
The skiing was great! Lots of snow but lots of skiiers too! At the beginning of the week all the beginners are littered over the gentle slopes around the ski/boot centre and start lessons at 10 am. The ski lift to the top gets very busy around this time too! As the week progresses all the beginners start to use the green run which also get very busy. But to be expected during half term week! The price for food can vary depending on how high up the mountain you go! Carry 1 leva coins to pay for the toilets - they are rarely free!
The ski school was good aswell. We had a lovely instructor. It would have been good to have changed groups half way through week as our group had a lot of children and unconfident skiiers. Be warned - be very careful when skiing! I ended up having key hole surgeory on my knee due to nasty fall! You never think it's going to happen to you! I would advise that you carry on you any insurance papers, EU health care card and credit/debit card! The medical aid at the ski centre is all private care so be expected to pay if you do get hurt!
Maria, the Inghams rep, is lovely! She was really helpful and spoke fantastic English!

  • Liked — great seating area in living space
  • Disliked — small bedrooms and cold food
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2007

The chalets in Malina village were generally very good. We were very impressed when we first arrived, they are a lovely size, very comfortable and nicely furnished. they would comfortably sleep two adults and two children, probably not good for any more people due to lack of storage space for clothes etc, although they could potentially sleep up to 6. they have a very decently equipped kitchen, particularly good if you are half board / B&B and want to make lunches etc, although i would say definitely take a travel kettle if you like cups of tea/cofffee as there is nothing much to heat water in. the chalets were generally kept clean and serviced every day, although the maids dont tend to make the beds very well. the food in the restaurant was varying, the choice was not always fabulous and some nights were better than others. go early to dinner and breakfast or it tends to get cold as it is self-service/buffet food and is not very well reheated. bulgarian food is generally colder than english, so be prepared for that. the waiters were very attentive and polite, in general all the staff were good. overall i would definitely say they are value for money, it is really niice to have your own little chalet and I woudl recommend them to other people, although be prepared for Bulgarian traditions!

Stayed February 2007
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Address: Pamporovo Ski Village, Pamporovo 4870, Bulgaria
Location: Bulgaria > Smolyan Province > Pamporovo
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 16 Specialty Lodging in Pamporovo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Malina Village 3*
Number of rooms: 18
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