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“Great place to stay but not that close to the city center.” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Aris
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Seliolus Str. 1, Sofia 1202, Bulgaria   |  
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Ranked #9 of 122 Hotels in Sofia
Houston, Texas
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22 hotel reviews
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
“Great place to stay but not that close to the city center.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013 via mobile

I really enjoyed staying here. It was clean, comfortable, quite and the staff was great. It's a quick walk from the train station which is great if you're coming off one of those terrible Balkan night trains. However, it's quite a walk to get to the sights of Sofia. Though the breakfast is great, the dinner in the restaurant was underwhelming to say the least. Overall though I'd totally stay there again (I'd just eat dinner elsewhere).

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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leganes
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77 reviews 77 reviews
61 hotel reviews
Reviews in 58 cities Reviews in 58 cities
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

I choose twice the Aris Hotel for its location, within walking distance of bus and railway stations. You can go to the city centre in 15 minutes, or is only a two stops subway trip, in a very modern line.
The surroundings are quiet, and a little dark at night, but I always feel secure. Very few shops and restaurants in this part of the city.. Plenty of taxis due to the vicinity of Princess Hotel and Casino.
Staff was courteous. My room was very clean, carpeted and modern, spectacular bathroom and excellent wifi.A little balcony with a chair and a table.
The breakfast wasn`t plentiful, but OK. Good value.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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lincoln
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

I cannot recommend this hotel enough, we received a warm welcome by staff who could not do enough for us, the hotel is designed beautifully. Our room was small but very lovely the whole place was pristine, the bed was very comfortable, breakfast was not the best but we didnt leave hungry. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Excellent staff, very kind and very helpful. English speaking which is a bonus. Helped us with taxis and directed us to the hotspots in sofia. Clean hotel rooms. It is within walking distance of the bus and train stations.Will definitely be staying again.

Room Tip: we stayed in a room facing local bulgarian houses but this did not take away from the view.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Slave Lake, Canada
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47 reviews 47 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012 via mobile

Peaceful spot with plenty of room. Clean, modern with an excellent breakfast.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Serbia
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40 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

Excellent place to stay.Everything brand new. Good location, good price, friendly staff, clean rooms. I will definitely stay again.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2011

As we were going to be staying for just 1 night in Sofia, and leaving via train early the next morning, we wanted to be in the vicinity of the train station, so we didn't have to rush and mess about early on a Saturday morning.

To this end, we decided to book the Hotel Aris.as it was close - but not too close - to the train and bus station. it was also with an acceptable walking distance of the City Centre.

We arrived from the airport late-ish via taxi and were greeted by a friendly lady on reception who checked us in etc and gave advice about getting to town so we could get some food and a drink.

The rooms were average - but for approx. £25 a night it was pretty much what I was expecting. 2 single beds in my room - quite small and not too comfortable, satellite TV, mini-bar and a small bathroom with a shower that was hot and strong.

Ihave to say I didn't get the best nights sleep ever, as the windows were not the most soundproof ever made, and there were dogs on the street barking for what seemed like most of the night which kept me awake. Later on, towards the morning, there was also some traffic noise as one of the central roads throuh the city runs 1 block away.

The breakfast was continental buffet-style and while the choice was not gigantic it was more than adequate.

Overall, assuming that dogs don't bark every night and that I was just unlucky, for the cost of the room I would say this is a reasonable hotel and like everything in life - you get what you pay for.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 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: Seliolus Str. 1, Sofia 1202, Bulgaria
Location: Bulgaria > Sofia Region > Sofia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 122 Hotels in Sofia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Aris 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The newly opened Hotel Aris enjoys a quiet location a 5-minute walk from the International Bus Station and the Sofia Train Station. Within a 10-minute walk you can reach the city centre with the Presidency and The Council of Ministers. All rooms are air-conditioned and have a balcony. Free Wi-Fi is available. ... more   less 
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