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“Buyer Beware: Cheap budget hotel so rating reflect this fact” 2 of 5 stars
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Slavyanska Hotel Beseda
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   3 Slavyanska Street, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria   |  
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Ranked #105 of 124 Hotels in Sofia
London, United Kingdom
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Buyer Beware: Cheap budget hotel so rating reflect this fact”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

I’m a firm believer in that you get what you pay for, and that’s worth bearing in mind if you book this hotel. We booked a refurbished hotel room on the upper floor (4th Floor), which they term as a ‘standard’ double room. Don’t book a budget room! It was certainly good financial value; it worked out to be 30 Euros for a couple in a double room with twin beds. In a nutshell, this hotel has the appearance of a 1930’s ex-soviet era hotel that’s been badly patched up.
The staff were fairly friendly and helpful. The first room we were allocated had no working TV nor air conditioning unit, but the receptionist allowed us to view two hotel rooms independently and picked the one we wanted, which I thought was a nice gesture. The location was superb and in the centre of Sofia.

Health & Safety does not apply to this hotel (although to be fair I don’t know what Bulgarian standards are, but it seriously lacks to come up to EU/Western European standards); the lift was a death trap! The door to the lift could be pulled closed/opened but there was no barrier whatsoever, so if you happened to still have your hand on the door when the lift moved down/up it would tear your hand/fingers off quite efficiently. The light switches were hanging off the wall and light bulbs were left to lay loosely and ill fitted in light fixtures. Bare electrical wires were also exposed near electrical sockets that were loose and could be yanked off the wall when I pulled out my camera charger. The bathroom sink was prompted up to an adequate height with loose bathroom tiles.

The cleanliness was adequate but lacking; there were brown marks on the upper parts of the walls near the ceiling in places. The bath panelling began to peel away quite obviously during our short stay which was never rectified. The cleaners did a bare minimum job daily and even put our bedding thrown on the floor one day in a crumple!

The room is adequate; the air conditioning unit worked and the TV reception was good, although only CNN was available for English speakers. Minimal provisions were provided for the bathroom, but I would recommend you bring along your own soap/shampoo etc, etc.
Be aware that the beds were extremely hard to lay upon and the pillows offered were lumpy and hard, which personally made sleeping uncomfortable for us. An interesting thing was that one of my sheets had a clean cut hold in the middle of it – this naturally led to all sorts of ‘hole use’ theories! Seriously though, the hard beds were present in all of the three rooms we encountered, but in one room the beds were planks of wood topped with hard, unyielding mattresses.

Hotel was smoker friendly.

The breakfast was cheap (3 Euros per person) but was a small selection at best and the hot food (a couple of sausages and pieces of scrambled eggs were often left to grow cold and lonely on their metal plates). You are better off going to the local McDonalds to be honest.
Bulgaria seems to be struggling to distance itself from its neglected soviet era past, so I can’t criticise too harshly as I have nothing else to compare this hotel to (keep this comment in context, I mean within Bulgaria of course). I would say it’s a budget hotel and you need to be aware of that (imagine Travelodge on a bad hair day with a killer lift!).

Room Tip: DO NOT book a 'budget room'! Book a 'standard' room on one of the upper floors...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Varna, Bulgaria
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

The worst misery ever been in my life. Even on student campus is more desirable. Toilet not working, windows not closing. There is double room standards.Hotel adverts not correspondence to real situation. You have to take rest before your business meeting, sorry not possible.I can't how the owner permit this.

Room Tip: If you choose this hotel however ask for renovated rooms
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Hong Kong, China
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Great location but a very poor building. The front desk area smells~ the room is clean enough to sleep but not dared to walk around without shoes on. Bathroom was clean and acceptable. Wifi is alright. So if you are looking for a cheap place to stay and not expecting anything. This can be in your list as budget hotel. Remember dont give any expectation then you would feel better with your stay there.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

I have never been to such a dirty hotel! The floor smells on urine. Beds are hard and uncomfortable. Bathrooms are very dirty and old. Who gave it 3 stars rating? Location is great and the service is good.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

Old, very old building and premises but fantastic location. Significant difference between "standard" rooms and "budget" rooms". Its worth to pay the difference. "Standard" means, allegedly, renovated. Do not expect modernity but just decent. Clean, not spotless, rooms. Front desk staff...well...depends. Some friendly, some careless but overall, good chaps. Breakfast was adequate although the cafeteria goes dead in the evenings. As aforementioned, location is super. Right in the middle of everything. A short walk to most venues. Excellent value for price paid!!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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55 reviews 55 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

This hotel is very well located and for 27euros a night it has a good value for money. The staff is really nice and very very helpful. The breakfast is not diverse and could be better, however if you are not too picky you will be fine. Since it is a very old place I reckon they could refurbish it in order to keep the clientele happy. My room's door and windows were new but the rest was quite old. The bathroom smelled bad and I had to shut my room's door in order to avoid hearing the old 1950's elevator. In conclusion I think you have other options which are as well located but prepare to pay double or triple.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
31 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

apparently a three star hotel, but a very tired three stars! The hotel literature suggests that some of the rooms have been upgraded, but im guessing (and hoping) that the one i stayed in was not!. The wifi was moderate, the room dated and the lift from the 1950s i think, but the hotel served its purpose as a cheap stop for a night very centrally located.

some great history behind the hotel and would be great if it was brought up to the 21st century...

Room Tip: some rooms apparently have been updated and refurbished... get one of those..!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 3 Slavyanska Street, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
Location: Bulgaria > Sofia Region > Sofia
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #105 of 124 Hotels in Sofia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Slavyanska Hotel Beseda 3*
Number of rooms: 91
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