Planning to stop the night in Vidin during a road trip through Romania and Bulgaria I decided to try and contact the main hotels in the town I had managed to locate online in order to check availability, prices and so on. From the hotels contacted by email (a number of the emails just bounced straight back), this (Stariat Grad?) was the only one to reply, providing all the information requested in a timely and corteous way.
With the driving on the Romanian side (at least on the route I took) proving challenging, to say the least, it soon became apparent that my expected time of arrival at the hotel was getting later and later, so called the hotel and explained the sittuation and asked if it would be a problem to check in late. They very kindly reassured me there was no problem.
After crossing the Danube on the ferry from Calafat in Romania, reached the hotel quite easily. It is just inside the old town walls by the main (modern) square of Vidin. Sure enough there was someone there when I eventually arrived just before midnight to show me to a very nice room and reassure me that I could park just on the road outside the front door of the hotel and wouldn't have any problems.
The hotel was very nice, even though the wallpaper may appear a bit dated to some. Really nice bathroom, very clean, lovely bed, very quiet location and premisses.
After a very restful sleep, woke up to a nice breakfast that included boiled eggs, nice ham, two kinds of cheese, some nice bread and honey, butter and a descent espresso, some yoghurt and fruit and some not too bad fruit juice. Not having had a proper dinner due to the later arrival it was very welcome.
Before heading out the proprietor and her husband, who spoke good English, were very helpful, telling me about the town and where to get stuff and what to check out.
I would unreservedly recommend this clean and friednly hotel to anyone planning to stay in Vidin. It is walking distance from the shores of the Danube and the various places one might want to visit in the town. Being also within walking distance of the station it is convenient for those traveling by rail too.
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